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  • 2018-03-12 13:49 Courses

    Test your HR English


    Do you command English well enough to operate efficiently in an international environment? We’ve put together a list of 10 basic HR words that you should know if your business language is English or if you need to deal with international staff.

    10 Essential HR Words


    1.    Arbetstillstånd
    2.    Avdragsgillt
    3.    Firmatecknare
    4.    Friskvård
    5.    Förmåner
    6.    Handläggare
    7.    Högsta chef
    8.    Jämna födelsedagar
    9.    Klämdagar
    10.   Ledighet

    Unsure of the answers?

    Register for “Boost your HR English” which we run in partnership with Sveriges HR förening http://sverigeshrforening.se/Utbildningar/

    If you would like to see the complete list of answers, please send your email address to info@londonschool.se marked #HREnglish and we will be pleased to forward this to you.

    Confident of all the answers?

    Very good! Look out for more essential HR vocabulary in upcoming posts. You can also follow us on LinkedIn or Facebook for useful tips to improve your business English.

    The London School of English offers high quality English language training for motivated adults from all professional backgrounds. We give you the tools and skills you need to communicate successfully in your field of expertise and to expand your business and career opportunities. Call us on +46 8 5999 4000 or email us at info@londonschool.se for more information about our tailored tuition or simply take our online test to check your English level.
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  • 2018-03-04 11:57 Business English, Language, How to series

    Nice ways to say you're wrong in English


    Making mistakes is a normal part of life but how this is communicated can build or break relationships. Learning how to diplomatically point out that someone is wrong, or has made a mistake, is challenging, to say the least. We've put together some useful tips including synonyms for mistakes and smart tactics for softening the blow.

    Nice words for mistakes and problems

    • oversight

    • slip up

    • hiccup

    • confusion

    • bump

    • hurdle

    • challenge


    Always use modifiers to make things seem less or smaller

    • slight

    • little

    • a bit of

    • minor

    • a few


    Examples

    • This may create a slight hurdle for us

    • There's been a little confusion about x

    • It seems there was a bit of an oversight regarding x

    • It looks like we may have hit a bump with x

    • There are a few sections of the report that need to be changed

    • A minor slip up has surfaced

    • There have been a few hiccups along the way


    Avoid saying "you" to the person who made the mistake

    • There's been an oversight

    • There may have been some confusion

    • It seems like we've hit a bump


    Make positive suggestions instead of directly pointing out the mistake


    • Let's recheck the statement together

    • Let's look at it again later as it needs a little revision

    • We'll need to make a few minor adjustments/amendments


    The London School of English offers high quality English language training for motivated adults from all professional backgrounds. We give you the tools and skills you need to communicate successfully in your field of expertise and to expand your business and career opportunities. Call us on +46 8 5999 4000 or email us at info@londonschool.se for more information about our tailored tuition or simply take our online test to check your English level.
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  • 2018-01-31 10:08 Language

    8 cake idioms that will help you sound like a native


    Learning some English idioms is strongly recommended as this really helps to give the impression of fluency and superior language skills. Here are some handy cake related idioms which can be used in a wide range of business and social situations. We hope you find them helpful.

    1. A piece of cake

    Meaning: To be easy.
    Example: No problem, it should be a piece of cake.

    2. A share/slice of the cake
    Meaning: A portion of the money or profits that are being shared by everyone involved in generating them.
    Example: Winning the account was a team effort and all the team members should get a slice of the cake.

    3. Cakewalk
    Meaning: To be easy or effortless to achieve.
    Example: This competition should be a cakewalk. We’re bound to win.

    4. To go/sell like hot cakes

    Meaning: Easy to sell.
    Example: Our recently launched products are selling like hot cakes.

    5. To have your/one’s cake and eat it
    Meaning: More easily understood as “You can't have your cake and eat it too” i.e. Used for expressing the impossibility of having something both ways, if those two ways conflict.
    Example: The huge challenges that Brexit negotiations have presented have been a clear lesson to supporters of the leave campaign that you can’t have your cake and eat it.

    6. Nutty as a fruitcake
    Meaning: Insane or completely mad.
    Example: I wouldn’t employ him because he’s nutty as a fruitcake.

    7. That takes the cake/biscuit!
    Meaning: An outrageous example of something bad. Alternatively: That is too much; That does it!
    Example: Stealing your own child's Halloween sweets really takes the cake!

    8. The cherry/icing on the cake
    Meaning: Something that makes a good situation even better i.e. An attractive but inessential addition or enhancement.
    Example: I was delighted to be promoted but to get a company car too was just the icing on the cake.

    Hungry for more?


    If these idioms have given you an appetite for learning more, please do not hesitate to contact us at The London School of English. Our quality English language training is a guaranteed recipe for success in achieving your goals quickly and effectively.

    The London School of English offers high quality English language training for motivated adults from all professional backgrounds. We give you the tools and skills you need to communicate successfully in your field of expertise and to expand your business and career opportunities. Call us on +46 8 5999 4000 or email us at info@londonschool.se for more information about our tailored tuition or simply take our online test to check your English level.
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