Getting the Right Flow to Spoken English

Thought groups are groups of phrases in sentences or statements that are “naturally” grouped together while speaking. Every language has them. Thought groups bring a pace and a flow to a language. It helps to create it’s “musical quality.” In the previous post introducing this topic, we reviewed a number of audio clippings with examples […]

What is Halting and Jarring Speech in American English?

After conducting a number of Spoken English assessments with Malayalees in Kerala, the client comes to me and says,  “Jennifer, you have said I have jarring or halting speech. What is this? What does it mean?” Jarring and halting speech has many of these qualities: the speaker breaks the words up in a sentence in […]

American English Idioms and Phrases Used in the Office

Click on the image of the idiom, phrase or slang you would like to learn more about to be taken to that tutorial.  Idioms & Phrases Used in “Business Talk”  Ways to Say Thank You or Acknowledge Someone Idioms and Synonyms for “Hurry and Finish” With Example Sentences Phrases for Getting Down to Business Techie Words […]

Phrases For Group Discussions in English

“How do I complete a conversation from the beginning through to the end?”   Many in the training programs I conduct ask this with humbleness and earnestness. The answer to this question helps those to initiate, create, sustain and end conversations with the right etiquette. The phrases in the below document answers most of these […]

What is a Group Discussion (GD)

Group discussions are popular assessment tools during interviews in many companies in India. I am not aware of this practice being undertaken in the US, although there are many benefits to this approach. Candidates are placed into groups of 6-10 and given a topic to discuss. Sometimes, group members are given five minutes to plan […]

Americans Don’t Have a Culture

“We just don’t have any culture!” exclaimed my American classmates during a class on Japanese culture and tradition.   While the (white) Americans in the class, who were also born in the US agreed in unison, the American-born Japanese students in the class seemed to politely look at us in a confused and perplexed state. […]

Correct Mistakes Made with the Question Mark

In addition to understanding how to use the full stop (period), it is equally important to understand how and when to use the question mark.   When asked to correct e-mails, reports and other written forms of communication penned by IT professionals in Kerala, the second fault I find in punctuation usage is the use […]


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