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 Much of this language never gets published in textbooks because once it goes to print, it can become outdated.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*Remember, this video is already 4 years old and so, it too has become outdated to some extent.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.

Linked In for Learning English

Linked In is by far one of the most powerful work tools available for anyone who wants to learn, share, make contacts or improve job prospects. However, many people are unaware of its full potential and either don’t use it much, only use it when they’re looking for a new job, or think they don’t need it.

Well, let me tell you something. Everyone who wants to get the best from their work needs it and it’s never too late to start.

This course is titled “The Importance of Resilience” by the authors of the best-selling book Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.

I use Linked In to make contacts, to connect with people in similar fields, with similar ways of thinking and to look for inspiration. Any professional, regardless of their job, should connect with other people and see what’s happening around the world. It really is very motivating. I have made several connections that have lead to new projects. Real working collaborations that have proved to be successful.

This depends on how active you want to be. Some prefer to be passive users and just peruse posts and articles that are shared by others. This is fine but if you want to get more out of it you need to interact. Leave comments, share posts or interesting articles you find online, etc. You don’t even have to write anything yourself (although it helps).

I am an avid user of Linked In, but this week I noticed an added feature that I hadn’t taken advantage of previously. It’s nothing new, it’s just that I’d never stopped to look into it. Linked In Learning – these are a series of courses that are available on the Linked In platform.

For a monthly subscription fee, you can choose from a wide range of courses that can help you improve your job prospects or work skills. This service is available for free on a 1 month trial and when I saw the advertisement on my profile home page, I decided to take a look.

 

The free courses are very simple. They consist of a series of videos that are accompanied by transcripts and this is the key factor for learning English.

HIghlighted text in transcripts.

The transcripts highlight the words as they are spoken in the video. This is an excellent feature for those who are looking to improve their speaking skills in English. You can watch the body language, listen to the intonation, observe the pauses and the emphasis given to specific words. It’s a very interesting way of learning and practising English while learning dialogue that can be useful in professional environments.

As well as these courses, it goes without saying that reading professional articles and watching videos in English helps to improve your professional vocabulary and enables you to understand expressions that are commonly used in your sector. Language is only a small part of the communication process, if you want to you can express yourself in many ways and the Internet is a massive international brainstorming session.

 

P.S. This post is not commissioned by Linked In. (I wish it was!)

English Links – words and expressions for authentic English

Linking English is using social media to offer its followers words and expressions that make your English more authentic. Social media is a great tool for communicating and platforms like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter have a great reach, allowing people to share information and to tailor their networks to their lifestyle.

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