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English with Kirsty
Bitesized learning for business English
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June 18, 2020 10:42 AM PDT

I mentioned our conversation club before, but in this episode we go into a bit more detail about who would benefit from it, how the club works, and what we do. Further information and the prices can be found on the club page:

Most of our members are from Germany, so the club page page is in German, but if you have any questions, you can use the contact form, or go to the show notes page for this episode, where the contact form is in English:

May 25, 2020 05:05 AM PDT

I don't think many people really enjoy exams. I didn't mind them much at school, but as an adult who hadn't done one for a while, I found myself slipping into some bad habits. Based on my own experience, here are 8 things to avoid if you have an exam - whether it's for an academic qualification, a language test, or something you're doing to improve your skills in your free time.

You can find the show notes here:

April 09, 2020 03:18 AM PDT

Real life can give you inspiration for podcast episodes. This is what happened to me last week and what I learned from it about picking yourself up and trying again when it comes to using another language.

You can see the show notes page here:

April 02, 2020 07:23 AM PDT

There is plenty of information out there about working from home, but some of it is a bit generic.I decided to share some things that I've learned and that have worked for me during my 8 years of working from home full-time.

I also wrote a blog post about this, so if you'd rather read the information, you can find it here:

You can find out more about my 30 ways to improve your English challenge here - the new challenge starts on 14th April 2020:

I also mentioned the conversation club that I've set up with Jane, whom I interviewed on the podcast last time. This information is in German, so if you don't speak German and want to know more, send me a message and I'll help with that.

March 06, 2020 11:11 AM PST

Today I have an interview for you with Jane Eggers, who some of you may remember from episode 16.

Jane is originally from the UK, but she now lives and works in Germany, where she has a German to English translation business called Jane Eggers Translations. We talk about Jane’s transition from using everyday German to using the language at work, who helped her, and what role her second language now plays in her business – not just because she translates from German to English, but also because a lot of her communication with customers is in German as well.

You can find the show notes and links to find out more about Jane here:

February 05, 2020 05:53 AM PST

I can help people to improve their English because I'm an English teacher, but I also understand the practical challenges of using another language at work because I do it myself every day when I communicate with my German-speaking customers.

Here are some challenges that I've faced in my own business journey, and how I've overcome them.

You can find the show notes here:

January 15, 2020 02:06 AM PST

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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October 17, 2019 02:49 AM PDT

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.

You can find the show notes here:

September 16, 2019 05:17 AM PDT

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!

You can find the show notes page here:

July 19, 2019 01:51 AM PDT

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.

You can find the show notes and links here:

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