ENGLISH VERB TENSES

English Verb Tenses: How to choose the right verb tense in English

English Verb Tenses can be a minefield for English learners English verb tenses can present a sink hole of options for English learners and native speakers alike and it can be a very frustrating thing picking the right one. The thing with English verb tenses and the difference between native speakers and learners is that … Continue reading English Verb Tenses: How to choose the right verb tense in English

English Transitional Words: Make your spoken and written English pop with these linkers and connectors

ENGLISH TRANSITIONAL WORDS Transitional words and phrases are plentiful in English. Some modern English writing experts have advocated reducing the use of connectors and linkers. That is to say that the overuse or misuse of English transitional words  should be avoided. For English learners, these words serve a useful purpose or multiple purposes. These words help keep one’s … Continue reading English Transitional Words: Make your spoken and written English pop with these linkers and connectors

business calls in English

Business Calls in English: 8 Tips for Mastering the Art of Telephoning in English with a Business purpose

Business Calls in English: 8 Tips for Mastering the Art of Telephoning in English with a Business purpose   Business calls in English can run the gamut from routine to very serious from friendly to hostile.  How you handle a business call will obviously depend on who, what, where, when and why you are communicating … Continue reading Business Calls in English: 8 Tips for Mastering the Art of Telephoning in English with a Business purpose

English punctuation marks

English Punctuation Marks: Vocabulary for English language learners

ENGLISH PUNCTUATION MARKS English is loaded with punctuation. But, of course, so are other languages. Whether you are interested in Legal English or Business English, Academic English or General English (or English for children!) you might be interested to know the English terms for common English punctuation marks. This compendium, by the way, is just … Continue reading English Punctuation Marks: Vocabulary for English language learners

ENGLISH RESUME

How to write an English resume: 10 Tips for crafting the Perfect English CV

On Writing an English Resume There are tons of reasons why having an English resume is a smart idea these days, not the least of which is globalization. Need I say more? As part of your Legal English or Business English education, you may be thinking that in addition to your CV you want to create … Continue reading How to write an English resume: 10 Tips for crafting the Perfect English CV

writing effective business emails

The ABCs of Writing Effective Business Emails in English

WRITING EFFECTIVE BUSINESS EMAILS IN ENGLISH Writing effective business emails in English is an art. Emails are probably the most common way that business people communicate today.  Gone are the days when managers, managing attorneys, and executives spent significant chunks of time dictating letters to their secretaries. Many just send a quick text or email instead. … Continue reading The ABCs of Writing Effective Business Emails in English

10 things not to say when you are socializing with American colleagues and business partners

On Socializing with American Colleagues So you are taking an intensive English course in order to prepare for an important business meeting in America with your American colleagues who you have never met even though you have been colleagues for years. You are excited and nervous at the same time. But you think you are … Continue reading 10 things not to say when you are socializing with American colleagues and business partners

english modal verbs

10 English Modal Verbs to Improve Your English Communication Skills

English Modal verbs are basically helping verbs or auxiliary verbs. English Modal verbs are needed not only in standard English but also in Legal English such as with Contracts, Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration scenarios to express duties, obligations, expectations, ability, permission and intention. The importance of modal verbs in the English language cannot be over-stated. … Continue reading 10 English Modal Verbs to Improve Your English Communication Skills

MAKE OR DO

MAKE OR DO? WHY Do some ENGLISH LEARNERS HAVE TROUBLE CHOOSING BETWEEN THE VERBS “TO MAKE” OR “TO DO”

MAKE OR DO?   Make or do: Different English learners from different geographic and linguistic regions have particular trouble with these two verbs.  French people, for example, seem to have trouble deciding when to use “make” and when to use “do” in their English communication. At first blush, this can be incomprehensible for an English mother tongue … Continue reading MAKE OR DO? WHY Do some ENGLISH LEARNERS HAVE TROUBLE CHOOSING BETWEEN THE VERBS “TO MAKE” OR “TO DO”