Often when I am teaching I overhear students say something like “he say me, it’s good“, or “I tell, it’s good.” It’s a small mistake and still easy to understand the essence of what they want to communicate, but it can make a big difference in someone’s first impression of you if you eliminate these small grammatical errors. So let’s have a look at the differences between these two often confused verbs: say and tell.
One great thing about learning a language is that, once we have the tools, we can share our experience to help those around us by offering our best advice. It’s important to be able to do this in various ways, depending on the situation.
In this article we are going to highlight several ways this can be done, with a focus on the differences between formal and informal ways of offering advice. If the person asking you for advice is your boss or someone you don’t know very well, you probably don’t want to use informal language. Conversely, if the person is a close friend, feel free to tell them how you see things and don’t worry about formality. Let’s have a closer look at three ways we can give advice.
2015 is here! It’s time for a new year and a new beginning. To start the year off on the right foot, why not make a New Year’s resolution?
A New Year’s Resolution is a commitment a person makes to achieve some of their personal and professional goals. New Year’s resolutions are made for the New Year, which indicates new beginnings. The idea is to keep the promise for the whole year. This tradition is widely celebrated throughout the world.
Two years ago I taught Advanced Business English and had the pleasure of teaching a very hard-working student from the Czech Republic. This student was remarkable in many ways, but stood out in one way in particular; she was deaf.
On her first day, Eva came to me to explain her situation, expressing concern that her hearing impairment may affect her ability to participate fully in class. I asked her a few questions to assess her listening skills, which were actually quite strong. When I mentioned this, she told me she relied heavily on her ability to read lips. When I asked how comfortable she felt in telephone conversations, either in English or Czech, she replied that phone conversations were challenging, but not impossible as long as her hearing aid was working.