Archive for July, 2013

  • It’s amateur detection 101!

    Posted by on July 30, 2013

    It is a well-known fact that when Dr Watson asked Sherlock Holmes how he had discovered the crucial clue which solved a crime, the great detective would answer “Elementary, my dear Watson”. (There’s even a YouTube clip to prove it.) There is just one problem. It’s easy enough to download the complete Sherlock Holmes stories […]

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  • Texts, and what to do with them

    Posted by on July 29, 2013

    Imagine this: you’re a keen learner of English in a small town somewhere in Europe, and you’re attending an English course two evenings a week. The course follows a coursebook published 15 years ago and containing outdated and unappealing texts about Britain and the USA. If you’re lucky, you can find a few books in […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 26th July, 2013

    Posted by on July 26, 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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  • Language tip of the week: consequence

    Posted by on July 25, 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’s language tip helps with common collocations of the noun consequence: Adjectives frequently used with the noun consequence […]

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  • Stories behind Words: thrice

    Posted by on July 24, 2013

    Ten years ago (has it been that long?) I started my studies of English philology, linguistics and literature. I loved reading for hours upon hours and one of my favourite authors was Charles Dickens. There was one class I wasn’t too keen on though: language lab. Spending hours in a tiny booth recording and listening […]

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  • Three hoorays for the royal baby

    Posted by on July 23, 2013

    The royal baby has been born! The Prince of Cambridge (as the baby will officially be called) is third in line for the British throne after his grandfather and father. The word royal is used in many ways, but doesn’t always signify something that relates to a king or queen or the members of their […]

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  • Do we need to abbreviate ‘the’?

    Posted by on July 22, 2013

    The English language changes all the time and on its own terms through shifts, mostly gradual, in collective usage. But that doesn’t stop people trying to engineer sudden changes in how we write. Earlier this year we discussed a new phonetic alphabet, SaypU, and now Australian restaurateur Paul Mathis has designed a new symbol, Ћ, […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 19th July, 2013

    Posted by on July 19, 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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  • Language tip of the week: harmful

    Posted by on July 18, 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’s language tip helps with the adjective harmful: The usual preposition to use with harmful is to (not […]

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  • What’s not to like about ‘like’?

    Posted by on July 16, 2013

    Among the more recent additions to the Macmillan Dictionary are the social networking uses of like. Social networking has spawned a lot of new vocabulary: not only new words (like hashtag, defriend, and twittersphere) but new meanings of existing words (such as follow, tweet – and like). We currently include around 20 new usages related […]

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