From February, 2016

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Learn English: Essential Business English for Chairing a Meeting

Do you feel nervous chairing a meeting in English? No need! Attending a meeting is one thing but having to run or chair the meeting is quite another! Here are your essential business English phrases for chairing a meeting. How to start off or open the meeting, move on to the next point on the agenda and of course summarize and close. Keep them with you or learn them by heart and we promise it will make your life so much easier.

Stage   Formal   Informal
Starting off   Is everyone present?

Does everyone have / Has everyone got a copy of the agenda?

  Is everyone here?

Has everyone got a copy of the agenda?

Taking minutes    Could someone take minutes please?   Can someone take minutes please?

Opening the meeting

  Shall we commence / get started/ make a start?   Let’s get started. / Let’s get the ball rolling.

Thanking the people attending

  Thank you very much for attending today.   Thanks a lot for coming today.

Stating the objective

  Our objective here today is to + verb.   We’re here today to + verb.

Opening up the discussion

  Shall we open this up for discussion?   Let’s open this up for discussion.

Inviting opinion

  What are your thoughts?   So, what do you think?

Controlling the discussion

  Thanks John. Shall we hear from Mary now?   Thanks John. Let’s hear from Mary now.


  So, to sum up …

So, to summarize …

  So, to sum up …

So, to summarize …



   Shall we vote? All in favour, raise your hands. All against?   Let’s vote. All in favour, raise your hands. All against?
 Stating further action    So, we’ll meet again next week.

So, John, you’ll contact … / produce a report … / investigate further …

  So, we’ll meet again next week.

So, John, you’ll contact … / produce a report … / investigate further …

Closing the meeting    Any other business?

Shall we close the meeting?

Thank you very much for attending.

  Any other business?

Let’s close the meeting.

Thanks for coming.



Learn English: How to Speak up at a Meeting or ‘get your word in edgeways’

Sitting in on a meeting when the conversation is not in your native language and trying to join in can be one of the most nerve-racking and frustrating situations in your working life. We completely understand the problem: by the time you have thought of what to say, the subject has changed; you are so busy listening and understanding that you don’t have time to formulate your sentence; you think you might sound abrupt or rude if you interrupt; people speak so quickly that there is no opportunity to ‘get your word in edgeways’.

We have put together your essential ‘speaking up’ phrases. Take them with you to every meeting and have them at your fingertips. You will be able to interrupt a conversation politely and with respect…your colleagues will stop listen to you. Give them a try!

  • Could I just come in here? / Could I just add / mention….?
  • Could I perhaps mention……
  • Excuse me, Can I jump in here for a moment?
  • I see what you mean, but …….
  • Well, I agree up to a point, but …..
  • Yes, that may be true but ……
  • Sorry to interrupt and I completely agree with what you are saying but …..
  • Excuse me for interrupting here, but I feel it is important to mention that…..
  • I’m sorry to just come in here, but I have been wondering……


Adding a ‘hedging’ word (possibly / perhaps/ reasonably / probably) can help you to sound softer, more approachable and not in the least bit arrogant.


We could go ahead with  ……..                  We could possibly go ahead with …..

It is better to……..                                            It is perhaps better to …..

We could expect…….                                      We could reasonably expect…..

They will decide to ……                                   They will probably decide to ……..


Try them! They work wonders!


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Learn English: Ten Great Reasons For Having English Lessons on Skype.

Why is having English lessons on Skype such a great idea?

Do you want to learn English for personal development and fulfilment, job prospects or promotion?

Most of our students would give at least one of those reasons for taking the plunge to have English lessons. Why choose English Lessons on Skype  to do that? This is what our students said in a recent survey…….

  1. You can connect directly with a native speaker who lives in the UK.
  2. You have a personal one-to-one connection so you learn a lot more.
  3. You can plan your English lessons around your schedule. Having lessons in the evening is very useful.
  4. You can use your smartphone or tablet so it is possible to have lessons while on a trip or travelling.
  5. It is very interactive and photos, files, document and text can be exchanged to support your English learning.
  6. In one-to one English lessons only your English tutor hears your mistakes so it is not embarrassing!
  7. You can be assured of good pronunciation with a native speaker.
  8. You can build a good working relationship with your English tutor and they know how to support you.


An online course of grammar and worksheets is very useful and so is watching English lesson videos, reading and listening to the news and working from a text book.  All great ideas! These strategies will help with your passive learning, but it is active and interactive learning that will boost your English skills. Using Skype to communicate with a native English tutor is the perfect way to learn a language: it is the next best thing to actually being in the country.

The English lessons are so alive and vital that it is just like being in a classroom ……. not a classroom but in the English Language Room.