Category Archives: English

6 tips for speaking English to non-native speakers

Speaking English to an audience of non-native speakers is tricky. Because English is so widely spoken around the world, many native English speakers tend to forget just how complicated English can be for others. The difference the United Nations and … Continue reading

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8 Tips from Kurt Vonnegut to Make You a Better Speaker

Kurt Vonnegut was one of the United States’ most intelligent, witty and beloved authors. His novels such as Slaughterhouse Five, Breakfast of Champions and The Sirens of Titan are still widely read and just as insightful as they were when they … Continue reading

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Sound Advice from George Orwell

Seth Godin recently wrote a post on good writing habits. He says that the reason business writing is so bad is that people are either afraid to say what they mean, because they might be criticized, or afraid to be misunderstood … Continue reading

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Dzień dobry!

That’s “Good morning” or “Good afternoon” in Polish. (Just in case you don’t speak Polish.) Polish is not an easy language for Anglophones. The first thought that ran through my head when I saw some Polish text was that the … Continue reading

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Speaking in English

The German Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck (1815 – 1898), once said that the most significant aspect of the 20th century would be the fact that in North America, people speak English.  Bismarck was prescient.  Over the past 100 years or … Continue reading

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Finding the right word

Sometimes when preparing a speech, we find ourselves searching for the right way in which to express our thoughts.  We know what we want to say, but the words that present themselves seem bland or weak.  Better ones are undoubtedly out … Continue reading

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Good reading, good speaking

I receive a great newsletter called Spiritual Wealth.  Its motto comes from social reformer Henry Ward Beecher: “No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger.  It is the heart that makes a man rich.  He is rich according to … Continue reading

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