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How to deliver a presentation in English

14 March 2019 by Alma Bonger
Mastering the art of presenting takes time and practice. Nobody is born with natural presentation skills and even the best orators, such as Cicero, Martin Luther King, Steve Jobs, and Barack Obama, had many years of practice before they became excellent public speakers.
English

Common idioms in the workplace

3 January 2019 by Alma Bonger
Idioms are phrases used as a form of expression which appear natural to a language, person or group of people. They are not easily explained using grammar rules and cannot be easily understood by defining the individual words (e.g. when we say it’s raining cats and dogs, there will be...
English

Commonly misspelled words in the English language

24 October 2018 by Alma Bonger
English has many genuinely confusing words in its vocabulary, but the words discussed in this post are unfortunately not part of them. The difference between these commonly confused words is relatively straightforward, yet they are commonly mixed up with one another, especially online. When do we use your instead of...
English

British versus American English: What’s the difference?

23 August 2018 by Alma Bonger
The British and the Americans clearly speak the same language, even though there is enough variation to create different versions of the language with slightly different characteristics. Are the British and the Americans really ‘divided by a common language’? How different are these two, really? N.B.: For the record, the...
English

How to write an English formal email (with impact)

25 June 2018 by Alma Bonger
What’s a formal email? Formal emails are typically sent to people you don’t know very well, business contacts or authority figures. This might be an HR recruiter, a prospective client or a public official. If you’re not sure whether to send a formal or an informal email, it’s probably best...
Dutch as a second language

Conquering the Dutch language

23 April 2018 by Alma Bonger
Learning Dutch was never a goal of mine. It simply wasn’t part of my plan. It was something that just happened along the way, as with many things in life. Once it became more apparent that I would be calling Amsterdam my home for the coming few years, I realized...
English

Diplomatic communication: the art of tact

8 March 2018 by Alma Bonger
If you’ve ever negotiated your way out of a tricky situation or took part in a business transaction, you’ve probably employed a certain level of tact as a means of achieving your objective.
English

False friends between Dutch and English

27 November 2017 by Alma Bonger
You might have noticed that some words in Dutch text resemble certain English words in their spelling or pronunciation. Unfortunately, these words sometimes carry a different meaning. False friends are words that appear very much alike, often have the same etymological origin, and yet mean something quite different.
English

What’s in a name – attorney, solicitor, barrister, lawyer…?

19 November 2017 by Liz van der L.
I’m always curious to find out how Dutch lawyers describe themselves in English. I’ve seen quite a few variations over the years that I have been teaching legal English to Dutch legal professionals. The most common variant that appears on the English language version of your business card seems to...
English

Teaching at TU Delft | Workshop Legal English

13 November 2017 by Liz van der L.
As a Language Partners trainer specialising in legal English, my usual assignments consist of being sent to large city law firms, often to refresh the English of their trainee lawyers and to introduce them to the particular (and sometimes peculiar) vocabulary of the world of law. So imagine my surprise...

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