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What’s your writing element?

There are four elements of the zodiac – air, fire, water, and earth. The zodiac signs within each element share certain characteristics. Take this fun quiz to find out which zodiac element your writing style is like and see if it matches your real zodiac sign! (Mine doesn’t match. My sign of the zodiac is theContinue Reading

Are you using pseudo-anglicisms?

Pseudo-anglicisms are words that you think are English, but they aren’t. According to this BBC article, foreign languages are full of them. Germans call a very old car an Oldtimer. It sounds very English, doesn’t it? But it’s not. At least it’s not the word we use for an old car. We call them vintageContinue Reading

How to overcome your fears

You’ve been asked to give a presentation. Although you’re thrilled, on the one hand, you’re also nervous or even frightened. In this article (link to: writing-skills.com) you can learn how Monica Lewinsky overcame her fears. The first step – prepare wisely and thoroughly.

Do you use this punctuation mark?

The main task of the semicolon (that’s this little punctuation mark here 😉 is to mark a break that is stronger than a comma, but not as final as a full stop (or period in American English). You might like to see how it’s used here (link to: en.oxforddictionaries.com).

The importance of purpose and direction

The Japanese restaurant with a list of rules bigger than the menu

When travelling to Berlin a month or so ago, I was shocked at just how noisy it was on the train. Some people seemed to phone non-stop. And to not worry that everyone else could hear all their plans for the day. And there I was, trying to work quietly. So next time I travelContinue Reading

Is this your ambition, too?

My biggest professional ambition is to get a desk where no one can see my computer monitor but me. 😉

What kind of language geek are you?

This photo shows my results. Take the Ultimate Language Geek Personality Quiz to find out what kind of language geek you are. A geek = an enthusiast or expert (especially in a technological field or activity)

Do you love English?

According to this article on the grammarly.com website, entitled “7 Reasons to Love the English Language”, there are now 1.5 billion active speakers of English. And you’re probably one of them! Take a look at the article to learn some surprising facts about the language. For example, did you know that a new word isContinue Reading

Stop using dinosaur words

Are you using old-fashioned words when giving presentations? “Notwithstanding” and “thus” are two. (In German that’s “nichtsdestotrotz”and “auf diese Weise”.) I agree with Scott Schwertly, the author of this article here. The best presentations are the simple ones. They’re easy to understand for everyone. If you’re not convinced, watch this very short video to find outContinue Reading