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What’s the difference?

Do you know when to use ‘cannot’, ‘can not’ and ‘can’t’? If you’re not sure, Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty is here to explain (link to: quickanddirtytips.com)Continue Reading

Happy, sad and angry

You don’t always want to use the same words again and again. Perhaps you even feel that your English vocabulary is limited. So Ed Batista’s Vocabulary of Emotions might be quite useful. The intensity of each emotion increases as you go down the list.Continue Reading

How diplomatic are you?

According to The Public Speaker Lisa Marshall, a diplomatic communicator is someone who can “get their message across and convince people to change without damaging the relationship”. Is that you? Or would you like to learn to communicate more diplomatically? All you need to do is to follow Lisa’s Quick and Dirty Tips. We particularly like whatContinue Reading

The English Words that Germans get wrong

Here are the English words a lot of the people we work with seem to get wrong (link to: buzzfeed.com). Do you go into a training room and ask for the ‘beamer’ when you should be looking for a ‘projector’? And do you sometimes offer your participants ‘cakes’ when they’re really small ‘biscuits’? Not toContinue Reading

You can remember what we discussed last year, can’t you?

Question tags are often used in spoken English. You remember that we spoke about them last year, don’t you? Thelecturette.com has a slideshow explaining the forms and a slideshow explaining the uses. You will contact us if it’s not clear for you, won’t you?Continue Reading

“Schwein gehabt” in English?

We know it’s not easy to translate idioms into another language. So how can we explain these well-known German idioms? Schwein gehabt! Er hat nicht alle Tassen im Schrank. Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof. Das Leben ist kein Ponyhof. Ich habe die Nase voll. Da ist Hopfen und Malz verloren. Schönen Feierabend. Es ist mir Wurst. Ich drückeContinue Reading

You think these words are English?

We often hear people use words like handy, beamer, open air, oldtimer, mobbing, smoking, public viewing, show master etc. incorrectly. So what are the real English words? Deutsche Welle clearly explains 13 of them.Continue Reading

How to explain German proverbs

Perhaps you have a favourite proverb that you often use in your training sessions or workshops. Something like “Reden ist Silber, Schweigen ist Gold”. Would you be able to explain it to an English-speaking audience? The Deutsche Welle presents a collection of some of the most well-known proverbs – with some original illustrations and wonderfulContinue Reading

Need a proofreader?

You need to write an important text in English, but don’t have anybody to proofread it for you? Turn to www.grammarly.com to improve your writing. It can help you identify: confused prepositions wordy sentences overuse of the passive voice repetitive words spelling mistakes common writing mistakesContinue Reading