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Get the Phone Message Right

Get the Phone Message Right

We often record messages that many people hear.  Why not make an effort to get them perfectly right? Here are some examples you can adapt.   Personal Outgoing Messages You’ve reached Stan Stinger from Stinger and Bros. I’m sorry that I’m not available to answer...

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Use Questions to Introduce Ideas

Use Questions to Introduce Ideas

Questions work well when introducing ideas, as they allow listeners to absorb information gradually. Here’s a dialogue where a teacher explains comparative adjectives, such as older or younger by asking questions. The teacher starts by asking if anyone in class has...

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Business English Tip: Explain Ideas with Analogies

Business English Tip: Explain Ideas with Analogies

People sometimes don’t understand complex ideas but do get them when they are compared to something simple. One of my students, Tony, works at a startup that’s developing a wearable device that can count bacteria in blood. He begins his description with these words:...

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