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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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Safe vs secure

Sometimes, ‘safe’ and ‘secure’ are interchangeable, but not always.

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Category: Common English ConfusionsHealthcare English

Pascale’s a recently retired French engineer starting the next chapter in her life.

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Category: English Learning TipsNews

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

Have you been using this power tool to its potential to advance your English skills?

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Category: Common English ConfusionsEnglish Learning Tips

Doing fun stuff like watching TV shows, reading books and listening to podcasts are valuable ways to beef up your English.

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Category: Common English ConfusionsEnglish Learning Tips

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

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsNews

You can learn a lot from YouTube videos.

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsNews

With their similar sounds and meanings, ‘lay’ and ‘lie’ are easy to confuse.

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Category: Common English ConfusionsHealthcare EnglishEnglish Learning Tips

A friend’s language learning trip to Brazil has been put off.

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Category: English Learning TipsWriting in 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 Tips

‘Myself’ isn’t a substitute for ‘me’.

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Category: Common English ConfusionsEnglish Learning Tips

Sometimes you have to proceed with caution when copying native speakers.

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Category: Common English ConfusionsEnglish Learning Tips

Edith Wharton hit the nail on the head.

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Category: English Learning Tips

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

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish Learning TipsNews

Here are 4 principles that guide me.

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Category: English Learning TipsNews

3 quick fixes

I hear and read these slips of the tongue all the time.

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Category: Common English ConfusionsEnglish Learning Tips

You can give your English listening skills a shot in the arm using the short and sharp approach.

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Category: Healthcare EnglishEnglish 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

We all know that a common confusion in English concerns pronunciation.

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Category: Common English ConfusionsEnglish Learning Tips

I had big plans to polish my French while stuck at home hiding from the virus.

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Category: English Learning Tips