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

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish 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

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

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

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsWriting in English

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

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsWriting in English

Two wrongs don’t make a right, but can two negatives make a positive?

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Category: Common English ConfusionsHealthcare English

How do you make a snowball?

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsWriting in English

Another common confusion is the difference between the verbs rise and raise.

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Category: Common English ConfusionsHealthcare English

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

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsWriting in English

From a patient’s perspective, dealing with health professionals who communicate well can make a huge difference.

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Category: Healthcare English

Who hasn’t left a medical appointment feeling only half understood?

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning Tips

Describing pain is sometimes hard enough in your own language, but a language barrier makes it even harder to be sure the right message is getting across.

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Category: Healthcare English

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

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsWriting in English

Asking questions means you have to deal with answers, but that’s not always easy.

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning Tips

Questions can be tricky as different word order and tenses plus intonation come into play.

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning Tips

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

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsWriting in English

Good enough means you can do what you have to do in English.

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning Tips

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

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Category: Common English ConfusionsHealthcare EnglishEnglish Learning Tips

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

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsWriting in English

When you’re sick, all you want is an efficient way to get an effective cure.

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Category: Common English ConfusionsHealthcare English