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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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A common confusion for everyone is when to use alternate vs alternative.

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Category: Common English ConfusionsHealthcare EnglishEnglish Learning Tips

Need to boost your English listening skills and don’t have much time?

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Want to advance your professional English but feeling frazzled, swamped and weary?

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To improve patient health outcomes, health professionals often need to convince and persuade.

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Are you having trouble finding time every day to do some English training?

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Category: English Learning TipsWriting in English

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

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Then write out your speech word by word and read it out.

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

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

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

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

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Ready to rev up your speaking

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

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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