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 […]

8 May

5 sentences guaranteed to stop you improving your English

5 sentences guaranteed to stop you improving your English

When people hear that I’m English and that on top of that I’m an English trainer, there’s one thing I hear over and over again: “Ach, ich müsste doch was für mein Englisch tun!” It seems to be an automatic reaction. I have to admit it’s one I’m familiar with, too. Tell me you’re training for […]

3 April

Ending small talk politely

Ending small talk politely

    In the past I’ve encouraged you to take an active role in small talk and given some ideas for what to talk about. Whenever you engage in small talk there does, of course, come a moment when it has to end. If you start a phone call or meeting with a little small […]