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  • Language tip of the week: excited

    Posted by on July 20, 2016

    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 set of language […]

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  • Language tip of the week: not feeling enthusiastic

    Posted by on July 15, 2016

    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 set of language […]

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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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  • Language tip of the week: enthusiastic

    Posted by on July 07, 2016

    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 set of language […]

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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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  • Language tip of the week: embarrass someone

    Posted by on June 29, 2016

    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 set of language […]

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  • Language tip of the week: embarrassing

    Posted by on June 22, 2016

    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 set of language […]

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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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  • Language tip of the week: feeling embarrassed and guilty

    Posted by on June 15, 2016

    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 set of language […]

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