Dining Customs from Around the World

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DINING CUSTOMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

I love this infographic showing different dining customs from around the world. A few notes on American dining customs:

1) Unlike in France, it is considered rude in America to have your hands on the table while eating.
2) Your napkin should be placed in your lap as soon as you sit down and remain there for the entire meal.
3) It is considered bad manners to take a toothpick and pick your teeth after a meal at the table.
4) Americans clink glasses with any type of alcohol. Those who have non-alcoholic beverages will also join the toast. Everybody says, “Cheers.” If the dinner is offered at someone’s home. It is polite to add, “Here’s to our hosts!” (Or say their names).

 

 

English Word of the Year Announced!

WORD OF THE YEAR JUST ANNOUNCED …

And it’s the “Face With Tears of Joy” emoji – named by Oxford Dictionaries as the word of the year because it best reflects the “ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015.”

It beat out competition like lumbersexual, on fleek, and the pronoun “they.” Don’t you love the evolving English language?!

The Face With Tears of Joy was the most used emoji in the world this year, accounting for 17% of emoji use in the U.S. and 20% in the UK. Move over plain old smiley face — there’s a new emoji in town ;-)!

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American College Slang & Idioms

College students in the USA can be very creative with their English. Going to college or university in the United States? Just want to learn how American college students speak these days? This lesson on college slang and idioms is for you!

Download the PDF mini e-book on American College Slang

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New Business English App – Business English Negotiations

Business English appJust released – Business English Negotiations, a new iOS app for iPad & iPhone! Do you want to be more effective when you speak English? Do you want to express yourself more clearly? Get what you want more often? Then you’ve found an app that will work for you! Introducing Business English Negotiations. Learn useful English vocabulary for negotiating successfully, resolving conflicts, and saying and getting what you want!

This app brings you:
•100+ of today’s most useful American English idioms & phrases
•Interactive exercises to reinforce the material
•Realistic scenarios complete with audio – a great way to improve your pronunciation!
•A built-in hangman game – you’ll have hours of fun playing while practicing your new vocabulary

Watch a video about this new app: Business English Negotiations app

Coming soon –appStoreIcon– two more apps in the Business English series: Business English You’re the Boss and Business English Sales and Strategy.