Prepare for a Job Interview in English

Are you wondering how to improve your English for a job interview?

Many of our students are improving their English for work, whether it’s helping them advance at their current job or helping them find the next one. They use our online English classes to improve their grammar, vocabulary and accent to help them sound polished and professional.

Of course you know the basics of how to prepare for an interview in any language. Do your research on the company and industry… anticipate questions like:

Tell me about yourself.

Why do you want this job?

Why are you the best person for this job?

Tell me about your work experience.

What are your strengths and weaknesses. (We will discuss this one below)

So instead, we thought to focus on helpful strategies that will give English learners a competitive edge and help them shine their brightest in interviews.

What is the interviewer’s goal?  

Before we get into those helpful tips, let’s start by considering what companies are looking for in their next hire.

Of course they want employees who are knowledgeable, qualified and have experience. Consider this… much of this information is presented in your resume or CV. So if you are invited to interview, the company’s goal is to evaluate more than what’s on your resume. So what are these other things interviewers are evaluating?

Here is an example from our company Lingoloop. When we hire English tutors, we won’t ask them to an interview unless we see they are experienced and qualified. So when we interview them, we want to focus on answering the following questions:

Do I trust this person?

Is this someone I want to hang out with?

It’s a short list of questions right? 🙂

To us, once we see that someone is capable, the most important success factors are trust and fit. With that in mind, here are five tips to help you prepare for your next job interview in English:

Keep it simple

If you’ve read our other blog posts about improving your English speaking, you already know this!

Far too often, English learners get tongue-tied when they try to cram multiple thoughts into a sentence. A longer sentence is not necessarily a better one. If you speak simply, you’ll be easier to understand. 

Also, try your best to only answer the question being asked. English learners can get tongue-tied when they overcomplicate a response. Take a breath. Resist the urge to say more than you need to and you’ll come across sounding more organized.

Don’t worry about making mistakes

It’s natural to make mistakes when speaking. Even native English speakers do it.

Don’t let your mistakes trip you up. If you make a mistake just move on. Remember, personality fit and likeability are oftentimes the most important thing in an interview. 

Positive vibes

Apart from your English, don’t forget to communicate with your body language and mood! It is important to portray positivity during your job interview. Show them that you are the right person for the job by being upbeat and cheerful. Smiling is contagious:) It will help you create a positive dynamic with your interviewer.

Strengths and weaknesses

It’s always a good idea to prepare for certain questions. Good or bad, the “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” question is a classic one. There’s no perfect way to answer this question, but here is a strategy. 

For the strengths, what are things that you can do that would make the company (or team) stronger? Frame your strengths as ways you can help your new company and your answer will seem more compelling.

For the weaknesses, less is more:) Reframe the question as “What are the challenges ahead in this new job?” so that it’s less about your perceived personal weaknesses. Discuss how you think you’ll be able to overcome them so that you end up talking more about your strengths!

Don’t forget to ask questions 

At the end of an interview, most times your interviewer will ask “Do you have any questions?” Always ask a few questions when given the opportunity.

Asking good questions: 1) shows you are interested in the job, 2) allows you to demonstrate your analytical skills and 3) gives you an opportunity to bond with your interviewer.

You are more likely to get the job if your interviewer likes you. A thoughtful question can help you seal the deal.

Need help preparing for interviews?

As we said before, most students use Lingoloop to help them improve their English for their careers. Want to practice interview skills with an expert tutor? Try Lingoloop… you won’t believe what our students are saying about us.


How to Improve your English for Work Quickly 

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Are you struggling with speaking English at work? You are not alone. 

Most of our students want to learn how to speak professional English fluently. Do you get nervous when you have to speak English in meetings or with clients? Do you feel uncomfortable making presentations in English?

Don’t worry. It’s natural to feel stress when English isn’t your first language. Business English can be especially hard because there is so much jargon or idiomatic expression (sayings).

Of course there are many obvious things you can do to speak English professionally… practicing speaking with a friend, reading the newspaper, taking online business English classes etc. But in this article we are going to focus on some strategies that will help you improve your English communication skills quickly in the workplace. Sometimes reframing a problem can help you solve it. 


