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Macmillan Dictionary – Our Social Media Communities and You

We have different types of dictionary users. That is, you use our dictionary for different reasons and need different things from it. Social media gives us a great way to make sure that we are guiding you to the content that's useful and interesting to you, sharing content from external sources that you actually want to see and communicating with you in a way that meets your requirements. For these reasons we have divided our social media content into three streams:

Learn English

Macmillan Dictionary is an advanced learner's dictionary and is built on the principle of providing clear, simple definitions that learners can understand, using a system of red words and stars to show which are the most important words to know. The Learn English Facebook and Twitter pages follow the same principle focusing on sharing and producing content that is clear and easy to understand and useful specifically to those who are actively learning English as a foreign language.

Follow @MacLearnEnglish on Twitter and Learn English on Facebook and:

  • learn a red word every week
  • extend your vocabulary with a weekly phrase or phrasal verb explained
  • build your vocabulary with a weekly synonym from the Macmillan Dictionary Thesaurus
  • get something extra in your social media feed, for example an article, language tip, blog post, written specially for learners
  • learn a black word every week (What's a 'black word'? Like our page to find out!)
  • get your Word of the Day
  • play 'Guess the word' and improve your understanding of words and their definitions
Every month we match our content to a new theme to stay focussed. For example, colour, sport, holidays, etc.

Live English

English is the language of the Internet and of a global society, culture and economy. As a result a lot of our dictionary users are not active English-language students as such, but know and use English for other reasons, for example business, hobbies, culture, networking, etc. Global English speakers own English in that there are more foreign language speakers of English than native speakers. As a result of this, English is constantly changing and adapting. The Live English channel exists to speak with our Global English community (as well as English language teachers living all over the world) who want to share and exchange information, eccentricities and funny titbits about their English.

Follow @MacLiveEnglish on Twitter and 'MacDictionary' on Facebook and:

  • get a daily pronunciation tip
  • share your English with other Global English users all over the world
  • find out what the most searched word in the dictionary is every week and help us figure out why
  • get your word of the day from the Macmillan Open Dictionary – a dictionary that you have created by adding your English words from various countries and contexts
  • get a weekly alert for the latest entries in your Open Dictionary, and make something out of these words
  • get alerts for new posts on Macmillan Dictionary Blog that are relevant to you
  • keep up to date with our Editor's weekly round-up of language and words in the news
  • be entertained with humorous updates and other surprise Global English fun

Love English

Behind the scenes at Macmillan Dictionary headquarters is a team of people who just Love English and who agree on the basic principle that a dictionary should 'listen as much as it tells'. This spirit has gone into the creation of the Macmillan Dictionary Blog, which hosts a mix of bloggers who are encouraged to share and discuss their opinions and findings. Topics include types of English from all over the world, English in different contexts, language and technology, grammar rules, language usage and any and all topical interests that have anything to do with the way we communicate using words.

Follow @MacDictionary on Twitter and Love English on Facebook and:

  • get content and comments around the topics of language and words in the news, language technology, and language change
  • join our Editor-in-Chief in weekly discussion points
  • subscribe to blog posts about the English language
  • get a weekly update on the latest entries in the Open Dictionary
  • play guess the word – a word game using obscure Open Dictionary entries only
  • share your language news, views and usage blues
  • get an alert when our weekly BuzzWord article is published
  • get a daily linguistic gem straight from the Editor-in-Chief's desk

Whether you love English, use it for specific purposes, or are an English language student or teacher, you'll benefit from our social media offerings. We promise!

Why people like Macmillan Dictionary on social media

We are being bombarded by information nowadays […] so, being reminded of some hints, good info to be shared makes it very useful.

Mario João Moraes, Director at Mario Idiomas, Brazil

Because of the 'bite-size' pieces of information.

Anila Scott-Monkhouse, University of Parma, Italy

It works like calendar reminder to learn something new; it reminds me to improve my English day by day.

Elena M. Odessa, Ukraine

Because you can read other opinions.

Stefi, Student in Rome

I discovered Macmillan by chance in 2003 when I bought the CD version for advanced learner's. Since then I always say I LOVE MACMILLAN.

Teacher and Bilingual Secretary

I find your social media content useful because you deal with the confusing skills of the English language.

Anonymous Teacher

It's informative, draws your attention to what's 'the buzz'.

Pensioner

It's faster, more lively.

Zuzana, Teacher