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Learn English: monthly topic Macmillan Dictionary

In VOCABULARY on January 20, 2014 at 4:41 pm

A vocabulary resource from the Macmillan Dictionary blog, with posts focusing on a particular topic each month. So far there’s been sports English, holiday English, travel English, family English and culture English.

Here’s a quick overview of what you can expect to get from a week’s worth of topic content:

A red word a weekred words form the core vocabulary of the English language. There are around 7500 red words in the Macmillan Dictionary and these are the words that are vital to know because they are the most commonly used.
An example red word from October: elder

A black word a week – black words form the rest of the dictionary and are the thousands of other words in English that are less common and therefore fall outside of the core vocabulary.
An example black word from October: extended family

A phrase (or phrasal verb) a week – a phrase is a group of words that are used together in a fixed expression. A phrasal verb combines a verb and an adverb or preposition.
An example phrase from this month: cut the cord

A relevant list of synonyms and related words from the thesaurus – the thesaurus is a great place to get lost in for a while if you are studying English.
Example thesaurus content from October was a list of words used to describe babies and included words like bouncing, fussy and cranky.

Bonus content – this can include relevant BuzzWords, Open Dictionary entries, collocations, usage notes and more.
Example bonus share from October: the BuzzWord family balancing

Learn English through our monthly topic | Macmillan.


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