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Learning a language is about understanding what words mean, grammar, spelling and pronunciation. But there is more to it than that. This year, as part of the Macmillan Life Skills series, Macmillan Dictionary is focussing on an area of language learning that students of English may find difficult to master: pragmatics.
Second in a series of blog posts helping learners with pragmatics.
As part of our pragmatics series, we bring more useful content and tips from the Macmillan Dictionary on expressing yourself.
The previous language tip looked at ways of saying 'I don't know'.
This week's tip gives some ways of saying you think you know something but are not completely sure.
Read the blog post: Life skills tip of the week: ways of expressing uncertainty.
Monthly lesson plans helping students with useful language.Lesson plan 1: This lesson helps learners to develop their awareness and understanding of expressions meaning 'I don't know' and practise using these expressions.
Regular blog posts presenting useful expressions:
To use the Macmillan Dictionary definition, pragmatics is "the study of how language is used in particular situations to express a meaning or attitude that may not be obvious from the actual words".
Learning how to express yourself and convey a message successfully is an important life skill. It's a skill that we all need to master in order to be successful academically and professionally.
Throughout 2014 Macmillan Dictionary will be providing a series of resources in the form of lesson plans and blog posts where we'll be delving deeper to get answers to questions such as:
To tackle these and other questions, we'll be publishing a free pragmatics lesson plan on this page each month. You can also follow us on Macmillan Dictionary Blog where we'll be publishing regular posts on this subject written by our core team of authors as well as guest authors.
To find out more about pragmatics, read Michael Rundell's first post on the blog: Learning about pragmatics: a useful life skill.
For more free resources and information about Life Skills, visit the dedicated Macmillan Education Life Skills page.
To find out what other types of resources are available on Macmillan Dictionary, visit our popular English language resources page.