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English Guide: Practical Tips for Better English Communication

article thumbnailIn our last blog, we explained five words that have opposite meanings. In this blog, we will figure out the remaining words which are difficult to understand but are commonly used.7 must know words that have opposite meanings1. RefrainRefrain means to stop yourself from doing something. In addition to this, to refrain also means a phrase or verse recurring at intervals in a song or poem, especially at the end of each stanza; chorus.Examples:I...
article thumbnail English language has a wide range of  vocabulary. Some of them have different meanings, while others have the same pronunciation. For e.g. there, they’re and their – these three words have the same pronunciation but different meaning and spellings. Likewise, there are many words which create confusion. Among them are life, live and lives, that are sometimes used interchangeably and they create a lot of confusion. Today, we’ll explain the...
article thumbnailNo matter how you live or behave with your friends, when it comes to professionalism you have to maintain a basic etiquette. Your professional life is different from your personal life. In business, it is all about quality work, performance, and manners. Speaking politely in fluent English with a gentle smile always works in professional environment. Learn business etiquette rules and grow your business.5 business etiquette rules1. Firm...
article thumbnailPhrasal verbs are a combination of a verb and a preposition, a verb and an adverb, or a combination of both. In professional life, people use phrasal verbs in their communication. To understand these phrasal verbs, you need to understand them and use in your conversation. Today, we will learn phrasal verbs with put.7 phrasal verbs with put1. Put onPut on means to become fat or gain weight.Examples:You have put on a few kilos of weight...
article thumbnailIn today’s life, we can’t live without gadgets like mobiles, laptop, computer, Wi-Fi and many other devices. The use of technology has been increasing with each passing day. It is essential to know proper words related to gadgets. Let’s see some of those words. Tech-savvy words1. Portable hard drive:the removable hard disk/pen driveE.g.Portable hard drive is very easy to carry and beneficial for essential file storage.2. USB (Universal...
article thumbnailPhrasal verbs are an essential part of communication. They are generally used in informal communication. You will find very few phrases which are used during formal communications.Phrasal verbs are framed in 3 different ways, depends on whether the verb is combined with preposition, particle or both. Here, we have explained the concept using some suitable examples.Examples of phrasal verbs1. Verb + PrepositionE.g. Rama is looking after the...
article thumbnailIn English language, contractions are mostly used in written English. Basically, the word ‘contract’ means squeeze two words together with the use of an apostrophe which is placed where a letter has been omitted. Remember, there is a difference between contractions and abbreviations. An abbreviation is a shorten form of words which starts from the initial letter of the word but contraction is shortening of words and joining them using...
article thumbnailCommunication is an integral part of our  life. It’s useful in professional as well as in personal life. In the professional world, it's essential to communicate in English language, whereas in our personal lives we use different languages. In this blog, we’ll bring on some phrasal verbs, which will help you improve your communication skills.Phrases for everyday communicationPhrasal verbs that can be used in daily communication:1. Switch...
article thumbnailStories are attention grabbing and help us visualize the characters as we read or listen. Storytelling is an art that one can master if his/her narration is strong. People enjoy listening to stories, but when it comes to storytelling, not everyone is comfortable with it.To make everyone acquainted with storytelling process, we have listed down some guidelines.5 Tips to keep in mind while storytelling:1. Grab the attention of your audienceThis step...
article thumbnailHalloween is a festival which is celebrated in many western countries. People remember the dead, including saints, martyrs, and all the faithful departed souls. However, in India, we don’t follow Halloween so there are only a few people who are aware about it. In today’s blog, we will explain some idioms that are based on Halloween. It is related to some scary and spooky images like witches, black cats, blood, skeletons, ghosts, bats, weapons...
article thumbnailIn our previous blog, we explained to you about Halloween and spooky idioms related to it. Here are some more idioms that you can use in your communication.Make way for Halloween idioms1. Not a cat in hell’s chanceThis idiom means no chance at all.E.g.The old lady has a strong intention to go to the temple on the top of the mountain but she doesn’t have a cat in hell’s chance to do so because of the heavy rains.2. Come back to haunt...
article thumbnailBe it a weekend or a weekday, people who use roadways to travel usually face the problem of traffic jam. In today’s blog, we will discuss the vocabulary that can be used to convey the traffic and its situation. This vocabulary will be very helpful for discussing traffic status and updates and other related problems. Let’s see what these phrases say.7 Traffic vocabularies that needs to be learnt1. Traffic jamThis word is very commonly used in...
