Don’t use slang, abbreviations or ironical phrases

·        Irony doesn’t travel well from language to language and brings confusion, so avoid it.
·        Foreigners will not recognize slang or informal expressions; it’s better to use formal English.
·        Acronyms and abbreviations often make sense in your language but others might find them impossible to understand. If you are French you know what TGV stands for but you’ll have to explain “TGV, which means high-speed train” to Americans.

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