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The British Sense of Humour

The British Sense of Humour The topic of weather is a key part of the British culture, just like Brexit! We even blame any bad weather or mishaps on Brexit, that is if we are prepared to talk about it at all! However, another key part of the British culture is the use of humour […]

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Reading between the lines when it comes to emails…

Does it happen to you too when you write or receive a business email? You know you have to be professional and polite, but sometimes that is not what actually happens… The English way of writing can make most things sound amazing, but is what you are reading or writing actually what it means? Reading […]

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New Year’s Resolution

It’s that time of year again when we think about making a New Year’s resolution. Whether it’s to be healthier, kinder, more thoughtful or do something new, it is a tradition in which a person resolves to change an undesired behaviour or to accomplish a personal goal, but generally improve their life. We usually make […]

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Does it matter that punctuation is becoming obsolete?

While I was waiting for my client this week I was reading an article about the loss of punctuation as a result of the influence of Social Media. So…does it actually matter? Due to Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.) people have started to write more in a conversational style, which invariable means that it […]

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Why is the English language so difficult?

All languages can be difficult but in terms of pronunciation, why is the English language so difficult? Some people may have a knack (a special talent) for learning languages and others may find it very difficult.  I was coaching a Chinese student last week about pronunciation and the change of stress between “produce” when it […]

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Why do the British say SORRY all the time??

If you have ever done business with the British or travelled to the UK you might have been surprised how often they use the word SORRY. Even if we haven’t done anything wrong or, stronger still, you have been the problem in the first place! SORRY is used in so many different situations by the […]

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Learning a new language

“Learning a new language can be tricky (difficult or problematic), but how many words do you need to know before you can actually get by in a foreign tongue?” (BBC Radio 4, 24th June 2018) When a learning a new language, every learner wants to increase their vocabulary and find out new words and phrases. […]

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Tips on writing an effective business email

In the work that we do we often get asked about writing emails. Our clients don’t necessarily lack the language skills but how do you get the right tone (style/wording) in order to get the response you are looking for? It’s sometimes a balancing act (difficult choice) between being nice or too direct but more […]

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Are ale and lager the same?

Ask any English person, ale and lager are the same, aren’t they? When you visit England, there are always a few pre-conceptions (your ideas of what England will be like) and they usually involve : The weather … it rains a lot, right? Tea drinkers … they drink a lot of black tea with milk […]

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How to understand the British culture by their tea drinking

As you know, the British love their tea, but there is more to making tea than ‘meets the eye’ (more complex than it appears). The question is; How do you know someone’s preference? …or… more importantly; How do you know if you have made it correctly? For a start, we don’t ‘make tea’ we brew […]

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