I just wanted to check in and see if you survived the holidays. Did you eat enough? Drink enough wine? Hear enough lame jokes? (I can say ‘OH YES’ to all of the above!)
This is my favorite new lame joke in English:
What do you call a cheese that is not yours?
(Wait for it…)
(I said it was lame. Don’t shoot the messenger!)
I hope you’re having a wonderful time and relaxing with friends and family (or drunk colleagues).
Ok, let’s get down to business.
One of my biggest passions is helping you feel awesome in English. So don’t let this happen to you….
You’re talking to your British colleague, and you have to break the bad news gently. You say “we have problems with our management team.” To you, this might seem like a ‘good’ sentence in English. However, you might not realize that this strikes the wrong tone when you’re giving bad news in English.
Let me explain. If you say ‘we have problems’ this means that you have problems all the time. The problems are permanent. They will not go away. You’ve used the present simple tense ‘we have’, which is used for permanent situations, or things that we don’t expect to change or end.
How could you have said this better? Something like ‘We are having problems with our management team’, or even better ‘We are currently having some problems with our management team’. This tells me that the problems will go away. They are temporary. You’ve used the present progressive form- ‘we are having’, which is used for actions that will not continue. And this is how you give bad news in English professionally.
Do you see how changing one grammar form can completely change your message? You might have given someone the wrong impression without realizing it. This can lead to serious miscommunication problems in English.
If you are unaware on how to use the grammar structures effectively, and would like to know WHAT to say and HOW to say it (and WHY it’s the best option!), I’d love to help you! In my English Confidence Boo(s)tcamp that is exactly what we are doing- rebuilding your English from the ground up, so you will not only know how to use the structures well, but will also start communicating with confidence!
Are you ready to take control of your English or will you continue to make communication mistakes in 2019? It’s up to you!
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I know you have goals for 2019.
You want to do better.
Make more money.
Be more efficient with your time.
If English is holding you back, I’m here to help.
I’d hate for you to miss out on being confident in 2019.
If you take one small step with me, I’ll show you just how far you can go.
As always, mail me back anytime.
What are you going to make happen in 2019?
I’d love to hear about it! (Even if it’s just about making more lame jokes in 2019!)
With love, Buffi
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