How to succeed in the international workplace when English is not your first language

You are outgoing, confident, and witty. Your colleagues always compliment you on your speaking abilities and presentation skills.

But now that you’re working in an English language environment, everything feels off.

You’re less enthusiastic about speaking up during meetings or volunteering for presentations. In fact, you’ve become the opposite of the social person you used to be and you’re worried about your accent or self-conscious about pronunciation. When a big part of your job is about interpersonal skills this is a problem.

A few workplace communication challenges you probably face include:

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7 great idioms every language learner needs to know

One of my most motivated students is an advanced ESL student, and we work exclusively on idioms. She’s obsessed with idioms, so much so that now I’m obsessed with idioms. I collect them like people collect stamps or seashells. Every time I hear one or use one that she and I have not yet talked about, I type it into my notepad on my phone. So, by the time I see her each week, I have a treasure trove of idioms to share with her.

We get giddy talking about idiomstheir history, their usage, how they differ between her native language and English, and how the idioms differ between American English and British English. Needless to say, it’s a lot of fun for a couple of lovers of English.

With that in mind, here is a handful of phrases that she and I recently discussed.

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Why learning this one English tense will make you sound like a pro

What is typically one of the first tenses taught in English classes but one of the last to be fully and correctly integrated into speaking and writing?

It’s the often misunderstood (and sometimes dreaded) present perfect tense.

From the perspective of an ESL teacher who speaks English as her native language, the correct use of the present perfect tense sets you apart from other ESL learners.

In fact, it’s a critical component in making you an advanced English speaker.

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5 Simple Rules for Mastering the Difference between Exact and Exactly

I love it when there are similarities between the English language and the native language of the student I am teaching. This happens sometimes with my German-speaking students. We are both excited because we know the word, grammar construction, or idiom that is being introduced is more likely to stick since it is the same or similar in German.

But learning English can’t always be rainbows and unicorns.

There are differences between German and English that can’t be ignored.
One such difference is the use of the word genau in German and exact/exactly in English. In German, genau can be either an adverb and adjective.

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8 Genius Cooking Sites That Will Improve Your English Skills… Wait, What?

You want to learn English quickly but have no time? Cooking, like language, is an essential part of our daily lives. Since preparing meals is something most of us have to do quite frequently, why not combine your English practice and cooking to turn a necessary chore into an interactive experience and wind up with tasty meals AND smoother English!

“How exactly do I do that?” you may ask.

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How To Turn Your Media Obsession Into English Practice Gold

English practice can easily be integrated into your daily life. Here’s your new rule of thumb: If you really want to read or listen to something like the news or your favorite novel, do it in English. The more you want to access information, the more incentive there is to pick up a dictionary, translate a word, and commit it to memory.
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Why Perfecting Your English Can Lead To Lucrative Work Opportunities From Home

Today, almost anyone can make a living from the comfort of their couch with remote work from home. The required tools? A working computer and a high speed internet connection — as well as the necessary skills for the job of course. Online video conferencing and project management platforms have made it easier and cheaper to build international teams.
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What is the best way to learn a new language? Our 5 Best Seller Tips

Is second language fluency one of your New Year’s resolutions? Fabulous. You probably don’t need a recap of how important it is to learn a new language , but you may want a bit of direction to ensure your language learning ambitions don’t fizzle out and die.  So let’s get started with our 5 tip for learning a new language. Continue reading “What is the best way to learn a new language? Our 5 Best Seller Tips”