Living and working in an English-speaking country isn’t as simple as mastering the grammar. There are so many customs and nuances to pick up on that hardly a week goes by when even the most competent non-native English speakers aren’t faced with one of the following situations in the workplace.
It’s no surprise that companies are increasingly turning to remote workers. Studies show that they are happier and more productive. As a result, managers are figuring out how to get their in-house team and their remote team to work together seamlessly. Throw remote workers located abroad into the mix, and this further complicates the matter.
Your company’s greatest asset is its people. They push your product, solve complex problems, and keep your business running. Ideally, you want great employees who stick around to grow your company and help you take it to the next level. But that kind of thing doesn’t happen magically, even with the most talented people. Rather, employers must actively invest in their employees.
It’s a requirement that regularly appears in job postings: native English speakers only.
Communication is vital to business, and it’s more than fair to require excellent language skills from your employees, but recruiters often forget that “non-native English speakers” doesn’t necessarily mean “non-fluent”. It’s not uncommon to meet a non-native speaker whose English is more impressive than a native speaker’s.
Startups are all the rage right now, but there’s still something to be said about working for a multinational company. The experience, the diversity, and the high stakes all make for an interesting work environment. While organizational structures differ from company to company, most people who’ve worked for a global business can identify with these five perks.
You are educated, experienced, and motivated, but English is not your first language and you work in an anglophone environment. Your writing and reading skills are great, but when it comes time to publicly speak English you instantly freeze up. How can you reduce this English-speaking anxiety and participate in meetings with ease? Continue reading “How to Express Yourself Confidently in Meetings When English is Not Your First Language”
Are you terrible at public speaking? Good news: You don’t have to be.
Public speaking is a skill. Contrary to popular belief, a bad public speaker can improve. While it may take some practice in front of a bathroom mirror, anyone can learn how to give a great presentation that captivates their audience.
You can have all the dictionaries, phrasebooks, and apps in the world and still have no clue what someone really means. Once you’ve mastered English grammar and vocabulary, the new challenge is understanding the coded meanings behind English expressions.
Writing a professional email in English can be difficult, even for native speakers. Why? There are casual ways we use the English language that are big no-nos when crafting this kind of correspondence. But it’s not as difficult as it sounds. We’ve got you covered with 5 quick tips for writing a polished and professional email. Continue reading “5 Easy Tips for Writing a Professional Email in English”
Whether you are a first-year college student or on the verge of retirement, there is never a bad time to learn to speak English fluently. While children can develop perfect accents quickly, they are outperformed by adults in every other aspect of second language acquisition. Children’s brains have more plasticity, which allows them to acquire and organize new acoustic information easily. During the first months after birth, a child is receptive to every sound in human speech and until puberty, children are in a “critical period” where attempts to acquire new language skills are ultimately more successful. Continue reading “It’s Never Too Late to Learn To Speak English Fluently”