The 9 Pronunciations of -ough 7

The English language is renowned for its sometimes seemingly illogical spelling and pronunciation. -ough is a perfect example of this. Try reading this short passage about investments. Though I thought investing would be tough, after thoroughly ploughing through the borough … I rethought … due to a drought the price of dough was enough to ...

Job Applications – Cover Letters 10

 12 simple steps to a perfect cover letter Your cover letter (e-mail) is often the only chance you get to sell yourself to a potential employer. You can highlight key features of your attached CV and include material that is not in the CV, especially your personal qualities. However, it is important not to write ...

English for Human Resources (HR) 4

  “People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn’t make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps.”Mary Kay Ash The terms HR (Human Resources) and personnel can refer to both, the people employed in an organisation and the department of an ...

Phrasal Verbs 11

“No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.” A phrasal verb is an idiomatic phrase made up of a verb and a particle, typically either an adverb, as in break down (cease to function), or a preposition, for example look into (investigate), or a combination of both, such as look forward ...

Homonyms

 In a previous post we looked at homophones, i.e. words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of their spelling, origin, etc., e.g. there, their and they’re.Another group of words that can cause particular confusion are homonyms, i.e. words that share the same pronunciation and the same spelling but have different meanings, e.g. bank (where you ...

At The Negotiating Table – Idioms 5

 “Negotiation is a basic means of getting what you want from others. It is a back-and-forth communication designed to reach an agreement when you and the other side have some interests that are shared and others that are opposed.”Getting to Yes by Fisher, Ury & Patton, 1992 Understanding the jargon of business English is crucial ...

Homophones – Part 2 (p – z) 6

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Business Metaphors 1

  This is a spoof financial news story that has been doing the rounds. Here are two worksheets to help you understand the metaphors:   Business Metaphors   News from the Japanese banking system…        

Homophones – Vocabulary & Pronunciation 10

Homophones – Vocabulary & Pronunciation English is renowned for its logic or, as some would say, severe lack of it! This is mostly due to English being a melting pot of other languages, which, I believe, makes it such a rich language. Once you have mastered the rather misleading English spelling, you then discover that ...

Idioms of Comparison 11

  Various grammatical constructions are used in English to compare things. as … as is used to compare things which have similar or identical qualities. There are many idiomatic phrases in English which use this construction, for example, as drunk as a lord (very drunk). These expressions are used to make the language more vivid. ...