At the request of several of my clients to try a new English teashop in Hamburg Altona to see how authentic it was, I recently went along one afternoon and had a “cream tea”. The experience reminded me once again of how many differences there are between the UK and Germany in the tea culture.
I would say that “teatime” in the UK is far less popular (and a little outdated) than the ritual “coffee and cake” in Germany. Life has changed and with most people working and the surge of Read more [...]
If anyone had told me on 15 March we would still be “locked down” in our daily life, albeit some of the restrictions have now been lifted, I would not have believed them. But here we are on 6 May and what has been the biggest work change?
Well, everyone is communicating online, virtually, digitally or electronically, however you care to name it. People were touting names like Zoom, Webex, GoToMeeting, Skype for business, Facetime, and even Zoho meeting and BlueJeans, to name a few. Read more [...]
Dear Ms Client
I often hear my clients say “well, my email writing is OK, because I have more time to think about the right words, (than when on the phone or speaking), or emails are OK because I can put the mail into a translation software programme. Much better to learn how to write good emails, I think.
The first comment means that they take a lot of work time putting an email together and the second means that they often end up with totally unsatisfactory wording and they have nobody Read more [...]
On-line Business English Training v Coronavirus
A message to all my clients and potential clients!
As the world closes down and we are all stopped from working in our companies or on our client premises, so the necessity of training virtually has been pushed forward as the only means of continuing normal life, be it for training, buying groceries at the supermarket, communicating with one’s department in the office, or doing online yoga classes!
I took part in an online webinair Read more [...]
Being able “to chat” in English is an important part of the learning process, particularly in business English. It starts with introductions when you meet people and extends to being able to talk about other things apart from business.
First impressions are very important, so a good introduction is where is starts – a greeting, your name (and company if a business event), followed by one of the key introduction phrases.
“We don’t know where our first impressions come from or precisely Read more [...]
Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, preceding Ash Wednesday (which is the first day of Lent) and is celebrated by eating pancakes in the UK and some other countries. It is also known as Mardi Gras in some countries, a carnival day and the last day of eating well before fasting for Lent.
Where does the name “Shrove” come from – well it comes from the word “shrive”. “Shrive” in the MacmIllan dictionary is given the following definition:
“when Read more [...]
If you want to update or revise your business English, then one way you can do this – without investing too much time - is by attending a weekend business English workshop– a short intensive delve into some of the most important aspects you need in business.
Instead of taking up your whole weekend, they can start on Friday mid-afternoon and all day Saturday. But most important, they are out of normal working hours and you can relax without worrying about work. Some companies are good Read more [...]
Want to improve your Business English out of office hours at a manageable price?
There are people out there who do not have the opportunity to do business English training paid by their company and so some years ago I decided to offer the possibility at my office in Othmarschen. We start at 6 pm and each session runs for for 90 minutes. The course of 26 sessions is economically priced and English tea is thrown in at every session. The group also accompanies my business theatre group to the Read more [...]
Christmas is around the corner, meaning mince pies are back in! Every year for the Christmas season the whole of Britain is eating the small fruit filled pastries. They can be made with shortcrust or puff pastry – a thin layer of dough on the bottom and the top encases the filling, which is called mincemeat. Mincemeat is usually made of chopped fruit, nuts, spices, and often people like to add a dash of alcohol such as brandy or rum.
I personally prefer homemade mincemeat, because you can Read more [...]
It’s no secret now that if you apply for a job in an international company here in Germany, you may need to prepare your CV in English. You should note that English CVs (Curriculum Vitae in UK English / Resume in US English) do not carry a photograph – this has never been the case – it’s not what you look like that is important, it’s whether you can do the job!
The format of an English CV is also different to German. If you apply for a job in an English speaking country, then, unless Read more [...]