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Banking English Vocabulary


For better or worse (whether it’s good or bad), technology has made it almost completely unnecessary for us to physically go to a bank these days. Most banking can be done online or at an ATM. In fact, I think the last time I physically entered a bank and spoke to a teller (the person who works at the bank) was four years ago when I set up my German account. However, banking is still an essential (key, very important) part of day-to-day life, so it's important to know some banking English vocabulary. Whether you handle all your accounts online, [...]

Banking English Vocabulary2023-02-03T11:56:48+01:00

Academic English- The Dos and Don’ts


If you're learning English, you may have come across an academic article or two. This may be confusing for an English learner, as academic English is a lot different from spoken English. Academic English is quite different from the "normal" English you would use in the office, or even the English we use in this blog! Academic English uses a certain structure that is rarely (almost never) seen anywhere else. It's more formal, scientific, and follows a certain formula. Now, the tricky thing with academic English is that there are different style guides, meaning that there are different styles of [...]

Academic English- The Dos and Don’ts2023-02-03T11:41:27+01:00

Say No in English


Sometimes, no matter how much you want to say "yes," you have to say "no,” but how can you correctly say no in English? Whether you already have too much on your plate (are very busy) or you just need some time to take care of yourself (do something for you), saying no sometimes is a good and necessary thing. However, you don't want to be caught in a situation where you have to refuse (reject, turn down, say no to) someone, but aren't quite sure how to do so. That's why this week, we've decided to focus on how [...]

Say No in English2023-02-03T11:27:42+01:00

Presentation Phrases in English


At one point or another, it's highly likely (there's a good chance) that you will have to give a presentation for work. No matter what field you are in, presentations are a necessary and an unavoidable part of life in the business world, so you’ll need some good go-to presentation phrases. If you work a lot internationally or often need to use English for work, there may come a time when you have to give a presentation in English as well. If this is the case for you, read on for a few presentation phrases in English. Good morning/Good afternoon. A [...]

Presentation Phrases in English2023-01-31T16:33:01+01:00

Non-Verbal Communication – Easy English Blog


Learning a language is more than learning words. Sometimes you need to learn to speak body language, too. It is just as important to be able to read someone’s non-verbal communication (aka body language), as it is to speak the language. You can learn a lot from body language. People do not always say exactly what they mean, but their body says a lot. Here are some easy signs of non-verbal communication to keep an eye out for (to look for, watch for). Rolling Eyes Have you ever seen anyone roll their eyes (move their eyes in a circle)? Do [...]

Non-Verbal Communication – Easy English Blog2023-01-31T16:13:47+01:00

Names and Titles in English- How to Address Someone Properly


One of my favorite things about German is how straightforward and clear names and titles are. Grown women are all called Frau (although I still can't get used to being called Frau Duffin), and men are called Herr. If you have earned a doctorate degree, you're quite simply Frau Doktor or Herr Doktor. Unfortunately, English is a little bit different, and currently, what is acceptable is currently in flux (changing, unclear). Languages and societies change, and with that, the way we address each other also changes. If you're going to be meeting someone soon, this blog on how to address (call, refer to) people using the right names and titles in English [...]

Names and Titles in English- How to Address Someone Properly2023-01-31T16:01:28+01:00

Make, Accept and Reject Offers in English


Did you get the perfect job offer? Or do you not feel like going out with your friends tonight? Would you like to make plans for the weekend? We accept and reject offers all the time in day-to-day life, so it's important to know how to do it properly. This week we're looking at how to accept and reject offers so that you can say in English exactly what you mean, and be confident that you will be understood. Making Offers Are you trying to make plans with someone or want to help them in some way? Then you're looking [...]

Make, Accept and Reject Offers in English2023-01-31T15:45:36+01:00

Making an Appointment in English


Making an appointment in English can feel stressful if you’re not a native speaker, especially over the phone, or if you aren’t used to the lingo (jargon, slang, vocabulary) people use. Confirming an appointment can also be tricky if you aren’t familiar with the common phrases people say. We’ve tried to brainstorm as many phrases as humanly possible (as many as a person can do!), and asked all our appointment-making friends what they say to bring you a pretty good list of possibilities. This week we’ll explain some handy phrases to use when making an appointment in English besides the tried and true (traditional), “Do you have any [...]

Making an Appointment in English2023-01-31T15:13:50+01:00

Degrees of Politeness in English


One of the first things children are taught is how to be polite. It's a very important thing to know, especially the different degrees of politeness! In fact, when I was younger, I went to what is called a "cotillion school," which is essentially a Southern school for manners and etiquette. There I learned how to sit properly (correctly) at the dinner table, which fork to start with when eating, how to introduce people to each other to invite (promote, encourage, help start) conversation, and how to dance the waltz. Though often associated with attending fancy dinners, Cotillion classes taught [...]

Degrees of Politeness in English2023-01-29T19:10:41+01:00

Hotel English Phrases-Easy English


When travelling for business or vacation, you will probably be staying at a hotel, an Air BnB accommodation, or a cozy (comfortable) hostel. No matter where you are staying, you will need to have some hotel English phrases on hand (quickly to use) so that you can communicate with the desk staff. We’ve collected some great phrases for you to use during your next stay! I would like to check in/check out. (ˈaɪ wəd ˈlaɪk ˈtuː ˈtʃɛk ˈɪn / ˈtʃɛk ˈaʊt.) When you arrive at a hotel, after you’ve greeted (said hello to) the desk staff, you will want to [...]

Hotel English Phrases-Easy English2023-01-29T18:56:50+01:00

Restaurant Phrases: Easy English Blog- Learn English


Who doesn't like going out to eat? It's good to treat yourself once in a while! Whether you like pizza, burgers, Asian, or Italian best, you need some restaurant phrases to have a good experience. Make sure you get the food you want! Learn these restaurant phrases for the next time you go to a restaurant. Table for (number) , please When you walk into a restaurant, they want to know how many people are with you. When the host comes up to you, s/he may ask, "How many in your party?" The correct response is, "Table for _____ , [...]

Restaurant Phrases: Easy English Blog- Learn English2023-01-29T18:30:55+01:00

i.e. and e.g.- What is the Difference?


Abbreviations (like i.e. and e.g.) are nothing new. Even though a lot of young people (and many of their parents, too!) use "text speak," technically, people have been using abbreviations since time immemorial (a time soooo far back that no one can remember). Some very, very old abbreviations are so popular that they are still in use today, and i.e. and e.g. are two examples of these. I.e. and e.g. come from Latin, and are often used incorrectly and interchangeably. While their meanings are similar, they're not the same. Never fear, the Bespeaking team is here to clear things up! [...]

i.e. and e.g.- What is the Difference?2023-01-29T18:19:38+01:00
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