5 Tips for Improving Business English


1- Slow it down

This is probably the most powerful tip to remember. So many of our English learners speak way too fast! It’s not a race. Slow down your speaking and you will have a better chance of finding the right words and be able to put them in the right order. If you have an accent, slowing down your pace will reduce its effect as well. Keep it slow and others will be able to understand you better. 


2- The Internet is your friend

Maybe this tip is super obvious, but any question you may have about English grammar, vocabulary or pronunciation is at the tip of your fingers. Need to figure out another way to say something? Use google to find a synonym. Want to learn how to pronounce a tricky word? Use youtube to find a video example. You’d be surprised how many native English speakers use the Internet as a dictionary… nobody’s perfect!


3- Less is more

Don’t worry about impressing your co-workers with your extensive vocabulary. If you are talking in a meeting, keep it simple.

Sometimes we see our students get into trouble when they try to complicate things with big words and run-on sentences. Stick to the facts and you won’t get tongue-tied. This is one of the biggest secrets of how to improve professional English speaking skills.

Remember, in business time is money! Don’t be afraid to keep it short and to the point.

4- Nervous before a meeting? Say something first!

Anxiety is totally normal and even more common in the workplace:) I know it feels crazy, but think of anxiety (or stress) as your body’s way of telling you “Hey, it’s time to wake up. Focus!” However, too much of stress can be a problem. And we know that the pressure can affect the way you speak English. 

Have you ever felt stressed out at the beginning of a meeting? Do you feel butterflies in your stomach as soon as you sit down in the conference room? Try this trick to control your stress. Try to be the first person to say something. Even if it’s just asking someone how they’re doing. Hearing your own voice will calm your nerves and remind you “yes, I can do this. I can speak English at work.” Give it a try.


5- It’s all in your head

Many of our students speak English just fine. They know the basic rules of grammar and have decent vocabulary. Some may have accents, but their pronunciation is satisfactory for the most part. However, when they are in the spotlight, they freeze. They start to doubt themselves. They worry about what others think. That fear can be paralyzing. 

I know it’s easier said than done, but ask yourself: “Do you really think your co-workers want to see you fail? Are you less of a professional because English isn’t your first language?” The answers to these questions should be an emphatic “NO!” Your co-workers want you to succeed. They are on your team. And English isn’t your first language, but hey… you know two languages! Finally, ask yourself “Can I speak English without stress at work?” Of course you can. Reframe those negative thoughts. Believe in yourself and you’ll have an easier time with English at work.  


6- Bonus tip: Practice with an expert

I hope you enjoyed our article about how to improve your business English skills. Want to practice using some of these strategies with an expert teacher? If you get used to speaking with our Native English speaking teachers, you’ll be more confident at work. After just a few classes you’ll begin anticipating your mistakes and feeling good speaking English. Sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class today!

If you are interested in learning more business English, check out this article with our list of popular business English expressions!

Best Ways to End an Email in English

Many of our students ask us “What is the best way to end an email in English?” 

Well, the answer is it depends. Is it a formal communication? How well do you know the person? Is it a professional email? There is a lot to consider!  However, let’s not overthink it! Most times you won’t offend anyone too badly with the wrong kind of closing:) Are you stressed about how to end an email in English? Before we get into the options, let’s discuss the context of your communication.


Who are we talking to and why?

So this is the way I think about it. The context will dictate how formal you want to be. Consider two things. 

  1. How close are you to the person(s) you are emailing?
  2. What is your relationship to them?

This will determine how formal or informal to be when ending an email. If it’s not someone you know very well, you probably want to err on the side of caution and be more formal with a closing. When you are emailing a friend, it’s probably OK to be very casual. If you are emailing someone in a professional context (say a customer or your boss), even if you know them very well you may want to be formal just to show a sign of respect.

Here is a short list of common email endings or closing (in English) and what they mean.


