In this Issue
Letters to the Editor
Write to Us
Spread the Word
Back Issues

We all know what new means,
but what about nov-?

The importance of word elements

Language Interference
Maltese - an unusual formula

Focus on Study Skills:
Capital letters and
punctuation in English

New word of the month
LetsGt2gtha on Valentine's Day!
The vocabulary of text messaging

Top Tips for Business English
Teaching socializing skills
Basics socializing
Activities  Teacher's notes

In this Issue

Welcome to the February 2005 issue of MED Magazine, the monthly webzine of the Macmillan English Dictionaries resource site!

February 14th, or Valentine's Day, will be a busy day this year not only for shops selling flowers, cards or chocolates, but for mobile networks too. For the last couple of years traditional greeting cards are increasingly being replaced by text messages. In our regular column about new words in this issue, we explore the language of text messaging.

This month the language interference series returns with an article about the Maltese language. The article describes the main influences that helped shape the language of Malta over the centuries, and the problems speakers of Maltese face today as a result of the continuing impact of English.

The feature article discusses an area of language often neglected in vocabulary teaching: word elements. Author Michael Vaughan-Rees explains what these are, and why it is important for students to learn about them.

In this issue we conclude the short series on teaching essential Business English language and skills. In this final article you can find some useful tips for teaching socializing skills, and a set of activities with teacher's notes and answers.

Punctuation is the topic of the Study Skills article. Here you can read an overview of how capital letters and the most common punctuation marks are used in English.

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