Archive for June, 2014

  • Word roots and routes: sun

    Posted by on June 30, 2014

    Next in a series of posts exploring some of the ‘roots’ and ‘routes’ of English vocabulary. Sun and son are homophones – they happen to have the same pronunciation, but their spellings are different, and their meanings and origins are unrelated. Germanic, Latin and Greek have all contributed to our vocabulary connected with the sun. Germanic […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 27th June, 2014

    Posted by on June 27, 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: funny

    Posted by on June 26, 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 looks at some other ways of saying something is funny: amusing fairly funny, in a […]

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  • Field – a trilingual football expressions dictionary

    Posted by on June 25, 2014

    You wait ages for a trilingual dictionary of football, and then two come along at once (you can read about another trilingual football dictionary here). The team behind this new dictionary is led by  Rove Chishman, a Professor of Linguistics and coordinator of the Graduate Program in Applied Linguistics at the University of Vale do […]

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  • Anyone for Dennis?

    Posted by on June 24, 2014

    News that Wimbledon and Olympic champion Andy Murray has guest-edited a special edition of the venerable children’s comic the Beano (produced in Scotland, like Murray himself) makes me think it’s time to turn our attention away from a certain sporting competition happening on the other side of the world and focus on one that has […]

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  • You’re the one for me, phatic

    Posted by on June 23, 2014

    What is language for? A common answer is that it allows us to communicate ideas, but this is only part of the story. In her book A Woman Speaks, French author Anaïs Nin says we forget that language uses ‘a million transmissions far more subtle than explicit direct statements’. This poetic description includes what in […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 20th June, 2014

    Posted by on June 20, 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: cook

    Posted by on June 19, 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 looks at some other ways of saying cook: boil to cook food in boiling water: […]

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  • Do you know the lingo?

    Posted by on June 18, 2014

    Say you’re watching a football match with your friends or you’re thinking of joining a sports club – and the chosen language to communicate in is English. But what if you don’t know all the sports lingo that will be used when watching or playing a game? Macmillan Dictionary has made a selection of commonly […]

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  • Life skills tip of the week: expressing personal opinions in writing

    Posted by on June 17, 2014

    As part of this year’s pragmatics series, we bring more useful content and tips from the Macmillan Dictionary on expressing yourself. The previous language tip looked at ways of being polite. This week’s tip gives some ways of expressing personal opinions in writing: In our recent post on ways of giving your opinion we looked […]

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