Category: Working in the UK

Should I Learn British or American English?

Something that people often ask is “Should I learn British or American English?” The first thing to say is that the answer depends entirely on you! That sa…

How to Speak Business English Fluently

By Emily Stallard, owner of Orchid English At Orchid English we specialise in training international professionals to speak business English fluently. If you alrea…

10 Popular Email Abbreviations

Do you send emails in English? Do you receive emails from native English speakers and wonder what some of the email abbreviations mean? Hundreds of modern email abbrev…

How to help your colleagues learn English

By Emily Stallard, Owner at Orchid English   Normally our blog posts are aimed at professionals learning English who work at companies in London. This post comes…

How to start and finish professional emails in English

By Emily Stallard, owner and trainer at Orchid English   Do you struggle with formality in business writing? Even native English speakers sometimes wonder whic…

5 Great Sites for Business English

Do you use the internet to learn English as well as having classes? It can be fun and educational to listen to different accents and learn from different teachers by stud…

How to Use Business Idioms for Time

Did anyone else have a moment of confusion on Sunday morning? The time on my watch didn’t match the time on my phone. Then I realised the clocks must have gone forwa…

Business Phrasal Verbs and Compounds with “Down”

By Emily Stallard   What phrasal verbs with “down” do you know already? Phrasal verbs can really make your English sound natural and native-like.…

The Trap of “Useful Phrases” for Business English

By Emily Stallard We English teachers are often asked to provide useful phrases for business English on some topic or other; negotiating, meetings, presentations a…

English for the Service Industry

Lots of people come to London to work in the service industry and it’s important to speak correctly, especially if you are repeating the same phrases over and over again…

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