English proverb of the day

"The negative side of the American Dream comes when people pursue success at any cost, which in turn destroys the vision and the dream "

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  • Topic of this Week: "Social networking: How easy and how difficult? (July 18, 2021)"

    Please refer to the steps below to join the discussion:
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    The online discussion will start at 3.00pm and close at 5.00pm on Sunday 18th, July 2021.
     
    Social networking: How easy and how difficult?
    (The topic was once discussed on 19th August 2016)
     

    Every time you meet someone, you are networking. Every time you pick up the phone, you are networking. Every time you send an e-mail, you are networking. Every time you engage someone in conversation, you are networking. Every time you write a note, you are networking. Every time you attend a meeting or join a social club like Advance English club, you are networking.
    Yes, we are all networkers although some of us may be more effective than others; some may enjoy it more than others, and some do it with purpose while others only wander aimlessly through the process. The fact is like it or not, successful networking is essential for greater profits and increased business. Study the biography of any successful person and you can see how key relationships accelerated their growth.
    However, for many of us, it is not easy to develop a relationship from scratch especially when we want to connect with more successful and influential people. For people who are not naturally outgoing, things can be even more challenging. So, what should we do to become successful networkers? what are the best strategies to build a strong social network? Let’s join our discussion to explore the topic in detail.
    Questions for discussion:
    1. How many close friends do you have?
    2. Is it better to have few friends or many friends? How many good friends should a person have?
    3. What should shy people do to meet new friends or increase their social network?
    4. Situations:
    a. You want to get the attention of people who are more successful than you are. What should you do to network with those “celebrities” like a champ?
    b.You want to reach potential new clients or recruit new employees. What should you do to connect with them effectively?
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    (09:41:18 AM 17/03/2014)

     

    The key to understanding natural spoken English

     

    March 5, 2012

     

    Today a friend told me a story. She was doing translation work at a booth in a restaurant trade show. She was translating for the CEO of a company that made high-quality kitchen knives.

    This CEO had studied English, but hadn't gotten many chances to use English in real situations. So he was able to understand some things, but needed help with others.

    After one customer left, the CEO asked my friend in Japanese, "What was that guysaying? He kept saying 'vanna', 'vanna'."

    My friend thought for a second, and then said, "Oh, he was asking what the advantages of using these knives were – 'ad-VAN-tage'."

    The key is Stress!

    Stress can make English difficult to understand at times. Native English speakers pronounce stressed syllables clearly, but unstressed syllables can be hard to hear. They're said quietly, or sometimes dropped completely. The sounds of the vowels changes too.

    One of the keys to understanding natural English is learning to "fill in the blanks" between stressed syllables. So you might hear:

    WHA --- VAN --- OF --- THIS KNIFE?

    You have to figure out that this means "What are the advantages of using this knife?"

    It might seem impossible, but it just takes some practice. Make sure that your listening practice includes as much real English as possible.

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