27 January

Why it’s worth working on your English in good time

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Why it’s worth working on your English in good time

  When people ask me to support them in improving their English, they’re in one of two typical situations. In the first case, they want to be prepared for the future – whether that’s a couple of months or a couple of years away. Maybe they’re aiming for a new job. Or perhaps they recognise […]

28 June

3 effective ways to make sure everyone is heard

3 effective ways to make sure everyone is heard

  One thing the last year has shown me is just how difficult it can be to find an opening to say something in online meetings. Waiting in vain for a pause, taking the plunge only to find that the person speaking hasn’t finished after all or that another member of the group has had […]

29 March

Feelings of a non-native speaker

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Feelings of a non-native speaker

One of my most embarrassing moments came when I’d been in Germany for a year or so.   In the middle of a disagreement, a friend of a friend mentioned something annoying I’d done a couple of weeks previously – ancient history for a twenty-year-old. So to show that I found it hard to understand […]