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  • Is small talk different in the US and UK? Yes!

    Posted by on July 20, 2011

    Small talk month continues with a guest post by English teacher, coursebook author and fellow blogger Vicki Hollett from Learning to speak ’merican on tips for small talk in the US. ___________ Here are some quick tips for Brits who are crossing the pond. First, starting conversations: Follow normal practice and comment on the weather. […]

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  • Business English and likeability

    Posted by on June 02, 2011

    Our final guest post in Business English month comes from English teacher, coursebook writer and blogger Vicki Hollett. It’s not the first time Vicki is contributing to Macmillan Dictionary Blog. This time she discusses the difference between business talk and ordinary conversation, and defines the language of business in a couple of adjectives. ______________ How […]

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  • A Brit’s take on American English

    Posted by on July 17, 2010

    As part of American English month, we return to Philadephia, where blogger and EFL teacher & author Vicki Hollett discusses the hazards of a Brit speaking ‘merican. Thank you to Vicki for another great guest post! _________ The US is a hazardous place for Brits. Since moving to Philadelphia, I’ve inadvertently commented on my hostess’s […]

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  • The trickiest word in American

    Posted by on July 01, 2010

    Our first guest post for American English month comes from Vicki Hollett, English teacher and coursebook writer. Vicki writes a fantastic blog called Learning to speak ’merican. _________________ I’d better confess right away that I’m not a native American English speaker. If you could hear my accent, you’d spot in a jiffy that my native […]

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  • Symbols

    Posted by on March 29, 2010

    We start the final week of Japanese English month with a great guest post from English teacher, coursebook author and fellow blogger Vicki Hollett from Learning to speak ’merican. For earlier guest posts, see our Japanese English page. _______ A cute gesture English teachers quickly learn in Japan is ‘Who me?’ Students make it by […]

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