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Trends in English blog: part 1

Kirjoittanut: Rytkönen Claire on 15.2.2024 10:47


Englannin kieleen syntyy koko ajan uusia sanoja, vanhojen sanojen merkitykset muuttuvat ja jopa kielioppi kehittyy. Blogeissamme käsittelemme uusimpia englanninkielisiä trendejä, jotka voivat olla outoja jopa kieltä äidinkielenään puhuville. Lue lisää ja pysyt ajan tasalla!

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Aiheet: kielitaito, englannin kieli, English, English language, English-speaking world, englanniksi, trends in English language

Cultural differences in the role of names, part 2

Kirjoittanut: Rytkönen Claire on 24.1.2024 0:30

Suomi kansainvälistyy. Pitäisikö meidän opetella käyttämään etunimiä enemmän? Suomessa etunimen toistuvaa käyttöä pidetään yleisesti liian tuttavallisena, jopa tungettelevana. Kansainvälisessä viestinnässä etunimen käyttö sen sijaan on kohteliasta ja suotavaa. Tutustu Galimatiaksen toiseen nimi-aiheeseen blogiin alla ja pohdi, josko voisit muuttaa asennettasi nimeäsi toistelevaan puhelinmyyjään.

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Aiheet: bisneskulttuuri, English, politeness, communication, kansainväliset markkinat, kunnioittava kommunikaatio, English language, English-speaking world, international business, small talk, cultural diffefences, Make a good impression, name, role of names

English pronunciation can feel like chaos...

Kirjoittanut: Rytkönen Claire on 11.2.2021 12:15

In English ”scene, scheme, and scenario” are three very common business words. Unfortunately, they also have a very tricky pronunciation pattern. Over the years I have heard many otherwise fluent Finns come unstuck on the horror trinity of ”scene, scheme, and scenario”. However, help is at hand if some key pronunciation rules are followed…

English pronunciation can indeed feel like chaos – but don’t despair, there is some method in the madness!
Let Galimatias show you how…

You don´t speak like this, do you? Click here...

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Aiheet: ääntäminen, English, pronunciation, English language, quiz, English pronunciation, key rules

Showing care in your emails in the pandemic

Kirjoittanut: Rytkönen Claire on 20.10.2020 12:15

With the pandemic having such a strong influence on people’s lives all over the world, it can feel important to mention this in emails with international partners. You may feel that you wish to show your concern and good wishes towards your clients or colleagues when writing in English. How can you do this in a caring but also business like way?

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Aiheet: English, keep safe, take care, Yours from afar, see you soon, showing care, pandemic, keep in touch, keep well

The new vocabulary of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kirjoittanut: Rytkönen Claire on 11.9.2020 11:16

The coronavirus pandemic has brought not only serious disruption and change to countries across the world but also a new range of terminology to help describe the disease and its effects.The epidemic will not be under control until there is at least a working vaccine. In this blog you have the chance to revise your English vocabulary related to this current matter.

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Aiheet: English, English language, covid-19, korona, pandemic vocabulary

Useful tips for videoconferences

Kirjoittanut: Rytkönen Claire on 31.8.2020 7:00

Although videoconferencing has shown steady growth over recent years the COVID-19 pandemic has vastly expanded its use. Daily users of Microsoft Teams have grown from 10 million at the end of 2019 to over 100 million in June 2020. Skype has also shown a notable upswing while Zoom has shown the strongest growth of all - from less than 10 million daily users to over 200 million daily users in the same period. At Galimatias we have already been using videoconferencing in language training for several years with very good learning results and client feedback. Here below we would like to share some useful hints for overcoming possible challenges in videoconferences in general and in English in particular.

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Aiheet: English, videokokous englanniksi, videoconference, videoconferencing in English, video conferencing key phrases, usefull tips for videoconferences, vinkit videokokoukseen englanniksi

A Small Talk on Small Talk

Kirjoittanut: Darryl Stafford on 4.6.2020 8:00

In  the current epidemic situation, a sense of connection to other people, however brief, can be important. Small comments and exchanges in a video meeting may be the closest we get to outside conversation all day. Video conferencing can have its challenges but small talk can break through the limitations of the technology. However, how can we start and sustain pleasant conversation online? In this climate let’s look again at small talk and how it can be used.

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Aiheet: English, small talk, defining, smalltalk, sence of connection, cultural differences

Too Fluent to be Influential? The Anglos’ Loss could be the Nordics’ Gain

Kirjoittanut: Darryl Stafford on 21.2.2020 14:46

There is a curious phenomenon that takes place when friends or family from my remote hometown in the Canadian wilderness visit me here in Finland. When they are meeting my friends at a dinner party or around a table at the pub, I often end up having to take on the role as the interpreter. 

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Aiheet: English, communication, quiz, British English, finglish, misunderstanding, native speaker, American English, Canadian English

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

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