5 March

Now we have the salad ;-)

Now we have the salad ;-)

One lunchtime, I was standing behind two women – a German and her English visitor – in the canteen queue. I heard the German say: “Oh, you’re a vegetarian.” She studied the menu for the day and then said: “You could have rice and green bones.” The English woman looked absolutely horrified: “Oh no, I […]

6 February

Writing emails that build relationships

Writing emails that build relationships

Writing an email in English probably takes more time and effort than it does in your own language. So – especially when you’ve got an inbox full of mails to reply to – it can be tempting to only write to someone when you have to and then keep it brief and to the point. […]

3 February

Introducing yourself by email

Introducing yourself by email

Introducing yourself to the rest of the team is one of the first things to do in a new job. Simple enough if your new colleagues are on the same corridor. But what if they’re spread all over the world? If you’re not likely to meet them in person until much later, why not introduce […]