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Many people use English in their working lives and generally choose Standard English to do so. But even Standard English varies a little from place to place. In Real World English, language teacher and author Ed Pegg examines these differences in the areas of vocabulary and pragmatics – in the context of the workplace.
The videos and blog posts that appear and will be appearing on this page over the coming months will cover topics such as greetings, politeness and directness. Watch the introduction video below to find out more!
Scroll down for our first Real Grammar and second Real Vocabulary video and blog series too!
In this video, Ed Pegg introduces the new series and explains what topics it will cover.Download video script
In the most recent video of the series, Ed discusses how people usually greet each other in English – in both formal and informal settings.Download video script
In this fifth episode of the video series, Ed talks about the different ways in which schools are referred to in British and American English.Download video script
In the fourth video of the series, Ed discusses different ways of talking about dates and time in English.Download video script
In the third video of the series, Ed explains the difference between holiday, holidays and vacation.Download video script
In the second video of the series, Ed discusses the tricky use of the word quite.Download video script
If you've enjoyed Real World English, check out our grammar and vocabulary series with experts Michael Rundell and Scott Thornbury.
In Real Grammar, Macmillan Dictionary Editor-in-Chief Michael Rundell discusses the validity of common grammar rules and asks questions such as these: Is it OK to change nouns into verbs and vice versa? Can you use the word like as a conjunction? And is it OK to split an infinitive?Watch this series
In Real Vocabulary, author, teacher and teacher trainer Scott Thornbury explores common misconceptions about vocabulary choices, such as using awesome to describe a movie, or deciding when to use less, and when to use fewer.Watch this series