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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

If you can´t say anything nice, don´t say anything at all? – Navigating political correctness in English

Kirjoittanut: Darryl Stafford on 15.11.2019 8:58

If you have been following the news from the Anglosphere (the English-speaking world) you may have noticed how often discussions around the topic of political correctness are coming up. Political correctness can be defined as, ‘the avoidance of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude (reject, keep out), marginalize (treat as insignificant), or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against’1

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Aiheet: English, culture, crosculture, tips, English language, politeness in English

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

ALREADY FED UP – OR IS IT THE BEE´S KNEES?

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

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

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