Our bilingual dictionaries work inside our web browser. Browse the internet and get the definition of any word at the touch of your fingers!
Read this in 简体中文, 繁體中文, Deutsch, Français, 日本語, Português, Español, Tiếng Việt or Pусский.
How do I use the web browser?
The pop-up box works with web pages just as it does with subtitles to videos. From the left menu, touch on the link to one of our blogs or to an educational partner website. In a website, touch on a word or phrase and the definition will appear in your chosen language. There is also a bookmarks bar with other websites where you can use the dictionary. If you have been given a content code from one of our educational partners, then the bookmarks may include a range of websites as well as a Google Drive folder with lesson plans and additional material.
Free use of this functionality is limited to our website and blog pages, the five English language and three Chinese language news websites listed below, and the websites enabled by entering a content code. If you want to use our dictionary functionality as you browse the rest of the web, you will need to go to add-ons to make that in-app purchase.
Our web browser has seven controls
1. The link button on the top right: If you touch this button then links will stop working. This is useful when you want to look up a word inside a link and don’t want that link to open. Instead, you will stay on the same page and the dictionary pop-up box will work as normal.
2. The reload button in the URL bar: Touching on this button will reload the page.
3. The main menu button on the top left: Touching this will reveal the main menu of Woodpecker.
4. The arrows at the bottom left: These arrows take you back and forward to pages you have previously visited in the web browser.
5. The Add Bookmarks button: Touching this button will add the current page to your personal bookmarks
6. The Bookmarks button: Touching this button will reveal your personal bookmarks and a list of the domains where our dictionary functionality will work. Tap on a bookmark to go to that website.
7. The Tabbed Browsing button: Touching this button will reveal all open pages and allow you to open another tab.
You can delete any links to content partners on the main menu by swiping left over their icon. The “News Reader” is set up as a content partner. If you delete it, and want to add it back later, then go to settings and add this content code: rL001z
Free News Sites for English Learners
We have five news sites for English learners where our dictionary functionality is available without making an in-app purchase. Below are descriptions of each of them summarised from Wikipedia.
NPR (National Public Radio) is an American privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to a network of 900 public radio stations in the United States. It can be found at www.npr.org
BBC News is a department of the British Broadcasting Corporation with over 2000 journalists. The BBC is a semi-autonomous corporation authorised by a Royal Charter making it operationally independent of the government. Its website is at www.bbc.com.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, branded as CBC/Radio-Canada, is a Canadian federal Crown (government) corporation that serves as the national public radio and television broadcaster. Its news site is at www.cbc.ca/news.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Australia’s national broadcaster, funded by Australian taxpayers but specifically independent of Government. Its news site is at www.abc.net.au/news/
RNZ is the New Zealand public service radio broadcaster. It is a Crown (government) entity which is taxpayer funded via the Broadcasting Commision which operates independently of the government. Its website is at www.radionz.co.nz
Free News Sites for Mandarin Learners
We have three news sites for Mandarin learners where our dictionary functionality is available without making an in-app purchase. Below are descriptions of each of them summarised from Wikipedia.
The People’s Daily or Renmin Ribao 人民日报 is the biggest newspaper group in China. The paper is an official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party. Its website is at people.cn.
Lianhe Zaobao or 联合早报 is the largest Singapore-based Chinese-language newspaper. It is published by Singapore Press Holdings. Its website is at www.zaobao.com.sg
The Central News Agency is the state-owned news agency operated by the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Its website is at www.cna.com.tw
Let our web browser help you help your students!
If you have a content code, then go to settings and enter it with the QR code functionality or by typing it in. After you have entered a content code, go back to the main menu in the app. When you open this menu, a new item will have appeared under the heading READ.
If you are a teacher, we can create a content code for you to send to your students. Your nominated learning materials will appear inside our web browser under your logo. Learning materials can consist of web sites, Google docs, blogs or any other form of HTML text content. If you want to become one of our early content partners please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.