British English or American English: What Should You Choose?
How is your English standard?
How is football played as a sport? How does a biscuit look and taste like? What do you get when you ask for a bill? The answer? It depends on where you ask these questions. With 1.12 billion speakers, of which 378 million have it as their first language, English is the most widely spoken […]
Are you wondering if your English is good enough? Why not do a quick online test to see how you would fare on the scale of Common European Framework of References (CEFR)? Do a quick test on www.efset.org Common European Framework of References (CEFR) Proficiency Levels Description Basic User A1 Can understand and use […]
How far would you go?
Are you aspiring to study in an English-speaking country? Are you planning to take the IELTS test? The IELTS test would assess candidates on their readiness to begin studying or training in an English context. IELTS results are scaled on a 9-band scale with 1 being the lowest and 9 the highest. Institutions in most […]
How far did she go? Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880 – 1932) was born to rich landowners in present day Bangladesh during British colonial times. Like most girls of that era, she was denied a formal education as she was female. But her elder brothers taught her English (and other subjects) secretly at home. She must […]
10 Steps to improve your spoken English
Introduction In compiling this proposed House Style, our intention was a hope that it will prove to be a useful guide to all who use the written word to communicate in any context—business, academic or others. Like many other style books, this collection of preferred style of ours cannot pretend to be the final say […]
The English in the EU after Brexit
Of the 2.3 billion people living on earth approximately 375 million speak English. There are more than 50 English speaking countries, where English is either the official or the primary language. It is the third most frequently used language in the world besides Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. The English language, (https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/how-english-evolved-into-a-modern-language/1575959.html) which evolved from a […]
Miscommunication at the Workplace
The UK’s baffling decision to leave the European Union, the so-called Brexit, has so many inconceivable ramifications that for a considerable length of time UK and EU citizens will keep discovering new ones, and the outcome of the English language, including the likely rise of “EU English”, is just one of them. The EU’s official […]
THE GIRAFFE & THE GECKO
Communication is part and parcel of our daily lives, but not all of us are effective communicators, and very few people will admit as such. The report, “The State of Miscommunication: 6 Insights on Effective Workplace Communication”, revealed that approximately half of the 1,344 employees surveyed have “great” or “excellent” conversations at work, with their […]
ENGLISH CONSONANTS English pronunciation can be confusing because not all letters represent a single sound. The following poem illustrates the 7 consonants which have two or more sounds. The consonant sounds are highlighted in pink. THE GIRAFFE & THE GECKO To a Celtic cadence on the cello In the light of the gibbous moon, Entered […]