9 Ways to End an Email in English

Sincerely This is a classic formal closing that harkens back to when people actually wrote letters with pen and paper:) It’s a go to closing for business emails to clients, colleagues and other professionals. To be sincere, means to be genuine… like you mean what you say.
Respectfully This is a very formal way to end an email in English. Respectfully, Respectfully Yours or With Respect, these all mean that you have a lot of respect for the person you are emailing. This is something you’d use when applying for a job. 
Regards Regards, Warm Regards and Best Regards are ways to say that you are thinking of your audience, but in a very polite and formal way.    
Best Wishes This is a nice thing to say… nothing wrong with wishing someone the best! It is considered formal, but also very personal. You would typically use it when there’s closure though. Use Best Wishes if it might be awhile before you see or talk to someone again. 
Thank You In my opinion Thank You is somewhat neutral when it comes to being formal or informal. It is a very versatile closing that shows respect, care and appreciation. Of course if you shorten it to Thanks it becomes less formal. 
Cheers In America Cheers is more often something you say when you are raising your glass and making a toast. However, if you are British or Australian it’s commonly used as a casual closing for an email. 
Take Care Take Care is a nice and simple way to close an email. Sometimes you hear someone say this at the end of a phone call. It’s a roundabout way of wishing that no harm comes to them… or simply wishing them well.
XOXO Hugs and Kisses is a super casual way to close a message. It really should only be used with close friends and family. You wouldn’t want someone to get the wrong idea!
Nothing More often than not, it’s OK to close with NOTHING. Especially if your email communication is more like an exchange or conversation thread. Sometimes you may just put your name at the bottom or nothing at all. It’s not very formal, but totally acceptable… especially in this day and age where everyone is trying to save time.

What else can we help you with?

With the world becoming more connected, communication is as important as ever. Especially when it comes to using English in business. If you are a professional that needs help speaking English with the right pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary, try Lingoloop. Need help with emails, a presentation or maybe an interview? We can help!

Our expert teachers are ready to help you feel good speaking English! You won’t believe what our students are saying about us… 

Internet Slang Quiz

Slang on the Internet?

There are so many acronyms and slang people use to communicate on the Internet. Initially these were abbreviations for longer phrases, but people nearly treat them like they are actual words! Take our Lingoloop Internet slang quiz below and test how well you speak Internet:)


I hope you enjoyed our quiz. If you want to brush up on your slang and learn to speak like a native speaker, sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class. Practicing real English conversations with our expert tutors over video chat will improve your skills and boost your confidence quickly!


Nervous About Video Conference Calls?: 9 Tips For Zoom Anxiety

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The world is changing quickly and video conference calls (Zoom, Skype etc.) are becoming a big part of our everyday life. Do you feel nervous about using Zoom? Do you have Zoom anxiety? Don’t worry you are not alone! As a company that has been teaching English through video chat for many years, we have some good ideas about how to make video conference calls a less stressful experience.


Let’s face it, video conference calls are weird

I’ll say it again, video conference calls are weird. Here are a few reasons why:

Technology gets in the way: We are connecting with people that have different skill sets, comfort levels with technology and devices. How many times have you said “Can you hear me? I can see you… can you see me?” It is rare that a video conference call is a completely smooth experience. Especially when you are calling someone for the first time. This raises the stress about the whole experience. 

It is weird to see yourself talking: It is weird enough to talk on the telephone, but most of us are used to it. In the old days (hahaha) you could just focus on your thoughts and speak. Now with Zoom, we have the added stress of having to look at ourselves and worrying about what other people see when we are talking. It is harder to focus.

It is hard to listen when you constantly see yourself: Not only is it weird to talk, it is weird to listen on a video conference call. We are distracted. We are distracted by having to look at someone else, and also distracted by the image of ourselves on screen. 

