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Here are a list of questions related to this Ted Talk:
Do you choose to look after the people to the right of you and to the left
Do you work in place where you trust the people around you?
Do you feel safe within your organization?
Do you work for a leader you can trust?
Do you get coaching and mentoring support if you have a performance issue?
Do you feel like you would sacrifice for your organization?
Practice answering those questions with a conversation partner or with one of our on-line trainers.
Simon Sinek will be at the WOBI Milan this year. Will you be there?
Prince Ea is a rapper and activist.
He founded a movement called The ‘Make Smart’ Cool Movement.
It promotes education, intelligence, unity and creativity.
The messages clear.
Human Beings: Change Starts From Within.
What is the language focus for this post?
- listen to the lyrics a few times
- write down the key message in point form
- pick 3 expressions you think are useful and use them this week
- share this message with someone who is open to listen
I picked this song to explore the phrase verb ‘let down’. I totally love the Franklin Electric. They are a folk-pop band based in Montreal which is my home town.
First off, when a person’s decision disappoints others, we use the very Let Down.
She said she would come to the movies with me but she didn’t. She let me down. (i.e. She disappointed me)
As you can see , we separate the verb and particle by an object pronoun.
This verb can also be used as a noun.
I loved her so much. She left me from one day to the next. What a let down. (i.e. What a disappointment)
Let’s look at some conversation practice questions. Discuss these with a friend.
- Who has never let you down?
- When did you let someone down at work?
- If your best friend let you down, how would you handle it?
p.s. written by Crissy who misses Montreal today.
Lady Diana tragically passed away on this day in 1997 so I thought we could get inspired by one of her quotes today.
Here is a list of random acts of kindness anyone can do in hopes that someone else pays it forward:
1. Buy a coffee for someone who is standing behind you at a coffee shop. Help a stranger.
2. Give a care-pack to a homeless person. Be generous.
3. Drink more water. Be kind to yourself.
4. Give the benefit of the doubt. Trust someone.
5. Compliment an employee on a survey. Give positive feedback.
6. Say good morning to 3 strangers on your way to work. Be friendly.
7. Let another driver into your lane. Be courteous.
8. Complain less. Let it go.
These are just eight. I am sure you can think of many more.
On an English note,
The 8 expressions in bold above might be worth learning.
The expression in italics often causes correctness issues for learners. You trust SOMEONE and not
trust in someone.
Karim: Are you sure she wants to go out with me?
Geraldine: Trust me! I spoke to her last week and she asked whether you were single or not.
Pay it forward by sharing this post.
With one daily random act of kindness, we can get just a little happier every day & the world would be a better place.
With all the requests we face everyday, there must be just as many ‘thanks’ after you’ve done what they’ve asked for. In response to the thanks, we normally reply ‘you’re welcome’.
Bruno: Can I have a glass of water?
Marida: Of course.
Bruno: Thanks, I was parched.
Marida: Your welcome!
‘Your welcome in this case is almost second nature. It is connected to good manners.
At times, the situation require a different reply because you want to express that you were happy to help and that no thanks was necessary.
- I was happy to help.
- No worries
- Not a problem
- You got it
- Don’t mention it
- My pleasure
Bruno: Thanks so much for speaking to the boss about my problem. He gave me a second chance.
Marida: Anytime. You deserve it.
When you choose one of the alternative expressions, it makes the recipient feel like he does not owe you anything, You did it without expecting anything in return.
Being in touch with the nuances of a language can help you step it up.
p.s. posted by Crissy who is still enjoying the moments of summer.
What do you normally say when you arrive late to a meeting or an appointment ?
- SORRY FOR THE LATE.
- SORRY FOR BEING LATE
- SORRY TO BE IN LATE.
- SORRY FOR THE DELAY.
I often hear non-native speakers use the above phrases, but only one of them is actually correct: SORRY FOR BEING LATE.
Let me explain why, “late” is an adjective, it is not a noun and it is not a verb. So we need to use it with the verb “to be” to indicate an action: to be + adjective = to be late/happy/clever/hungry/etc.
When apologizing, we use one of the following forms:
I apologise/am sorry FOR
+ noun – Sorry for the misunderstanding / I apologize for the mistake.
+ verb in gerund – Sorry for disturbing you. / I apologise for bothering you.
SORRY FOR BEING LATE
+ verb in infinitive – Sorry to disturb you / Sorry to inconvenience you.
SORRY TO BE LATE
So the correct phrase is either SORRY FOR BEING LATE or SORRY TO BE LATE (used less frequently).
Now, what’s wrong with the sentence SORRY FOR THE DELAY ?
Grammatically there is nothing wrong with it as “delay” can be used both as a noun and as a verb. But it is normally used in a different context to refer to scheduled/planned activities and indicates a change in the original plan or intention.
e.g. The flight was delayed due to bad weather conditions.
The TV programs are on a 10 minute delay.
There is no delay in the shipment, so you should get it on time.
Here is another expression with “late”: BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!
And of course IT IS NEVER LATE to learn something new. I hope this post helped you do that.
p.s. this post was created by Astrid who is such a grammar buff.
p.s. this post and doodle animation was created by Crissy Faita, our resident language coach.
Lauren Bacall was an american star of the silver screen. She was known for her husky voice and sexy eyes. She was born in the Bronx and worked as an actress and model.
This clip is entitled Whistle on Youtube. Her co-star is very sexy, don’t you think?
What can we learn from this clip?
- Change your mind (to modify your opinion or decision)
- Whistle (to put your lips together and blow to make a sound)
- You know how to whistle, don’t you Steve? (Tag question form used to mean’Right?’)
What is a tag question?
- a tag question turns an affirmative form into a question form.
- it is used to find agreement or disagreement on a topic.
- tag question are made with a contracted auxiliary and a subject pronoun.
- If the main clause is positive , the tag is negative & vice versa
- If the main clause has an auxiliary, then you keep using that in the tag inverting to positive or negative whatever the case may be.
- one exception is related to ‘I am’ which becomes ‘Aren’t I’
What are some examples in context?
- I am beautiful, aren’t I?
- He has been to the USA, hasn’t he?
- We ate too much on vacation, didn’t we?
- They won’t be coming to the party, will they?
- You would tell her, wouldn’t you?
p.s. this post was created by Crissy who wanted to say so long to Lauren Bacall who passed away on August 12th 2014.