B.E.L.L. Tips – Yoga

B.E.L.L. Tips – Yoga

Issue #58

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


Each week, I will send out some handy tips and useful exercises for adults learning to navigate and use English. 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.

Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines that originated in ancient India and aim to control and still the mind. Personally, I am too busy sweating to feel calm when I do Yoga, but many people enjoy it, and there are a lot of variations, such as Goat Yoga and Hot Yoga.

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It is easy to mix up “make” and “do” in English. Here are the general rules:

1: We use ‘make’ when we create or construct something. For example:

  • She made a cake.
  • I’ve made us some coffee.
  • Did you really make those trousers?

2: We use ‘do’ for general activities. In this case, ‘do’ is often used with ‘something,’ ‘nothing,’ ‘anything,’ or ‘everything’:

  • What did you do at the weekend?
  • I didn’t do anything yesterday.
  • She’s fed up with doing everything herself. She needs some help.
  • Are you doing anything interesting during the holidays?

Of course, there are always exceptions to the general rules. For example: ‘What do you do?’ means ‘what’s your job?’

Let’s Practice!

Fill in the blank for each sentence below with either do or make:

1) If you’ll _____ the dishes, I’ll sweep the floor.

2) Thanks for _____ such a lovely dinner. It was delightful.

3) Could you call the manager, please? I’d like to _____ a complaint.

4) It’s freezing! Let’s _____ a fire in the fireplace.

5) He’s volunteering at a homeless shelter because he wants to _____ good.

6) She needs to _____ a choice. Either move to Madrid or stay in London. She can’t keep changing every week!

7) Let’s ______ a date to meet and talk about your business idea. How about next Friday?.

8) John _____ a decision to take the bus, but it was so delayed that he wished he’d taken the train.

9) Could you possibly _____ me a favor and bring a dessert to my dinner party tomorrow?

10) When she was 40, she sold her business and _____ a fortune. She now spends most of her time at the beach.

Grammar Bonus

Mnemonic devices are tools we can use to help us memorize and remember things. They might be a poem, song, rhyme, list, or acronym.

The world of business can be cut-throat, so here are a few Mnemonic devices to help you get ahead and have an advantage over your competitors:

Business Presentations – Remember your ABC’s:

Accurate, Brief and Clear

And the five P’s:

Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

Always remember to take PRIDE in your work:

Personal Responsibility In Daily Efforts

You can never go wrong with a KISS:

Keep It Simple Stupid

And when preparing for a job interview, remember that YOU are a STAR:

Situation – Describe situations you have managed successfully

TAsk – Give details of how you managed it

Result – Positive results of your management

Listening Practice

Listen to Nicole as she walks you through a morning yoga stretch to start your day.

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Weekly Challenge

Word Order

In English, the basic word order in a sentence looks like this:

Subject + Verb + Object

She + is + smart

Subject = The person, place or thing performing the action

Verb = The action word

Object = The noun to which the action is being done.

In the example above, the verb “is” – is called a “to be” verb because the action is simply existence or “being”

Let’s practice! Unscramble the words to write each sentence using the correct word order below:

  1. is / near / school / There / new / a / our / cinema .
  2. got / my / problem / I / with / have / homework / a .
  3. when / can / help / she / thinks / problem / we / Mary / has / her / a .
  4. well / think / your / very / I / don’t / father / drives .
  5. to / we / On / a / restaurant / sometimes / Sundays / go .
  6. circus / went / with / we / ago, / the / Two / my / to / parents / months .
  7. did / very / The / trick / well / magician / his .
  8. after / Jim / sister / Mother / look / asked / his / to / younger .
  9. her / Cindy / you / I / found / Can / tell / that / have / necklace .
  10. way / on / bike / Mike / on / is / his / to / his / school .

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