Eventually as a society we will all get better at this:) However, in the meantime you may be asking yourself “How do I reduce Zoom anxiety?” or “How can I stop feeling nervous on video calls?” The simple answer, is to plan ahead. Think of the specific things that are causing you stress and work to minimize their effect on your call. See some of our specific suggestions below: 


9 tips to help you get rid of Zoom anxiety

1) Speak slowly: With all of the added distractions and issues with technology that we identified, it is important to speak slowly… maybe even slower than you think you should if English is your second language. It will be easier for you to express yourself, and easier for others to understand.

2) Use screen share: If you have to present ideas, take advantage of screen sharing tools. Prepare a short presentation ahead of time to make sure your audience understands your main points. Your thoughts will seem more organized (because they are!) and it will take the focus off of you.

3) Good lighting: Video conference calls are a performance. You can now use your face to express yourself. Your gestures are just as important as the words you choose. Good lighting will allow people to read your facial cues and make you look better on screen!

4) Smile: Don’t forget to smile. Smile a lot! There is something funny about smiling – it is contagious. When you smile, people smile back. Make the video conference call a happy place. You may have noticed it is easier to talk to someone who is smiling. 

5) Wear pants: Yes, you are at home, but don’t use that as an excuse to look unprofessional during a work call. You’ll find that if you dress for work, it will make you feel more professional. If you feel better about your appearance, you won’t worry as much about how you look. 

6) Find a quiet space: Try to find a private or quiet space for your call in order to reduce background noise. The last thing we want to worry about during a video call is being interrupted by sirens or a loud barking dog. Do your best to control your environment to reduce potential stressors. 

7) Wear headphones with a mic: Wearing headphones with a mic makes it easier for others to hear you and for you to hear others. This is especially important if you are on a call with multiple parties. 

8) Break the ice: It is hard to jump straight into the meeting agenda if you are nervous about a Zoom call. Try your best to participate early when people are exchanging pleasantries. Hearing your own voice on the call, even with a quick “Hello… how are you?” will make you feel less anxious about speaking later.

9) Don’t look at yourself: If watching yourself while you talk is causing you anxiety, don’t do it. Focus your eyes on the camera. You can also minimize the Zoom window so that you don’t see yourself (or others). 

I hope you found these tips useful. If you reduce the risk of distractions and unexpected interruptions, all of these things can minimize your anxiety about video conference calls.

While these are issues that everyone faces, if English is your second language, the problems become amplified. Are you having trouble communicating in English? Try Lingoloop… you won’t believe what our students are saying about us.






10 everyday business acronyms, what they mean and how to use them

Do you think I could borrow your extra hand for my exam?


Short and sweet… let’s use some acronyms 

In today’s fast-paced world, acronyms and abbreviations are heavily used… especially in Business English. Just like investors want to invest as little money as possible to make a profit, people want to use as few characters (or words) as possible to express their meaning, especially when typing an email or a text message. 

Whether you are learning English for business or just for fun, knowing these 10 everyday business acronyms, what they mean and how to use them will help you communicate with native English speakers.



“For your information” or FYI is one of the most common acronyms used in business and communication in general. You may get a forwarded email from a co-worker with these 3 letters and nothing else! Usually what this means is that the sender of the message simply wanted to “keep you in the loop” and let you know that something happened. 

Or someone may start a sentence with “FYI” so that they don’t have to say “for your information” to save time (and breath).

“FYI your boss left you a voicemail. She was looking for you earlier.”

‘FYI Lingoloop offers online English classes, not in-person classes.”




Like FYI, “By the way” or BTW is an acronym used to inform someone of something as well.

“BTW, the memos were sent out at the end of last week.”

“BTW, I checked my notes and I don’t have her phone number.”




“In my humble opinion” is used when you want to signal to someone that you are voicing your own perspective. For example: 

“IMHO, brunch is overrated.”

“We should have fired him years ago IMHO.”

While the word “humble” means to be respectful or deferential, sometimes IMHO can be used in a proud (not so humble) or snide way… So make sure you understand the context!




“As soon as possible” or ASAP is a classic acronym that is used in all walks of life. When you want something ASAP, you want it right away!

“Sorry sir, we will get you a room ASAP!”

“I’m hoping we will know the test results ASAP.”




