How to respond to “thank you”

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When someone says “thank you” in English, what do you say back? Most of you know the most common thing to respond with is “you are welcome” or “you’re welcome.” However, native English speakers have many different ways to respond to “thank you.” Let’s look at some different ways to say “you’re welcome” and what they mean.

How do you respond to “thank you?”

You are welcome This is the classic polite response to “thank you.” When you say “you are welcome,” you are saying (to the person you just helped) that they are welcome to your help anytime. You can’t go wrong with saying “you’re welcome,” but you won’t win any awards for originality:)
You are very welcome If you want to add a little extra to “you are welcome” then “you are very welcome” will do the trick. Oftentimes you will use this phrase when someone says “thank you very much.”
You are more than welcome / you are most welcome When you say “you are more than welcome” you are basically saying “you are welcome” multiplied by 100. You are being extremely gracious and kind.
Of course! When you respond with “of course,” you are saying that the help that you gave was to be expected. 
My pleasure / the pleasure is mine People say “my pleasure” when they want you to know that it made them feel good to help you… almost like it was not work. You hear this often from someone providing you service in retail, or in restaurants. 
Don’t mention it This is an old-fashioned, casual way of saying “you’re welcome.” It’s like you are saying “thank you” was unnecessary. 
No problem / no worries “No problem” is an even more casual way to express “you are welcome.” You are telling someone that it was not a problem to help them. Saying “no worries” is a modern way of expressing “no problem.”
No sweat This may seem weird to say. When you say “no sweat” you are saying (in slang) that it was very easy to help someone – so easy that you did not even sweat. 
No…. thank you! If you want to really make someone feel special, you can say “No… thank you.” You are basically saying “I’m the one who should be thanking you.”
It was nothing This is another way to express that helping someone was easy. It was so easy, that it was like doing nothing.
Any time! When you say “any time!” in response to “thank you” you are saying “I can help you any time.” Wow, what a nice person you are! 
Sure thing This is also a very positive thing to say in response to “thank you.” When you say “sure thing” it’s like you are expressing that you can always be counted on for help.

English can be tricky because there are so many idiomatic expressions. Now that you know a few different ways to say “you are welcome,” it will be easy to respond to “thank you!”

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Different Ways to Say “How Are You?” in English and How to Respond

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For English language learners, the simplest questions can be the hardest to answer, like the question “How are you?” Sometimes “How are you?” is just a greeting, but sometimes people actually want to know more about you. How can you tell which is which, and how do you respond?

Well, it depends on two things:

  1. How well do you know the person?
  2. How many times has the person asked you how you’re doing? In other words, what round of the conversation are you in? 

 

ROUND 1 – “How are you?” as a greeting

There are many ways to say “How are you?”

How are you? 

What’s up?

‘Sup?

How’s it going?

How do you do?

You good?

 

At the beginning of a conversation, these questions aren’t really questions at all. Instead, they are just greetings, or ways to make “hello” last a little longer. In fact, when initially greeting someone, after saying hello it would be rude to not also ask how they are doing. However, it might also be awkward for you to actually tell someone a long story about how you’re doing when you are asked. After all, they were really just saying hello! 

Especially when speaking to coworkers, strangers and acquaintances, if someone asks one of these “How are you?” questions, you should respond with a quick answer and echo the question back. 

 

Question: How are you? 

How to respond: Good! And you?

 

Question: How’s it going?

How to respond: Not bad. How about yourself?

 

Question: What’s up?

How to respond: Not much! What’s up with you?

 

Question: ‘Sup. 

How to respond: ‘Sup, man.

 

Question: You good?

How to respond: Yeah I’m good. You?

 

Question: How do you do?

How to respond: Well, and you?

 

This last one – “How do you do?” is very formal. The rest are informal, with ‘Sup (short for “What’s up?”) being the most informal.

 

It may be appropriate to share more about yourself when a good friend or family member asks “How are you?” the first time. However, even when greeting close relationships people often don’t respond with more significant shares until “How are you?” has been asked at least twice.

 

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ROUND 2 – A little more information

 

We are now in the second round! At this point, the person you are greeting has asked you at least one “How you are doing?” question and you have responded correctly by echoing the question. Nice job! 

 

Now, if they follow up with another “How are you?” question, that means that this time they want to actually hear how you’re doing. It’s now that you should talk about yourself (and, if you have a family, your family). But, only share a little bit and keep it positive. A second “How are you?” question is an invitation to share more but not to share anything negative that might make other people feel uncomfortable. Save that for the third round!  

 

Round 2A – General Questions

Some “How are you?” questions ask about your general well-being.

How are things?

How’s everything?

How are you doing?

 

These questions are all pretty general and so you should respond with general information. 

