May 23, 2020 How-to

Spelling, Grammar, And the Importance of Getting It Right When Job Hunting

Everyone can make a spelling mistake. Everyone can make a grammatical mistake. But if there is ever a time you should do your best to avoid such mistakes, it is when you are trying to make a good impression. And when searching for a job, it’s all about making a good impression. Indeed, there are […]

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May 15, 2020 Grammar

The Importance of Editing Your Written Work, and How to Do It

No one is immune from making a mistake. And when it comes to your writing, the same rule applies. In fact, the greatest writers are susceptible to the occasional error. Shakespeare, J.K. Rowling, Henry Miller, the Bible! But thinking that you are immune from making mistakes is the first mistake you make, and it is […]

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May 7, 2020 Grammar

The verbs ‘make’ and ‘do’ in English, and why they cause so many problems

The verbs ‘make’ and ‘do’, for learners of English, cause many problems. The reason for that fact is simple: in many other languages, the two verbs often have the same meaning. Another reason for the problems caused by these two verbs in particular comes down to one simple concept: collocation. Collocation is defined by the […]

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April 28, 2020 How-to

How to Use the Indefinite Articles ‘A’ and ‘An’

Articles cause all manner of problems when learning English. It’s easy to understand why, too, because although many languages also use articles, no two languages use them in exactly the same way. And then, of course, there are many languages that do not use articles at all. So, here is all you need to know […]

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April 8, 2020 How-to

Guide: Communicating at a Distance

It’s not always possible to meet in person, but that doesn’t mean we need to cease communicating. Obviously, nowadays there are more ways than ever to communicate from a distance, from instant messages to video calls. The number of different options can sometimes be a little overwhelming. But just because we have lots of remote […]

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March 31, 2020 How-to

How to Help Your Employees Learn English

You may have noticed that the international language of business is English. You may also have noticed that putting together diverse teams consisting of a multitude of backgrounds and cultures can add incredible value to the creativity and output of an organization. But that creates a fundamental skill gap: language. Hiring only those people who […]

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March 24, 2020 How-to

How to Write Good Emails

Writing good emails need not be an art form. In fact, it really should be linked to one word, and one word only: simplicity. So, whether you are a new, junior office worker, or the head of the business, here are some practical tips to follow for writing good emails: Start with the right salutation […]

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March 19, 2020 How-to

How to Choose an Online Writing Assistant

Getting the help of an online writing assistant, or grammar checking tool makes smart sense. Here are just some of the common benefits brought about by availing of one of the many apps available: ·  Concise and correct grammatical constructions that facilitate powerful and clear communication. ·  Error-free vocabulary spelling and word selection. ·  Contextual […]

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February 29, 2020 How-to

How To Use ‘Yours Sincerely’ and ‘Yours Faithfully’

It’s a common question: when should I use ‘your sincerely’ and when should I use ‘yours faithfully’ to finish my formal emails and/or letters. Here we provide all the information you need to make the right choice. The first thing to say is that these are both formal ways to finish an email or a […]

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February 4, 2020 How-to

How I Learned English: The 7 Steps I Followed to Fluency

I now speak English well, or at least that is what I am told (it’s normal, no matter what our level of English, to feel we could be better)! And one question that I am often asked, by both native English-speakers and by non-native speakers alike, is ‘how did you learn to speak English so […]

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