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language resources

  • BuzzWord or Bard’s Word?

    Posted by on November 16, 2016

    Much Ado about Apps? The Comedy of Memes? English is a creative language that changes and evolves to reflect the world around it. Because of this, it can be tricky to decipher what’s new and what’s old. Can you figure out which of these words come from the Bard himself and which derive from our […]

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  • Language for … new series

    Posted by on October 19, 2016

    Since 2010, Macmillan Dictionary and onestopenglish have been working together on resources that give teachers and students a chance to explore BuzzWords in the classroom. The OSE-BuzzWord lesson plan series came to an end in summer 2016, but autumn 2016 saw the launch of a brand-new collaboration between the two Macmillan Education sites: Language for […]

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  • Spelling quiz – hard

    Posted by on October 17, 2016

    Now that you’ve mastered the basics with our first spelling quiz, why not test your knowledge with some other finicky letter combinations? In our newest quiz we discover that some words love to double up and duplicate certain letters. Can you figure out which ones they are by putting your skills to the test in […]

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  • Spelling quiz

    Posted by on July 14, 2016

    “i before e except after c” (apart from the many exceptions); “q is always followed by u” (unless the word is of Arabic origin); “words ending in y change the y to i when adding an ending” (unless y is preceded by a vowel, or the ending itself starts with an i) … it’s enough […]

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  • Words into worlds

    Posted by on July 13, 2016

    Our latest guest post is by Nick Bilbrough, founder and coordinator of the Hands Up Project, a charity which teaches English to children in challenging circumstances in Palestine and Jordan through online storytelling and other remote learning activities. Nick is the author of 3 resource books for teachers, Dialogue Activities, Memory Activities for Language Learning, […]

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  • Real Vocabulary: a few concluding thoughts

    Posted by on June 30, 2016

    Our Real Grammar series showed how the evidence of language in use often undermines or contradicts the made-up or outdated “rules” which some people insist on.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

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  • Real Vocabulary Quiz, Question 10: Which is right: “less cars” or “fewer cars”?

    Posted by on June 20, 2016

    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 this 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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  • New images and a quiz!

    Posted by on June 09, 2016

    The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that some of Macmillan Dictionary’s entries now include photographs. This latest addition applies to a range of colours, fruits and vegetables, animals, and natural phenomena. So when you are looking for descriptions of words like rhubarb, jade or aardvark, there is a visual aid in addition to the […]

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  • Real Vocabulary Quiz, Question 9: can “momentarily” mean “soon” or “in a moment”?

    Posted by on May 19, 2016

    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 this 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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  • Real Vocabulary Quiz, Question 8: should I say “the data is…” or “the data are…”?

    Posted by on April 20, 2016

    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 this 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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