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English Skill: Ending a Presentation

Keeping with the theme of presentations, imagine you have just given an amazing presentation, your use of English (so far) has been great, but now it’s time to bring the presentation to a close. This part of a presentation can often be difficult as you don’t want your audience to feel cut short or unsure as to if you have actually concluded your presentation or not. Your audience will often remember the last things you say in your presentation, so making sure that you don’t just kind of fizzle out at the end is important.

Take a look at the image below. You will find some common phrases to end a presentation in a convincing and professional manner. 

Common phrases to bring your presentation to an end.

Common phrases to bring your presentation to an end.

Have you got a presentation in English coming up soon? What do you find most difficult during a presentation?



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English Skill: Describing Visuals During a Presentation 

 Do you ever have to give presentations in English as part of your job or in front of friends and family? As part of my teaching career I have given many presentations in English and I know how nerve-racking it can sometimes be – and English is my native tongue!

Visual aids that you often encounter in (Powerpoint) presentations, such as pie charts, graphs, bar graphs, bullet points, boxes, etc. can often be challenging for non-native English speakers to refer to and you may be tempted to just talk about them without properly referencing them or using the correct language, or worse still – just ignore them! In order for your audience to easily follow your presentation and to allow you yourself to come across more professionally, here are some common English phrases that can be used to help describe various visual aids during a presentation.

Describing visual aids

Describing visual aids

  • Do you give presentations in English? What to you find most challenging?


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English Skill: Keeping a Conversation Flowing

Have you ever been in the difficult situation of having (or trying to have) a conversation with someone who, for whatever reason, just does not want to contribute to the conversation? Perhaps he/she is a little bit shy or maybe they are not confident enough in their use of English, but either way it doesn’t make things any easier and those quiet times when the conversation dries up can be awkward! Well, next time you find yourself in a similar situation, why not try to help things out by incorporating a few useful English phrases? The phrases below are common English phrases that native English speakers often use to help keep a conversation flowing. The phrases don’t need to be used just in awkward situations and are equally suitable to help along a nice discussion with someone such as a friend.

Common phrases to help keep a conversation flowing.

Common phrases to help keep a conversation flowing.

  • Have you ever been involved in a conversation that included some uneasy silences? What did you do?
  • What other phrases might you use to keep a conversation flowing with someone? Let me know your thoughts by posting a comment!


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English Skill: Ending a Discussion

It’s great to be able to have a conversation with someone in English, but sometimes it can be difficult to find a way to end it. You just keep on chatting away, unsure of what you could say to finally end the conversation and not offend the person you are speaking with.

Take a look at the situation below. You have probably experienced it (or something like it) before. The picture that follows it provides you with some common phrases that native English speakers often use to end a conversation.  Maybe next time you find yourself in a similar situation, you could try using some of them!

Situation: You are walking down the street in your city/town and you see an old friend who you have not seen for a while. You approach him/her, engage in conversation and chat about family, work, friends, etc. After a chatting for a little while, you really need to get on with your day, but how do you end the conversation? Take a look at the picture below to find some common expressions to end a discussion (politely) with someone.

Common phrases to end a discussion.

Common phrases to end a discussion.

Are there any other phrases to end a discussion that you can think of? Do you sometimes find it difficult ending a discussion?


Exercise: Men Dating Tips

This article on dating tips has been written by an author other than me. I have been given permission to publish this article – enjoy!

Exercise: The paragraph in green has been jumbled up. Can you put it back together in the correct order?

Men Dating Tips

On a date.

On a date.

I’m going to try to give you some men dating tips that I believe can really help you in your love life. Some of these tips may seem a little off the wall, and not the kind of tips you normally get.

I’m not going to tell you things like “play to his ego” or “laugh at all his jokes” or things like that. Personally, I think that type of thing is very poor advice.

Instead I will provide you with tips that will help you meet a great guy and, hopefully, have a great relationship. But, it will be a relationship of equals, not of a woman catering to a man and losing herself in the process.

It will be about finding a relationship between equals and a relationship of mutual love and respect.

So, if that sounds good to you, here we go:


Number the following lines in the correct order:

(    ) guy who has to dominate or undermine you to feel good about himself, do you? If you are desperate that is
(    ) First of all,
(    ) exactly the type of man you will attract.
(    ) be ok with being on your own. Sounds weird, I know, but if you are desperate for a guy you will attract the wrong
(    ) kinds of guys. You don’t want an insecure


Instead, be a successful, confidant woman who has lots of interests and lots of friends. A woman who would love a great man to share her life with but doesn’t have to have one just to feel good about herself.

Build your life first and a good man will usually appear!


  1. While we all want to be appreciated, many men will be uncomfortable if you come on too strong and try too hard to please. Oddly enough, the type of guy you would probably really want to be with: someone who is self assured and kind, probably isn’t the kind of guy who will respond well to phoniness.

A confidant man will want a woman who truly appreciates  him, but that doesn’t mean some brainless robot who seems like she is faking her appreciation of his humor or actions.

