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pragmatics

  • 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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  • Life skills tip of the week: ways of offering something to someone

    Posted by on March 18, 2014

    As part of our pragmatics series, we bring more useful content and tips from the Macmillan Dictionary on expressing yourself. The previous language tip looked at ways of suggesting something. This week’s tip gives some ways of offering something to someone, and some ways of accepting or refusing an offer: Would you like…? is the most […]

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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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  • Learning about pragmatics: a useful life skill

    Posted by on January 21, 2014

    One of our major themes at Macmillan in 2014 is “Life Skills”, an umbrella term for the professional, academic, and personal skills we all need in order to do well in life. Effective communication is obviously a big part of this. But choosing the language to get your message across involves more than simply cobbling […]

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  • Why pick on adverbs?

    Posted by on February 07, 2013

    The former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher was fond of the expression “totally and utterly”. We were regularly told that something was “totally and utterly unacceptable”, or that she “totally and utterly condemned” some recent outrage. (She wasn’t alone in favouring this combination: our corpus includes 130 examples.) Not one adverb but two! So Mrs […]

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  • Saying ‘sorry’ – and showing that you mean it

    Posted by on July 23, 2012

    As part of our continuing interest in pragmatics, we return to the subject of apologizing, which has been discussed before by Stan and by Michael. Our guest bloggers this week are Simon Williams and Jules Winchester of the University of Sussex. There’s quite a vogue nowadays for those in power to make apologies for wrongdoing.  […]

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  • “This parrot is no more”. When is a synonym not a synonym?

    Posted by on April 16, 2012

    Stan’s recent post on poppycock, bunkum, and similar words includes a huge collection of synonyms. They’re not identical in every respect: there are differences in regional distribution (some are used very widely, others only locally), in register (some being more formal, others verging on the offensive), and in currency (with some fading from use, and […]

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