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Spellzone June Round-Up

Fifty Idioms to Describe People

We began this month by sharing part two of our list of 50 idioms used to describe people. You can read part one here

An idiom is a combination of words that has a figurative meaning separate from the actual definitions of the words used. There are an estimated 25,000 idioms in the English language so we hope our regular idiom lists help our second-language students make sense of some confusing translations. 

You can find more of our idiom lists on our blog archive

Make the Most Out of Your Spellzone Subscription

The Spellzone website is full of great resources – from the courses themselves, to our spelling games, to our huge archive of word lists – and it is always growing. 

This month, we shared ten tips to help you make the most of the site’s various features. Have you signed up for free online training for you and your colleagues? Have you assigned your students the spelling ability test? Do you know how to create your own word lists? Take a look at our guide

Word for Wednesday

One of the highlights of this month has been getting stuck into our Word for Wednesday series again. 

After relaunching the feature in the last week of May with the word election, we spent June looking at the origins of the words dictionary, shower, cricket, and coward

Word for Wednesday was a Spellzone regular from 2013 to 2016 and we’re thrilled to be returning to it. We can’t wait to share the stories behind many of the weird and wonderful words the English language has to offer. 

Visit the blog archive for every Word for Wednesday post we’ve ever written. 


30 Jun 2019
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