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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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03.05.2018

5 do’s (and a don’t) when writing in English

You’ve psyched yourself up to write that blog post or email in English.[more]

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25.04.2018

Is that short or long?

Pronouncing individual sounds correctly is important when speaking, right? [more]

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18.04.2018

5 questions about writing in English

Here’s some more insight into what people say about writing in English when it’s not their first language.[more]

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11.04.2018

5 essential tips to get your emails read

We get so many emails every day that we usually just skim them, which makes it crucial to write emails that are easy to read.[more]

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04.04.2018

Are you confused by this confusing choice?

Another common confusion is when to use the “ed” ending of an adjective (confused) versus the “ing” ending (confusing).[more]

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28.03.2018

Step up your English speaking with this essential tactic

One reason why people don’t sound as good as they could when speaking is that they haven't warmed up first, especially before saying something important.[more]

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21.03.2018

How to stamp out your common mistakes in English from the top down

For many people, the idea of sitting down and working through a grammar book from start to finish makes them want to do housework instead. But there’s a better way.[more]

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14.03.2018

How to stamp out your common mistakes in English from the bottom up

The first step is to identify your regular mistakes in English and then defeat them one by one.[more]

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07.03.2018

5 questions about writing in English

This week another insight into what people say about writing in English when it’s not their first language.[more]

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28.02.2018

Keeping a notebook can help to speed up writing.

Having lost so many ideas and quotes, I’ve gone back to using a writing notebook.[more]

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21.02.2018

Here are a few tips to give you a little help

Another common confusion is when to use "few" and when to use "little". [more]

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14.02.2018

Sitting in front of a blank screen stuck for words?

Sometimes the words just won’t flow. Here are 3 suggestions for when that happens.[more]

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07.02.2018

Brainstorm using all your languages

While translating when writing is not a good idea, multilingual brainstorming is definitely worth doing.[more]

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31.01.2018

Don't translate to get your message across

Saying what you mean so that it sounds natural is one of the challenges of writing in English for your business.[more]

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24.01.2018

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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17.01.2018

Feel the fear and write in English anyway

Feeling fearful, anxious or hesitant about writing in English?[more]

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10.01.2018

Remember the “it” when using “appreciate”

We can use "appreciate" to ask and to thank. However, people often forget to add "it" when using "if" in a polite request.[more]

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03.01.2018

Sum it up but keep it short

Another quick and easy way to keep the writing wheels oiled is to create a one-sentence summary of something you’ve recently read or written.[more]

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20.12.2017

How to enhance your Business English writing by relaxing

Sorry, this doesn’t mean not doing anything – although sometimes that’s exactly what you should do. Rather it’s to encourage you to make some time for relaxed reading in English.[more]

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13.12.2017

How to speed up your Business English writing

While active copying concentrates on getting it right, speedwriting focuses on getting something down on paper.[more]

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