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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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When someone has a problem or worry, how can you politely give the person some advice?

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

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Did you know there’s a rule in English that’s always true?

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Is it Congratulations FOR your new job or Congratulations ON your new job?

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Are you dilly-dallying?

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Tell me whether this sounds familiar …

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

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

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

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Has this happened to you, too?

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

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Category: English Learning TipsWriting in English

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

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Category: English Learning TipsWriting in English

Pronouncing individual sounds correctly is important when speaking, right?

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Category: Common English ConfusionsEnglish Learning Tips

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Category: English Learning TipsWriting in English

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

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Category: English Learning TipsWriting in English

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

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Category: English Learning TipsWriting in English