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Chunk of the day: Just because . . . it doesn’t mean

We've both often had students act more than a little surprised at our apparently un-English ways. Smiling and being friendly is often enough to start the questions about whether we're not secretly from somewhere ‘abroad’. This particular chunk helps offer…

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Why teachers shouldn’t prefer blonde

I recently asked a couple of colleagues which word they thought was more frequent - arise or blonde. Almost immediately, the answer blonde came back. However, despite the confidence of the response, according to the British National Corpus (BNC) and…

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Welcome to Lexical Lab

We were at a conference in Poland last year and a teacher we got talking to mentioned how excited he'd once been about the Lexical Approach and how discussing the ideas behind it had energised his teaching. He then shrugged…

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