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How to Write Formal e-Mails in English

How to write formal e-mails in English

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I’ve been working in a number of jobs where there’s constant e-mailing going on – not to mention the fact that I’ve been running this website and providing customer support via e-mail since 2007 ❗

So, as you can imagine, I know a thing or two about writing e-mails and how to make your e-mails effective, concise and to-the-point.

And considering that I’ve been receiving quite a few requests to provide a comprehensive guide on how to write e-mails in English, I decided to publish this article where I’ve compiled the most popular means of expression used in formal e-mails.

Now, traditionally people would divide e-mails into two types:

  • Formal e-mails which is official communication at work, with various institutions and people you don’t know.
  • Informal e-mails which is when you e-mail your friends, family and people you know very well.

In reality though, it’s sometimes quite hard to draw a distinct line between the two for the simple reason that you can have a situation, for example, when you’re very familiar with your superiors at work.

In theory, it would be considered formal communication.

In reality, there’s nothing wrong with you using less formal means of expression in that communication – and believe me, it’s common practice in companies and organizations all over the world!

Anyway, for the sake of simplicity, we will look at formal and informal e-mail writing separately, so in today’s article let’s see what English phraseology and expressions is used when writing formal e-mails.

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Job Seeking for Foreigners

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Also check out: Customer Support & Service Industry English Phrases

Are you a foreign English speaker and you’re fed up with your current situation at work and you’d really love to change jobs?

Are you already preparing for a job interview and you’re anxious to make the best impression possible?

Or maybe you’re in the process of creating a CV so that you can start applying for relevant positions?

Whichever is the case, you may want to make sure you’re using relevant job-seeking related phrases and expressions! If you do so, you’ll definitely increase your chances of getting picked for the position because you’ll sound just like your native English speaking counterparts.

So without further ado, let’s get down to business and see exactly what smart English phrases you should use in your CV and during your job interviews!

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English Words I Used to Mispronounce

English words I used to mispronounce

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At this stage I’ve lived in an English speaking country for more than 12 years, and I can call myself an English speaker for more than that because I was speaking the language long before I came to Ireland all those years ago.

Anyway, having been an English speaker for so long doesn’t mean my language is free from errors.

Every now and then I realize I’ve been making some sort of a mistake.

It might be a specific English word that I’ve been using wrong.

A couple of weeks ago, for example, I found out that the English word “deal-breaker” has a negative connotation rather than a positive one!

I thought that if something is a “deal-breaker”, it’s the most appealing feature among all others, but it turns out it’s quite the opposite – a “deal-breaker” is the biggest risk factor!

It could also be an English idiomatic expression I’ve been using the wrong way.

Only this week I found out that the idiom “rule of thumb” doesn’t actually mean a very strict rule – which is what I’d thought – it actually means a general rule that can be widely applied.

On some occasions though, it turns out I’ve been MISPRONOUNCING a specific word for years without realizing it, and that’s what today’s article is all about!

Before we begin, just let me tell you one thing – making these kinds of mistakes is completely normal!

Nobody is perfect, and I know for a fact I’ll keep correcting my English till the day I die – but I’m not feeling like my English sucks because of it.

I just do it as a normal part of my English improving process, and I warmly suggest you approach your own errors the same way!

And now, without further ado, let’s look at the English words I’d been mispronouncing without realizing it!

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Best Essay Writing Resources for Non-native English speakers

The process of learning a new language is always challenging. Some ESL students have a natural talent to grasp the grammar and vocabulary aspects of English language, but most of them have serious problems to fit into the new environment.

Although educators are getting better in motivating students to have a more enthusiastic approach towards learning, they still face serious challenges to infuse educational technology into the curriculum for the appropriate level. But you don’t have to wait for your teachers’ recommendations to start relying on apps, websites and tools that will help you become fluent in English essay writing in no time! The following list of tools is the right place to start.

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Video Transcript Below:

Hi guys, boys and girls and all fellow foreign English speakers who happen to be watching this video. Or alternatively if you’re listening to the podcast, welcome to English Harmony podcast. Today’s video or podcast, depending on which source you’re using, whether it’s my blog or YouTube channel or iTunes podcast, right? In today’s podcast or video we’re going to look at the following English idiomatic expression “doesn’t cut it”, right? And if you’re serious about your English fluency, you may want to stick with me for a few more minutes where you’ll learn everything about this particular phrase.

Hi guys and welcome back. So let me tell you one thing, right? If you are simply following my blog and watching my videos and listening to the podcasts but you are not actually actively involved in spoken English practice, it just won’t cut it. It’s simple as that. It just won’t cut it. It’s not going to improve your ability to speak. You’re going to improve your passive vocabulary, meaning you’ll be able to recognize a whole lot more but you’re not going to be able to use it all in your speech. And listening alone and reading alone, basically passive immersion alone just won’t cut it.

And this was a typical example of how to use this particular phrase “doesn’t cut it.” It simply means, it’s not enough. Whatever you were mentioning previously in your conversation is not going to be enough to achieve the desired results. And to put it simpler, it just won’t cut it.

