Ensuring the language we use for business communication is presented in a standardized way in an organization requires guidelines. These style guides and reference books are widely available to everyone who writes to ensure a standard is followed for consistency and readability. Let’s take a look at some types of reference books that you can use to standardize and formalize your English.
Always keep a dictionary or thesaurus handy. Some may prefer a hard copy, while others may prefer online websites or mobile apps.
A few sites or apps to try:
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Eats, Shoots, and Leaves is a light read. I feel it is a great way to engage an adult learner with English grammar. There is a healthy mix of anecdotes and grammar lessons in the book. The author has a couple of other grammar books too, but this is my favorite. Nothing beats a humor-filled learning session, in my opinion.
Other specific books we recommend will help you with American English Grammar, American English Idioms, English as Second Language (ESL) teaching methods, and American English Accent & Pronunciation. See the video below for more information on these books. Click the links in this paragraph to see the books on Amazon.
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