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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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20.06.2018

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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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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