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Why native English speakers fail to be understood in English – and lose out in global business

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While there are millions of people from countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, or South Africa who speak English as their mother tongue, there are also many millions of people from countries around the world who speak English as their second language every day.

In this context, one would think that native speakers have a clear advantage since they do not have the need to learn a second language to ...

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SAY vs. TELL

📕BEGINNER / 📗INTERMEDIATE

Two of the most typical verbs in English are say and tell. Even though the meanings of these verbs are practically the same, there are some grammatical differences that need to be considered:

SAY (no indirect object)

You say something. E.g.: She said that she was hungry

TELL (needs an indirect object)

You tell someone something. E.g.: She told

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AGREEING: I agree / I don’t agree

📕BEGINNER

One of the most typical mistakes that English learners commit is using the verb to be when they agree or disagree:

I am agree / I am not agree

It’s true that many Romance languages such as Catalan (estic d’acord), Spanish (estoy de acuerdo) or French (Je suis d’accord) use a linking verb in this expression, but not in English. In English “agree” is a verb, so we say:

I agree / ...

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GIVING YOUR OPINION IN A MEETING

📗INTERMEDIATE

In this conversation you can find some expressions to give your opinion about something in a meeting. Watch the video and go through the text.

 

Allie: That was a great concert last night, Scarlett.

Scarlett: Thanks.

Allie: As we know, Scarlett’s got a new CD coming out soon. So let’s have a look at the best way we can promote it in France.

Mark: OK, well I think Scarlett should visit the major music stores. In ...

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green jokes

What’s a green joke ?

Is it one that is so old and going mouldy? NO

Is it one about environment? NO

It’s what we call in English a blue  or dirty joke .

In Spanish, a viejo verde is an old dirty man .

Astrologically speaking, green men  (usually little green men) come from planet Mars or somewhere else in space.

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future

Spanish speakers seem to see a variety of different futures and can say what will happen on of them.

Some people say that something will happen in “un futuro próximo .” This is very strange for English-speakers because there is really only one future. So, we have to talk about the near future .

 

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go away and go out

To go out

You use this for a short time and distance. For example, to the shops, to the cinema, for a meal.

To go away

You use this for a longer time and distance. For example, for the weekend, on holiday, to university. If you go away, you take your toiletries with you like toothbrush, etc.

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glasses

Glass  is what windows, copa, vaso, jarra, tubo are made of; Vidrio ; cristal 

These words can cause confusions because:

a cup – is a taza (except in sports copa)

glass of wine – copa or vaso

cup of coffee – when your coffee comes in a small glass

glass cup of coffee – when it has a handle to hold it

plastic glass – is the copa de plástico which you sometimes use for wine

Vase – is the thing you use to put flowers ...

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forehead

Your forehead is the front part of your head.

(The prefix fore means front; it is la frente.)

The front is the opposite of the back, or it is the front in a war; it is el frente.

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fun

FUN- If something is divertido  and if you’re having fun, te lo pasas bien .

FUNNY- is an adjective but doesn’t  mean divertido. It means two other things:

1. gracioso  (example: funny story)

2. curioso, extraño, raro  (examples: funny party, funny experience); chungo o mareado  (when you’re feeling funny means you’re feeling a bit ill

 

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