Category Archives: Written communication

Focus on: the date

 Hello-o! Here’s a quick take on basics, because there is a difference between the way we say a date in English and the way we write it. We can write: 16th June, 2013 or 16 June 2013 or 16/06/2013. We can say: … Continue reading

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Idioms: hat tip

I guess most of you are familiar with this widely known idiom: I take my hat off for somebody (especially in the UK and Australia) or I tip my hat for somebody (this one mostly in the US), which means that you respect and … Continue reading

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The World’s Worst Typos, in pictures

 Remember that some months ago we were chattering about written communication and how one’s writing skills (or the lack of them) can easily put their credibility at stake, especially on the Web? Well, The Guardian has recently written about a … Continue reading

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English on the media: reading as vocabulary and fluency booster

It seems that Guarulhos had an eventful night some 24 hours ago, have you heard? Click on the picture below to learn more about the forced landing made there by Delta Airlines, flight 256: Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20120914/lt-brazil-emergency-landing/ Besides the “forced landing” written in … Continue reading

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Do as I say (not as I do)

Some hot tips on writing… #not? Which of these writing “sins” you can never avoid committing?

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