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20 Common English Mistakes Made by Indian People

Depending on whether you are a native speaker or not, the English language can either be hard or simple to learn. Most non-native speakers consider it hard to learn especially in situation where they get introduced to the same at a very late stage in life. In as much as the native English speakers are assumed to have an easier time with the English language, not everyone can claim to have mastery on the same. As a matter of fact, most of them speak the language without a proper consideration on the grammar and words work.

Depending on what are your preferences, you can choose to either learn the British or the American English versions which are the most popular. Other versions include: the Canadian version, the Australian and the New Zealand version to name but a few. All these versions are slightly different from one another in terms of their grammar rules and in some case the spelling of words. To a typical non-native, all these can be overwhelming and confusing at the same time. This makes it hard for anyone who is willing to learn the language. In fact, some people attribute their countless mistakes to having such disparities in the versions.

In this piece, we’ll pay much of our attention to the Indian people as we try to explore some of the common mistakes they make in relation to the English language.

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Slow your English down

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I can’t stress enough how important it is NOT to try and speak very fast!

I’ve been doing it myself for a long, long time – mostly to impress others and HERE you can read why trying to impress others is a really stupid idea.

You know yourself how it goes – you’re speaking with someone and you want the other person to feel how good your English is.

It’s as if you are COMPELLED to speak as fast as native English speakers, which is also a very stupid idea on two accounts:

I wouldn’t be wrong in saying that speaking too fast is one of the BIGGEST mistakes all foreign English speakers are making all over the world ❗

  • It’s the reason #1 why non-native speakers get stuck for words in English.
  • It’s the reason #1 why we mispronounce words when speaking in English.
  • And it’s the reason #1 why we think we suck at speaking in English.

The solution to this issue is quite obvious, as a matter of fact – it’s staring right in your face: SLOW YOUR SPEECH DOWN!

In real life, however, it’s easier said than done.

Unless someone tells you: “Hey, just slow down a bit and you’ll be able to speak so much more fluently!”, for some strange reason you’re unable to figure it out for yourself.

And even when you know you should be speaking slower, you still catch yourself trying to speak faster than your natural ability allows you.

It’s like a vicious circle that you find very, very hard to get out of.

So, keep reading this article and you’ll learn:

  • Why you’re trying to speak in English very fast;
  • Why fast speech is very detrimental to your fluency;
  • What you can do to overcome this problem!

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Hi guys and welcome back to English Harmony video blog!

In today’s video I’m going to provide you with a very vivid example of why learning word groups and phrases as opposed to learning individual words is very important.

As a matter of fact, it’s of the utmost importance if you’re really serious about your English fluency. And fluency in any other language for that matter – in case you’re learning some other language on top of English.

So what happened to me last week was the following. My daughter, she’s participating in a German student exchange program, so basically my daughter is learning the German language and she went to Germany a few months ago and now the German partner who happens to be learning the English language came over to us, right? And she lived with us for a week.

And so what happened is that I have studied some German in the past. To be more specific – it was seven years and it’s a long time. In theory I should be able to speak fluent German but as you may know the traditional way of learning languages doesn’t necessarily facilitate your ability to speak. And needless to say, after all these years I’ve also lost all the ability to understand and write and read in German. So basically there’s just a few words that I recognize nowadays.

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Robby KukursMY NAME IS ROBBY, and I’m the author of the English Harmony System – Read About My 5 Year Long Journey to English Fluency HERE!

Hi my foreign English speaking friends! Here I’ve created a list of the most important English small talk phrases so that you never have situations when you get stuck when bumping into someone on the street or greeting your colleagues in the morning!

Here you’ll also find a good number of English phrases you can use to respond to typical greetings. And even more – some of the phrases below will help you add more substance to what you’re saying to your chat partner and also help you take time and think over the question.

At the end of the list you’ll find typical good-bye phrases and you’ll definitely find them handy when finishing off a conversation or even if you want to get rid of the person you’re chatting with! :-)

There’s also industry small talk phrases – and they’re definitely going to come in handy in work-related situations. Whenever you want to ask your work colleague to cover you for a couple of hours and tell them you’re going to keep a low profile because you went out the night before – all this is covered in the industry small talk section!

So, click on the links below and they’ll take you to the respective section of English small talk phrases! 😉

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38 Typical English Sentence Endings

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A while back, I published an article containing 25 English sentence starters – they’re great to get your speech going and some of them can be used in pretty much any life situation.

Then, a short time later, I received a request from a blog reader of mine to provide him with typical English phrases used at the end of a sentence, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do in this article!

This is going to be a compilation of 38 typical English sentence endings, and I’m going to group them into several categories so that it’s easier for you to learn them.

And remember – you HAVE TO incorporate these sentence endings in your spoken English practice sessions to be able to use them in real life.

If you’re not going to USE them, you’ll lose them – simple as that!

And now, without further ado, let’s start looking at these English sentence endings.

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