Posts Tagged ‘American English’

  • Language tip of the week: pavement

    Posted by on May 13, 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 meaning of pavement in American and British English. In […]

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  • Language tip of the week: time

    Posted by on January 29, 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 how people talk about time in American and British […]

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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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  • Language and words in the news – 23rd March, 2013

    Posted by on March 23, 2013

    This post contains a selection of links related to language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to submit […]

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  • “All hat and no cattle” (R.I.P. Larry Hagman)

    Posted by on March 21, 2013

    The venue for this year’s TESOL Convention evokes memories of the long-running TV series about the Texas oil business. When Dallas was first aired on British TV in 1978, it brought a touch of glamour to a rather gloomy U.K., then (as now) in the grip of economic recession. The fast cars, cowboy hats, gushers, […]

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  • Language tip of the week: American and British English differences

    Posted by on March 19, 2013

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are based on areas of English which learners often find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc. This week we focus on American English, and today’s post highlights some key differences between American and British English […]

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  • Touchous, honeyfuggle, and whoopensocker

    Posted by on March 18, 2013

    We’ve looked before at dialectal vocabulary – those regional words and phrases peculiar to, or characteristic of, particular geographic areas. My earlier post focused on UK and Irish terms, but American speakers are no slouches in the regional expressions department. A good source of these is the US public radio show A Way with Words, […]

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  • Compound fractures

    Posted by on April 24, 2012

    Though it has never been discovered, there must be, resting somewhere on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, a box of words that lost their way in the perilous journey from British to American English, or in some cases, in the reverse direction. This would handily explain the disparities among a number of compound terms […]

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  • Rather interesting

    Posted by on April 10, 2012

    Michael Rundell noted in his post a couple of weeks ago that there was a clear British/American divide in the use of the expression “Thanks a bunch”: it’s often used sincerely in American English, but ironically in British. That distinction, in one respect, is the tip of an iceberg: the iceberg of adverbial modification. In […]

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  • Helmer at the helm

    Posted by on February 20, 2012

    “I stood at her helm, and for long hours silently guided the way of this fire-ship on the sea.” The old nautical word helm is likely to evoke a salty sea image such as one from Herman Melville’s mighty Moby-Dick – that is, of a wheel or similar gear used to steer a boat or […]

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