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What to do when you’re frustrated with English

There’s a phase in language learning that I call the headache phase. You’re understanding more and more, but you can’t yet express yourself as you would like to. It means you’re working really hard, get very tired and frustrated and ...
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phase of learning English

Which phase of learning English are you in

Language (or any) learning works in a number of phases. In this blog I explain how this works and how to work out which phase you are in. This will help you minimise frustration when you learn English and hopefully ...
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US or UK English for your business

US or UK English for your business

There is no such thing as one kind of English. So, even if you use international words, you still have to make a choice which English your company is going to use. In this article you’ll find out if you ...
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how to find the determination to keep going in your business

How to find the determination to keep going in your business

Having a business can be really tough at times. Sometimes you don't know what to do next. Sometimes life is tugging at your arm, trying to get your attention. I went through this last week and realised that I could ...
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how to use emojis in business english

How to use emojis in Business English

Emoji’s are here to stay. It’s hard to remember that even 10 years ago, we were hardly using them. 20 years ago we wouldn’t have understood most of them. And now they have become an essential part of our online ...
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how to use rhymes in Business English

How to use rhymes in Business English

Rhyme is probably not the first thing you think about when you're improving your Business English, but it can be really useful. Just think about how many rhyming slogans you know. This blog talks about how to use rhymes in ...
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Hate phoning in English? Here’s how to do it

A lot of people I speak to tell me they don’t like phoning in English. When I ask them about this, they usually tell me that they don’t like phoning much anyway, but English is even worse. I get this ...
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using long and short forms in English

Using long and short forms in English…length matters!

You probably once learnt that you should use long forms like ‘do not’ when you are writing and ‘don’t’ when you’re speaking. But there’s a bit more to long and short forms in English than that. Scroll down to the ...
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The word for today is Prorogation

If you’re following the news about Brexit at the moment, you’ll have come across John Bercow. This is what he had to say on March 18thh: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/mar/18/brexit-john-bercow-rules-out-third-meaningful-vote-on-same-deal So, what does the Speaker do and why is this so important? The ...
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Want or would like?

The Easier English guide to getting it right. I often tell clients that a quick way to sound more polite is to use ‘would like’ instead of ‘want’. And it’s true. If you’re meeting someone in person, using ‘would like’ ...
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Red or read? 10 Frequently made spelling mistakes in English

English isn’t phonetic. That means that spelling isn’t easy, because you have to remember how to write a word, how it sounds and what it means all at the same time. That means that there are a lot of frequently ...
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Why I love English

This week I was talking to Ellen about English. She was telling me about her passion for coaching and said “I guess English is like that for you”. Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that, even though I can ...
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Met your monster yet?

Recognise this? You’ve giving a presentation, a live or a webinar and all the time, there’s a little voice talking at you. It’s telling you everything you’re doing wrong, as you're doing it and it’s getting louder and louder and ...
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Squeaky clean house instead of speaking English for your business?

Why putting English off can be a sign that you've forgotten something important You know, there’s a story I hear all the time when I’m teaching English. It’s the ‘My teacher told me I was no good at English’ story ...
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10 ways to practise listening to English

Listening is an important skill. In business it can make the difference between a sale or no sale, between understanding feedback from a client or not, between understanding new information at an event or not and many other situations. So, ...
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7 ways to say No in English so you can be heard

’No’ is a tricky word in English. If you say “No” by itself, you’re likely to sound irritated or even angry. I call it the Naked No. If a Brit uses the naked No, you can safely assume that you’re ...
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Can’t find a word?

One of the most annoying things about learning English is not being able to find a word. Added to that, English has a lot of words, for this to happen with. So, this is a situation that you can expect ...
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Maybe, maybe not – Theresa May’s Long Week in Brexit

This blog was written on November 16th in the morning and could be out of date by this afternoon. That’s how unstable British politics are at the moment. As Harold Wilson (prime minister in the 70’s said), ‘a week is ...
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Do you use these US words with a British accent?

Let's put the record straight - I have nothing against Americans or American English. I lived in Texas for a while and I loved it. However, I do think it's important that you realise that mixing up US and UK ...
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Telephone alphabet

I often get asked about the telephone alphabet in English. Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, etcetera. We don't usually use a telephone alphabet, we make words up as we go along. In this sketch, Michael McIntyre explains a little how it works ...
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Mistakes can be beautiful

Last weekend I was at Schiphol, picking up my son. It's a convenient place to meet and we both love the energy of the airport. We were waiting on the platform for a train and overheard a conductor making an ...
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Turning Tables

I was asked about the phrase ‘turning tables’. You might know this phrase from the Adele song of the same name, which is, as in quite a few Adele songs, about things that can go wrong in love. So what ...
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The Paralysis Parrot

Public speaking and the Paralysis Parrot For many people their number one fear is public speaking: standing up in front of lots of people and laying yourself open to criticism and embarassment (at least, that’s how it feels). Underneath that ...
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Easier English online system

At the moment I'm working hard on the Easier English online system. You'll be able to work on your Business English in an online group or individually. If you would like to be more effective in your business or work, ...
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