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  • **** is not an appropriate word to use to your university professor in an email.

  • Biggest English learner mistake

  • Good morning, good afternoon, or of course even good evening.

  • This is Julian from and welcome from whatever time zone you are tuning into us from right now.

  • Today I’m gonna talk about one of the biggest mistakes English learners make.

  • Bit of background, I have several friends who are lecturers, professors, teachers at university.

  • Because we are all language professionals, whenever we talk the topic almost always turns to language.

  • And one thing that I hear again and again and again is the inappropriate use of language from many of their students.

  • The biggest mistake a lot of people make is nothing to do with grammar, it's nothing to do with vocabulary.

  • People are so focused on their grammar, on their vocabulary, on pronunciation, on accent.

  • But what they don’t realize is the biggest mistakes they make has nothing to do with these things.

  • You see, good language used in an inappropriate way is not good language.

  • Really obvious example comes from one of my friends who teaches at a university in Australia.

  • One of his students sent him an email, using the wordfuck”.

  • I should not have to point out and neither should he thatfuckis not an appropriate word to use to your university professor in an email.

  • So what about other casual expressions?

  • Now this is where things start to get really difficult.

  • Because it really depends on the situation and the relationship you have with the person youre speaking to.

  • Something which might be appropriate in one situation might not be appropriate in another situation.

  • There generally is no hard and fast rules about this rather you have to become aware of the way

  • that you use language and what is appropriate and what is not.

  • incidentally, this is actually the key topic of this week’s Doing English+ lesson.

  • In this week’s lesson the boss of City Busy, one of the company’s we regularly

  • follow in the lessons has allowed his son to come visiting on work experience.

  • Hi guys, Julian here and welcome to the Doing English+ weekly lesson for May 2016, week number 2.

  • His son, however, is not exactly taking things seriously and the way that he speaks to

  • the employees at the company is not appropriate.

  • Although as far as he is concerned what he is saying is probably perfectly fine.

  • Another good thing to pay attention to this time is the very subtle way

  • the speaker expresses his dissatisfaction at the situation.

  • It’s a pretty short story this time but we are gonna go into a lot of depth about this topic.

  • And we're really gonna look at the nitty gritty ins and outs of the way that the speaker describes

  • his dissatisfaction of the situation and the way he describes the boss’s son and his use of language.

  • Doing English+ members can find this lesson ready and waiting for them

  • in the lesson content area for May 2016.

  • If youre not yet a Doing English+ member, why not?

  • In Doing English+ we also have a support community where you can ask anything you like

  • and I will help you with your English problems.

  • So if youre not sure whether something is appropriate English usage or not, you can just ask away.

  • That’s it from me today and remember don’t use the F word with your university professor.

**** is not an appropriate word to use to your university professor in an email.

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    Shirley Huang posted on 2016/06/20
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