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The Dangers of Eating in English

The Dangers of Eating in English

If politics and religion are the biggest conversational taboos at business lunches, the safest and most obvious option is probably the food itself. But even here, there are enough linguistic traps in English to make eating out a hazardous experience for the...
Combinations of Nouns

Combinations of Nouns

I’ve finally come to the last trick I know to cut the number of words you use in English. They’re called “Noun + Noun Combinations”, they’re flexible, and they’re useful in situations where you have to watch your wordcount. You’ll see them often in presentation...
Inglés y marketing

Inglés y marketing

En muchas actividades de nuestra vida el inglés es importante para desarrollarnos como personas y también como profesionales. En muchos ámbitos esta lengua gana terreno e importancia y pasa a ser uno de los puntos fuertes que nos va a permitir abrirnos puertas en este...
Nearly Real

Nearly Real

This blog was going to be about slides and bullet points, and I’ll attack that topic next, but when I read Montse’s article about adapting to teleworking, I couldn’t resist the chance to add my perspective as a teacher. Converting our classes to a remote format saved...
Inversions for Emphasis – Twist and Shout

Inversions for Emphasis – Twist and Shout

When normal formal just isn’t enough to communicate your anger by email, you can really turn the screw by twisting the order of your sentences… In my last blog, https://secondlanguage.net/2021/06/01/cold-hard-grammar/ I set out my main formal English tools for email...

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