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In 2010 we toured the world of Englishes, country by country, accent by accent, loan word by … you get the picture … the 2011 'What's your English?' question changed focus to look at English in context.
We asked: What's your English in context, style, type? What's your romantic English, business English, political and environmentally-correct English? How does your English change when you're celebrating; when you're talking to men or women; when you're on– or offline?
So we toured the world a second time, using a different kind of map:
February was dedicated to romantic English and we had great discussion of the language of lovers, chat-up lines and much more.
March was the month of sporting English and included informative and entertaining blog posts on sporting vocabulary, idioms and clichés.
In April, we explored metaphorical English and what a month it was! We had some fantastic guest posts from experts in the field and great feedback too.
May was all about aspects of business English and the learning and teaching of business English.
November was the month of class English with posts covering a range of topics: from RP, through standard English to class, variety and accent.
In December we put the spotlight on plain English. And we finished the year with a competition: The Macmillan Dictionary Love English Awards. We asked you to tell us which website and which blog deserved a community-chosen award for being the best blog or best website about the English language in 2011? It was a fantastic success!