A real man likes a real woman. Someone who is confidant, strong, kind, loving and who has a mind of her own. A strong man won’t appreciate a weak, needy woman who doesn’t seem to have a mind of her own.

Be yourself, don’t change to be who you think he wants you to be. If he doesn’t appreciate who you are, then he isn’t the right guy for you.


  1. Be willing to try new things, but don’t be fake. If your guy likes to watch sports, give it a try. Once you know a little bit about a certain sport, you might actually find that you enjoy it. But, even after a fair try if you find that you don’t actually like it, tell him.

The two of you can compromise; he can either watch the (football) game on his own while you go do your thing, or you will watch the game with him (and be a good sport about it) but that means he’ll have to watch something that you like that he may not really be in to (and he has to be a good sport about  it).

Really, any successful relationship comes from two mature, self confidant people who are willing to compromise and who know how to explain their feelings in a constructive way. There are no secrets or gimmicks, it’s just about knowing who you are and how to get along with others without losing yourself. These are the best men dating tips I can give you.

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English Grammar

Hi there folks!

There are a series of English grammar PDFs on the Internet that are freely available to everyone, but they can be quite difficult to locate. Over the next three blogs I will be uploading them ten at a time.

I hope you find them useful.

Happy Holidays!


Asking for Travel Information (i)

Asking for Travel Information

Can you match the situations to the expressions?

  1. Ask how often the buses are to the city centre.
  2. You want to know the latest time you can return. What do you ask?
  3. Ask the driver for a ticket to the city centre and if it is cheaper to buy a return ticket.
  4. You want to go to the hospital and see a bus at the bus stop. What do you ask the bus driver?
  5. You’d like the driver to tell you when it’s your stop. What do you ask?
  6. As you’re driving, you see some friends walking home. How do you offer to take them?
  7. If someone gives you a lift, how do you tell them when you want to get out?
  8. You’ve arranged to drive a friend to the football match and will be at his house at 7 o’clock. What do you say?
  9. You are driving to Norwich and you think you may have gone the wrong way. What do you ask someone?
  10. You have a map are not sure where you are. What do you ask someone?

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Asking for Travel Information

Can you match the correct expressions to the situations below them? Good luck! 

  1.  What do you say when you telephone a hotel to reserve a room?
  2.  You’d like to stay for two evenings by yourself.  What do you ask?
  3. You’d like a room for you and your husband or wife with a bathroom.  What do you say?
  4. You’d like a room for you and your friend with separate beds and a shower.  What do you ask?
  5. You’d like to see the sea from your room.  What do you ask?
  6. Ask if you have to pay extra for breakfast.
  7. Ask how much it costs to have evening meals in the hotel.
  8. Ask how much it costs to have all your meals in the hotel.
  9. What do you say when you arrive at the hotel?
  10. You find the traffic outside your room very noisy. What do you say at reception?











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Having a good grasp of the English language is essential in today's workplace.

Having a good grasp of the English language is essential in today’s workplace.

A good TOEIC score is often one of the first things an employer will look for before considering someone for a position in their company and attaining a good TOEIC score in the company you are already in can often lead to a higher annual salary and promotion. I have prepared numerous professionals for the TOEIC in different countries around the world and I was pleased to recently hear that one major Spanish company rewards employees who have a TOEIC score of 750 or higher.  This reward is quite substantial and you should know that many other (European) companies do the same. Contact your HR department!

Preparation for the TOEIC English proficiency test  often involves listening to English conversation, taking TOEIC practice tests, TOEIC reading and, of course, learning common TOEIC vocabulary. Learning vocabulary commonly used in the TOEIC can be one of the most beneficial ways to help you achieve a good score in the TOEIC.

The TOEIC test is taken by millions of people every year to further their career and get a recognised English language qualification.

The TOEIC test is taken by millions of people every year to further their career and get a recognised English language qualification.


How does free TOEIC preparation sound to you? Well, that’s exactly what I can offer you! Not only is this preparation free and a great way to improve English, it’s a great way to learn English conversation, take your English to the next level and, of course, get a great TOEIC score!

The TOEIC preparation materials I will send to you FOR FREE every month are high quality multimedia TOEIC PDFs which cover vocabulary you can expect to encounter in the TOEIC as well as vocabulary and expressions related to specific industry sectors focused on in the TOEIC.

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Buying / Selling & Note Taking

When you are selling your products over the telephone or dealing with sales calls, you usually need to write down any information given to you.

In the following exercise match the correct situations (1-9) with the expressions (A-I) used in the pictures.


1. A customer phones you with an order which you’d like in a letter too. What do           you ask?

2. What do you say when you’re ready to take the information?

3. You’d like some details by fax. What do you ask?

4. When you’ve finished, you want to check that it’s correct. What do you say?

5. The caller gives you his/her address but you don’t know how to write it. What do      you ask?

6. You’ve been given some information and want to write down the details now.           What do you ask?

7. A company has asked you to send a document. Ask who it should go to.

8. Someone wants to dictate something to you but you haven’t got anything to             write with. What do you say?

9. You’ve asked for information about English courses and would like to know             more in writing. What do you ask the secretary