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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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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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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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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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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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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Several weeks ago we received an email from Anis, asking us the difference between “hear” and “listen”. So I thought this would be a good idea for a blog post, as many can benefit from this.
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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).
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When I was a kid, I used to love reading. Back in primary school, we had these clear plastic pouches where our teachers would put in a different book each day for us to read at home. I’d rush home and make my mum read a book with me every night.
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Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Tongue twisters and nursery rhymes make such wonderful vocal exercises to loosen your stiff tongue. They have long been used by actors, politicians, and speakers to help them speak more clearly because they’re just that effective.
In a vocal training class I attended, we’d recite several tongue twisters in order to feel the “r'” and “l” sounds roll out of our mouth. Saying your vowels, like eee, aaa, uuu, and ooo, aloud continuously can help make your voice come out strong and pure.
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