9 February

Why you should take the initiative in small talk

  How do you feel about small talk? Do you think it’s a waste of time? Superficial? Boring?Or is your attitude: Oh well, I suppose I have to do it, so let’s just go along with it (sigh). If that’s the case you’re missing the point – and valuable opportunities.   Small talk is an […]

29 January

Small talk: Finding a topic to talk about.

  The British have got a reputation for talking about the weather. I’m no exception, but I’m very happy to talk about other topics, too. 😉 So if chatting about the weather doesn’t appeal to you, that’s still no reason to avoid small talk. You’re free to bring up other subjects. And in case you’re unsure what […]

15 September

Mind your Ps and Qs

As you’ve probably noticed, ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ are used a lot by English native speakers. It’s easy enough to add a generous sprinkling of ‘thank yous‘ to your English emails: Thank you for getting in touch. Thanks for calling. Thank you very much for all your support. Many thanks for making my stay so enjoyable. […]