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English Guide: Practical Tips for Better English Communication

article thumbnail Do you plan to travel to an English-speaking country and are afraid that your poor speaking skills might hinder your travel plan? A lot of us know words in English but majority of us do not know the right timeand the right way to use them. A basic Hi, Hey, Hello, Thanks and so on, can take you to places. Today, let us look at the basic phrases that might come handy when you are travelling to a foreign locale. Don’t forget to wear your smile and be...
article thumbnail In our spoken English classes, we meet several students who are shy to speak English. When we talk to them in ‘Hindi’, which is largely spoken in India, we get a lot of communication from them. In fact, most students discuss their problems in their native language and the moment we switch to English, there are lesser queries and lesser students with problems. This is primarily due to one’s hesitation to speak the language. What if I structured the...
article thumbnail Immigrant is defined as a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country. Are you an immigrant? Do you speak fluent English? Believe it or not, the law is making it mandatory for immigrants, especially settling in the U.S., to learn English as,official or not, it is the language spoken widely across the globe. Whether you have settled abroad due to your work or whether you are a housewife, it is necessary for you to learn the...
article thumbnail In life, we come across unexpected situations where we don’t understand what to say. Whether you are a native English speaker or an aspiring English learner, it is always tricky to handle situations where we have to express shock or grief. An unexpected situation, for instance, a sudden death or natural disasters, would require you to express your feeling without being intrusive. Today, let us look at English phrases that you can use to express...
article thumbnail Most of the times, we get confused between the usage of the words especially and specially and tend to use them interchangeably. However, there is a slight difference in the meaning of the two words. Although both means ‘particularly’, the use of especially is used in more of formal situations while the latter is used informally. Let us understand the difference between the two with the help of some examples.Especially means exceptionalAccording...
article thumbnail The Oxford Dictionary defines homophones as:“Each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling.” In English language, there are a large number of homophones that often confuse us on the right word to use. One such commonly confused homophone is compliment and complement. The words sound similar but differ in their meanings.Compliment means praiseWhen you compliment someone, you are showering...
article thumbnail Getting the motivation to learn a new language and staying motivated to continue your learning, are two roadblocks in learning any language. Motivation can be of two types – internal and external. When you learn a new language simply because you enjoy it, you are motivated internally. When you are motivated from your core, things become much easier and you can experience a fast progress in your learning. However, it is difficult to sustain...
article thumbnail The rules of English can be different when you write in the language and when you speak in the language. Facial expression is an important form of non-verbal communication.For example on a Monday morning, when you sit in that conference room putting your face in the computer, you give out an absent look. In short, you are not interested in what’s happening around as your mind is wandering elsewhere.Usually, when describing a person’s facial...
article thumbnail As a human we are gifted with the ability to speak and express our thoughts in words. When we speak, we put together words to form sentences. These sentences carry a structure in order to make them comprehensible. The sentence structure decides on how your expressions or emotions might come across to a reader. Therefore, it is important to learn the different types of sentence structure in order to add creativity and interest in your...
article thumbnail Do you know English is the official language of 53 countries? Yes, English is the language of communication across the globe and hence, speaking in English has many advantages. You may still think why I should learn English speaking. The Chinese people don’t speak English and they are have progressed a lot. We cannot negate that, so let us today look at practical reasons on why you should learn to speak English. Let us look at the real...
article thumbnail Are you afraid that your child doesn’t speak English? Do you think your child is shy or he lacks English speaking skills? For many parents, the struggle to make their child speak in English begins early in childhood. Although, in India, schools make kids speak English in the premises, the rule is not very well followed. Therefore, as a parent, the onus lies on you to help your child get the much-needed confidence to express in English. Let us look...
article thumbnail The confusion over the right word to use - can or may - continues to persist. "Can I go  swimming tomorrow" or "May I go  swimming tomorrow?" A tough nut to crack, isn’t it? Many English speakers are confused on the right word to use. Today, let us learn how to identify the right word to use based on the different contexts.Permission or abilityIn the grammar world, ‘can’ is basically used to describe physical or mental ability while ‘may’ is used when...
article thumbnail "I can live for two months on a good compliment." - Mark TwainSounds true, a compliment is always so unexpected and hence, puts us in an awkward situation. Many English learners in our class raise a question on how to receive compliments well such that the giver does not feel uncomfortable. Also, many of us are not good at giving compliments. Today, our English learning blog will focus on ways to give and receive compliments in English.Giving a...
