Archive for August, 2013

  • Language and words in the news – 30th August, 2013

    Posted by on August 30, 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: afford

    Posted by on August 29, 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 verb afford: Afford is never followed by a verb in the -ing […]

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  • Tapping the brain for words

    Posted by on August 27, 2013

    Our next guest post comes from Doug Higby. Doug is with SIL International where he coordinates training and promotion of technology for advancing language-based development in the thousands of languages where SIL works. __________ If you were to build a dictionary from scratch, how would you go about it? Would you start with ‘a’ for […]

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  • Seeding, weeding, map-reading, heeding

    Posted by on August 26, 2013

    In my previous post I described the metaphor of ‘building a house‘ as one way of understanding the process of language acquisition, and suggested that it contains more than a grain of truth, but has its limitations. Now I’d like to consider two other metaphors. Firstly, perhaps learning a language is like tending a garden. […]

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

    Posted by on August 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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  • Language tip of the week: increase

    Posted by on August 22, 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 brings you some useful advice on other ways of saying increase: be/go up: to increase; […]

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  • Updating … A new version of your dictionary is now available

    Posted by on August 21, 2013

    I was going to write about literally this week, after the recent fuss over the word’s meaning. But Michael Rundell has already shown clearly how literally has more than one meaning – like it or not – and I’ve documented elsewhere how literally’s intensifying sense is literally centuries old. Besides, many words have been changing […]

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  • Macmillan Dictionary’s new update

    Posted by on August 19, 2013

    In an earlier post, I mentioned an interview I had with a journalist, many years ago, about all the changes we had made in a new edition of a dictionary I then edited. Predictably, none of the really interesting things we discussed ever got a look-in. What excited the paper was the fact that we […]

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  • Language tip of the week: holiday

    Posted by on August 15, 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 brings you some useful holiday words. Click on the words to check what they mean: […]

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  • Getting a new language

    Posted by on August 12, 2013

    The meanings of acquire listed in the Macmillan Dictionary include: 1 to get something, for example by buying it or being given it 2 to get new knowledge or a new skill by learning it 5 to gradually develop or learn something Which of these definitions best applies to the process of acquiring a second […]

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