You'll love your Longman Dictionary even more!

23 Oct 2014 Mehdi Safavi
The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 5th Edition (LDOCE 5) is probably the best dictionary for English learners. Unfortunately, the software version of the LDOCE is rather unpleasant to use. It is very slow and has problems with basic features like scrolling and copying text. In some versi...

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Brain magic

18 Oct 2014 Morvarid Akhbari
First, Keith Barry shows us how our brains can fool our bodies — in a trick that works via podcast too. Then he involves the audience in some jaw-dropping (and even a bit dangerous) feats of brain magic.

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Secrets behind the Hyphen

16 Oct 2014 Kasra Sharifan
The Hyphen (-) is a short horizontal line which is mainly used between two or more words to form a single meaning. By using a hyphen, we show that the word before and the word after are joined and this is a new word. Here are a few situations where hyphens must be used.

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A garden in my apartment

14 Oct 2014 Morvarid Akhbari
Britta Riley wanted to grow her own food (in her tiny apartment). So she and her friends developed a system for growing plants in discarded plastic bottles — researching, testing and tweaking the system using social media, trying many variations at once and quickly arriving at the optimal system. ...

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Oh no! Not another test!

09 Oct 2014 Mehdi Safavi
Have you ever felt that you were just studying to pass a test? Today many schools and companies around the world use standardized tests such as the TOEFL test to measure students’ abilities. Thousands of people every year take these kinds of tests in order to enter or graduate from a school or get...

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What's next in 3D printing

04 Oct 2014 Morvarid Akhbari
Just like his beloved grandfather, Avi Reichental is a maker of things. The difference is, now he can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost any material. Reichental tours us through the possibilities of 3D printing, for everything from printed candy to highly custom sneakers.

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Four features of North American English

02 Oct 2014 Kasra Sharifan
Speaking correctly is not all that matters for an effective conversation; you must sound intelligible too. In the IELTS speaking test, although it is not important what accent you have, it is imperative that you avoid blending accents. Therefore, do keep these 4 distinct features of American accent ...

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Life that doesn't end with death

29 Sep 2014 Morvarid Akhbari
Kelli Swazey takes a look at funerals culture in Indonesia , in which the bodies of dead relatives are cared for even years after they have passed. While it sounds strange to Western sensibilities, she says, this could actually be a truer reflection of the fact that relationships with loved ones don...

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skim-read and laugh!

25 Sep 2014 Mehdi Safavi
Do you know anything about skimming? It is not just a reading strategy; you may do this in everyday life. For example, as soon as you buy a newspaper, you skim through it by reading the headlines and looking at the pictures. Now, are you ready for a laugh? These selected articles have each a funny p...

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How giant websites design for you

24 Sep 2014 Morvarid Akhbari
Facebook’s “like” and “share” buttons are seen 22 billion times a day, making them some of the most-viewed design elements ever created. Margaret Gould Stewart, Facebook’s director of product design, outlines three rules for design at such a massive scale.

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