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Your Guide to Being Polite in Difficult Situations: Part Two

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In the first part of this blog post, we talked about why it’s important to use diplomatic language and how to use modal verbs to sound politer when dealing with difficult situations. Today, we’re going to look at some other ways to soften your language. Let’s start with situations where you need to tell someone …

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Your Guide to Being Polite in Difficult Situations: Part One

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One of the most difficult things to do when you’re speaking in a foreign language is to use diplomatic language. To be “diplomatic” means saying what you need to say without offending, upsetting or angering someone. It’s a way of being polite in a situation where you don’t think the other person will like what …

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How to Agree With Someone

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Do you ever feel unsure of how to show that you agree with what someone is saying? After all, it’s not always enough (or appropriate) to simply say “yes”. There are many occasions where you need to show how strongly you agree with someone, or explain why. In English, there are many different words and …

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How to Know Which New Vocabulary to Focus On

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When you study a new language, there is usually a logical approach to learning grammar. You start with one tense (usually the present tense) and then you gradually learn the rules for another tense, such as past simple, and then you learn another tense, for example the future. It’s methodical and straightforward. But when it …

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12 Aussie Expressions that are Awesome, Aye!

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  There are a few things you will notice straightway when you talk to Australians (or Aussies for short). First, they tend to add the word “aye” to many sentences – but don’t worry about that, it doesn’t really mean anything. Secondly, they LOVE to use slang. Lots and lots of slang. Many of these …

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4 Practical Ways to Improve Your Pronunciation Today

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What’s the biggest difference between the way native and non-native speakers pronounce their words? Native speakers don’t say things perfectly. I know what you’re thinking: that doesn’t make any sense! But think about it. In casual conversation, no matter what language you speak, you never say every word completely clearly and perfectly. Spoken language isn’t …

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The Most Important Thing to Remember When Starting a New Language

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What is the single most important thing to do when you’re trying to learn a language? The one trick that will help you to improve at a much faster rate? Don’t take yourself too seriously! Honestly, having a sense of humour will help you far more than hours and hours spent studying, or even having …

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6 Business Words With Similar Meanings that Learners Often Mix Up

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In a professional environment, you often have to be very clear and precise about what you mean. That’s tricky when English uses two different words for things that are called the same thing in other languages! Plus, some business-related words in English are “false friends” that sound very similar to words in other languages, but …

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What to Call Your Friends in English

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The English language has dozens of words for “friend”. These are slightly different depending where you are in the world, how close you are to a person and the context you’re using the word in. So how do you know which one to use? Let’s start with the word mate. This is a very popular …

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Essential Phrases for Formal Phone Calls

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Have you ever made a dialled a number and then, when the other person picks up the phone, completely forgotten what you were going to say? In English we say that our mind ‘goes blank’ at moments like that. It’s common enough to do this in your own language, but when you have the added …

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