English Expression: Level the playing field. This week in class we are talking about inclusive language. This is hard to do with idioms, as they are notoriously not inclusive. In the example given today, someone may say that it is NOT inclusive because it uses sports and so you may need to understand baseball, in this case, to understand the meaning. However, I am using it today because I think it has an important message.
LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD
Make a situation equal so that everyone has the same opportunity
Adjust a situation so that everyone has the same chance of succeeding.
Quotas were created at businesses to level the playing field for women.
In order to level the playing field, we need to make the class financially accessible to everyone.
A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
Conditions that allow everyone to have the same opportunity to succeed in a situation.
It’s not a level playing field. How can children play in the same tournament as adults?
We have put quotas in place in order to create a level playing field.
English: Inclusive language. As society evolves, so does language. It’s important to make sure that you are using language that is inclusive and does not discriminate against individuals in and out of the office.
language that does not discriminate
language that represents different people in a positive way
GENDER INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE
to refer to the male and female workers in your business, use workforce, personnel or staff.
There are 200 men and women that make up our worforce.
manpower is a sexist word that refers to a time when women did not work. It also sounds as if men are powerful and women are not.
Other examples of gender inclusive language includes saying ‘Hello everyone’ instead of ‘Hello guys’ to refer to women and men.
please stop calling women over the age of 18, girls. They are women. Calling them a girl sounds as though they are innocent or incapable.
Women make up 50% of the Board of Directors.
Refering to men and women as female or male staff members/members of staff is also an acceptable,
The male members of staff are requesting a new changing room.
Inclusive language for people with disabilities
Disabled member of staff or a person with disabilities, although is not a great alternative, it is what we have as of November 2023.
If we want to invite Arantxa for lunch, we need to make sure that our house is accessible for someone with a disability.
Handicapped and differently-abled were both terms that were used at one point and are no longer seen as positive.
Know someone who has a disability? Ask them how they prefered to be called.
Age inclusive language
nobody wants to be called old, so stop using this word and use elderly to talk about people over the age of 70.
The elderly are often excluded from society.
For those staff members who are up in age, try experienced worker, senior worker or senior member of staff.
Our senior workers are our most valuable members of staff.
Inclusive language about one’s sexual orientation
Don’t asume that the person in front of you is married and that they are to a man or a woman. Instead of asking about their husband or wife, ask about their partner.
Don’t asume a man dates a woman and vice versa, ask if they are dating anyone.
There exist lots of different ways in which LGBTQ+ liked to be addressed. If you aren’t sure how to address someone, ask them.
Again, if you aren’t sure how to address people at work, at a bar or at the dinner table, ask them.
Vocabulary in English
Now that you have seen English: Inclusive language, have a look at our other Vocab Rehab Posts.
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English Expression: turn over a new leaf. This seems like the perfect idiom for this time of year when the leaves on the trees are falling. Turning over a new leaf means starting fresh and changing your behavior.
TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF
to say that someone is beginning to behave in a better, kinder way.
to behave in a positive way
I’m so glad that you spoke to Sarah. She’s really turned over a new leaf and even seems happier in her job.
You can’t expect him to just turn over a new leaf if he doesn’t even know that he is behaving poorly. Talk to him.
English: Regret + gerund or infinitive. Again we are reviewing a word whose meaning changes depending on the use of the gerund or infinitve following it. Since regret is a word were we are already sorry about something, we don’t want to use it incorrectly.
REGRET + GERUND
Use regret + gerund to express that you are sorry about something you have said or done.
He really regrets not calling you. (He wishes he had called)
My daughter regrets telling her best friend her secret. (She wishes she didn’t tell her)
REGRET + INFINITIVE
Use regret + infinitive (without to) before giving someone bad news.
I regret to tell you that your sister didn’t make it out of surgery. (I’m sorry, but…)
We regret to inform you that your payment has not been accepted. (We have bad news…)
Now that you have read through the explanations, try answering the following sentences with the correct form of the verb. Check your answers at the bottom of the post
We really reget ____ (tell) her that she was sick. I think she would have been better off not knowing.
They regret ____ (lie) about the case because now they can be sued, not because they feel sorry.
I regret ____ (inform) you that your payment is overdue.
The letter stated, ‘We regret ____ (tell) you that you have not been accepted.’
I don’t regret ____ (tell) her the truth. She deserved to know.
Why do you regret ____ (move) here?
On behalf of the airline, I regret ____ (inform) you that this flight is overbooked.
She told me that she regrets ____ (be) my friend.
I don’t regret ____ (inform) them about what happened on the trip.
Giving advice in English. There are only a few occasions when you should be using ‘have to’ with someone.
You are a parent and you are telling your children what to do (and this concept is debatable)
You have to clean your room before you leave this house.
You are telling your friend in an exaggerated way what they need to do because it was fun, exciting, entertaining, etc.
You HAVE TO see the last season of Stranger Things!
You are seriously concerned about someone.
We have to go to the emergency room now!
If you are not in one of these three situations, then stop telling people in English what they ‘have to do’. This is a strong statement for us and is usually used for children. So, when speaking or writing to adults, employees, etc, I soften my advice by using some of the following phrases. Why? Because they are adults and can make the best decisions for themselves. And yes! This included employees.
I RECOMMEND / SUGGEST…
A polite way of giving advice to someone
1 Form: Person + recommend/suggest + gerund
They recommend printing the file instead of sending it by email.
She suggests charging them before sending anything out.
2 Form: Person + recommend/suggest + noun
My doctor doesn’t recommend those pills for pain.
Lucia suggests the white one because it is lighter.
I WOULD RECOMMEND / SUGGEST…
A more polite way to give advice.
