Archive for March, 2013

  • Language tip of the week: Easter words

    Posted by on March 28, 2013

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc. This week, we look at some Easter vocabulary. Easter is a movable feast. The term itself describes a Sunday […]

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  • The dominance of English? A view from Italy

    Posted by on March 27, 2013

    Our series on the dominance of English continues with today’s guest post from Paola Vettorel. Paola was an EFL teacher and teacher-trainer in Italy before becoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Language and Literature at the University of Verona. Her main research interests include English as a lingua franca and its implications for […]

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  • ‘April is the cruellest month’: talking about spring weather

    Posted by on March 25, 2013

    Spring has sprung, and if the UK weather has any respect for seasonal averages, it will soon improve: temperatures will climb, the sun will shine. There will be fewer extreme events (as the weather people say), like blizzards and heavy snowfalls. March is typically a windy month, but wind speeds will drop in April and […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 23rd March, 2013

    Posted by on March 23, 2013

    This post contains a selection of links related to 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 submit […]

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  • “All hat and no cattle” (R.I.P. Larry Hagman)

    Posted by on March 21, 2013

    The venue for this year’s TESOL Convention evokes memories of the long-running TV series about the Texas oil business. When Dallas was first aired on British TV in 1978, it brought a touch of glamour to a rather gloomy U.K., then (as now) in the grip of economic recession. The fast cars, cowboy hats, gushers, […]

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  • Stories behind Words: wayzgoose

    Posted by on March 20, 2013

    I certainly understand why the Macmillan Dictionary is moving to online-only. It’s not only the sensible economic choice, but the correct environmental choice. And yet I felt a pang at the news, too (and not just because I’m the proud possessor of a Macmillan English Dictionary that I had Editor-in-chief Michael Rundell autograph, to his […]

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  • Language tip of the week: American and British English differences

    Posted by on March 19, 2013

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are based on areas of English which learners often find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc. This week we focus on American English, and today’s post highlights some key differences between American and British English […]

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  • Touchous, honeyfuggle, and whoopensocker

    Posted by on March 18, 2013

    We’ve looked before at dialectal vocabulary – those regional words and phrases peculiar to, or characteristic of, particular geographic areas. My earlier post focused on UK and Irish terms, but American speakers are no slouches in the regional expressions department. A good source of these is the US public radio show A Way with Words, […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 15th March, 2013

    Posted by on March 15, 2013

    This post contains a selection of links related to 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 submit […]

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  • “Come in and find out”: a view from Germany on the dominance of English

    Posted by on March 14, 2013

    Today’s guest post comes from Martina Bredenbröcker, Assistant Lecturer at the University of Paderborn, Germany. Originally a teacher at primary school level and co-author of Sally, a textbook for EFL at German primary schools, she is currently working on her PhD thesis in English Linguistics. __________ German has quite a tradition as the language of […]

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