13 November

What happens if you don’t make your voice heard

What happens if you don’t make your voice heard

The monthly project meeting is about to start and Anna expects to be contributing quite a lot this time. She’s a little nervous about having to do it in English, but she’s well prepared and feeling quietly confident that she’ll manage. Yet as the meeting unfolds Anna feels less and less satisfied with the way […]

13 November

Raising awareness for the situation of non-native speakers

Raising awareness for the situation of non-native speakers

Native English speakers often lack the experience of working in a foreign language. So they aren’t familiar with the difficulties involved. They hear you speaking English and are genuinely impressed by your language skills. But, unlike you, they don’t know that you would in fact like to say much more, but lack the vocabulary. And they […]

6 March

Do I really have to go out to dinner with them?

Do I really have to go out to dinner with them?

That’s a good question. And one I’m often asked. Off the top of my head I can remember the following cases: “We’re hosting the European sales meeting this year. And, of course, we’re all supposed to be going out for dinner every evening. It’s not as if I’m really needed – the rest of the […]