Archive for February, 2014

  • Language and words in the news – 28th February, 2014

    Posted by on February 28, 2014

    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 a link […]

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  • Language tip of the week: money

    Posted by on February 27, 2014

    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 other ways of saying money:     cash coins or notes that can be […]

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  • Crawling the Web for new words

    Posted by on February 26, 2014

    Today’s guest post, from Daphné Kerremans of the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, is another in our occasional series on developments in language technology (and how they help us produce better dictionaries). Daphné is a linguist interested in the socio-cognitive mechanisms of language processes, specifically regarding the adoption of linguistic innovations by individuals and the speech community at large. She […]

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  • Life skills tip of the week: ways of expressing uncertainty

    Posted by on February 25, 2014

    As part of our pragmatics series, we bring more useful content and tips from the Macmillan Dictionary on expressing yourself. The previous  language tip looked at ways of saying ‘I don’t know‘. This week’s tip gives some ways of saying you think you know something but are not completely sure: perhaps/maybe: used for saying that […]

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  • Word roots and routes: tract

    Posted by on February 24, 2014

    Next in a series of posts exploring some of the ‘roots’ and ‘routes’ of English vocabulary. In my school maths lessons, one of the weapons I had in grappling with intractable geometrical puzzles was a plastic semicircle called a protractor. I was unaware, then, of the similarity to the much more familiar word tractor. Still less did […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 22nd February, 2014

    Posted by on February 22, 2014

    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 a link […]

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  • Teaching pragmatics

    Posted by on February 21, 2014

    Are you interested in teaching pragmatics in class? Macmillan Dictionary has launched the first of a series of lesson plans by author Jonathan Marks, dealing with different ways of expressing a meaning or attitude. In the first lesson, learners develop their awareness and understanding of expressions meaning ‘I don’t know’ and practise using these expressions. […]

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  • Language tip of the week: few

    Posted by on February 20, 2014

    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 determiner few: Don’t use a singular noun or an uncountable noun after few. […]

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  • And the winners are… – Love English Awards update 6

    Posted by on February 20, 2014

    The public has voted and the 2013 Love English Awards winners have been announced! In this year’s competition, 90 blogs and websites competed to win top prize in the categories ‘Best Website’ and ‘Best Blog’ about the English language. More than 12,000 votes were received from all over the world and polls closed on Valentine’s […]

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  • Your stories in a flipbook!

    Posted by on February 19, 2014

    As many of you will remember, last year we ran the Stories behind Words series on this blog. In the series we asked teachers, authors, linguists and other language enthusiasts to share a personal anecdote about a word (or phrase) that they felt strongly about: a word that had a personal meaning to them. We […]

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