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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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You know your professional English is not as good as you want it to be, but perhaps you can’t put your finger on the problem.

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Category: English Learning Tips

Are you often long-winded when getting your message across to clients and colleagues?

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Category: English Learning TipsWriting in English

Another common confusion is when to use ‘bring’ and when to use ‘take’.

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Category: Common English ConfusionsHealthcare EnglishEnglish Learning Tips

Taking one step forward and two steps back when trying to leave the plateau is like my current knitting project.

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Category: English Learning Tips

Ready to rev up your speaking

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Category: English Learning Tips

It’s confusing because they can be the same and they can be different.

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Category: Common English ConfusionsEnglish Learning Tips

What do health professionals say about writing in English when it’s not their first language?

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsWriting in English

Understanding patients who are native speakers of English can be challenging for health professionals who are non-native speakers.

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning Tips

In follow-up visits, healthcare professionals need to ask questions that focus on what’s been happening with the patient since the last appointment.

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning Tips

Here are some reminders for when you’re telling patients what they need to do.

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning Tips

Muddling up ‘remember’ and ‘remind’ is another common confusion.

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Category: Common English ConfusionsEnglish Learning Tips

What do health professionals say about writing in English when it’s not their first language?

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsWriting in English

You’ve got the specialised, job-related language down pat (mastered).

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning Tips

How confident are you using skeleton words in English?

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Category: Common English ConfusionsEnglish Learning Tips

Where’s my Visa card?

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Category: English Learning Tips

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

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsWriting in English

How’s your revising going?

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Category: Common English ConfusionsEnglish Learning Tips

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

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Category: Common English ConfusionsEnglish Learning Tips

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

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Category: English Learning Tips

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?

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning Tips