September 24, 2014
Emma Watson, feminism, full speech at the UN, He For She, HeForShe, UN, United Nations
Emma Watson’s wonderful speech at the United Nations has unfolded a mass of confusing but revelationary thoughts and feelings that I have yet to understand fully. That women should have equal rights and aspirations to men has always seemed obvious to me. I had never believed before that we men may also be trapped by the expectations that society has for us. I was brought up with the ‘men don’t cry’ belief. I was brought up with the ‘men must be strong’ belief. I was brought up with the ‘men must fix it’ belief. This last is the crux. The man comes home – his wife and kids share their worries, fears and problems, and the man thinks – I have to fix these. It is a huge burden that he often feels that he has to carry alone. Now I am beginning to share this feeling, and it’s not easy.
This is all that I am going to say today, because I feel that I have a revolution going on inside of me and I have Emma to thank for that. The world will be a such better place when all men and women (i.e. people) can be what they want, and not what they are expected to be.
Click HERE to go to the official He For She site.
September 18, 2014
Business life, Vocabulary
invoice or bill, invoice versus bill
This is actually a really easy one, as bills and invoices are the same thing. The difference only lies in usage. My Internet service provider sends me a ‘monthly telephony invoice’ (that’s what they call it). However, I would naturally call it a ‘phone bill’. If companies really want to sound friendly and on the same level as their customers, they should use their customers’ language. I mentioned in an earlier post that my bank has this kind of philosophy and, instead of having ‘debit’ and ‘credit’ columns in their statements, they have ‘money out’ and ‘money in’ columns. So, if you want to get close to your customers, speak their language!
September 10, 2014
ENGLISH LANGUAGE, Spelling, Vocabulary
English as a foreign language, English as a second language, global English, Panglish
“English as it is spoken today will have disappeared in 100 years and could be replaced by a global language called Panglish, researchers claim.
“New words will form and meanings will change with the most dramatic changes being made by people learning English as a second language, says Dr Edwin Duncan, a historian of English at Towson University in Maryland, in the US.”
Read the full article from the Daily Telegraph
September 8, 2014
Conversation, ENGLISH LANGUAGE, Grammar, Homonyms, Language Learning, Punctuation, Spelling, Vocabulary
free books, free ebooks, how to create and deliver a great presentation, how to write great emails, how to write great instructions
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Some time last night Malcolm’s English Pages received the hits that tipped the counter over 25,000. Here’s a big free-gift “thank you” to all my readers who have made it all seem so worthwhile.
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“How to Create and Deliver a Great Presentation”
“How to Write Great Emails”
“How to Write Great Instructions”
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August 19, 2014
ENGLISH LANGUAGE, Finland, Grammar, Proofreading services, Punctuation, Spelling, Vocabulary, Websites
copy-editing, English language, proofreading, text checking
Well, the summer break in Finland is pretty much over and autumn is just around the corner. The kids have gone back to school and everybody has had the chance to catch up with their emails. Now is the time to get your English language web pages and other assorted documentation checked for perfect spelling, grammar and style. It’s so important to look good out there in the international market.
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August 14, 2014
Business life, ENGLISH LANGUAGE, Presentations
how to create a presentation, how to create and deliver a great presentation, how to give a presentation, how to grab your audience, presentations
“Right guys! I have this idea. We need to go to the moon.”
You can bet that this idea needed some selling. The benefit was getting there before the Russians and staying on top. So what was the problem?
This is the critically important point that needs to be emphasised as part of your introduction.
How does your product, idea or proposal benefit the listeners?
Everybody who stands up in front of an audience to speak is really selling something – be it a product, an idea, a process – even just information. When I give a presentation about, for example, using emails more effectively, to an auditorium full of busy business people, many of whom perhaps were invited to attend (rather than signing up by choice), I’d better not waste their time.
Right up front I need to clarify what the problem is and how this problem is making their lives more difficult. I need to get them to relate to the problem and to realise that they are, in fact, suffering because of it. I then need to swiftly point out that I have a solution, and this solution is going to improve their lives. This involves me actually believing in what I am saying. It involves me actually getting excited about what I am saying. It is going to involve using strong positive adjectives and superlatives. I have to grab my audience’s attention by telling them what a huge benefit my ideas will be to them. Otherwise, they have no good reason to listen, or care.
This is a short extract from my ebook “How to Create and Deliver a Great Presentation“.