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Rytkönen Claire

English language professional, Head of English at Galimatias

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St Patrick´s Day and Irish culture and influence in business and the EU

Kirjoittanut: Rytkönen Claire on 17.3.2020 7:45

The 17th of March marks St Patrick’s Day, traditionally the day of the death of St Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the patron saint of Ireland. However, this day celebrates far more than an ancient saint. The day has evolved into a celebration of Ireland and its culture. Furthermore, Ireland has developed an ever increasingly important role in the English-speaking world, in the EU, and in international business.

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Aiheet: perinne, tradition, English-speaking world, EU, St Patrick´s Day, irish, brexit, international business, European Union, Ireland

St Valentine´s Day – the 14th of February

Kirjoittanut: Rytkönen Claire on 14.2.2020 9:06

The 14th of February (celebrated as ystävänpäivä in Finland) is known as Valentine’s Day in English speaking countries and is also marked in many other countries around the world.

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Aiheet: kielitaito, English, valentine´s day, ystävänpäivä, 14.2.

How to be on time?

Kirjoittanut: Rytkönen Claire on 20.11.2019 13:41

- Guidelines for good use of time expressions

Did you know that to “move something back” in English means to move it ahead, further away? How do you know for sure when your meeting will take place? Have a look at our blog and short animation and learn the secrets of time expressions in English in order to be on time.

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Aiheet: englannin kieli, English, time expressions, ajan määreet, grammar, move back time, rules of thumb, kielioppi, bring forward time

Break a leg - or how to survive a business meeting in English

Kirjoittanut: Rytkönen Claire on 25.9.2019 14:34

English idioms, just like English spelling, can be confusing. While idioms are great for giving your language more expressiveness and helping it flow more naturally, English idioms can often be illogical. By using a range of these idioms you can ensure your English is both more naturalistic and expressive. So, some care needs to be taken!

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Aiheet: English, englanti, English idioms, sujuva viestintä, idioms, englannin sanonnat, meetings in English, englanninkieliset kokoukset


Kirjoittanut: Rytkönen Claire on 19.6.2019 17:59

Just before the holidays we would like to take a last chance to boost your English. Perhaps you will also use English  over the summer, travelling for pleasure or business, or in between the breaks at a summer cottage?

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Aiheet: rallienglanti, English, englanti, kesäkurssi

Don´t be rude - politeness in English

Kirjoittanut: Rytkönen Claire on 17.9.2018 12:08

Finnish writing style can be very direct with expressions such as: ”Do please remember to...”;”Do it properly” or ”On time”. But what if you send a business email in English to someone who doesn’t understand Finnish style? Is there a risk that you are unintentionally being rude - impolite in English, even if you add a please? 

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Aiheet: koulutus, kielikoulutus, kansainvälisyys, viestintä, englannin kieli, liiketoiminta, englanti

How to choose the correct Business English style

Kirjoittanut: Rytkönen Claire on 22.2.2018 16:12

Rule of thumb : French for the head and German for the heart!

Choosing low familiar style or high formal style English can make a big difference in business - depending on which audience you are targeting. Terms have come to represent high style and official use, while Germanic origin terms have a more informal and emotional effect. Official and legal documents use more French origin terms. Those creating emotional content such as the media, advertisers, and artists use more Germanic vocabulary to maximise impact.

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Aiheet: kielikoulutus, bisneskulttuuri, ääntäminen, politeness, conversation, tactics, communication

Polite Conversation - 8 Key Tactics to Improve your Skills

Kirjoittanut: Rytkönen Claire on 11.12.2017 12:46

Sometimes it’s difficult to find something to talk about with foreign guests. You are responsible for dealing with them and you must create a good impression but how do you entertain them and look after them ? Most importantly how do you keep the conversation flowing ?

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Aiheet: English, politeness, conversation, tactics, communication

Pronunciation: How to avoid rally driver intonation?

Kirjoittanut: Rytkönen Claire on 7.11.2017 15:41

Stress patterns are one of the key features in creating a natural sounding English speaking voice. The variable stress pattern of English can often prove challenging for Finnish speakers who are used to the regular first syllable stress of Finnish. Here are some tips for improving your pronunciation. 

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Aiheet: ääntäminen, rallienglanti, English, pronunciation

The History of English: Formal / Informal language

Kirjoittanut: Rytkönen Claire on 12.9.2017 8:22

The English language spoken today is a fusion of many different roots – French, German, Old Norse, Latin, Celtic and Greek, not to mention the many words borrowed from all over the former British Empire. 

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