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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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The other day a client told me he was frustrated because it takes him too long to get out what he wants to say.

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Category: English Learning Tips

What’s the difference between “he stopped smoking” and “he stopped to smoke”?

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Category: Common English Confusions

The SKS model is not only a tool for professional feedback, but can also be used to reflect on your English training.

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Category: English Learning Tips

Thanks to the devices in our pockets, training our listening skills is no sweat anymore.

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Category: English 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

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

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Category: Common English ConfusionsHealthcare English

Do you have some beliefs about language learning that are holding you back from making progress in English?

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Category: English Learning Tips

How do you make a snowball?

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsWriting in English

Sticking to language learning in spite of busy days, long to-do lists and lots of commitments can be a challenge

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Category: English Learning Tips

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

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Category: Common English ConfusionsHealthcare English

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

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 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

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

Ready to accelerate your English writing skills?

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Category: English Learning Tips

At the end of the day, before going to bed, I usually read a novel in English or German or French for 30 minutes or more. Normally it’s a physical book.

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Category: English 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