 

Question: How are things? 

How to respond: Things are good! We’re all healthy and doing pretty well. What about you guys?

 

Question: How’s everything? 

How to respond: Everything’s ok. We’re getting by and loving where we live. You?

 

Question: How are you doing? 

How to respond: I’m doing well, all things considered. How about yourself?

 

Round 2B – Questions About the Recent Past

Each of these questions (below) specifically references the events of recent time.

What’s been going on?

What’s new?

How was your day / weekend?

What have you been up to?

 

When someone asks about a specific period of time, respond with things that you’ve been doing, not your general well-being. Keep in mind that if you haven’t seen someone in a long time, “recent” can be considered more than the very recent past; it could instead be considered “since we’ve last seen each other.”

 

Question: What’s been going on? 

How to respond: Not much, ya know? Still working at the same job. You?

 

Question: What’s new? 

How to respond: We had another baby, so that’s pretty new! 

 

Question: How was your day / weekend? 

How to respond: My weekend was good… Let’s see, what did we do? Oh yeah, we did some gardening and worked on the house a bit. We should have you over soon! 

 

Question: What have you been up to? 

How to respond: Nothing much. I’ve been practicing my English a lot with Lingoloop. Now I feel good speaking English!

 

Round 2C – Questions About Negative Events

When times are tough, people will ask you to share about how you are dealing with it.

How are you holding up?

Are you doing ok?

How are you feeling?

 

When someone asks you a question like this, they may sense something is wrong. It may be something happening to everyone, or maybe its something affecting you. The important thing to realize is that they are showing they care about you.

To “hold up” means to survive a difficult time, so “How are you holding up?” is an invitation to talk about that difficult time.

 

Question: How are you holding up? 

How to respond: We’re ok. It’s been hard, but we’ve had a lot of help. Thanks so much for asking.

 

The questions “Are you doing ok?” and “How are you feeling?” sound pretty similar to “How are you doing?” but they have a different tone. “How are you doing?” is very general. “Are you doing ok?” is similar to what someone would ask if they saw you hurt yourself and wanted to know if you needed help. It implies that something is wrong. It’s the same thing with “How are you feeling?” They could have asked “How are you doing?” which literally just asks for adverbs that can describe your actions, but instead they asked about your feelings or emotions. That’s more personal, and so it’s an invitation to disclose more personal things. Neither of these are as direct as “How are you holding up?” so you don’t have to explicitly address the negative thing that has happened to you if you don’t feel comfortable doing so.

 

Question: Are you doing ok? 

How to respond: Yeah I’m ok. My husband is still out of work but we’ll get through it thanks to friends like you. 

 

Question: How are you feeling?

How to respond: I’m feeling ok, thanks for asking.

 

One exception to this: if you were recently ill and the other person knows this, they will ask “How are you feeling?” In this case they are asking for an update on your illness. You can respond, “I’m feeling much better, thank you!

 

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ROUND 3 – Share Anything

 

If you go through two rounds of “How are you?” questions and the person follows up with a third one, all bets are off! You’ve now entered a full-blown conversation. This person really cares about how you’re doing and wants to hear more! You’ll get through Round 1 by echoing the question and through Round 2 by adding a little more information. In Round 3 they may just repeat a different question from Round 2 or they may add the word “else” to one of the questions from Round 2B, such as:

 

What else has been going on?

What else is new?

What else have you been up to?

 

To this you can respond with anything you like! They clearly want you to talk about yourself.

 

For example, a full conversation might go like this:

 

Person 1: Hey, how’s it going?

Person 2: It’s going well, you?

Person 1: Good, good. What’s been going on?

Person 2: Not much, we’ve been staying inside a lot, reading books and playing games, stuff like that. You?

Person 1: Yeah a lot of the same. My wife is working from home now which is interesting. What else is new?

Person 2: Well, my kids have been just crazy. Yesterday my youngest took a pair of scissors and…

And there you have it! Different ways to say “How are you?” in English and the right way to respond. So, how are you doing? Specifically, how is your English? Do you feel good speaking English? If you need help building your confidence speaking English, try Lingoloop. Sign up for a free trial class today! 

 

When To Use “The” With Plural Nouns

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Using “The” With Plural Nouns

English is confusing… so many rules (and exceptions to those rules)! One question that many of our Lingoloop students have trouble with is “When do you use “the” with plural nouns?”  In actuality, there are many rules governing use of “the” with plural nouns. In this blog post we will focus on the basic rules that will cover most situations. 

First of all, “the” in grammar speak is known as an article. Articles are used to modify nouns. “The” is called the definite article. “A” and “an” are known as indefinite articles. You only use the indefinite article with singular nouns (ex: a person, an apple). Plural nouns can be used with “the” or no article at all. Confused yet? Let’s try to simplify things!

