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Rubrika: Language work

4. 6. 2005 | 19:38 

Technical English Vocabulary

Sometimes people sound like they’re talking a foreign language until you realise they’re just using technical language. Some professions require a large set of specialised or technical language to communicate efficiently, and English is no exception. You already know whether or not you need to know any specialised language though – ask your English teacher or check the internet for translations. It might be important for all of us to know some technical terms, however. For example, all of the following are terms used in health and safety documents. This quiz could save your life! 

4. 6. 2005 | 19:34 

Going on a trip?

I have some advice for you. Well not really, but isn’t that what everyone else is telling you? People always want to suggest you what you should do to avoid general difficulties or future problems. Other times we ourselves may regret a particular incident that we should have avoided on a past trip. And for some of us who always make mistakes for long stretches of time, there is always someone to criticize us about what we shouldn’t have been doing back then. Here’s a short quiz to see if you should have listened to your travel guide - and your teachers - a little more closely. 

4. 6. 2005 | 19:22 

Tenses in practice

Boss: Are you coming to the meeting Friday afternoon? You: I think I’ll be at a client. Let me check. Sorry, on Friday I go see my client as usual. Are we really having a meeting on Friday? Who is chairing the meeting? We’ll probably discuss the same, boring topics as always. I think I’ll pretend to be sick! Sometimes, when expressing future meaning, we use both the present continuous tense and the future simple tense. The present continuous tense is used to say what you have already arranged to do. The future simple tense is used when you decide to do something at the time of speaking, and often times accompanied with ‘I think’, ‘I don’t think’. And just to make things interesting, if the future action is a habitual one, then we use the present simple. 

4. 6. 2005 | 19:11 

English Idioms II

In English, as in most languages, we use a variety of phrases that are sometimes very confusing because they can’t be taken literally. These little phrases are called idioms. So try your luck at this quiz and see how many you know, or can at least guess at! After you are done, look at them again and check if you have any similar phrases in your language. You may be surprised to see how many there are! 

4. 6. 2005 | 19:08 

English Idioms I

In English, as in most languages, we use a variety of phrases that are sometimes very confusing because they can’t be taken literally. These little phrases are called idioms. So try your luck at this quiz and see how many you know, or can at least guess at! After you are done, look at them again and check if you have any similar phrases in your language. You may be surprised to see how many there are! 

3. 6. 2005 | 16:29 

Guess idioms!

The sense of humour that often goes with idioms is useful to defuse potentially sensitive situations, for example in giving personal assessments of staff. See if you can guess the meanings of these descriptions of people. You can use them in your next round of assessments! 

3. 6. 2005 | 16:29 

Walk a tightrope quiz

The way you motivate your staff is key to your management style. Modal verbs are critical in making requests with the appropriate level of politeness as well as giving each instruction the right level of importance. Being rude or pushy can cause conflict, but being too polite may be perceived as weak. Try this quiz to see how well you can walk the modal verbs tightrope. 

3. 6. 2005 | 14:53 

To use TO or not use TO

Trying to remember which verbs use "to" may have you thinking "It´s all Greek to me," but "As good luck will have it," this quiz will also help you review the infinitive verb forms, mixed in with a bit of tense review. So, go ahead and test your skills for "Nothing will come of nothing" if you don´t try! And when you are finished, you can quote a little Shakepeare as well, by saying, "What´s done is done."  

10. 5. 2005 | 13:18 

Telephone lingo on the street

I remember seeing a documentary on the 100th anniversary of the telephone. The programme described how this one invention changed not only communication, but our whole society. Communities were safer as police and firemen became rapid and more responsive to emergencies. Even the story line in films and books became more complicated with the "mysterious phone call" at midnight. For instance, thousands of women often found their first job outside the home as switchboard operators.  

15. 2. 2005 | 10:40 

Call your client

Have you ever forgotten to call your client when he or she asked you to call? Have you ever forgotten calling your client after making the call? Did... 

14. 2. 2005 | 20:12 

New gadgets

Try our little quiz to see how much you are "in the know" about office technology, new and old.  

14. 2. 2005 | 19:08 

Vocabulary

The following sentences address higher English language competency levels and focus on the language from banking and finance. Start the Exercise... 

14. 2. 2005 | 19:03 

In the News

The language in the news frequently reports recent market developments as well as prospects of economically significant companies. Here are some... 

14. 2. 2005 | 17:32 

Passive Voice

The use of the passive voice in English is less frequent than the use of the active voice, but it is much more common in English than in Czech. The... 

14. 2. 2005 | 14:12 

The Tenses

There are many more tenses in English than there are in Czech and in the future we plan to focus on each tense individually. Here, we have prepared... 

14. 2. 2005 | 13:55 

Leisure and Travelling

You can travel abroad or socialize after work either for business or for pleasure. 

11. 2. 2005 | 16:44 

Technical English

In our exercise this week, we look at how to write a polite e-mail telling someone about a missing attachment. 

11. 2. 2005 | 10:49 

Idioms

A great amount of any language is highly idiomatic, and we have to learn whole fixed phrases rather than individual expressions in order to sound... 

29. 9. 2004 | 19:12 

Present simple or present continuous

When you have to describe your business activities, you may have to differentiate between general activities (things you regularly do), and... 

29. 9. 2004 | 18:58 

Business idioms

Complete the following body idioms with one of the body parts in the drop-down boxes. Start the Test! >> 
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