It’s time to update your CV

Let’s face it: with everything happening in the world, you might need to look for a new job. That means writing a CV, building your network, and job interviews. But what if you have to do it all in English? No worries! We’ll be discussing this and much more over the next couple of weeks.

Analysts around the world are trying to figure out what the economy will look like after the coronavirus pandemic is over. While it’s hard to predict, one thing is sure: unemployment will rise. That means you need to start updating your CV and building your … Read the rest

Easy ways to improve your English every day

It is only natural that when someone studies a language, they want to see improvement.  Yet, these same people often get frustrated because they have been taking lessons for months – even years – but aren’t making progress.  When I ask what they are doing between classes to engage with English, my question is often met with silence and a blank stare. [1]

Part of the problem is that language learners often have unrealistic expectations.[2]   To see what these expectations were, I did an internet search “become fluent in English.” I was shocked by the results.

First, … Read the rest

Say it ain’t so: the top errors native English speakers make (and how to avoid them)

We all make mistakes.  Just because a native speaker says something doesn’t make it right. 

In a recent conversation, a client said, “I didn’t see nobody.”  When I corrected him, he was confused because this was how they said it in American movies.  A few days later, I got a text from another client who had seen a statement from Boris Johnson who said, “I have today left hospital.”

“Why did he use the present perfect?” she asked.  “It started and finished in the past and we know when it happened.  Why didn’t he use the past simple?  And why … Read the rest

Preparing for your next conference call in English

Right now, it seems that everyone is conducting business via conference calls.  Unfortunately, they are the one thing that many non-native English speakers have the most difficulty with, particularly if native speakers are on the call.

But there are some things you can do to get yourself ready for a conference call in English.  And it all starts with the agenda.

The agenda can be a formal document, or it can be a simple bullet point list about what’s going to be discussed.  If there is no agenda attached to the meeting invitation, write back to the organiser and … Read the rest