IOU is short for “I owe you.” It is often used as a noun to express a debt. AN IOU can be have a monetary value (like if you borrow $5 from someone). It can also have a non-monetary value, like if a friend helps you with a task, you may repay them in kind by offering to help them on their next project. 

“Thanks for covering for me, I’ll give you an IOU.”

“Hey Jimmy this is the last time. Next time you’ll have to start paying back these IOUs.”




If something is TBD or “to be determined” it has not yet been decided. Sometimes you will see TBD on a schedule. Let’s say you are looking at a calendar of events. The date and/or time may be printed, but perhaps the location is TBD. 




ETA or “estimated time of arrival” is a popular acronym used when you want to know when something will be finished or when someone will arrive.

“Mom, I’ll wait for you outside in the parking lot. What’s your ETA?”

“Do you have an ETA for when that report will be finished?” 




EOD or “end of day” is another acronym related to time. It’s usually used to express a deadline.

“I’ll have that report to you by EOD Friday.”

“I see that the package will be delivered by EOD.”




You don’t see FTR or “for the record” that often, but it does appear from time to time. Sometimes when someone is trying to argue, or defend a position, they will say “for the record” to express a fact that supports their opinion. 

“I know you think it’s my fault, but FTR I sent the invoice yesterday, before the deadline.”

“FTR I told HR (Human Resources) about this problem two months ago.”




“Keep it simple stupid” or KISS is a principle that means sometimes simplicity is best. Systems that are overly complicated in design have a greater risk of failure. It’s very much related to the expression “too many moving parts” which was covered in our last blog post. The KISS acronym is not used as an abbreviated phrase to shorten a sentence like some of the other examples. We included it because it’s an important concept and phrase that’s useful in business and life in general.

To review, people use these business acronyms to simplify their writing – to get their point across in as few words as possible. So, keep it simple stupid, IMHO if you want to improve your English quickly, practice real conversations with our expert tutors at Lingoloop. FYI we have a 5-star google rating🙂

How to Write a Basic Email in English

Ready to dazzle with your English email skills?

Are you asking how to write an email in English?

There is an art to writing a great email in English, especially for work. Not too long, not too short… just right! Writing the perfect email is easy if you have a simple strategy:

-Keep a clear format

-Keep the tone polite and professional

-Avoid unnecessary information

Now, let’s review the basics! As an example, let’s pretend we own a bakery business and we are emailing a marketing company to help us with some brochures.

Subject line

This should make it obvious to the receiver what the email is about. Your goal is to get the reader to open that email! So give enough information to get them to click.

RE: Request for brochure to place new order

RE: new customer info request


Let’s start with the greeting

Dear Sir/Ma’am,    (Formal greeting: if you don’t know the receiver’s name)

Dear Ms. Baker       (Formal greeting: if you know the receiver’s name)


Hi Alex,    (Informal greetings: suitable for someone you already know)

Hello Alex,    


Do they know who you are?

Introduce yourself if necessary. Do it up front so that they don’t have to guess who you are!

My name is Jenna Stevens, manager at Brown’s Bakery.


Let’s bake some fresh emails

Get to the point

State your reason for emailing. Make it easy for the reader to help you.

I’m emailing to request a brochure of your products available this winter.


Emailing in English will be easy as pie!


Give them the back story

Now that they know what you want, give them some detail so they understand why.

We are hoping to create a new line of breakfast options at Brown’s Bakery and we would like you to be our main supplier for our base ingredients. We will have a order drawn up by Monday 11/27, and we hope to launch our new menu on Friday 12/15.


What else could help your reader?

Again, let’s make it easy for our reader to help us. We want to have efficient communication so that there’s not a lot of back and forth.

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And now for the icing on the cake…


Signing off

Best regards,   (Formal sign off)

All the best,    (Less formal sign off options)

Let’s review how to write an email in English

Keep it simple and focus on these key components:

1) Greeting

2) Introduce yourself

3) State your reason for emailing

4) The backstory

5) Any other useful information?

6) Signing off

Need more help with communication in English?

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