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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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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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20.06.2018

How to get your English unstuck (without grammar books)

Tell me whether this sounds familiar …[more]

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11.06.2018

As or like? Chocolate helps with another common confusion

People often trip up when it comes to using “as” versus “like”, so here are a couple of tips for you.[more]

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06.06.2018

The #1 way to fast-track your English writing skills (painlessly)

Are you curious about the quickest way to improve your English writing skills?[more]

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30.05.2018

Crank up vocabulary learning with flash cards (Part 2)

Still thinking about trying flash cards, but not keen on making paper cards?[more]

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23.05.2018

Crank up vocabulary learning with flash cards (Part 1)

Do you find picking up new words and phrases is easy but remembering them is hard?[more]

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13.05.2018

4 simple steps to boost your English vocabulary (in 17 minutes a day)

Has this happened to you, too?[more]

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09.05.2018

How to polish your proofreading in 5 simple steps

Finally finished writing your email and checked that it all makes sense? Don’t hit send before you’ve proofread it.[more]

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