Monday, 22 August 2011

Don't let grammar mistakes ruin your career!

Looking for a job? You need an effective CV.
You know how important your background, skills and a clear logical layout are to make your CV successful. What about language mistakes? How many errors in grammar or spelling are accepted by the employer? NONE. Grammar mistakes will most probably result in discarding of the CV.

Is there any job that doesn’t require writing? Not even an email or a note? I don’t think so.

The reality is that written communication is a big part of any business. You are brilliant, creative and hardworking, but nobody’s perfect; you have some communication weak spots. If you don’t want to destroy your professional image, you really need to improve your writing in English and your mother tongue, as well. Bad grammar reflects on you; some mistakes create embarrassing situations, others are hilarious and most of them reveal your unprofessional, careless side. Most importantly, some mistakes may lead to confusion and conflict.
Here are a couple of tricky situations:

1. You look exactly as/ like your mother.
2. It’s/ Its her birthday.
3. The story of his voyages and adventures at sea make/ makes a wonderful example for his nephews and nieces.
4. She sings beautiful/ beautifully.
5. A/ An university
6. I bought/ have bought the blue dress at the Mall.
7. Whom/ Who should I ask for advice?
8. The police have/ has arrived at the scene of the accident.
9. Everybody is/ are happy.
10. She still goes to school/ the school.

Are these statements correct?
A. Is gratuity included in the price?
B. McDonald’s’s profit has not been reported, yet.
C. I and my sister never fight.

Many people use grammar/ spelling checkers. Installing these applications and other computerized writing aids is time consuming and linguists argue that these resources are not always accurate. Most people don’t consider them a substitute for language trainers, and rightly so.

Learning a language with a teacher has more advantages. Classroom learning offers a stimulus to motivate learning - besides the personal experience of meeting new people and the fun and pleasure of working in a team, modern language courses are short and tailored to match the customers’ goals:

● Public speaking
● Legal English
● English for socializing, customer care, negotiations, presentations, tourism etc.)

I'm going to be your teacher and explain the above situations:

1.  like is the correct choice because the meaning is resemblance (same face, eyes, built etc)
2.  It's (it is) not the possessive pronoun its (its colour)
3.  The story and the adventures (They) make a wonderful exemple.
4.  beautifully is an adverb. She sings in such a way. Of course she has a beautiful voice.
5.  a university [ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsɪtɪ] is used after a consonant-type sound not letter.
6.  bought (Simple Past) because the action took place at a specific time in the past which is known  by the speaker (when she was at the Mall).
7.  Whom would be the correct form. The answer explains, "Ask him." You are asking about the object, not the subject.
8.  The police (here) is a group of officers participating in the investigation. So, the correct form is are.
9.  Everybody is (thinking of each individual in the group)
10. to school (she is still a student, the school is the institution, not a location or a place).

A. Correct (Gratuity = a gift of money, tip) The word is a false friend that might cause confusion to Romance languages speakers (in Romanian, French = free)
B. McDonald's's seems grammatically correct; you are supposed to add an apostrophe and 's after a noun, but two apostrophes look ridiculous. Our advice is: McDonald's profit or McDonalds' profit.
C. Wrong (My sister and I is both technically correct and polite.)

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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Learning English is Fun (2)

Let's go to the States!

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Sunday, 7 August 2011


Do humans have trouble communicating despite the fact speech has evolved a lot -  about 2,700 languages and over 500,000 words in the English dictionaries?
Teacher – student, parent – kids or business communication has become a topic much debated and studied all over the world. Efficient or effective? That’s the question. We are always in a hurry to carry out our responsibilities as parents, teachers, to sign contracts, to complete tasks. So, it’s important to be efficient: a few words, limited time, brief and to the point messages. The response can be positive, negative or no response at all because efficient does not mean two-way communication. To make sure the message is understood, effective interpersonal communication must be established. This implies eye contact, paying respect, receiving feedback, time to validate each other’s needs, worries, interests etc.

Besides many other barriers to effective communications, noise can affect mutual understanding. We are losing listening. Not only do we need our health back, but we also need to learn again how to listen and Julian Treasure suggests LISTENING should be taught in schools. Do you think it is necessary or possible? How?
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