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Top 8 Tips for Business Writing

Top 8 Tips for Business Writing

“Clarity is the most important characteristic of good business writing,” says Mignon Fogarty, creator of the ‘Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing’ podcast. “Often business people will use big $10 words because they want to sound intelligent. Instead, they end up sounding like they’re trying too hard.”

Commonly Confused Words in the English Language

Commonly Confused Words in the English Language

In this day and age of autocorrect and spell checks, there is a tendency for even the sharpest amongst us to assume our work is flawless. What we don’t realize is that auto correct and spell checks only check the spelling and there is no intelligent bot embedded in any software or devices (so far) to identify the logical accuracy of sentences we construct. In the English language, there are a...

Prom Celebrations From Around The World

Prom Celebrations From Around The World

In the United States, and increasingly in the United Kingdom and Canada, a promenade dance, most commonly called a prom, is a semi-formal (black tie) dance or gathering of high school students.

Can You Pronounce These ‘Longest Words’ From Languages Around the World?

Can You Pronounce These 'Longest Words' From Languages Around the World?

Did you know that the longest English word ever (a chemical name for titin) is 189,819 letters long and takes approximately three and a half hours to pronounce!
Thankfully not all words are as long or complicated. Some are significantly lower with as little as 24 letters.
Here is a list of the longest words in 13 languages from all around the globe.

Why Language Exchange Platforms Are Perfect for Language Practice

Why Language Exchange Platforms Are Perfect for Language Practice

With the advancement of technology, the line between formal learning and social learning is become blurred. An up and coming trend is the emergence of social language exchange platforms. Requiring only an internet connection and the need for thrill that accompanies language learning, many language learners are turning towards these platforms to practice their classroom knowledge of a particular...

10 German Phrases to Make You Sound Like a Local

10 German Phrases to Make You Sound Like a Local

When traveling to a new country, we often find ourselves holding a dictionary or a language guide that contains phrases that might not necessarily reflect the local lingo. This gives us away when we try to blend in with the local community and culture as we are regarded as tourists. In order to blend in, picking up a few phrases that are frequently used by the locals can be very handy. Stand out...

Which Countries Have the Most English Speakers?

Which Countries Have the Most English Speakers?

An estimated 840 million people speak English around the world. Known as the global business language, there are 335 million people on the planet who speak it as a first language and 505 million who speak it as a second language.

Arabic – Who Speaks It and Where?

Arabic - Who Speaks It and Where?

Arabic offers a blend of critical language skills and is useful in over 20 countries with around 300 million native speakers. There’s no doubt that those who learn Arabic can live, work, and interact with a more diverse set of countries. As the Arabic saying goes, ‘awwal alshshajarat bidharr (“A tree begins with a seed.”)  A trend can be seen in the private and non-profit sectors...

Training To Whet Your Learner’s Appetite

Training To Whet Your Learner's Appetite

As the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. Same with learners. So how to whet their whistle, and make sure that your learners can’t wait to dive in? It’s important for learning and development professionals to keep learners and their desired experiences at a premium while tailoring their training. Read on to find out how to make sure you are...

5 Habits of Seriously Successful Language Learners

5 Habits of Seriously Successful Language Learners

Just as learning is for everyone, everyone can learn a language. Check out our famous polyglots as you read the blog! (A polyglot is a person who speaks multiple languages fluently.) While a multitude of factors might hinder you from learning a sport or a musical instrument, language learning is a path where obstacles are seldom present.

What is Nowruz and Who Celebrates It?

What is Nowruz and Who Celebrates It?

When is it? March 21 or the previous/following day, depending on where it is observed. Nowruz is the traditional Iranian festival of spring, which starts at the exact moment of the vernal equinox, commencing the start of the spring. It is considered as the start of the New Year among Iranians along with some other ethno-linguistic groups. The name comes from Avestan meaning “new...

How to Be an Extraordinary Negotiator

How to Be an Extraordinary Negotiator

Negotiation is part of our daily lives. From the vegetable vendor at the local market to the CEO of a fortune 500 company, everyone needs to negotiate to get what they want, or what they deserve. Negotiation is an art and a skill. While it might come naturally to some, it is often an acquired trait that often requires years of practice. Read on to find out how you can be an extraordinary...

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