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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.
When I speak to Italian parents, they often express a deep frustration with their kid’s conversation skills. We all know that Italian school focuses on grammar a lot. Most kids know English grammar better than my family back home in Canada. Unfortunately, if you place them before someone who asks them to chat, they may freeze up and not say a word.
Why is that? How can we get them talking & interacting so they can learn a language in a natural way? Not only study grammar and memorize vocabulary lists but understand speech, feel relaxed when faced with figurative speech and master fluency before they reach university.
Here is our solution for Young Learners in Italy.
They need to use the language in conversation. Enjoy the way in which they learn. Speak it as much as possible.
That’s the secret…Confidence in Communication…EASI can help!
p.s. this post and doodle animation was created by Crissy Faita, our resident language coach.