Archive for October, 2015

  • Language and words in the news – 30th October, 2015

    Posted by on October 30, 2015

    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: making comments

    Posted by on October 28, 2015

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items. This week’s tip looks […]

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  • Does a jive jibe with a gibe?

    Posted by on October 26, 2015

    Some words seem almost designed for confusion. Ronald Pineda told me on Twitter that he sees jive, jibe and gibe used interchangeably, and suggested I disentangle them. So I will, but first I should say that certain variations and overlaps in their usage are legitimate, while others are generally considered non-standard or incorrect. The usual […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 24th October, 2015

    Posted by on October 24, 2015

    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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  • Walking in a webinar wonderland

    Posted by on October 23, 2015

    Webinar. Now’s the time of year when I’m confronted by this word on an almost daily basis as we ramp up the final preparations for the annual Macmillan Education Online Conference. The event is now in its fifth year – and if you haven’t come across it before, it is a place where teachers across […]

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  • Language tip of the week: say something

    Posted by on October 22, 2015

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items. This week’s tip looks […]

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  • Real Vocabulary Quiz, Question 2: Is it OK to ask “Can I get a coffee?”

    Posted by on October 21, 2015

    Our Real Grammar series showed how the evidence of language in use often undermines or contradicts the made-up or outdated “rules” which some people insist on. In our new series on Real Vocabulary, with Scott Thornbury, we’re bringing you blog posts, videos and a quiz that give evidence-based answers to frequently asked questions about vocabulary. […]

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  • Open Dictionary Word of the Month: pop

    Posted by on October 19, 2015

    Only 89 new entries made it into the Open Dictionary in September, a sharp drop from the two previous months. The overall number of submissions was slightly down too, and many submissions failed to meet the admissions criteria. These are that the word or phrase should be used by more than just one person or […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 16th October, 2015

    Posted by on October 16, 2015

    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: asking for something

    Posted by on October 14, 2015

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items. This week’s tip looks […]

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