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Time for a break

Dear reader
Sometimes life gets too busy and we need to focus on what is most important for us.
After several years of writing this blog every day, I’ve decided to stop for an indefinite period of time. It was not an easy choice, believe me.
Nevertheless, I will still be keeping my posts online for you to come back to whenever you have a bit of time to spare.

My very best wishes
Christine Burgmer | let’s talk business

On listening

“Nature has given men one tongue and two ears, that we may hear twice as much as we speak.” Epictetus

Working on your writing skills?

Connect with English speakers via Facebook to practise your writing skills. Use an online style guide if you need some writing tips. And use online tools to help you improve the readability of a text and also your grammar and spelling skills. Try these here: A style guide like The Economist. Skillswise has short videos withContinue Reading

Mind your manners – and learn some rules

You’ve been invited out for a meal in the US and are not sure how to behave at the table. In this tip sheet by Ann Marie Sabath, you’ll learn: how to use napkins correctly how to eat your soup and bread and rolls the differences between “American” and “European” styles of dining and theContinue Reading

Paper, paper everywhere …

How would you translate the German word “Zettelwirtschaft”? Piles of paperwork? Paper chaos? Bits of paper everywhere? You don’t know the word? Deutsche Welle explains it nicely.

How do you pronounce this word?

You see the word “content” in a piece of writing. But how do you pronounce it? There are two ways. It very much depends on the meaning. The stress is either on the first syllable – CONtent (in German: ‘Inhalt’). Or on the second syllable – conTENT (in German: ‘zufrieden’).

Is it “which” or is it “that”?

Grammar Girl has written an article (link to: quickanddirtytips.com) on when to use “which” and when to use “that”. And she offers a nice little rule to help you remember the difference.  

Be positive

Use positive language. You’ll see that it’s shorter and clearer. Your reader will be thankful!