B.E.L.L. Tips – Interior Design

B.E.L.L. Tips – Interior Design

Issue #55

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Tips and Tricks for Business English Language Learners (B.E.L.L.)

Interior Design

Each week, I will send out some handy tips and useful exercises for adults learning to navigate and use the English language. Please feel free to share this newsletter with friends and colleagues. Use the link below for more in-depth language coaching and schedule a 1:1 consultation.

Interior design is a secret fascination of mine. I regularly watch television programs dedicated to flipping, renovating, and designing homes. These shows are very popular in the United States because they give you ideas for renovating and decorating your own home.

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Watch this short video about prepositions and then complete the exercise below:

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Complete the sentences below, using IN, ON, or AT in the blank space:

  1. _____ what time does the meeting start tomorrow?
  2. I last saw him _____ his birthday.
  3. Don’t go out _____ noon. The sun is too strong.
  4. You should start feeling better _____ a day or two.
  5. We’re going _____ holiday next month.
  6. I should be finished with my report _____ about half an hour.
  7. I am working ___ a new project _______ the moment.
  8. He had been unemployed for some time but, _____ the end, he found a good job.

Reading and Listening Practice

If you enjoy interior design like I do, watch videos with the CC to watch the programs while practicing your English reading and listening skills. Here is one to get you started:

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Weekly Challenge

Let’s revisit concise writing for emails. People learning English often think that if you use more words you will sound as if you know more. This is simply not true. It just showcases your lack of language skills. Americans like to get right to the point when it comes to business. Yes, it is still important to be polite but to have clear communication, you want to take out any extra words that are not needed.

Use the sentences below and rewrite them using more concise (clear meaning through fewer words).

1. Basically, what the training program is going to do is prepare each and every one of the participants for their certification test that they will take soon so they are prepared for it.

2. Could you recommend to us someone in the area who we could contract to do the work?

3. There is a possibility that I might get together with some of the people I went to college with when I was younger.

4. She is professional, and she is polite, and she gets the job done right away and she always comes to work on time.

5. The problem was addressed at our meeting that we have every week.

6. Please talk to John and tell him about the benefits of the deal and that he should accept it.

7. The primary role of our recruiters is to search for and locate professionals with good qualifications who live in our area and then talk to them about our great company.

8. It’s a really excellent opportunity and one that you should definitely take advantage of or you might regret it later.

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