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In this episode we find answers to the following questions: What’s the difference between “used to” and “usually”? How do we find the right pronunciation of past tense regular verbs in English that end in “-ed” with a simple technique? How can we expand our vocabulary …

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How are business ideas often born? Many times there is a void in some service or product area that people need a solution for. So there comes someone who sees the opportunity and creates a service or product idea to solve that need. In this podcast …

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Do you have trouble pronouncing long words in English, like “availability”?   The problems are usually: word stress and length of sounds. Watch this short video to easily fix it.  

In a previous post we already talked about the reasons why it is important to be able to manage Small Talk situations in business.  Now let’s look at two versions of a sample small talk conversation, and let’s consider some details that make one of them seem more engaging, …

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Let me give you an example to illustrate the difference. Imagine there’s a business meeting. There are 10 people when the meeting begins. You happen to pass by the meeting room. How many people do you see? You see 10 people.   Before the meeting is …

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The grammar problem Today’s quick grammar point is about the expression “used to” and some related mistakes. There’s a mistake Spanish speakers often make related to the grammar form “used to do something“. What they do is they create a “present form” version of “used to …

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Createnglish 2021 October: In this episode we are focusing on the following language learning points: 1) One minute grammar: “used to” versus “usually” 2) Present Perfect for experience (no experience) – a Grammar Chant with 3rd form of verbs 3) Small talk theory – Part 2 4) …

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What do we need for successful small talking? In a previous post on Small Talk we briefly looked at how small talk is an essential part of everyday communication and socializing, including business communication. Small talk in business? Yes. Small talk is an important element in …

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What is small talk? Small talk is an essential part of communication, including business. It is especially important for business people to master small talk in order to feel and seem confident speaking English in and out of the office. There’s nothing more refreshing than to …

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1) Question: “to infinitive” or “-ing”? This is something students often ask about and it’s kind of a tricky point in English.  Here I’m going to illustrate the difference in meaning between the use of the “to infinitive” and the “-ing” form with two verbs: stop …

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