Workplace Problem: Company Merger

Imagine the big cheese has just informed you that your company has merged with another competitor and that your post is going to be terminated.  What do you do?

 

English Language Experts: Business English

PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS ENGLISH

Add the following links to your browser’s favourites (Firefox, Internet Explorer etc ).  These sites are for anyone who wants to improve their business English, or for people who want to improve their language skills in the context of a specific profession, for example: legal English.

  1. Professional Business English: The British Council
  2. Cambridge Professional English Support
  3. The Conversation:If you are an advanced learner, then this website is a must. The topics are inspirational, and it´s easy to  improve your vocabulary and review grammatical structures and phrases in context.

Inglés Málaga offers business English courses and workshops to help you achieve your professional goals.

New Year: Open your mind – love to read – love Ted!

As a bookworm, I am mad about reading. Books are educational, informative and entertaining.  They give you the opportunity to experience countries and cultures that you have never been to.  They give you the opportunity to think about things in completely different ways.

 

 

Furthermore, reading in English, will quickly help you to improve your language skills and reinforce useful structures, phrases and ideas in context.  In light of this, why not listen to a Ted talks presentation by Lisa Bu who gives us her thoughts about the magic of books? Books can open your mind!

Three unwise men, a donkey and a pair of bobby dazzlers!

janette-bobby-dazzlersSo, the 3 Wise Men have come and gone and, obviously, all three of them need to go to the ear doctor (an Otolaryngology (pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/goll/oh/jee) because I specifically requested, for the 5th year running, a 1967 Aston Martin, a pub-sized pool table, and a 1950´s juke box, and instead, they gave me a pair of socks with a note on them that said: ‘’Get running couch potato!’’socks

Truth be told, I am very keen on my socks, and, they are called ‘Bobby Dazzlers’ which sounds totally cool, wouldn´t you agree?

Ok, spill the beans, what did you get?

Andalusia: It´s election time

The election countdown has started, the mailshot political propaganda has been sent, and every political party has a snappy bumper sticker slogan to engage the masses.

My recommendation is to ignore all the fist punching and playground antics of electoral campaigns and try to focus your attention on what these parties stand for, what their immediate and long-term priorities are, and how they think they can realistically achieve them.

 

Teaching in bilingual positions: Trinity GESE B2 Inglés

For a wide variety of reasons, many teachers want to teach in schools that offer bilingual programmes. In order to be able to apply for these positions, for now, teachers in Andalusia have to have a B2 level qualification in English. A new edition to the permitted qualifications includes Trinity´s GESE, an examination system which only assesses spoken English.

If you want a B2 English qualification, get in touch for more information.

Government forces banks to pay mortgage-loan notary tax

Well, it´s been a great week for the big guns.

So, prime minister Pedro Sanchez says, when it comes to Catalonia we respect and abide by the judgement and process of the Spanish judicial system, but, when the judicial system doesn´t do what I want because it´s not good for my political standing, I´m going to pull out my Executive guns and say: No.

OK, nothing new here then!

However, having said that, I agree with Sanchez, and more to the point, what the hell is this tax for? I´ve consulted Mr Wikipedia and Mrs Fiscal Impuestos in both Spanish and in English, and all I can deduce is this: it´s a tax levied on pieces of paper that the Banks want, stamped by someone who isn´t obliged to read them, but the government thinks is law-abiding. ( They usually charge you for the oxygen you´ve wasted by being in their office)

Alternative solution: Get rid of the tax.

 

Putin and Málaga

No, no, and more no.

So, I bit my tongue when Burger King opened opposite Málaga´s beautiful Roman amphitheatre, I bit my tongue again when Málaga´s landmark historical square became host to the soulless multinational Costa Coffee, and I nearly bit my whole hand off when Starbucks opened.  I justified all these narrow-minded, legacy building decisions of Mr Paco de la Torre in the context of an economic crisis, eye-watering unemployment, boring party politics, and the fact that you are everywhere.  Everywhere I went, you were there, business meetings, cultural events, concerts, and educational workshops. I believe you love Málaga, and I understand you have a thankless job where everyone will hate you, at least some of the time. But, this is just too much, in the words of the deceased American senator, John McCain: “Vladimir Putin is a thug and a murderer and a killer.” ”Frankly, I would never accept an award from Vladimir Putin because then you kind of give some credence and credibility to this butcher.”

Mr Paco de la Torre, the Russian museum is a wonderful space, Russian culture, as all culture, enriches, educates and inspires, and I am grateful, and honoured that The Russian Museum is in Málaga. But, Vladamir Putin does not deserve the respect that you have afforded him. I would suggest that you reevaluate your team of advisers, as your moral compass is in jeopardy.