It's the beginning of a new year, and people are thinking about what they want to change or do differently.
One thing could be to not let opportunities pass you by because of fears about your language skills. The job you didn't apply for/the meeting you didn't speak up in/the contribution you didn't make because you were so focussed on the difference between where your language skills are now and where you would like them to be.
I've been in these situations too with my German. Some of them are better now because I took action. Others are still work in progress – but I'm getting there!
The best way to make sure that something gets done is to make a plan. So a vague hope for change becomes a list of specific steps you want to change – so that 2020 is the year when we don't let opportunities or good things pass us by because we are not willing to leave our language comfort zones!
If this doesn't apply to you – is there something else that you would like to change this year? It doesn't have to be something you want to start or stop doing – sometimes it's just about making a conscious effort to prioritise or improve something.
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Sometimes my students have difficulties when it comes to talking about their jobs in English. In this episode, I talk about nine of these problems and what people can do to solve them.
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Let's be honest – not everyone enjoys face to face networking, but sometimes we have to do it for our jobs, and sometimes it can be beneficial too. If you're learning another language, it can take even more determination to get out of your comfort zone and go and talk with new people.
This is the first part of a short series in which I give some tips and ideas to make these situations easier and even enjoyable!
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ometimes when you’re communicating in another language on the telephone, an unexpected question can affect your confidence. Here are some strategies to help with this problem.
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I have three updates for you today – here are the links where you can find out more about each of them.
This is my new EwK Services site where you can find my communication services such as proofreading, translation, transcription, communications advice and it's also the home of the new communications blog.
This is where you'll find out more about the 30 days to improve your English course, with a new task to complete every day and the possibility to get feedback on your tasks. At the time of writing, the next course will start on 1st August 2019, ideal for anyone whose English course will not be running over the summer. If you visit this page after this time, check the link for when the next course is scheduled.
This is the link for the WhatsApp club - find out more about how the club works and whether it's likely to be something that you would enjoy. We currently have spaces available in both groups, although space is limited in the beginner to intermediate group.
Not all adult language learners are looking for a course or a language trainer. Here are some tips for language learners who want to learn on their own:
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In this episode, I'm talking about how learning and practicing your language skills along with other learners can help you to improve. I also share details of the new conversation groups that I'm starting for adults who want to improve their English.
To find out more or ask a question, contact me on email@example.com
It's easy to feel confident doing the things that we do all the time, but even as more experienced language learners, there are still things that we can do to try something new and push ourselves out of our comfort zones!
If you don't get the results you were expecting in a language test, it might not necessarily have something to do with your language skills. Some students struggle in language exams because they have difficulty with a certain type of question or task that is used to test language skills. In these cases, it often helps to develop strategies for dealing with this type of task, rather than just seeing it as proof that you struggle with that particular language skill.
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In this episode I'm talking to Corinne Wilhem about:
* The differences she has noticed in terms of language and culture as someone from the UK who now lives in Germany.
* Differences in UK working culture that German applicants should be aware of.
* Corinnes new podcast – Clever2Gether.