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English Guide: Practical Tips for Better English Communication

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...
To speak fluent English is not as difficult as you might think. If you observe intently the native English speakers and the way they express through words, you are half way there. To improve your command of the English language, you need to improve your vocabulary. Today, we will look at popular English phrases that will help you sound like a native speaker.Must know phrasesYou are an English learner who has put all his heart into learning...
article thumbnail ‘Put your heart, mind, and soul into the smallest of the acts that you perform. This is the secret of success.’Have you heard this quote? It means if you put all your dedication into doing something, you will taste success. There are innumerable English idioms related to heart and each has its own charm. Let us put our heart today in learning some common idiomatic expressions related to ‘heart’.Learning popular idioms using the word heartFor...
article thumbnail Study reveals that music helps in reducing stress and anxiety. It is a kind of stress buster for many individuals. English and music go hand in hand and hence, there are several music idioms that have come from music. Let’s learn some of the music idioms as these are generally used in daily conversation by a native speaker.7 Music Idioms you must know1. Bang the drumMeaning - speak in support of somethingExample –Our College is banging the...
article thumbnail After enjoying our favorite season, it’s time to say goodbye to winter and welcome the warm weather. With warm weather comes colorful spring followed by the summer season. These seasons can be associated with many phrases and expressions , which we use in everyday life.Let’s learn some of these phrases for spring and summer.1. He’s/She’s no spring chickenMeaning - This saying means that this person isn’t so young anymore.Example –Sally's no...
article thumbnail Social media is changing the way we communicate. It is making the language sound more trendy and simple. With social media taking over our life, the never-heard or used before terminologies are becoming common. In today’s world, whether a person needs to buy an LCD or undergo a professional training program, the decision is largely influenced by the trend in the social world, especially Facebook. We are addicted to this particular platform and there is no...
article thumbnail You will read a lot of tips that prepare you to face an interview. The kind of attire that you should wear, the mannerisms that are appropriate to use, and the attitude you should carry for success, but, not much is said on grooming tips for a successful job interview. Like it or not, you will be judged on your appearance as well, no matter how skilled and qualified you are. The most important aspect are your interpersonal skills, your conduct...
article thumbnail Traveling is a passion that is fast emerging as a hobby among both young and old. In today’s busy life, everybody wants to enjoy a little vacation now and then. It could be in your city or to a foreign locale. Once you are back and into your routine, you may be asked to describe your travel experiences. The way you describe about a particular place may motivate your colleagues or friends to take a holiday in that city and explore the place....
article thumbnail Most language learners are always looking for fastest way to learn a language. Raise your hands if you are tired of mugging up grammar rules from textbook. Most students in our class raise their hand as nobody wants to mug up the same rules again and again. Frankly speaking, when you just learn by heart the language rules, you will never be able to speak the language fluently. Today let us discuss some of the secrets to of speaking in English...
article thumbnail Do you always speak a sentence in your head before actually speaking it loud just to find out if it sounds rude?  Do you think the way you communicate comes across as offensive to others? Speaking English and speaking polite English are two different arts and both can be mastered with practice. For English learners, it is always difficult to take care of the thin line  between sounding rude and polite. Suppose you are in a foreign country and you...
    

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