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Many of us have found ourselves in more online metings during the last weeks and months. Whether you love them or hate them, it looks as though they'll be here to stay for a while!I've put together eight tips about how you can communicate more effectively in online meetings. These include things to avoid, things to change, and things to try.Let me …
 
On the 27th of March, 1984 at the Trades Hall in Wellington a caretaker, Ernie Abbott, bent over to pick up a suitcase left behind earlier in the day. It contained explosives which were set off by an unusual switch device inside. Former secretary of the Wellington Trades Council, Graeme Clark, remembers that day and the confusion that followed.…
 
IN 1989, two Swedish tourists Sven Urban Höglin and Heidi Paakkonen went missing in the Coromandel. David Tamihere was convicted of the murders in 1990 but he has always maintained his innocence. Now his convictions have been referred back to the Court of Appeal. Investigative reporter Donna Chisholm has covered the story in depth over the years.…
 
Jennifer is a writing coach who helps business owners become confident, happy writers by showing them that writing doesn’t have to be as hard as we make it. She does this so more of us can get our stories and voices out and join the conversation, so to speak, so you can grow your business, help your clients, and work towards creating a society that…
 
On this week's episode of the English with Kirsty podcast, I have another interview for you with Cara from Leo Listening.In the interview we talk about * >Bridging the gap between what you want to listen to, and actually enjoying listening to things, such as your favourite movies or TV series in English* >Differences between the types of listening …
 
I'm a language learner as well as a teacher.I don't believe language learning apps can replace tuition where you can ask questions/get personalised feedback, or practise with other speakers of the language, but I do think they're a great way to support your learning, strengthen your language skills, and help you to build your vocabulary.In this epi…
 
This is the second part of my interview with Gabriel Clark, a blogger, podcaster, and language teacher. I have split our conversation into two parts because it became fairly long. In the second part of the interview we talk about:* What learning another language has taught Gabriel about his own language.* How word order is really important in Engli…
 
This is an interview with Gabriel Clark, a blogger, podcaster, and language teachers. Gabriel is also a language learners, so he's able to give some practical tips that have worked for him. I split our conversation into two parts because it became fairly long. In the first part of the interview we talk about:How speaking another language reduces ba…
 
I mentioned our conversation club before, but in this episode we go into a bit more detail about who would benefit from it, how the club works, and what we do. Further information and the prices can be found on the club page:https://englishwithkirsty.com/conversation Most of our members are from Germany, so the club page page is in German, but if y…
 
I don't think many people really enjoy exams. I didn't mind them much at school, but as an adult who hadn't done one for a while, I found myself slipping into some bad habits. Based on my own experience, here are 8 things to avoid if you have an exam - whether it's for an academic qualification, a language test, or something you're doing to improve…
 
Real life can give you inspiration for podcast episodes. This is what happened to me last week and what I learned from it about picking yourself up and trying again when it comes to using another language.You can see the show notes page here:https://englishwithkirsty.com/podcast/episode172
 
There is plenty of information out there about working from home, but some of it is a bit generic.I decided to share some things that I've learned and that have worked for me during my 8 years of working from home full-time.I also wrote a blog post about this, so if you'd rather read the information, you can find it here:https://englishwithkirsty.c…
 
Today I have an interview for you with Jane Eggers, who some of you may remember from episode 16.Jane is originally from the UK, but she now lives and works in Germany, where she has a German to English translation business called Jane Eggers Translations. We talk about Jane’s transition from using everyday German to using the language at work, who…
 
I can help people to improve their English because I'm an English teacher, but I also understand the practical challenges of using another language at work because I do it myself every day when I communicate with my German-speaking customers.Here are some challenges that I've faced in my own business journey, and how I've overcome them.You can find…
 
It's the beginning of a new year, and people are thinking about what they want to change or do differently.One thing could be to not let opportunities pass you by because of fears about your language skills. The job you didn't apply for/the meeting you didn't speak up in/the contribution you didn't make because you were so focussed on the differenc…
 
Let's be honest – not everyone enjoys face to face networking, but sometimes we have to do it for our jobs, and sometimes it can be beneficial too. If you're learning another language, it can take even more determination to get out of your comfort zone and go and talk with new people.This is the first part of a short series in which I give some tip…
 
