English and the digital transformation

This video highlights how the English language is constantly changing. The Internet has accelerated this change and the digital transformation that is being experienced in every sector has added a massive amount of vocabulary. Words that have evolved from the use of digital media, words that 50 years ago were unheard of and today are totally standardized, and words that existed before but their meaning has changed and been adapted for use in our modern world.

These changes happen so rapidly that words and expressions come and go naturally. We don’t learn these new words, we just acquire them through hearing, reading and speaking. Much of this language never gets published in textbooks because once it goes to print, it can become outdated. That’s why it’s so important to complement our reading with the press and articles, because it’s more dynamic. The more you read, the easier it will be to adapt to different styles and to improve your global understanding of the English language.

*Remember, this video is already 4 years old and so, it too has become outdated to some extent. (We are now in the 4.0 era) However, a lot of the opinions expressed here are still valid and the general message is very relevant.

Make body language your superpower

 

Before you even open your mouth, you are communicating. Many people don’t realise how important body language is in effective communication and they spend hours and hours on perfecting a language that 90%of the time they will be using with other non-native speakers, whose English is less than perfect.

What we have to focus on are our communication skills and body language can make or break the start of a good working relationship.

This video from the Stanford Graduate School of Business shows us some tips for communicating effectively when giving presentations.

 

Listening is the most important skill for communication

Good communication is not only about talking. In order to have a good conversation you must know how to listen actively. This is a key factor that many people overlook and this leads to one-sided conversations that often turn into monologues. Active listening requires showing an interest in what is being said and offering feedback in the form of eye contact, verbal and non-verbal language, etc.

Communicating in a language other than your own, is even more difficult and these key aspects can be vital in helping you to understand and to express yourself effectively.

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The art of “small talk”in English – making conversation


Small talkDefinition: polite conversation about unimportant or uncontroversial matters, especially as engaged in on social occasions.

The art of making small talk can be a vital tool in the  business world. Starting conversation with new people is a skill that is often underestimated and yet it can be the key to making good connections with the right people.

When you are faced with this situation in a foreign language, it can be more difficult and it is an area that people feel less confident than the more rehearsed business talk.

This article gives you some interesting and useful conversation starters to help you in those awkward situations.

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Obviously, you have to find the way to link these questions to your conversation in a natural way. Linking English can help you with professional conversation training.