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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 Vocabulary2020-09-20T20:22:31+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 [...]

Academic English- The Dos and Don’ts2020-09-20T20:22:11+01:00

Common Vacation Phrases in English


It's that time of year again and you will need some vacation phrases for the office! Companies are clearing out (becoming empty) and people are getting ready to go on vacation (holiday UK). Whether that means setting your away message (Out of Office Reply) on your email, or covering some shifts to pocket (save) some extra cash, there are a few vacation phrases that can be useful around the office this time of year.   People love talking about things they have coming up (in the future), so asking your colleagues about their upcoming vacations is a good way to start [...]

Common Vacation Phrases in English2020-09-20T20:19:17+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 English2020-09-20T20:19:08+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 [...]

Presentation Phrases in English2020-09-20T19:59:56+01:00

English Words Used in German – Eingedeutscht!


One of the wonderful things about language, in my opinion, is how flexible it is. Languages borrow words from other languages all the time, making the way we speak and write a beautiful hodge-podge (mixture) of different slang, verbs, and nouns. While English definitely borrows (takes, uses) some words from German, there are quite a few English words used in German, too. A lot of them keep the same meaning, like when my friends ask me if I'll joinen (join) them for something, but sometimes the meaning changes somewhat.   Naturally, the Germans have a word for this phenomenon, too: eingedeutscht. [...]

English Words Used in German – Eingedeutscht!2020-09-20T19:59:49+01:00

How to Say Yes in English – Easy English Blog


One of the first words you learned in English was probably yes. But did you know there is more than one way to say it? Just like how to say no and how to say sorry, there are many different ways to say yes in English. They can be very formal or very informal. Having more than one way to say yes will make you sound more fluent (perfect).   Try some of these new “yes” phrases to your vocabulary to sound more like a native speaker.   Yes   We're sure you know this one already. Yes can be used all the time. However, it is a [...]

How to Say Yes in English – Easy English Blog2020-09-20T19:59:40+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 [...]

Non-Verbal Communication – Easy English Blog2020-09-20T19:54:30+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 Properly2020-09-20T19:51:09+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 [...]

Make, Accept and Reject Offers in English2020-09-20T19:50:32+01:00

Conditionals in English


Would you have become a great pianist if you had only practiced? (Conditional Type 3) Will you go to the store if you have time tonight? (Type 1) Do you cry if you get hurt? (Type 0) Would you buy a house if you had more money? (Type 2) If you have ever said an "if" sentence, you've used conditionals in English! (Type 1)   A conditional clause is a sentence that describes something that happens (Type 0), will happen (Type 1), maybe would happen (Type 2) or maybe would have happened (Type 3) if certain terms (conditionals, limitations) had been met. [...]

Conditionals in English2020-09-20T19:41:03+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 English2020-09-18T13:43:00+01:00
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