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Language Interference
False Friends and the Varieties of English

Are England and America really divided by the same language?

Focus on Language

Business English: Writing e-mails
UK version  US version

New word of the month
Mailbomb, virus, worm, Trojan horse, nastygram, mockingbird.
Find out what these words have in common.

Top Tips for the CD-ROM
Use SoundSearch to learn about homophones

In this Issue

Welcome to the January issue of the MED Magazine, the monthly webzine of the Macmillan English Dictionary resource site!

In this issue we continue the series on how you can use the Macmillan English Dictionary CD-ROM in your teaching. This month the tips tell you how you can find homophones with the SoundSearch tool of the CD, and they also give you ideas for spelling activities with homophones.

The article on Language Interference in this issue takes a closer look at False Friends across regional and international varieties of English, and discusses the challenges lexicographers face when describing the language to native speakers and learners.

The final part of the Language Awareness series looking at communication in a business context describes the characteristics of e-mails and provides some helpful phrases often used in e-mail correspondence.

The article on the new word of the month also deals with electronic mail. Find out what mailbomb, virus, worm and Trojan horse all have in common.

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