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The vocabulary of voting... a look at election etymology | OxfordWords blog

The vocabulary of voting... a look at election etymology | OxfordWords blog | Learn English online | Scoop.it
As Britain goes to the polls, the thought of millions of people up and down the country shuffling into polling booths, quietly putting a cross on a piece o
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Schwa, syllables and words in different guises – Part 1 | Macmillan

Schwa, syllables and words in different guises – Part 1 | Macmillan | Learn English online | Scoop.it
I still remember learning, in my early days at school, that there are five vowels in English: a, e, i, o and u. But I discovered later that this simple account
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Are you -ish, -ic, -ese or -ian? (Or none of these?) | Macmillan

Are you -ish, -ic, -ese or -ian? (Or none of these?) | Macmillan | Learn English online | Scoop.it
Most people in Spain are Spanish and speak Spanish. Most people in Italy are Italian and speak Italian. There are many countries that give their name, plus a
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7 Sentences That Sound Crazy But Are Still Grammatical

7 Sentences That Sound Crazy But Are Still Grammatical | Learn English online | Scoop.it
This Grammar Day, let's not look at grammar as a cold, harsh mistress. She can also be a fun, kooky aunt. Here are some tricks you can do to make crazy sounding sentences that are still grammatical.
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Must, should, or ought? | OxfordWords blog

Must, should, or ought? | OxfordWords blog | Learn English online | Scoop.it
A woman's place is in the bosom of her family; her thoughts ought seldom to emerge from it. The Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany, Volume 97, 1825
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Language tip of the week: money | Macmillan

Language tip of the week: money | Macmillan | Learn English online | Scoop.it
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
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The formation of plurals, from sheep to minotaurs

The formation of plurals, from sheep to minotaurs | Learn English online | Scoop.it
It’s probably safe to say that most of us don’t give much thought to how plural nouns are formed in English. In fact, add –s or –es, whatever a word’s or
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Why doesn’t the plural of sheep take an ‘s’?

A truly fascinating blog post.

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Mapping How Americans Talk

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Enhanced video based on previous "soda vs. pop vs. Coke" maps


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 26, 2013 6:28 PM

I'm from California, and yes, this is a freeway.  This fun 4 minute video highlights some previously shared language maps.  

Steven Flis's curator insight, December 16, 2013 12:21 AM

Very insightful video about the differences in dialecs throughout the united states. I would say I am experienced when i comes to lingustic changes because i lived on the North Dakota Minnesota border for 2 years. And let me tell you it is impossible to get a a midwestern local to call a carbonated beverage a soda they refuse to call it anything other than pop. You could say its became apart of their local culture and heiritage.

Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, January 27, 2014 4:58 PM

This Dilect Survey is a very comical yet accurate take on how Americans pronouce the same words in different areas. As a Rhode Islander, the ways in which we classify words such as soda or the highway are much different than those of the south or western coast. Differnt regions, different words, same meanings.

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Stairway to Heaven

Listening comprehension exercise based on Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
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Write down the words of this famous song.

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The English Just Have To Be Different

The English Just Have To Be Different | Learn English online | Scoop.it
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Just for fun :)

The etymology of pineapple: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineapple#Etymology

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Spell Up. Speak to play and build up your English.

Spell Up. Speak to play and build up your English. | Learn English online | Scoop.it

This is a great new game from Google which helps students develop their vocabulary through spelling and pronunciation. Using Chrome, students can actually speak to the computer and listen to the pronunciation of the words as they build a word tower. They can even listen to a speaking dictionary telling them what the words mean. This should get your students working autonomously to develop their own vocabulary and if they sign in they can track and share their results.


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Sayed Saber Ali's curator insight, July 20, 2014 8:35 PM

You need to use Google Chrome to enjoy this.

Mrs. Karnowski's curator insight, August 27, 2014 8:02 AM

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Proud to have done some work on this for Google.

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The English Blog: Words in the News: Rift

The English Blog: Words in the News: Rift | Learn English online | Scoop.it
A rift appeared to be opening up on Monday night between the US and Europe on how to punish Vladimir Putin for his occupation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, with European capitals resisting Washington's push towards tough sanctions. With the Americans,...
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Borrowed words in English: tracing the changing patterns | OxfordWords blog

Borrowed words in English: tracing the changing patterns | OxfordWords blog | Learn English online | Scoop.it
In Borrowed Words: A History of Loanwords in English I examine how words borrowed from different languages have influenced English throughout its history.
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Life skills tip of the week: ways of expressing uncertainty | Macmillan

Life skills tip of the week: ways of expressing uncertainty | Macmillan | Learn English online | Scoop.it
As part of our pragmatics series, we bring more useful content and tips from the Macmillan Dictionary on expressing yourself. The previous  language tip
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Do Gamified Education Apps Actually Help You Learn?

Do Gamified Education Apps Actually Help You Learn? | Learn English online | Scoop.it
Apps like Duolingo and MindSnacks lure wannabe polyglots from pricy Rosetta Stone and lengthy language classes. But playing your way to fluency may...
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On the Road: Middle school football players execute life-changing play - YouTube

As part of our continuing series "On the Road," Steve Hartman meets the Olivet Eagles, a middle school football team who took a fledgling player under their ...
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Some of the boys might not be that easy to understand but it's well worth watching, not only for English learning purposes.
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Smaller Than Your Phone, This Device Could Keep You Healthy

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Meet TellSpec, the Indiegogo project that could change the way you eat.
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Read this article to improve your reading comprehension skills.

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