Posts Tagged ‘metaphor’

  • Language tip of the week: intelligence

    Posted by on November 20, 2014

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this new series of  language tips we will be looking at how metaphor is used to express some common concepts in English. This week’s tip looks at metaphors used to talk about intelligence: Intelligence is like a […]

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  • Language tip of the week: language metaphors

    Posted by on November 06, 2014

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this new series of  language tips we will be looking at how metaphor is used to express some common concepts in English. This week’s tip looks at metaphors used to talk about language: Language and words are […]

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  • Language tip of the week: conversation

    Posted by on October 23, 2014

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this new series of  language tips we will be looking at how metaphor is used to express some common concepts in English. This week’s tip looks at metaphors used to talk about conversation: A conversation or discussion […]

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  • Language tip of the week: communicate

    Posted by on October 09, 2014

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this new series of  language tips we will be looking at how metaphor is used to express some common concepts in English. This week’s  tip looks at the area of communication: When people communicate, it is as […]

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  • Trending, then peaking, then past its sell-by date

    Posted by on April 30, 2014

    Australian scientists have discovered that the more beards there are, the less attractive they become. Their experiment, reported in the journal Biology Letters, found that “women and men judged heavy stubble and full beards more attractive when presented in treatments where beards were rare than when they were common … Likewise, clean-shaven faces were least […]

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  • False and flying colours in metaphor

    Posted by on March 31, 2014

    Colour has many figurative and metaphorical uses, independent of physics, that can reflect our identity or nature more or less directly. People might show their true colours by making an off-colour remark, or we might say the local colour of a town has brought colour to some event. I want to highlight here a particular […]

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  • What is metonymy? Enquiring minds want to know

    Posted by on December 09, 2013

    Metonymy is a figure of speech which, though common, easily goes unnoticed. It’s when you replace the name of something with the name of another thing closely associated with it, or (defined more broadly) with the name of one of its parts or attributes. The word literally means ‘change of name’ – it has the […]

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  • Stories behind Words: red line

    Posted by on September 18, 2013

    If you saw a line would you cross it? To do so might have serious consequences, as Chandler discovered when he kissed Joey’s girlfriend in series 4 of Friends: Chandler: I have no excuses. I was totally over the line. Joey: Over the line? You … you … you’re so far past the line that […]

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  • Seeding, weeding, map-reading, heeding

    Posted by on August 26, 2013

    In my previous post I described the metaphor of ‘building a house‘ as one way of understanding the process of language acquisition, and suggested that it contains more than a grain of truth, but has its limitations. Now I’d like to consider two other metaphors. Firstly, perhaps learning a language is like tending a garden. […]

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  • Getting a new language

    Posted by on August 12, 2013

    The meanings of acquire listed in the Macmillan Dictionary include: 1 to get something, for example by buying it or being given it 2 to get new knowledge or a new skill by learning it 5 to gradually develop or learn something Which of these definitions best applies to the process of acquiring a second […]

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