English Language Business Expressions: Jan 3rd 2017

Am delighted to say this popular series is back – another 10 common English business expressions explained not only for those of you who speak English as a second language, but for anyone who wants to know – whether a native English speaker or not.

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English language expressions you’ll hear in business and elsewhere, Jan 3rd 2017

Here are the next 10 such expressions that I find most interesting, and I hope you do too…

Bald men fighting over a comb: this expression has had various interpretations but essentially it means some kind of conflict or argument about something that really doesn’t matter very much. If you think about it, bald men fighting over a comb (when they haven’t even got any hair to use a comb on) is a silly and pointless exercise… [Read more…]

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Hope you have an excellent year with

health, happiness, prosperity and more…

and enjoy your writing, whatever you write!

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PART 8 – 20 media business terms for non-native English speakers

Hello! Here is Part Eight of this series and this time we look at business terms in English used in the media like television, theatre, radio, music and more. These are not technical terms but are words and phrases widely used by the public, as well as by people who work in media industries.

For direct links to the other articles in the series, scroll down to the bottom of this one. This is the last article for this northern hemisphere’s summer, but the series will return in the early [northern hemisphere] autumn 2016 … so watch out for it!

PART 8 – 20 media business terms for non-native English speakers

The old BBC TV Centre in Shepherd’s Bush, London, England

Part 8: 20 business terms used by TV, radio and other media industries

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Here’s PART 7 – 20 more business terms for non-native English speakers

Hi again everyone. Welcome to Part Seven of this series on business terms in English, and what they mean – in plain English!

(For direct links to the other articles in the series, scroll down to the bottom of this one.)

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In Part 7, we look at 20 more metaphors used as business terms

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And another 20 business terms for non-native English speakers – PART 6

Hi everyone and welcome to Part Six of this series on business terms in English, and what they mean – in plain English!

(For direct links to the other articles in the series, scroll down to the bottom of this one.)

And another 20 business terms for non-native English speakers

American business terms are widely used in all the English language markets.

In Part 6, we look at 20 business terms used especially in the USA:

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Do you get the syntax attacks? Here’s the cure…

Do you ever get your nouns and verbs and knickers in a knot? It’s surprising how many people do, as you’ll see from this selection of absolute howlers taken from picture captions in one of the UK’s most popular daily newspapers.

But while we have a good laugh at some of these dipsh*t goofs, at the same time we can also learn a few things from them to help us with our own writing.

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Syntax: what is it and why does it matter in your writing?

Basically (purists: I will apologise only once, OK?) syntax just means the way sentences are formed … and getting your syntax right means your sentences are understandable, and mean exactly what you intend.

This sounds simple enough.

However syntax is very, very easy to get wrong, as this classic caption demonstrates… [Read more…]

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