It is often said that "change is the only constant". But does this
cliché really make any sense — or help us in our daily working lives?
I'm not at all sure that it does. What we need is not simply change, but smart change.
This past weekend, more than 200 business English teachers, trainers and publishers gathered at Sitges near Barcelona to exchange information
and ideas, and to discuss their profession at the latest IATEFL BESIG conference.
Oh, the delicious irony of it all. Just when right-wing British
politicians — who idiotically see the EU as Germany's latest attempt to
control Europe — are pushing hard for Britain's EU exit, a Brit takes
What exactly is business English? It is simply the English that people need to do their work effectively, whatever their job, profession or sector. And now it is time for you to put your business English skills to the test.
Let's start the week with a little quiz to test your knowledge of
current affairs. Who — and I want the first name and surname —
is Britain's chancellor? A clue: it is currently a man, as it always has been.
I have a very good job at the moment. And the one I had before that was
also very good. But the one before that had a particular charm of its own. So what is so special about being the deputy and not the number one?
Watching the first week in office of Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of
Britain's Labour Party, I was constantly reminded of a comedy film from
1979: Monty Python's Life of Brian. So maybe we should look on the bright side of life.
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