What does "recce" mean?

A couple of days ago, Azimah, Aisya and I went to go for a venue recce for our upcoming workshop.

An InstaStory I posted on my Instagram account. Azimah and I were testing whether the stage could hold our weight 🙂

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.

Out of my own curiosity, I Googled for the definition of "recce" and here's what I found in the Collins online dictionary:

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. 🙂

The truth about "revert"

If you're a Malaysian, it's likely that you've heard or read the word "revert" to mean "reply". It's widely used in verbal and email communication here in our country.

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"Affect" vs "Effect"

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.

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Improvise vs Improve

Is improvise and improve not the same?!
Sometimes people mistake these two verbs to mean the same thing.

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What do Disney, My Little Pony and Superhero comics have in common?

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I’ve just finished translating a children’s comic book and you might think, “What a fun job. It must be so easy, she can do it while she’s sleeping!”

Well, yes, it’s immensely fun, but just because it sounds "so easy", does that mean I can take this project lightly?

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Sounding polite in difficult situations

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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.

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Grammar in Real Life: Present Progressive Tense

Many have written in asking about speaking and making grammar mistakes, so I’d like to combine the two in this simple article that invites you to use English in your daily routine. The rule is that you do this out loud and not in your head.

In this exercise, we will be using what is called the Present Progressive tense, which requires you to verbally express an activity that is in progress (is occurring, is happening) right now.

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14th October KL Workshop... Speaking English with Confidence: Igniting The Spark Within

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The most important attitude achievers have is the can-do attitude. This means thinking, "Yes, it's hard and it's a struggle, but I need to get out of my comfort zone and just do it!"

Much to my delight, that was exactly the kind of attitude my students from China, Kazakhstan and Malaysia had during our powerful speaking workshops we recently completed. How could they NOT have this can-do attitude when they were having so much fun uncovering their potential and raising the bar for themselves? Seeing such keen, motivated students transform through the workshop was absolutely gratifying for me.

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We're offering English Lessons and Workshops-live and online near you!

The team at My English Matters have been getting a ton of e-mail, and we're ecstatic to be able to keep in touch with you and answer all your questions. This is also why we've decided that it's time for us to online course Communicate with Confidence on in January. 2018.

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How to look and sound more confident


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.

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