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Are You Writing These American English Phrases Correctly?

  Last week we talked about common American English idioms that people often get wrong. Today we’ll talk about idiom mistakes that might not be noticeable when spoken because they sound so close to the original, but will definitely attract attention if written down. Check out the list below and make sure you’re using these […]

Are You Getting These Common English Idioms Wrong?

Most people use more idioms in everyday speech then they realize. A well-placed idioms can make your speech much more colorful and memorable, and can help convey your point in an articulate way. However, often people mishear idioms and say them wrong without realizing. These errors then get incorporated their vocabulary. Misusing an idioms can […]

Are You Muddling Your Message? Tips for Overcoming Language Barriers

  If you’re like most modern professionals, your clients, co-workers, and professional contacts hail from across the globe. This means you interact with people whose first language may not be English on a regular basis. Last week we talked about how using non-literal language (e.g., idioms and slang) can confuse communication with non-native English speakers. […]

Cross Cultural Communication: Do You Make These Mistakes?

Last week, we talked about how many idioms English speakers use in day-to-day conversation, and how learning some basic idioms can help you better understand conversations in the workplace and can make your speech sound more fluent and native-like. Today, we’re going to talk about the other side of the coin: as a native speaker, […]

Want to Sound Like a Native Speaker? Check out these 5 Common Business Idioms

  One of the trickier parts of English is the large number of idioms used in everyday speech. Most people use idioms so frequently, they don’t even realize they’re using them. Knowing some common idioms used in business settings will help you to better understand what others are saying and will help you to actively […]

Sound Like a Native English Speaker: 12 Key Business Idioms

Mastering a new language in a professional setting is no easy task. Between learning complicated grammar, expanding your vocabulary, and learning how to produce the precise sounds of the language, there is a lot on any second language learner’s plate. But there is one key to sounding like a native speaker that often falls by […]