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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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20.02.2019

Are you slowing down your speaking by doing this?

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

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13.02.2019

Are you mixing up stopped doing vs stopped to do?

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

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06.02.2019

How a traffic light can accelerate your progress in English

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

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30.01.2019

How to lighten the listening load

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

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23.01.2019

5 questions about writing in English

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

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16.01.2019

No plus no equals yes

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

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09.01.2019

What language-learning luggage can you leave behind?

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

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19.12.2018

Snowball your way to successful English at work

How do you make a snowball?[more]

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12.12.2018

3 lessons learned in my language learning

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

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05.12.2018

Is the temperature rising or raising?

Another common confusion is the difference between the verbs rise and raise.[more]

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28.11.2018

5 questions about writing in English

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

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21.11.2018

Can caring communication help healing?

From a patient’s perspective, dealing with health professionals who communicate well can make a huge difference.[more]

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14.11.2018

Listening to feel the beat of your patient’s heart (without a stethoscope)

Who hasn’t left a medical appointment feeling only half understood?[more]

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07.11.2018

What does the pain feel like?

Describing pain is sometimes hard enough in your own language, but a language barrier makes it even harder to be sure the right message is getting across.[more]

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31.10.2018

5 questions about writing in English

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

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24.10.2018

9 ways to check you’ve understood (plus 3 ways to ask again)

Asking questions means you have to deal with answers, but that’s not always easy.[more]

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17.10.2018

15 ways to ask clients questions – with the right intonation

Questions can be tricky as different word order and tenses plus intonation come into play.[more]

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10.10.2018

13 steps to writing better in English for work

Ready to accelerate your English writing skills?[more]

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03.10.2018

Do you have a relaxed reading routine? Here’s mine

At the end of the day, before going to bed, I usually read a novel in English or German or French for 30 minutes or more. Normally it’s a physical book.[more]

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26.09.2018

5 questions about writing in English

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

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