Category Archives: Grammar

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Cohesive words and phrases

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Modal Mania: Employability abilities: Can you speak English?

Employability SkillsAccording to a well-respected international business magazine, the most important abilities that employers want from their employees are transferable skills.  For example, employers want people who:

  1. Can work in a team structure
  2. Can make decisions and solve problems with little supervision
  3. Can communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organisation
  4. Can plan, organise and prioritise work independently
  5. Can obtain and process information
  6. Can analyse quantitative data
  7. Can use computer software programmes
  8. Can create and/or edit written reports
  9. Can sell and influence others
  10. Can think for themselves
  11. Can adapt to new ideas, systems and processes

So, what do you think? Do you agree with the opinions of this magazine? And, as importantly, do you have any of the above abilities?

Experientially speaking, I can’t work in a team structure, I’m brilliant at making decisions but they aren’t always the right ones, I’m hooked on planning and organising, but I couldn’t sell an igloo to an Inuit.  So, in a nutshell, it’s a good job I’m self-employed.

It is said that: passive voice

 

 

 

 

The passive voice is often used by politicians because:

  1. They don´t know what they are talking about?
  2. They are making things up?
  3. They don´t want to take responsibility for the words they use?

Formal and Informal Verbs

It is said that informal and colloquial language is becoming much more popular in business contexts nowadays, and I would completely agree with this opinion.

Whether or not this familiarization of professional contexts is for the better or worse, is definitely debatable. However, truth be told,  if you can control both styles of communication, you will be able to open more doors, and seize more opportunities.

If you are interested in more examples of the differences between formal and informal language, why not check out this website?

I can’t stand cooking. I can’t bear washing up

I can't bear cookingLots of people take up cookery classes, and, it is said that cooking helps people chill out.  However, I say, cooking is a pain in the ass – it’s an evil necessity, and I personally, can’t stand it, what I mean is, I dislike it intensely.

In fact,  4 years ago, someone showed me how to make lasagna and despite the fact that I’m smiling, I felt stressed, and completely out of my comfort zone. Everyone has their likes and dislikes, for instance, I’m very keen on eating, but I can’t stand cooking, chopping, boiling, frying, baking, squeezing, grating, mixing or washing up.

How about you? What are your pet hates?

Jogging

joggingOne of my New Year’s resolutions is to get in shape by jogging. The problem is, I really can´t stand running, so I need some advice. What should I do to feel more motivated?

For example:

  1. Should I sign up for a race?
  2. Should I start running after attractive people?
  3. Ought I to get a jogging buddy? Help!
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Modal Verbs

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Connectors

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Adjectives: degress of comparison