11 June

Feel uncomfortable speaking English? Some food for thought.

Feel uncomfortable speaking English? Some food for thought.

    I was seventeen years old and all alone in Germany. I got on a bus and asked the driver for a ticket to my stop ‘Natruper Straße’. He didn’t understand, I repeated it. No luck. He still had no idea where I wanted to get off and was getting pretty impatient. I tried […]

12 April

3 things you can still do in the 48 hours before a conference call

3 things you can still do in the 48 hours before a conference call

As far as their stressfulness for non-native speakers goes, there’s not much that beats conference calls. Unfamiliar accents, incredibly rapid speakers, mumbling, unknown vocabulary – these factors can make any meeting a challenge. If on top of that you can’t see the other participants, things become much more difficult. There are no facial expressions or […]

8 January

How about doing a business English exam?

How about doing a business English exam?

I can imagine that’s not the most popular suggestion I’ve ever made. 😉 Taking exams is a bit like going to the dentist: you can’t get through life without ever doing it, but at the same time you’d probably like to keep it to the absolute minimum.  Over thirty years later, I still dream that […]