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?

The must link-in websites

English Link InThere is a lot of information on the Internet that you can use to improve your English and get yourself linked-in.

Why not check out the sites that Janette and Inglés Málaga recommend? The Inglés Málaga Link In section gives you direct links to external sites which will help you improve your English level.  To help you on your way, here are a selection of online resources you might find useful:

  1. Downloads: Provides general information for grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  2. Topic of the Month: Provides ideas for writing and speaking on specific topics.
  3. Link In: Provides links to external support.
  4. Written Work: EOI suggested Levels: A2, B1, B2
  5. Written Work: The British Council
  6. Cambridge Write and Improve

Happy surfing!


WRITING SAMPLES: Free sample letter templates

Writing letters is never easy although it’s easier if you use existing templates for ideas and the format.  Why not try out the WriteExpress website to help you?  There are a lot of different samples including: writing to an insurance company to make a claim, writing a complaint letter, writing to apply for a job and writing an enquiry letter.

write letters

To be cheesed off

I am so cheesed off!!

To be cheesed off is an expression which means a person feels cross, angry, upset or annoyed.  For example: The goldfish is cheesed off because living in a bowl is superbly dull. I‘m cheesed off  because the recovery of my broken wrist is so SLOW! Well, truth be told, my emotions might be connected to the fact that I’m really impatient.  What do you think?

Are you cheesed off with work?  Or perhaps, your partner is really getting on your nerves!

WRITING: What food fills you with joy?

Baba-GanoushImagine you have seen this announcement in a local food magazine
‘Some food gives you energy, some food makes you put on weight, but what food fills you with joy?

Please respond by posting your Top 5

Janette’s TOP 5 are:

  1. Cucumber on soda bread with black pepper
  2. Cinnamon and raisin bagels with brie, tomatoes and chives
  3. Carrot Cake with a cream cheese topping
  4. Felafel with humus and pickled red cabbage
  5. Baba Ganosh with pita bread and roasted red and yellow peppers

WRITING: What music gets you on your feet?


Imagine you have seen this announcement in a local music magazine

‘It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing’ What makes you swing those hips, tap your feet and jiggle your shoulders?  We’re interested in compiling a collection of cool songs that get the general public rocking their groove on.

Post your top 3 to create the playlist of the year.

Interestingly, Janette’s track for the Summer of 2013 was recommended by a client.  Thanks Jose!  I’ve been getting my groove on all summer with Daft Punk – Get Lucky.  However, truth be told, I’ve not been lucky so far.

WRITING: What gets on your nerves?


Imagine you have seen this announcement in a local magazine

The sad fact of life is that some people have really annoying habits, and, some things just drive you mental. We want to know what habits really get on your nerves. What things send you round the bend? What behaviour drives you cream crackers?

To give you some inspiration, this is what our editor said:

  1. Back seat drivers
  2. Slow drivers
  3. Cyclists
  4. Kissing in public
  5. Dog owners that don’t scoop the poop
  6. Computer emotions
  7. Incomprehensible text messages
  8. Marmite
  9. Ryanair
  10. Moustaches

To be as cool as a cucumber

‘To be as cool as a cucumber’ is an expression that means that a person can behave in a relaxed manner during difficult or stressful situations.  Unfortunately I am not as cool as a cucumber and more often than not I ‘freak out’ when I feel stressed.

Are you as cool as a cucumber or are you similar to me?  What was the last stressful situation you experienced?