Asking for clarification

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When we are talking to somebody, we don’t always understand everything they say. There are two useful techniques for dealing with this. Firstly, we can simply ask them to repeat what they said. Could you say that again please? I didn’t follow that. Could you repeat it? Secondly, we can ask them to say again […]

Softening 2

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This is a very simple idea but we find that our students have a lot of problems doing it. So the explanation is very short but we are giving a lot of practice activities.   If you use a negative adjective, it can sound aggressive and insulting. You are small. It’s dirty. He is stupid. […]

Softening 1

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Sometimes you want to soften the impact of what you are saying and give it less importance. Here are some ways to do that: Little The quality could have been a little better. The speaker should have spoken a little louder. Slight There is a slight problem we need to deal with. I have a […]

Word Grammar – ‘about’

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About We can use about to mean ‘concerning’ I have heard all about it. There is nothing we can do about it. The great thing about her is that she never gives up. We can use about to mean ‘approximately’. We can also use around for this but about is less formal. About six hundred people were present. About half the people agreed. […]

More Emphasis Collocations

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Here are some more word partnerships that you can use to emphasize your point. openly admit I openly admit that I have made mistakes. If they openly admit that they were at fault, they may get the public back on their side. totally agree I totally agree with what Susan said. I totally agree with […]

Emphasis collocations

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You often need to emphasize  a point you are making. Here are some useful word-partnerships you can use to do that.  a total disaster The whole project was a total disaster from beginning to end. extremely good We have an extremely good chance of getting the contract. a terrible mistake It wasn’t a minor error. […]

More Human Resources Phrasal Verbs

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‘get on’ = to have a good relationship I don’t like my boss. We just don’t get on. The atmosphere is terrible. He doesn’t get on with his co-workers. ‘follow up’ = to find out more about or take further action on something. Before we offer her the job, we need to follow up on her references. […]

Human Resources Phrasal Verbs

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Learn the most common phrasal verbs used in Human Resources in English: ‘close down’ = to shut We have closed down the small local branches and created bigger regional offices. The factory closed down in the 1970’s because it was too expensive to produce here. ‘fight against’ = to make an effort to stop something happening All […]

Time off – expressions

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Learn the vocabulary to talk about being absent from jobs in English: to take time off = to be absent from work, at home or on vacation. I’m going to take a few days off to visit my parents. I’m taking Monday off to go to the dentist and do some jobs at home. to take […]

Expressions concerned with ‘change’

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Learn the vocabulary in English to talk about the many changes that take place in a company or organization : ‘to promote’ = to move someone up to a higher position in the organization. He handed his notice in last month when he didn’t get promoted to senior manager. She wants to be promoted to supervisor […]

More on working hours

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Learn more of the vocabulary to talk about working hours in English: part-time = to work a part of the day or week When I was a student, I had a part-time job in a bar. We are looking for a part-time receptionist to work mornings. to be punctual = to start or arrive at the specified […]

Working Hours

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to work overtime = to do more than the usual hours required by the contract We aren’t paid when we work overtime, we can take time off in lieu. We had to work overtime to get the project finished on time. to work shifts = to work in teams at different times of the day and night […]

More on Applying for a Job

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Let’s continue learning vocabulary to talk about getting or changing jobs in English: Applying for a job may mean filling out an ‘application form‘ giving your personal details. If you are interested in the job, could you fill out this application form, please? I have completed the application form for that job and sent it […]

Applying for a Job

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Learn the vocabulary to talk about getting or changing jobs in English: If there is ‘a vacancy’, there is a job available because a new post has been created or a person has left. Larry’s move to London has created a vacancy in Marketing if you are interested. We don’t have any vacancies at the moment […]

Expressions used with ‘management’

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The top people in a company can be called ‘senior management’. We need to get approval for this from senior management. With my qualifications and experience, I should have a job in senior management. Of course, another term for this is ‘top management’. He rose quickly through the company and had a top management position before he […]

Expressions used with contract

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Learn the vocabulary in English to talk about job contracts: A ‘binding contract’ is one which cannot be legally avoided or stopped. We have a legally binding contract and you must supply us with these services.  You can’t walk out on your binding contract just because you have received a better offer elsewhere. An ‘exclusive contract’ is one which […]

Expressions used with ‘career’

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Learn the vocabulary in English to talk about the evolution of your jobs since you began working: If your ‘career has its ups and downs’ , it has good moments and bad moments. My career has had its ups and downs but I’m doing very well at the moment. His career has its ups and downs but […]

Adjective intensifiers

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There are some words which can be used to ‘intensify’ many adjectives – ‘very’ ‘really’ ‘totally’ ‘absolutely’ ‘completely’ ‘utterly’ ‘entirely’. It’s very tall. We’re really happy. She’s totally exhausted. I’m absolutely horrified. He’s completely hopeless. You look utterly miserable. I’m entirely satisfied. Certain adjectives have their own ‘special’ intensifiers which are often used with them. […]

Adjectives used with ‘Job’

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An ‘absorbing’ job is one that is very interesting and claims all your attention. My job is so absorbing that I sometimes forget to have lunch. I get bored in my job. I need one that is much more absorbing. A ‘badly-paid’ job is one where you receive less income than the average. The hotel industry has a lot […]

Job collocations

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Here are some useful words that are often associated with job. If you ‘apply for’ a job, you ask a company for a job. I’ve applied for six jobs in the last week and haven’t heard back from any of them. We were expecting a lot of people to apply for the job but not as many […]