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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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22.05.2019

When good enough is no longer good enough

Where’s my Visa card?[more]

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08.05.2019

Are you disheartened about writing in English for work?

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

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27.03.2019

Pesky Points Part 2

How’s your revising going?[more]

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27.03.2019

Pesky Points Part 1

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

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27.03.2019

Is this the most neglected language learning technique?

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

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20.03.2019

Be a prepared patient traveller

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?[more]

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13.03.2019

When is it ‘other’ and when is it ‘another’?

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

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06.03.2019

Why aren’t you writing more in English?

What are your reasons for not writing more in English?[more]

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27.02.2019

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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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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