Cool Out of Office Message Examples

Sometimes your position is so crucial that people will need to have someone to turn to in your absence. When that’s the case, it’s often best to keep things professional by telling people when you’ll return and who they can contact in your absence. But, if your situation is a bit less formal, you can also have some fun. I’ll be out of the office until Monday, 24th July. If your message is urgent, please reach out to the lovely and talented Bob Smith at bob@domain.com. If you have breaking…

Old Dictionary, New Words

As you know, the English language is an evolving, ever-changing construct. The words we speak and write can change in meaning, become forgotten, or morph into something quite different. This is one of the reasons that language, and linguistics, is such a challenging discipline. Merriam-Webster Dictionary, one of the leading resources for English, officially added 840 words in September 2018. While not all the words are new in other cultures, or among those of us who use slang and abbreviated terms, they are certainly new to the dictionary. The words…

What PS means and How to use it correctly in your email

What Is the Meaning of PS? PS stands for postscript. It comes from the Latin ‘postscriptum’, which literally means “written after.” A postscript is an additional thought added to letters (and sometimes other documents) that comes after it has been completed. Here’s a tip: People wonder—does the PS come before or after the signature? Since a postscript is an addition that comes after a letter is completed, it should always follow the signature. In the days of handwritten and typed letters, we often found ourselves remembering something we wanted to…

“I have a good news.” – The reason why this sentence in incorrect

  It’s grammatically incorrect and sounds awkward to native English speakers. The word “news” is one of those words that sounds plural (meaning there’s more than one) but is actually singular (there’s only one). It’s called a mass noun and is usually used with a singular verb. In English, most nouns add “-s” or “-es” to the end of the word to make it plural; cat becomes cats, house becomes houses. Sometimes, the entire word changes in the plural: mouse becomes mice, goose becomes geese. Some words can be plural…

How to write the perfect Christmas Card

Aside from other important holiday to-do’s like taking a family Christmas photo and getting your shopping done, another significant item on your Christmas checklist is your annual Christmas card. This season, we’re here to help you get your Christmas cards signed, sealed and delivered. Our guide will help you create the perfect Season’s greetings for everyone on your list. The last thing you need to worry about is what to write in your Christmas cards! What to Write In a Christmas Card? = Start your Christmas card message with a…

Why Learn English Through Songs and Music?

So what is it about songs that make them such effective English language learning tools? * It works. There is considerable scientific evidence that demonstrates how music can help second language learners acquire grammar and vocabulary and improve spelling. Then there is the so-called “Mozart Effect”, the concept that listening to classic musical boosts the performance of mental tasks like learning. * Everyday language and colloquial speech. Songs and music almost always contain a lot of useful vocabulary, phrases and expressions. And since the intended audience is native speakers, songs…

How to write essays

The most successful essays are well planned. Essays that go off the point with lots of extra detail will get poor marks. Stick to the question Underline key words in the essay title so you really understand the question being asked. It’s not about writing all you know about a topic. Words like ‘discuss’, ‘compare and contrast’, ‘evaluate’, ‘account for’ are used as ways to direct your answer; make sure you know what they mean. Other questions may start with ‘how’, ‘what’, ‘why’ or ‘when’. Write a plan Brainstorm your…

Write your successful CV

We’ve all probably got a version of a CV under our belts already. However, it’s often really hard to work out what you’re meant to be getting down on this piece of paper that can make the difference between getting a job and not. Here are some of our top tips to make the whole process a lot easier: Spelling and grammar Yes, it’s boring and everyone’s told you this before – but small errors could completely ruin your chances of getting that job. Check, check and check again. Don’t…

British English vs. American English

There is an old saying that America and Britain are “two nations divided by a common language.” No one knows exactly who said this, but it reflects the way many British feel about American English. But are American and British English really so different? Vocabulary The most noticeable difference between American and British English is vocabulary. There are hundreds of everyday words that are different. For example, the British call the front of a car the bonnet, while Americans call it the hood. Americans go on vacation, while British go…

London Accents made easy

Have you ever noticed that Londoners speak a little different from the rest of the British people? I’m sure you have! I guess you want British people to pronounce words very clearly, and preferably also slowly! Of course, this does not happen in real life. The main ‘local’ accents that you will hear in London are quite different from each other. The easiest accent for you to understand, and the accent that many English learners try to learn when speaking English, is actually not a local accent at all. It…