A couple of days ago, Azimah, Aisya and I went to go for a venue recce for our upcoming workshop.
Anyway, as I was writing the phrase "venue recce", I wondered where "recce" was derived from. I was actually unaware of the word until some of my colleagues in my previous company used it. They used it to refer to visiting an event venue before the event day itself.
If you recce an area, you visit that place in order to become familiar with it. People usually recce an area when they are going to return at a later time to do something there.
[British, old-fashioned] The first duty of a director is to recce his location.
Recce is also a noun. Uncle Jim took the air rifle and went on a recce to the far end of the quarry.
It's an informal term for reconnaissance, which means a military observation of a region to locate an enemy or ascertain strategic features. Reconnaissance is also used to refer to a preliminary surveying or research.
So the next time you hear the word "recce" (pronounced "reki") in the office or even in movies, just remember this blog post. 🙂
We have another post for you this week! It's all about the active and passive voice and when to use it.
First of all, the active voice is common in many of the world's languages, including English and Bahasa Malaysia. You are using the active voice when you describe a subject performing an action (verb). It's straightforward and easy to understand.
It's been several weeks since we've posted a new blog post! The team has been busy with releasing lessons for our online course, Communicate with Confidence, but I've found some time in between to write to you.
In today's post, I'm going to address the difference between "affect" and "effect". When you're speaking, it wouldn't be much of a problem because they sound almost the same.
But when it comes to writing, it's easy to get the two confused.
Earlier today (as of writing this post), I posted an update on my Facebook profile. I asked my friends to share their ideas of what I could write about on our blog.
Sure enough, several people replied and one of my friends asked us to write about countable and uncountable nouns. She mentioned that she's heard people say and write "foods", "informations", "seafoods" and it's getting her confused.
In a professional setting, sounding polite is important. But because English is our second language, we may be unaware that some of the sentences we say to people can come across as rude or too direct. Naturally, we would want to maintain good relationships at work with our superiors, colleagues, clients or customers.
So I’m going to share with you several ways that you can sound polite in a professional setting. The first part talks about how you can ask questions politely. The second is how to ask for help without making it sound like an order. Then we’ll talk about how to point out mistakes and lastly how to express disagreement without offending the other person.
We've been getting a lot of emails from our subscribers, telling us that their biggest problem in speaking and communicating in English is that they lack the confidence.
To me, confidence is a state of mind - and having to change your state of mind is harder than it sounds. Confidence is believing in your abilities and not worrying about being embarrassed or making mistakes.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? If you're not familiar with these terms, let me summarise them for you. Extroverts find energy from interaction with other human beings, prefer to think out loud and enjoy being in vibrant surroundings. Introverts find energy when they are alone, prefer to think before expressing their opinions and enjoy quiet surroundings. Here's a quiz for you to find out whether you're an introvert, extrovert or an ambivert (which is a combination of both).