article thumbnail Today in our professional lives, we come across people from different cultural backgrounds. With the rapid expansion in businesses, many individuals are facing a tough time in communicating across several cultures. Therefore, it is important to learn how to communicate effectively with cross-cultural audiences.7 Tips for effective cross-cultural communicationSpeak simple EnglishAlways, remember to use simple English. Speak shorter sentences...
article thumbnail Interviews always make us anxious and sometimes nervous. Even with a lot of preparation one may never feels he’s completely prepared for the interview.  An interview is often the gateway to one’s career and hence, preparing for it well in advance is important. With adequate research and preparation, one can improve his confidence level and thereby succeed in the interview. A key ingredient of a successful interview is excellent communication...
article thumbnail English is the most spoken language across the globe. Hence, when you are planning to travel to any country, speaking English will help you with a smooth traveling experience. Today, in our English learning blog, we will look at the vocabulary that will come handy while ordering food or shopping in an airplane.On the airplane – how to order food?All airlines have a different policy with regards to serving food onboard. While some airlines may...
article thumbnail English is a language which teaches us many new things every day.  If you can read and write in English, you can climb the ladder of success. But if you can speak fluent English, you can open global opportunities for your career. Phrases help us speak fluent English. We all use some of the basic phrases like how are you, did you have your lunch, and many more in our daily conversations. It may be with our colleagues, friends and people we meet...
article thumbnail English as a language has many variations. For instance, one word will have three different meanings or three different words will imply the same. For example: see, look and watch. They almost mean same but there is a variation in their meaning. When there is a little variation in the meaning, it tends to confuse us. In the same manner, there are three words – newborn, infants and toddlers which mean almost same, but have a difference between...
article thumbnail According to the oxford dictionary, hyphens (-) are used to link words and parts of words to avoid confusion. They are also called as ‘look-it-up’ punctuation mark. Its main purpose is to link words together, for instance, long-term, up-to-date, etc. Most people get confused between the usage of hyphens and dashes. Dashes are longer and have spaces around them, which is not the case with hyphens.Rules to use hyphensHyphen are used between two...
article thumbnail When you appear for an interview, you are asked to describe about your job role and your company. If you are not prepared with your answer, you may fumble midway. An interviewer may not consider you for a job if you are unable to put forth what are your key skills. Therefore, it is best to go prepared and win over the interviewer with your confident reply. Only when you are prepared will you come across as comfortable and relaxed while taking...
article thumbnail Have you seen the movie ‘English Vinglish’? If yes, do you remember how Sridevi as a housewife lacks English knowledge and how her kids and husband frown upon her lack of knowledge? Her kids are ashamed of her and don’t want to tag her along at a school meeting. While the movie did justice to her character in the end and she did learn English, but does this happen in actual life. Do you actually do anything to improve your English knowledge?...
article thumbnail Did you know children are incredibly adapted to learning languages, picking up words and phrases? However, as they have a shorter attention span as compared to an adult, teaching anything to them is challenging unless it forms a part of some fun activity. Teaching English to your toddler or for that matter any language, is like teaching him/her to walk. Just as you don’t teach your baby to walk and instead provide a safe environment for him to figure...
article thumbnail William Shakespeare is undoubtedly the most quoted English writer of all the times. He is regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and his quotes and quotations are widely used to express different emotions. While it is hard to determine definitively the most famous quotes, we will present here a few quotes that are famously used worldwide. Some of these quotes are remembered for their beauty while some of them bring out everyday...
article thumbnail In English language, we have many ways to express simple things. Generally, native English speakers like to add variety in their everyday language. They say a simple thing in different forms. Today, in this blog we will teach you different ways to say goodbye in English.7 Common Ways of Saying Good bye in English1. Bye bye!This expression is usually used when speaking with children. Most of the times, people who know each other quite well...
article thumbnail In our professional life, we need to write a lot of emails day in and day out. For English learners, writing an email is sometimes not that big a task as writing subject lines. A subject line in an email is very important to send across a clear message. Unless your subject line is clear, the recipient may or may not open to read the email. Today, in our English learning session, we will study on how to write good subject lines for better...
    

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