Succeed in America

Overcome Cultural and Linguistic Barriers. Improve Effectiveness 

Sexual Harassment or a Compliment? — Gender Interaction Across Cultures

Socially acceptable behavior varies across cultures—what holds right in one society may not be so in another. Consider this passage by Laura Klos-Sokol, cited in Riall W. Nolan’s book “Communicating and Adapting Across Cultures”:“Imagine a professional meeting beginning like this: a woman enters an office and introduces herself, extending her hand to shake only to have [Read More…]

Business English: Useful Phrases for Cell Phone Calls — ESL, ESL, ESOL

As Carrie Underwood once said, “My cell phone is my best friend. It’s my lifeline to the outside world.” I would add that it is becoming more and more common to make business-related phone calls over a cell phone. However, due to connection specifics, it may be challenging to sound professional especially if English is [Read More…]

Business English: 3 Vital Tips for Building Confidence in Business Meetings ESL ESOL

Should you improve your effectiveness in meetings? Good idea — how we handle ourselves in meetings is crucial for our careers, personal branding, and professional success. However, shining in meetings  can be very challenging. It can be challenging for anyone but more so when English is not your native language. The good news —  it [Read More…]

Got Business English?: When It Is OK and Not OK To Use OK

If you think that you know the meaning of the word OK, think again! Everybody knows what OK (also spelled as okay, Okey, Okay, or okey) means.  However, is it always used appropriately?  General usage: Often foreigners and non-native English speakers are not aware of the multiple uses of the word “okay,” instead assuming that it [Read More…]

Small Talk (Informal Conversation) during a Job Interview

There are four stages to a job interview in the US: small talk (which means “polite informal conversation”,next, the interviewer will tell you about the company and briefly describe the position, after that the interviewer will ask you questions about you and pertaining to the position, and, finally, you will be given the opportunity to ask [Read More…]

How to Ask for a Mentor or a Buddy (for ESL and ELL professionals new to the US)

Learning any foreign language is a lifelong process. And learning American English is no exception.When people first begin learning a language they start with the basic grammar and vocabulary. But ultimately, to be able to function effectively in business and in work related situations, you need to master communication skills. One of the great ways to [Read More…]

Two Points on Capitalization in Business Emails

Q: Is it okay to write business emails without capitalization?  E.g.,  the message says, “just a quick follow-up i was wondering if ….”’ etc. A: Never do this especially in business correspondence.  It is not professional.Q: Is it OK if I capitalize a word or sentence?A: Never capitalize an entire word or entire stretches of words. It is [Read More…]

Professional Emails in Business English: Openings and Closings

In the age of electronic communication, your ability to produce  professional emails is very important to conveying your competence and professional image. Although, in general, professional emails are less formal than printed business letters, certain rules apply when writing a business email. Q: How to begin?A: Begin with a greeting. There are two kinds of greetings in [Read More…]

Tips on How to Look for a Job Online

<p>You should never bypass Internet when looking for a job. Here are some tips to make your online job search more efficient.<br /><br />- Make sure you have selected the right site.  Focus on what the site offers.  Are these the kind of jobs in your line of expertise?  Are job listings up to date?<br [Read More…]

Three Ways to Improve Your Conversational English by Using Prepositions and Phrasal Verbs Correctly

If you use prepositions incorrectly, you will not be understood, or even worse misunderstood, when you communicate in English. This article provides ways to improve your conversational business English by using prepositions correctly.What are prepositions? These are small, but important words that describe relationships between words in a sentence. They link a word or word [Read More…]

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