Archive for July, 2011

  • Listen and learn: the Global author podcasts

    Posted by on July 29, 2011

    This week’s ‘language in new media’ post comes courtesy of the Global author podcast series. Jamie Keddie talks about words and pictures and using flashcards and flash images with students. There are great practical ideas plus information about where you can find and how you can generate flashcards.

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  • Language and words in the news – 29th July, 2011

    Posted by on July 29, 2011

    This post contains a selection of links related to recent language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to […]

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  • Are you open to open kimonos?

    Posted by on July 28, 2011

    The phrase open kimono was recently added to Macmillan’s Open Dictionary: “when something such as a meeting is described as being ‘open kimono’, it means the participants share openly and keep no secrets” A kimono is a traditional form of clothing in Japan that is wrapped around the body. It’s worn by women, men, and […]

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  • Taeglish: learning English the physical way

    Posted by on July 28, 2011

    This week’s English language in the news post comes from South Korea, where the latest education craze for kids is Taeglish – the combination of English lessons and the martial art of Taekwondo. Kim Sung-hoon, creator of Taeglish, explains: Taeglish is a combination of the words Taekwondo and English.
 Normal English education is boring with […]

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  • Open Dictionary word of the week: pie

    Posted by on July 27, 2011

    pie (verb) to throw a pie at someone’s face as a protest or sign of disrespect How Dare You Pie My Husband? The Story of Rupert and Wendi. (Submitted from United Kingdom) This word was submitted into the Open Dictionary after Johnnie Marbles pied Rupert Murdoch. It reminds me of that time Muntadar al-Zaidi shoed […]

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  • Accidental drifting – small talk in the UK

    Posted by on July 27, 2011

    We look back on a great month exploring small talk in English. Our final guest post, from fellow blogger and University of Sussex linguist Lynne Murphy, explores the key to making successful small talk in the UK (or more precisely, England). ____________ Earlier in the month Vicki Hollett advised Britons on engaging in small talk […]

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  • Small talk. Big opportunity

    Posted by on July 26, 2011

    Small talk month continues with a guest post by Rik McShane. Rik is a bookseller and a Scrabble fan. He is also well known for talking, a lot. ____________ For many people, a double gin and tonic or a glass of chardonnay is seen as a social lubricant, for me however it is those first […]

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  • Popular look-ups

    Posted by on July 25, 2011

    It’s been a while since the last microblog posting, but then summer is here, and, yes, there has been a bit of a wind-down feeling of late. Anyway – a quick summary of some popular words looked up in Macmillan Dictionary last week. Mis-spellings of ‘Macmillan’ are still very common (I know, it’s a toughie), […]

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  • Dialectal drift

    Posted by on July 25, 2011

    Of the countless varieties of English, American English (AmE) and British English (BrE) are the most significant. This is why you can set Macmillan Dictionary’s default setting to either, and switch back and forth throughout. American English regularly comes under fire from some BrE speakers who perhaps feel a bit possessive or protective about their […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 22nd July, 2011

    Posted by on July 22, 2011

    This post contains a selection of links related to recent language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to […]

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