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English Guide: Practical Tips for Better English Communication

article thumbnailIn one day, we shoot a number of emails in our professional lives. You may write an email to your senior authorities, subordinate employees, clients and colleague for various reasons. While sending a business email, it is important to maintain a professional tone. Along with your introduction and body of email, you also have to pay attention to the appropriate closing.  How you sign off an email, speaks a lot about your personality and shows...
article thumbnailEmails have become a very important way of communication in the corporate world of today. In one day, professionals exchange a number of formal emails. However, most of the time we forget to convey common courtesies through our emails. These small mistakes make a big difference and can impact an individual’s professional image.5 Things to avoid while sending an email:1. Wrong tone for opening and closing greetingsWhen you are drafting an...
article thumbnailThere are approximately 10 lakh English words in a dictionary. These words are either originated from the English language or from other languages. Some have been changed over years, others have remained the same. Whenever a new foreign language word is adopted in English, it takes many forms. The new form is put together with other English words, and these combinations create many more new words. However, all these words are related to the...
article thumbnailEnglish can be quite tricky at times, especially, when you need to decide the right preposition to use – between or among. Even the greatest writers get confused on the right word to use. So, is there a difference between their meanings or can they be used interchangeably. Let us find out the answer today.Learning the real differenceEnglish writers often make use of between to refer to two things and among for three or more.The fight is now...
introduce yourself Interviews can be tricky especially if you are a non-native English speaker. You never know when the interviewer will catch you off guard to test your capabilities for the position. While it is almost impossible to prepare 100% before an interview, the possibility of answering most questions in flawless English is in your hands. One common question that most of us have answered at one point or other is to introduce ourselves in brief. We are...
strengths A Critical Job Interview Question Is: What are your strengths?  No matter whether you are applying for a high post or an entry-level job, this question is commonly asked by interviewers. The employer wants to gauge what a candidate can do for the organization and why one should be hired. Hence, it is important for everybody to prepare  this question before facing an interview. When you are talking about your weakness, it is important to sound...
Image name: talk less, listen more Managing a crisis at work is a difficult task for even the most skilled  leaders. Most individuals prefer avoiding conflict and stressful situations. It is human nature to keep away from things that are going to cause a problem or create a controversy. How you communicate in difficult situations, speaks a lot about you as a person. For instance, you are a manager who is involved in downsizing and now have to tell your employees to leave....
article thumbnailYou recently joined a new office in the USA and are excited about your new job, new people and new place. There are many things that you might need to learn in order to survive in the country. Right from shopping to travelling and eating, you need to learn fluent English communication to converse with the people. There are many common terminologies which are not used in many countries and which are very often used in the USA. One such category is...
article thumbnailEnglish, as a language, has a wide range of homophones which are commonly confused. One of them is principal and principle. Let’s understand the meaning and its uses.PrincipalPrincipal refers to a person of high authority or prominence, someone who holds or plays an important role. Principal is both an adjective and a noun. As an adjective, it refers to the most important or chief person. As a noun, in finance, principal refers to a loan...
weaknesses Raise your hands if you think the trickiest question in an interview is to speak about your weakness. It has become a norm for interviewers to ask this question and how tactfully you reply will help you make a good impression. Interviews are awkward for non-native English speakers and why not, you are supposed to speak flawless English with confidence. You cannot babble for words or speak incorrect sentences. Top to it, the questions are tricky as...
article thumbnailTo speak English fluently, we all take help of phrases. The native English speakers use a lot of phrases when communicating, and hence for aspiring English speakers it is important to learn the right usage of phrases. Today, we have compiled a list of six English phrases that are most commonly misused.Phrases you might be saying incorrectlyHere’s the list.1. I could/couldn’t care lessThe right phrase to use is ‘I couldn’t care less’ which...
article thumbnailA number of idioms are used in the corporate world and if you are not familiar with these corporate buzzwords, it will become difficult for you to understand the conversation. Today let us look at the most common corporate jargons that are generally used in a workplace. Jargons can be words or expressions that are used by professionals. Earlier, business jargons were peculiar to a specific business, but now, we can see these words used by...
article thumbnailLearning is a continuous process. Whether it’s English writing or speaking, you learn something new every day. Read the following examples: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” “Two driven jocks help fax my big quiz.”The above examples are pangram sentences, which uses every alphabet. But, how do these sentences form? When was it first made? Who made it? Have these questions ever crossed your mind? It is said that the more we...
article thumbnailLanguages often play a major role in one’s life. There are many languages in the world which help us to communicate with each other. One such language is English, which is globally used for communication. Therefore, it is imperative to learn and understand each and every aspect of English. You might never know when it might come handy. For example, take the word Angel. Can we form any other word with the same alphabets? Yes, absolutely. It is...
article thumbnail'Than' and 'then' are homophones, words that are pronounced similarly but have different meanings. Many of us get confused between the right usages of the two words and use them interchangeably. Let us today understand the difference between the two words and the right word to use, according to the situation.Than is a conjunctionAccording to the grammar rules, a conjunction is a word that connects sentences, phrases and clauses. ‘Than’ is a...
article thumbnailDo 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 thumbnailIn 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...
article thumbnailImmigrant 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 thumbnailIn 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 thumbnailMost 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 thumbnailThe 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 thumbnailGetting 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 thumbnailThe 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 thumbnailAs 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 thumbnailDo 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...
    

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