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  • Your favourite portmanteau words

    Posted by on January 27, 2015

    Today is the 183rd birthday of the English mathematician, logician, photographer and clergyman Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. If you’re wondering why such an obscure figure deserves to be celebrated, I should quickly add that Dodgson, better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was the author of the children’s classics Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through […]

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  • Get organized with the BuzzWord calendar

    Posted by on January 20, 2015

    Have you made any New Year’s resolutions this year? Most resolutions go out of the window as quickly as they’ve been made, so this year Macmillan Dictionary will help those whose goal is being more organized! To help you get set up and plan for the year ahead, we have created a BuzzWord calendar for […]

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  • Language tip of the week: student

    Posted by on January 15, 2015

    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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  • Make your voice heard!

    Posted by on January 13, 2015

    Before Christmas we shared with you the list of nominees for the Love English Awards 2014. Today the voting has started! With 35 blogs, 43 websites and 30 Facebook pages nominated, there are plenty of candidates to choose from. Who will be the winners this year? Make sure you vote before 9 February to make […]

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  • Love English Awards 2014 – the nominees!

    Posted by on December 19, 2014

    The nominations stage of the Love English Awards 2014 has come to an end. Hundreds of people around the world have nominated their favourite website, blog and Facebook page about the English language. It’s now time to reveal the final list of nominees! Remember, voting starts on 13 January 2015 on Macmillan Dictionary. Make sure […]

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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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  • Support your favourite English language hub!

    Posted by on November 05, 2014

    What do the English language, November and Macmillan Dictionary have in common? It’s the annual Love English Awards, now in their fourth year! Macmillan Dictionary has launched the 2014 Love English Awards, encouraging people from all over the world to enter. The awards, held between November and February, are a public contest where readers can […]

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  • What’s your English? is home to roost

    Posted by on September 09, 2014

    We’ve been around the world and in and out of contexts in our search to understand and share what English is in the world, right now. The What’s Your English? 2010 campaign explored English usage in countries from Australia to Japan to Brazil. The 2011 campaign looked at English usage in different contexts: business English, metaphorical English, gender […]

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  • New pragmatics lesson plan: saying hello and goodbye

    Posted by on August 19, 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 saying hello and goodbye. What’s included? Worksheets for students, tips for teachers, as well as an answer key and suggested follow-up activities. All pragmatics lesson plans […]

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  • New pragmatics lesson plan: saying you are sure or unsure

    Posted by on July 23, 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 saying you are sure or not sure. What’s included? Worksheets for students, tips for teachers, as well as an answer key and suggested follow-up activities. All […]

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