Archive for November, 2014

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

    Posted by on November 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: doctor

    Posted by on November 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, usage, etc. This week’s language tip helps with the differences in usage in American and British English of the word […]

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  • Love English Awards 2014 – update 1

    Posted by on November 26, 2014

    The Love English Awards 2014 are in full swing! The annual public contest, hosted by Macmillan Dictionary, was launched three weeks ago and to date we’ve received almost 250 nominations for ‘best blog’, ‘best website’ and ‘best Facebook page’ about the English language. We’ll be giving away some exciting prizes to three lucky people who […]

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  • Life skills tip of the week: approval and disapproval

    Posted by on November 25, 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 some of the ways of adding emphasis to what you say and write. This week’s tip looks at a few of the very many ways of expressing approval and […]

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  • The vogue for banning words

    Posted by on November 24, 2014

    I’m not a fan of banning words. Even moist. For one thing it’s impossible, so I should say I’m not in favour of attempts to ban words either, even when those attempts aren’t serious. It strikes me as futile and rash, a casual shot at censorship motivated by capricious dislike of a word that perhaps […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 21st November, 2014

    Posted by on November 21, 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: intelligence

    Posted by on November 20, 2014

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this new series of  language tips we will be looking at how metaphor is used to express some common concepts in English. This week’s tip looks at metaphors used to talk about intelligence: Intelligence is like a […]

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  • Real Grammar Quiz, Question 3: Bored with it, or Bored of it?

    Posted by on November 19, 2014

    Real Grammar isn’t about the made-up or outdated “rules” which some people try to make us follow. As we said in the introduction to this new series from Macmillan Dictionary, Real Grammar is based on the evidence of language in use. In the coming months, we’ll be bringing you blog posts and videos that give […]

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  • New pragmatics lesson plan: ways of expressing criticism

    Posted by on November 18, 2014

    Have you seen our latest lesson plan by author Jonathan Marks? This new resource is part of the ‘expressing yourself’ series and helps learners review and consolidate ways of expressing criticism. What’s included? Worksheets for students, tips for teachers, as well as an answer key and suggested follow-up activities. All pragmatics lesson plans – including […]

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  • Word roots and routes: band, bend, bind

    Posted by on November 17, 2014

    Next in a series of posts exploring some of the ‘roots’ and ‘routes’ of English vocabulary. What do all the following have in common? a jazz band a band of values, prices, ages etc (eg a higher or lower tax band) a rubber band a broadband connection a bend in the road bending the rules […]

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