Let’s talk about grammar again…

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Two weeks ago, I wrote an email to our subscribers about speaking up at work even if you think you have poor grammar.

Did you miss it? Read it here.

We received so many replies from that email. So today, I’m writing about grammar again.

But this is not a lesson about grammar. This is a post to help change your mindset around it.

Grammar is important when you’re writing professional emails, letters to clients or copy for marketing materials such as websites and leaflets.

But when it comes to everyday speaking situations, it’s okay to have imperfect grammar.

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Are you afraid of speaking because you have bad grammar? This is for you.

Today’s post is a short one. I want to talk about one common struggle among our students. Grammar.

We hear it many times.

“My problem is grammar.”
“I have bad grammar.”
“I’m afraid people will laugh at me because I have poor grammar.”

And I went to tell you it’s completely normal to not have perfect grammar. Even people whose first language is English struggle with this.

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How to improve your vocabulary

Today I want to talk about something many of our students talk about–vocabulary. They struggle with finding the right words to say when they need to speak.

But before I start this post, let me give a huge shout-out to the participants of last weekend’s Presentation Skills Workshop!

All of the participants were amazing and I felt like a proud mama bear at the end of the day, seeing all the transformation and accomplishments.

Here’s a photo of last weekend’s event with our students:

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I’d like to share a tip that I hope would be helpful for improving your vocabulary.

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How to say “sorry” to your boss

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How do we say sorry and sound like we mean it? We want the other person to know that we genuinely regret the mistake. This shows honesty and integrity.

Besides creating content for My English Matters, I also have a part-time job translating and subtitling for a broadcasting company.

The other day, I made a mistake. I was supposed to submit a task last Saturday, but I thought the deadline was Sunday!

My supervisor emailed me about this. She’s a great supervisor, she didn’t sound angry in the email (I think) but I felt terrible about making the mistake. So I replied the email with an apology.

If you’re like any normal person, it’s likely you’ve made mistakes in the past and will do so in the future.

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How to Better Prepare for Presentations

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of teaching students of my former university. Another word for former university is alma mater. (I’ve always wanted to use that word. It sounds fancy.)

The workshop was titled Communication Skills for the Workplace, where I taught them the basics of writing effective emails, speaking tips and presentation skills.

One of the things the students were taught was visualisation, and how it’s helpful for any situation–whether it’s for a presentation, a performance or just about anything you’re about to face that’s difficult.

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How to say “I don’t know” to your boss

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Today I want to talk about saying the three words a lot of us are ashamed of saying at work, which is: “I don’t know.”

I remember back in my corporate days, I was a young, enthusiastic management trainee, wanting to impress and prove myself.

One day, the boss asked me a difficult question. I didn’t want to say that I didn’t know because I was afraid of coming across as incompetent or stupid.

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No time to learn English?

I’ve recently changed to a new mobile phone (after several months of using a phone that wasn’t functioning too well). The phone displays the total time I’m looking at my screen every day. So far I’m averaging one hour and 50 minutes of screen time per day! Continue reading “No time to learn English?”

Improve your speaking skills with podcasts

I’ve just returned from a trip overseas with my family earlier this week. After a couple of days adjusting back to our local timezone, I’m now catching up on all the tasks that have been piling up over my break.

On my last day of the trip, I received an email about the release of a podcast that I’m featured in. I was interviewed by Hafizah, the host of her own podcast show called Stand Tall, Girl. In the episode, I talk about our work at My English Matters, I share a few tips to help people improve their English, and we discuss the importance of speaking up even when we’re afraid of making mistakes.

You can listen to my conversation with Hafizah on the podcast episode here or on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

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Compliment vs Complement. What’s the difference?

Today, we’re going to talk about the difference between “compliment” and “complement”. Both are pronounced the same, but they’re spelled differently (one is spelled with an “i”, the other with an “e”) and have different meanings.

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Two ways to pronounce “read”

Today, I’m going to talk about pronouncing the word “read”. Did you know that there are two ways to pronounce this word? When it’s in the present and future tense, “read” is pronounced as “reed”. But when it’s in the past tense, it’s pronounced “red”, like the colour red.

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