I have three updates for you today – here are the links where you can find out more about each of them.https://ewkservices.com This is my new EwK Services site where you can find my communication services such as proofreading, translation, transcription, communications advice and it's also the home of the new communications blog. https://englishwit…
 
In this episode, I'm talking about how learning and practicing your language skills along with other learners can help you to improve. I also share details of the new conversation groups that I'm starting for adults who want to improve their English.To find out more or ask a question, contact me on podcast@englishwithkirsty.com…
 
If you don't get the results you were expecting in a language test, it might not necessarily have something to do with your language skills. Some students struggle in language exams because they have difficulty with a certain type of question or task that is used to test language skills. In these cases, it often helps to develop strategies for deal…
 
In this episode I'm talking to Corinne Wilhem about:* The differences she has noticed in terms of language and culture as someone from the UK who now lives in Germany.* Differences in UK working culture that German applicants should be aware of.* Corinnes new podcast – Clever2Gether.The show notes are here:https://englishwithkirsty.com/podcast/epis…
 
Today the wise old owl is answering a question about why we can say “a reply”, but not “a feedback” or “an information”.Don't forget that you can send your own questions about the English language or grammar to the wise old owl - here's the link to the show notes page:https://englishwithkristy.com/podcast/episode158…
 
This is more relevant for people who are studying English. I know a number of my podcast listeners are either studying English at university or taking part in English courses online or where they live. I know that others are working through materials on their own. At school it's easy – we know exactly where we have to be and when. We know what we n…
 
Today I'm sharing something from my personal experience of learning, but I think it's important. If you're learning for an exam, you have to know all the material. However, if you're listening to or reading materials to help you learn another language, you don't need to understand every single word. In fact, sometimes it's good when you don't, beca…
 
Today I'd like to try something different. I've linked to an audio resource about a topic for listening practice, a blog post for reading practice, and some questions to think about.Basically, I'd like to know what you think about working from home, and what your ideal office would look like. What is important to you? Do you like to be oaroundother…
 
Of course the interviewer cares whether you have the knowledge and skills to do the job, but there are some other things that they might be asking themselves about you too. I talk about 10 possible questions here. You will probably never know how they would answer them, but you can influence them by coming across well and making a good impression i…
 
We all have things that we often get mixed up, that make us stop and think, or that we often overlook in our own writing. If we know what those things are, it's easier to keep an eye out for them when checking our work. I talk about some of the things that I look out for, as well as ten other examples. Do you have anything to add to the list?You ca…
 
We hear so many people talking about what they are going to do now that the new year has started. To make things a bit different, I thought it might be interesting to make an episode about 10 things that I'm not going to do as a language learner. In this episode, you'll find out what those 10 things are. I'd love to hear your ideas too, so if you'v…
 
In countries where Christmas is celebrated, many of us are preparing for the Christmas and New Year break.It's a time for celebrating with family and friends, and many of the things that we normally do regularly, such as language learning, are forgotten about until the new year.However, if you still want to do something for your English during this…
 
Learners tend to focus on things like grammar, vocabulary, and whether the email makes sense. Of course, these things are all important,but yu can get all of these things right, and still end up with a bad email.I explain what I mean in today's podcast episode and give you a couple of questions to ask yourself before hitting that "send" button.You …
 
I'm a teacher, but I'm also a learner.In October, I started a part-time university degree, and I'd like to share a couple of the things that I've learned and strategies that I've developed for those times when I don't understand something.I'm doing an IT course, and my particular problems are usually related to maths, but these tips can also be app…
 
In episode 57, I talked about how listening to podcasts can help you to learn English. But there are loads of podcasts out there - how do you choose the best ones to help you meet your learning goals? Find out in this episode.You can find the show notes here:https://englishwithkirsty.com/podcast/episode147…
 
"Telephone skills are important, but there are times when using the telephone actually makes a job take longer. I want my business English students to feel confident about using the telephone, but also to decide whether making a phone call is the best way to get a job done. Here are some things to consider.You can find the show notes page here: htt…
 
Most of the time we use adverbs to describe verbs, because we're describing how we're doing something:I slammed the door angrily.However, if we're describing how someone feels, or how something looks, sounds, or tastes, we use an adjective, because we're describing that thing.The food tastes delicious - not deliciouslyThe ring looks expensive - not…
 
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