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Andrea Byaruhanga

14 Phrasal Verbs with “Up” and “Down”

14 Phrasal Verbs with “Up” and “Down”

It’s pretty unusual to be happy all the time. Most of us switch between positive and negative emotions—which is understandable, considering the crazy world we live in.  To recognize these emotional ups and downs (the shift between good and bad feelings) that we all experience, we’re going to focus on some phrasal verbs that feature…

How to Write a Business English Email

How to Write a Business English Email

You already know that not all emails are created equally. The writing style you’d use in an email to an old friend, for example, would be different from how you’d write to a university professor or an online shop’s customer support team.  Knowing what format and writing style to use—and how to use it well—can…

Synonyms for Common English Words

Synonyms for Common English Words

Do you ever feel like you’re using the same English words over and over again? That can be a common problem when you’re learning any new language.  Luckily, there are a lot of different words you can use to express your ideas. If you’d like to add some interest to your vocabulary, try learning some…

How to Boost Your Business English Skills

How to Boost Your Business English Skills

An English-speaking work environment can be scary if you’re not confident in your English skills. Even if you’re an expert in your industry, being unable to communicate well with co-workers, clients, and management can be a frustrating problem. Below, we offer some tips to help you improve your business English communication skills—from vocabulary to pronunciation—so…

Summer Idioms in English

Summer Idioms in English

It’s the middle of July, and in many places, that means summer!  Since we’ve got warm weather on our minds, we thought we should discuss some useful summer-inspired idioms to make your vocabulary shine like the sun! 13 English summer idioms 1. To beat the heat → To find ways to stay cool in hot…

How to Get Your Employees Excited About English

How to Get Your Employees Excited About English

In previous posts, we’ve talked about ways to keep yourself motivated while learning English—by setting personal goals, for example.  But what if you need to motivate someone else?  If you’re an employer whose team members need to improve their English skills, you need to know how to make sure everyone stays on track. In this…

Performance Review Phrases in English

Performance Review Phrases in English

Performance reviews aren’t anyone’s favourite thing. It can be awkward—even unenjoyable—to sit down and listen to someone tell you what you do well in your job and what you need to improve.  Well, it can be just as difficult if you’re the person reviewing someone’s job performance. You have to make sure you’re clear and…

Essential English Vaccine Vocabulary

Essential English Vaccine Vocabulary

It’s been well over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic started. You’ve had to follow strict instructions, you’ve probably had all sorts of emotions, and you’ve tried to keep busy in many different ways.   Now, there’s something else to think about: vaccines.  Since they’re on everyone’s mind these days, let’s take some time to review…

Phrasal Verbs for Technology

Phrasal Verbs for Technology

You’ve probably become pretty good friends with technology this year (if you weren’t already). Lots of people have had to rely on computers to do all sorts of day-to-day tasks, including working and learning from home. In honour of the technology that has helped many of us stay connected over the past year, let’s take…