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  • Are you having hot cross buns today?

    Posted by on April 18, 2014

    Today’s Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, a Christian feast that many people from different cultures around the world celebrate every year. Easter marks the end of Lent, and for many it means spending time with family, going away on holiday, decorating eggs and eating traditional Easter dishes. Eggs are a symbol of re-birth and […]

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  • Life skills tip of the week: ways of apologizing

    Posted by on April 08, 2014

    Learning about pragmatics and how to express yourself successfully is a useful life skill, said Michael Rundell in January when he introduced the new pragmatics series on Macmillan Dictionary. The series is part of the Macmillan Life Skills campaign, offering free resources for English language students and teachers each month. As part of the series, we’ll bring more useful content and […]

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  • It’s our birthday!

    Posted by on April 01, 2014

    Three hoorays for Macmillan Dictionary! Or five, to be precise, since this month marks the day five years ago when we launched the online version of Macmillan Dictionary. A lot has happened since then. The Open Dictionary and BuzzWords sections have become much loved features of the site and with the launch of the Love […]

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  • Join our webinar this afternoon!

    Posted by on March 19, 2014

    This afternoon our Editor-in-Chief, Michael Rundell, will run a free webinar about the importance of ‘Search’ and the role online dictionaries play in language learning. He’ll talk about how corpus linguistics has transformed our understanding of how language works: the focus of our dictionaries is not just the individual word but the way words come together […]

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  • New pragmatics lesson

    Posted by on March 11, 2014

    Did you enjoy the first lesson plan in our pragmatics series? The lesson plans by author Jonathan Marks deal with different ways of expressing a meaning or attitude. In the second lesson, learners practise different ways of making suggestions and reporting suggestions. You can download the lesson plan here. For more information about the series have […]

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  • Life skills tip of the week: ways of suggesting something

    Posted by on March 04, 2014

    Learning about pragmatics and how to express yourself successfully is a useful life skill, said Michael Rundell in January when he introduced the new pragmatics series on Macmillan Dictionary. The series is part of the Macmillan Life Skills campaign, offering free resources for English language students and teachers each month. As part of the series, we’ll bring more useful content and […]

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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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  • Life skills tip of the week: ways of saying ‘I don’t know’

    Posted by on February 11, 2014

    Learning about pragmatics and how to express yourself successfully is a useful life skill, said Michael Rundell last month when he introduced the new pragmatics series on Macmillan Dictionary. The series is part of the Macmillan Life Skills campaign, offering free resources for English language students and teachers each month. As part of the series, […]

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  • “Say the Word” competition: we’ve got a winner!

    Posted by on May 10, 2013

    A big thank you to everyone who took part in our “Say the Word” competition. The brief was to find any words in Beatles songs which are not ‘red words’ in the Macmillan Dictionary. And this isn’t easy. We mentioned in an earlier post that the Beatles’ lyrics are mostly made up of basic, high-frequency […]

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  • New language games!

    Posted by on February 12, 2013

    Games are a great way to learn English. Our language games are not only for English language learners but also for native speakers who are addicted to word games. In our red words game, you can test your intuition on word frequency. You can practise irregular verb forms by spinning the irregular verb wheel. We’ve […]

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