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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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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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19.09.2018

How an elephant can lead you to mastery in English

When you’re ready to move from good enough English to mastery, an elephant can guide you.[more]

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12.09.2018

Had enough of good enough English?

Good enough means you can do what you have to do in English.[more]

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05.09.2018

6 words from my mentor that encouraged his students and me

My mentor passed away three years ago, but six words still resonate.[more]

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29.08.2018

Is it so funny or such funny? (And a simple trick to easily remember)

When you can’t recall the difference between common confusing pairs, your writing and speaking slow down. [more]

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22.08.2018

Don’t forget to appreciate how far your writing in English has come

Sometimes writing in English can feel like one step forward and two steps back.[more]

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15.08.2018

3 ways to give advice – politely

When someone has a problem or worry, how can you politely give the person some advice?[more]

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08.08.2018

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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01.08.2018

Is it efficient or effective? Just use TV

When you’re sick, all you want is an efficient way to get an effective cure.[more]

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25.07.2018

How to handle those pesky tiny words (Part 2)

Did you know there’s a rule in English that’s always true?[more]

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18.07.2018

How to handle those pesky tiny words (Part 1)

Is it Congratulations FOR your new job or Congratulations ON your new job?[more]

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04.07.2018

Getting used to using used to

The different forms of "used to" can be confusing. They can cover the past or now or a change.[more]

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27.06.2018

Why being a reluctant writer in English is actually an advantage

Are you dilly-dallying?[more]

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