article thumbnailIn English, we use ‘some’ and ‘any’ when we are unable to mention the quantity of a certain thing in numbers (i.e. exact measures). When we want to show or ask more options of a certain thing, we use ‘Some’. On the other hand, if we are discussing a few or limited things, then we use ‘Any’.Words which are based on ‘Some’: Somebody, someday, someone, something, somehow, someway, etc.Words which are based on ‘Any’: Anybody, anyone, anything, anyway,...
article thumbnailIn a day, we move our hands  a number of times and for a number of reasons. Each hand movement has its own meaning and expression. It is hard to imagine the number of words that can be used to describe such hand movements. In this article, we will explain you some such words.1. WaveThis action is been done to say hi/hello or just to catch someone’s attention.Example: He just waved at Santosh from the other side of the platform.2. Hand shakeHand...
article thumbnailWe often face this situation, where we don’t want to interrupt someone but there is no alternative option but to interrupt them. This needs to be done with utmost care and very politely with good usage of words and the tone of the voice. A good communicator is always recognized by the way he communicates. You must remember one thing before interrupting for an urgent work - words and tone of voice must be in control and accurate proportion.In...
article thumbnailIn corporate world, it is all about the permissions and approvals for example we ask the client’s approval before commencing any of their work. Since our childhood, we have been taught to take permissions whenever or wherever it's necessary. Whether it’s in school or at office we have all gone through this process of asking permissions or approvals. Be it an outing with friends or a sleepover, we have managed to ask permission from our parents. It is...
article thumbnailApartment is a very common subject of discussion.It has a great importance in tier I and II cities. We always discuss on the topic related to it like area, environment, location and rate of the house in an apartment. Let’s see some words to to be used during the discussion.1. ApartmentAn apartment  or a flat  is a self-contained housing unit (a type of residential real estate) that occupies only part of a building, correctly, on a single level...
article thumbnailLife is full of ups and downs. Many a times, life gives us chance to share good or bad news to our near and dear ones. While sharing good news, there must be a happy and positive expression whereas, while sharing bad news, there must be sincerity, responsibility and feeling of sorrow and sympathy in one’s speech. However, response for good and bad news is also an important factor and the response must be appropriate to the news which is being...
article thumbnailDiscussing celebrities is one of the most popular favorite discussion topic. We love to hear about them and keep ourselves updated about them through magazines, newspaper etc.A celebrity doesn’t necessarily refer to people from the Bollywood or Hollywood film industry. We can say, a celebrity is a person who is an idol, role model or a motivating personality from the field of sports, politics and social works. The word ‘Celebrity’ is assigned to a person...
article thumbnailEveryone loves listening to music. It is one of the most favourite past time hobbies. Music makes our lives exciting and vibrant. It also soothes our mind and relaxes tension and stress. Life without music would be very boring and unexciting. We listen to many types of music including various instruments and genres. But we hardly use any music vocabulary to describe our favorite music.  In today’s blog, we will explain words that can be used for...
article thumbnailAfter graduation, the first thing that comes in our mind is to get a job and enter corporate world. We hunt for jobs and prepare for interviews. Interviews make us nervous and anxious. No matter how much you prepare, at some or the other time we go blue. Interview is the first step to one’s career. It is important to prepare with adequate research and answer the interview questions with grace and confidence. Confidence is the key for every...
article thumbnailChristmas is round the corner and so are holidays. Holidays means planning for a trip and travel to your dream destination. Travelling across various countries means different culture, food and languages. However, when it comes to language, English is the most common and globally used language. So, it is essential to know English as you will be using it a lot at airports and different destinations. Learn these vocabularies to speak in English...
article thumbnailSocial media is improving our communication and social skills. It is making the language sound more trendy and simple. With social media taking over our life, we almost depend on it for everything, right from news to online shopping. After Facebook, Twitter is the most used social media site. Twitter is an online news and social networking site. Almost all brands, organizations, celebrities, politicians are active on Twitter. We get all...
article thumbnailIn our day-to-day life, we discuss  different characters and behaviors of people around us. If at all we don’t discuss, we judge and assume a specific phrase as an “adjective for them” according to their character.Let us today learn some phrases/ words that can be used for describing the character of a person.1. Social butterflyThese kind of people are very active  as they love to talk or socialize with several people. They don’t hesitate in talking...
article thumbnailOffice politics is everywhere, no matter the size of the organization or strength of employees. When employees make strategies in a corporate environment to get their work done in their own way mostly for their own benefits, it is usually termed as politics. The term often has negative connotation. The people who attempt negative office politics have no good intentions in their mind other than profit of their own. The office politics always...
    

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