Find a tandem partner:

Here’s another great looking website that’s still in beta mode but which should hopefully work nicely. Sign up and give them a try! Let me know how you get on by commenting here 🙂

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Find a tandem partner direct from your phone

There’s now even an app you can use to find a tandem partner. It works on both Android and IOS so now you really have no excuse 🙂

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Tandem in Vienna

To find a tandem partner in Vienna try:

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Business English Writing: How to do a professional layout

If you want to know how a modern professional business letter/memo/fax should look like, click on the link below. Fully Blocked Style

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Presentations: Sales Revenue 2013

Can you describe the line chart here:

Sales Revenue 2013

Here’s a worksheet and ansakey that will help with the language you’ll need:

Describing Graphs & Gradients // Describing Graphs & Gradients Ansakey

And here’s one we did earlier:

line chart

You should also be clear on the difference between rise and raise. See a previous post of mine: rise / raise: what’s the difference?





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Meetings Mind Map

Here’s a mind map with verb collocations for ‘a meeting’ (e.g. open a meeting), three typical phrases for getting out of a meeting (= avoiding having to attend) and some meetings associated vocab.

Meeting mind map

And here’s a list of vocab and phrases that you can use at different stages.

Language for meetings


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Presentations: How to open proceedings

The pdf gives you a very clear overview with specific language for

The Host: how to greet people, welcome them, thank them for coming, refer to particular groups of people, introduce yourself, introduce the presenter, introduce the topic and hand over.

The Presenter: how to do all the same as above prior to beginning the actual presentation.

Presentations topic intro

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oldest / eldest : what’s the difference?

Adapted from

Both eldest and oldest refer to the greatest in age. The crucial difference, however, lies in the fact that eldest can only be used for related persons, while oldest can be used for any person, place or thing in a group of related or unrelated elements. Examples:

  • He is the eldest/oldest of the three children.
  • Mine is the eldest/oldest car on the block.
  • John is the eldest/oldest student in my class.
  • She is the eldest (less common)/oldest of my nieces.
  • ‘Is New York the eldest/oldest city in the US?’

And while eldest can be used for any group of related persons (as in the above example with the nieces) in reality, it is mostly only used in reference to siblings.

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Trauner: Men & Women keywords ansakey

09 Men & women keywords ansakey

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Somebody anybody nobody etc

It’s essential that you get this right. Mixing up anybody-nobody sounds terrible in English and all it takes is a bit of study and a bit of thought.

The basic rule is this:

Use nobody/no-one as the subject in statements. Note that the verb is in the positive form and takes third person e.g. Nobody likes homework.

Use anybody/anyone as the subject in questions. Note that the verb is in the positive form and takes third person e.g. Q: Does anybody here play chess?

Use anybody/anyone as the object in negative statements e.g. I don’t like anybody at work.

Use somebody/someone as both the subject and the object in affirmative statements. e.g. Someone has to do it. // She must have told someone!

However, there is a bit more to it than that.

Use somebody/someone etc for offers and requests e.g. Would you like somebody to pick you up? // Shall we send someone to pick you up? // Would you like something to drink?

Note: Would you like anything to drink? and Would you like something to drink? is NOT THE SAME. The first is a question. The second is an offer.

Anybody/anyone can also be the subject of a sentence when the meaning is ‘every single person in the whole world’ e.g. Anyone can learn to speak English. Note: we do NOT typically use ‘everyone’ here, we prefer ‘anyone’. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know, it just is!

There is probably even more to it than that, but let’s leave it there for now. Feel free to post comments and suggestions that add more knowledge on the topic.

Here’s a little story that you often find stuck on someone’s wall in the office. It helps illustrate the usage of these words.

This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.

Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done

Here are some links for further reading and exercises you can do online.

BBC // Call this a party? // British Council // Autoenglish





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