New Year’s Resolutions

The start of a new year is the time to make new year’s resolutions. A good time to make changes or start new projects, hobbies or tasks.

Learning English is always there among others like: going to the gym, starting a diet, giving up smoking, etc.

So why not make the most of it and really do something about it.

The Linking English Business Club starts this Thursday, 10th January at 7.00p.m. It’s a great way to practice your English, chat with other people, improve your fluency and have fun.

Linking English Business Club – Session #5

Continuing with our theme about making conversation, in this session we talked about ways of starting, following and leaving a conversation. Sometimes it’s necessary to leave a conversation abruptly, either to meet other people or if the conversation is becoming tedious.

Starting a conversation

  • Excuse me, do you mind if I join you?
  • Excuse me, I couldn’t help overhearing that you …
  • Can I have a word, please? (To speak to someone privately)
  • Have we met somewhere before?
  • Your face looks familiar…

Following a conversation

  • That’s an interesting point of view.
  • Really?
  • That’s great.
  • I agree.
  • I’m not sure about that.
  • I can’t say I do.
  • I’m sorry, I didn’t catch your name.

Leaving a conversation

  • I’m sorry but  I’ve just spotted someone that I need to speak to.
  • Can you excuse me for a moment? I need to …
  • I’m sorry but I have to go… I will contact you. We must stay in touch.
  • Please feel free to contact me whenever you want.
  • I’m so sorry but I have to make/ take an important call.
  • I’m sorry I have to go now but I’ll try to catch you later.

Linking English Business Club – Session #4

Breaking the ice

In this session we talked about how to start a conversation. It can be difficult to know how to enter into conversation with strangers.

One way is to eavesdrop discreetly before entering into the conversation, to get an idea of what is being talked about. Another way is to just walk around and mingle with people first, without getting into any heavy conversation.

This helps us to get an idea of what topics are being spoken about and allows us to prepare some good conversation openers to get the ball rolling.

  1. Excuse me. Do you have a light? (for smokers)
  2. Hello. My name’s ……………. Is it ok if I join your group?
  3. Are you here alone or with a group?
  4. And what about you? Where are you from?
  5. It’s cold out here, isn’t it?
  6. I just came out for some fresh air,  it’s so crowded inside.
  7. Sorry, do you mind if I join you?
  8. Are you giving a presentation at the conference?
  9. This salad is delicious. Have you tried it?
  10. Do you know many people here?
  11. Are you enjoying the conference/ party/ event?
  12. It’s a great conference/ party/ event isn’t it?
  13. Is this your first time at this conference/ party/ event?
  14. Did you attend any good presentations today?
  15. Do you know where I can find the spoons/ cloakroom,/etc.?
  16. Did you enjoy this morning’s/ evening’s lecture?
  17. Have you travelled a long way to get here?
  18. What do you do?
  19. Are you from around here?
  20. Could you pass me the milk/ sugar/ water/ etc. please?

Linking English Business Club – Session 2

Job Interviews

In this session we watched a video about a young man who goes for a job interview. His attitude is very laid back and he doesn’t seem overly interested in getting the job. After watching the video we discussed his attitude and we came to the conclusion that he should have been a bit more humble. The message that he transmits is that he doesn’t take the job seriously and he only sees it as a stepping stone to another job in the near future. Despite saying that he was better than his colleagues, if he did get the job, he probably wouldn’t pull his weight and would leave all the hard work to others.

Watch the video

We talked about our most valuable assets as professionals. Here’s what we came up with:

  • Be an actor
  • Be a “trust generator”
  • Be proactive
  • Be creative
  • Get involved
  • Be an analyst
  • Be a good communicator
  • Be honest
  • Be practical
  • Be logical

* The definitions of words in bold can be found on the VOCABULARY page of the Linking English website.