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Formal VS Friendly

The first thing to note about formal English in modern business is that it’s not nice. It’s not polite or charming, it’s a weapon that you use to defend yourself against an anonymous public or to intimidate acquaintances who incur your wrath. This means that, in an...
La importancia de invertir en uno mismo

La importancia de invertir en uno mismo

Invertir recursos para obtener ganancias u otro tipo de beneficios es una actividad que requiere una toma de decisiones, sobre todo en el ámbito económico, ya que supone un desembolso inicial y que se necesita la total seguridad de que esos beneficios van a superar a...
Making a Fuss

Making a Fuss

In the old days, businesses didn’t bother with pretty language and the Customer Service area in many companies was called the Complaints Department. Even the best-run organisation can’t keep everyone happy always because humans love whining, and you’ll probably find...
Please, Thanks and Sorry

Please, Thanks and Sorry

Please, Thanks and sorry are very important in ours lives. The words above are all seasoned veterans of those “most powerful word in the English language” memes that often appear on LinkedIn. This might be a slight exaggeration (the words “paid with thanks” have...
How to Lose Friends and Upset People

How to Lose Friends and Upset People

How to Lose Friends and Upset People? Do you know it? Have you ever been offended by a business mail or text message? If not, you’re either lucky with your clients or you have a thicker skin than me. I know we English are a little sensitive about these things, but...
Los podcasts y sus beneficios

Los podcasts y sus beneficios

Gracias a la tecnología y lo rápido que estas avanzan, han hecho posible diferentes formas y  muy variadas de aprender inglés. Hay quienes la revolución digital no les trae buena espina, todavía no se han adaptado a ella y les da reparo renovarse en todos sus...
Writing English for Business

Writing English for Business

How formal is too formal? In my last blog, I explained the classic format taught to me as a young dinosaur for writing “transactional” mail. We learned to break it down into three parts: first, the reason for writing, followed by details and finally, what you want...
How to write a Business E-Mail

How to write a Business E-Mail

5 tips to write a Business E-Mail Do you want to know how to write a Business E-Mail? A lot of my professional students are asking to focus their English classes on writing lately. There’s something about an email that makes you feel more exposed and vulnerable than...
Phrasal Verbs: A Breakdown of DOWN

Phrasal Verbs: A Breakdown of DOWN

Back in October last year, I wrote a couple of blogs about phrasal verbs with UP as an example of how you can attack phrasals by focussing on the preposition (or particle), not the verb. I ended by promising to write a similar analysis of DOWN in my next blog, and...

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