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If elephants could write, they'd use their trunks. The Trunk is a collection of articles with advice on language, learning and communicating better in English at work.

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You’ve got the specialised, job-related language down pat (mastered).

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning Tips

How confident are you using skeleton words in English?

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Category: Common English ConfusionsEnglish Learning Tips

Where’s my Visa card?

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Do you sometimes feel that writing confidently and comfortably in English for work will never happen?

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsWriting in English

How’s your revising going?

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Category: Common English ConfusionsEnglish Learning Tips

Making time to revise is an important part of up-skilling.

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Category: Common English ConfusionsEnglish Learning Tips

I’ve found that working in 12-week spurts is very productive.

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Have you ever been in another country when you’re not feeling well and are stuck for words to describe what’s wrong and what you need?

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning Tips

What are your reasons for not writing more in English?

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Category: English Learning TipsWriting in English

Mixing up these two and adding an S in the wrong place happens a lot.

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What do people say about writing in English when it’s not their first language?

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsWriting in English

The other day a client told me he was frustrated because it takes him too long to get out what he wants to say.

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What’s the difference between “he stopped smoking” and “he stopped to smoke”?

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Category: Common English Confusions

The SKS model is not only a tool for professional feedback, but can also be used to reflect on your English training.

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Category: English Learning Tips

Thanks to the devices in our pockets, training our listening skills is no sweat anymore.

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Category: English Learning Tips

What do people say about writing in English when it’s not their first language?

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsWriting in English

Two wrongs don’t make a right, but can two negatives make a positive?

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Category: Common English ConfusionsHealthcare English

Do you have some beliefs about language learning that are holding you back from making progress in English?

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How do you make a snowball?

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsWriting in English

Sticking to language learning in spite of busy days, long to-do lists and lots of commitments can be a challenge

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Category: English Learning Tips