1. Form: Person + would recommend/suggest + gerund
I would suggest calling the store first to see if it’s still open before you take a ride over there.
I wouldn’t recommend eating there. It hasn’t got very good reviews.
2. Form: Person + would recommend/suggest + noun
I wouldn’t recommend the beef to anyone. It was not their best dish.
I think a doctor would suggest time off for that type of injury.
Use the adverbs highly or stongly to give strength to your statement.
I would highly recommend checking with your doctor before trying that medication.
She would strongly recommend Paul’s garage for any problems you may have with your car.
IF I WERE YOU…
A way of giving advice based on what you would do if you were in their situation.
Form: If I were you + I + would + infintive (without to)
If I were you, I would finish send the email out before the end of the day.
If I were you, I would talk to my boss before jumpling to any conclusions.
HAVE YOU TRIED…
An inoffensive way of asking what someone has already done.
Form: Have you tried + gerund
Have you tried turning it on and off again?
Have you tried calling their main line and asking to speak to him directly?
English Vocabulary: Spot-on. Here is one of those words that really doesn’t have a specific translation in Spanish, although there are lots of words you could use in its place. You could say correcto (although correct exists in English), you could say precisamente (althouth precise exists in English). Basically spot–on is a way to say you are exactly right, emphasizing how impressed I am with how accurate something is.
to describe something that is exactly right
used to emphasize surprise at how accurate something is
You were spot-on about Josh. He really is generous with everyone.
Your predictions about the course were spot-on. The teacher is excellent and I am really enjoying it.
Unfortunetly, your predictions about the end of the year sales were spot-on. We will have to lay people off next year.
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English Expression: Bear in mind. When speaking to adults, you don’t always want to tell them to ‘Remember…’ or ‘Don’t forget…’. So, instead we can use this nice expression to tell someone to take something into consideration.
BEAR IN MIND
to take something into consideration
to remember something when you are making a decision.
Please bear in mind that you only have 2 weeks to return the product.
Before we buy the refrigerator we need to bear in mind that we may also need to buy a wash machine soon.
Bearning in mind that she’s so young, she really knows how to play the violin.
KEEP IN MIND
this expression is the same as bear in mind.
Keep in mind that the plane leaves very late at night.
He told me to keep him in mind if we have a job opening.
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English emails: I’m writing. When writing emails in Spanish, it’s quite common to use Present Simple: I write… However, in English we use Present Continuous to write about something that is happening in the moment. I’m writing this blog post right now, so I use Present Continuous.
Since I am writing an email in the moment, we use Present Continuous. To start the email, say:
I’m writing you in reference to the conference that is taking place next month.
I’m writing you in response to your questions about the fair.
We can also use the present continuous to talk about an attachment to an email:
I’m attaching the documents you requested earlier today.
As requested, I’m attaching a copy of the budget.
Talking about yourself
Remember, we use Present Continuous to talk about things we are doing in the moment, so if you are talking about something happening now in your life, use present continuous:
I’m working a lot right now since I just started a new job.
I’m living in a nice apartment about 15 minutes from the center.
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English Vocabulary: foresight. someone who has foresight is not a magician or a fortune teller. It is simply someone who can read a situation, judge what the possible outcomes may be and learns to plan in a way for this situation. Some people may have foresight at work but not with relationships, or vice versa. Other people may be able to see what is going to happen but don’t know how to plan for that situation. Someone with foresight can do both.
HAVE THE FORESIGHT (noun)
to have ability to understand a situation and it’s possible outcomes and
be able to plan for this situation
He had the foresight to leave his job before they went bankrupt.
If Carol had the foresight to sell the house before the market crash, she should have had the foresight to save some money as well.
to be able to judge a situation and make plans to deal with it.
He didn’t forsee the divorce at all, so he was shocked when his wife told him.
They forsaw the war and made plans to leave the country as soon as they could.
foreseeable: an event or situation that can be predicted
She will be working in the school for the forseeable future.
unforseeable: an event or situation that can not be predicted.
I lost my job last month, so for the unforseeable future, I will be unemployed.
Curso de conversación inglés. Los jueves de 17:30 a 19:00 empezamos cursos de conversación en inglés en la Escuela de Idiomas de la Cámara de Comercio de Alava en la Calle Manuel Iradier 17. Se consiste de un grupo reducido.
¿Que hacemos en un curso de conversación?
Primero te digo lo que no son los cursos de conversación. No son solo de conversar libremente. Por eso tienes amigos.
En los cursos de conversación:
leemos artículos sobre current events y hablamos del impacto
aprendemos vocabulario nuevo y lo ponemos en práctica
vemos vídeos cortos y ofrecemos nuestros opiniones
hablamos en confianza y sin ser juzgados por nuestro nivel de inglés
recibimos feedback sobre la gramática, pronunciación y vocabulario que usamos
incrementa nuestro nivel de fluidez
trabajamos las dos áreas que nos cuesta más ya que no vivimos en un país donde se habla inglés habitualmente – la escucha y la habla
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Cursos para niveles A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 y C2
Inglés para negocios / Business English
Curos InCompany for empresas
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CURSOS DE PREPARACIÓN DE EXÁMENES
1. Inglés: Preparación certificaciones de Oxford. Nivel básico A2.
English Vocabulary: sign up. This phrasal verb is a very important one to know. This month you need to SIGN UP for English class, dance class, art class or any other activity that you are hoping to be a part of. My kids always make the mistake of saying to me, ‘Did you inscribirme in the class?’ And I respond, ‘No, I signed you up.’ It’s such a basic phrase, but even they never seem to use it.
Phrasal verb. Learn more about how to use phrasal verbs here.
to join or agree to be a part of an activity or event.
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Inglés General A2, B1, B2, C1, C2
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