Specific vs. General

This is probably the single most important thing to remember about using “the” with plural nouns. Ask yourself, are you describing a specific group or are you talking about something in general? If it is a specific group, use “the.”

Here is a simple example that is easy to remember. Most of you have probably heard of the song “Who Let The Dogs Out” by Baha Men. It is a ridiculous song, but perfect for this example. “dogs” is a plural noun. Is the song referring to a specific group of dogs or dogs in general? If your answer is “a specific group” you are correct! They are not talking about all dogs in general so that is why “the” is used. See the examples below: 

 

Specific General

Dogs (plural)

Who let the dogs out? What does it mean to let dogs out?

Dog (singular)

Who let the dog out?

What does it mean to let a dog out?

Uncountable Nouns

How do you use “the” with uncountable nouns? Well, uncountable nouns do not take indefinite articles (a, an), even though we treat uncountable nouns as singular when using verbs. Here are some examples: 

 

Specific General

Information

The information about the new law was not easy to find. Information is hard to come by when you live in a rural area.

Music

The music they played at the restaurant was very nice.

I love music.

Food Nouns

Food nouns can be weird. The singular form (ex: watermelon, sausage) can be considered both countable and uncountable depending on the context. When you are referring to the noun generically and/or in the uncountable sense, don’t use “the.”

 

Specific General
Watermelon Did you see the watermelon she brought over? Watermelon is best in the summertime.
Corn The corn looked very fresh.

Fresh corn is tasty.

Another weird thing about using food nouns is that they can take the uncountable form when you are talking about something you ate. In this context, you would not use “the.”

I ate sausage this morning at breakfast.

  

Sports and Sports Teams

The names of sports are generally treated as uncountable nouns. We generally don’t use “the” with names of sports as a noun.

Tennis is his favorite sport.

They played basketball outside even though it was raining.

 

However, when we consider the names of sports teams, whether the name is singular or plural we always use “the” and never “a or an.”

The Yankees are New York’s baseball team.

He plays for the Miami Heat.

 

There are many other rules for using “the” with plural nouns that are specific to categories, industries and other contexts. The rules we discussed above should be applicable to most English conversations. If you need more help with using “the” in a specific context, sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class and get some help from one of our expert tutors.

 

  

 

Why NOW is the best time to take Online English classes with Lingoloop

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Face it. You’ve been putting it off. You know you need to improve your English for professional and social reasons, but you just have not had the time or energy to take that step. You’re too busy with work. You’re too tired at the end of a long commute to and from work. 

 

Well, things have certainly changed.

 

Our lives and schedules are completely different now. We are living in a new world where we have to figure out how to do as much as possible without leaving the house.

 

Lingoloop has been teaching people in the comfort of their homes for years! We’re experts when it comes to online learning. Here are a few reasons why you should stop waiting and START taking Online English Classes TODAY!!!

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Take advantage of the additional free time you have right now

Because of social distancing measures, we cannot go to dinner at restaurants, or have drinks with our coworkers for happy hour. Instead, use that time for self improvement. It is very tempting to get a second bowl of ice cream and watch another episode of Tiger King on Netflix, but haven’t you gotten tired of doing that for the past two weeks? Time to be constructive! You don’t want to regret how you used this unique time. 

 

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You miss socializing with people

We agree. At first the isolation was kind of nice. There were no plans that we had to keep. There’s been no guilt for watching two movies in one evening. But we are social creatures! After a few weeks of no socializing we need to interact with people. You can do that in Lingoloop classes. In a Group Class, you will be with 2 or 3 other people who are the same English level as you, and probably have a very similar background as you. Improve your English while having fun socializing!

There are no other options

Maybe you were already enrolled in English classes at your local Community College, or were planning on enrolling. Well, that is not an option for the foreseeable future. Schools are all closed. Online learning is the only choice!

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Routine can be helpful

A key to staying mentally healthy during these strange times is to keep as much of a routine as possible. Doing two or three online English classes a week with Lingoloop will help you to keep a routine. 

 

Invest in yourself 

The economy and the world are changing fast. We may never get back to what we thought of as “normal.” So be as prepared as possible for the new normal. Be confident in yourself. Stop thinking about your English and have the freedom to speak fluently. We can help you do that. Read our reviews! People feel better about their English after just a few classes. 

Take advantage of any new free time you may have on your hands. We’ve watched enough tv over the past couple of weeks. Now’s the time to start doing what you’ve thought about for months or years. Start by doing a 25-minute Free Trial Class to learn about our method and how taking online English classes with Lingoloop will help you reach your goal of fluency quickly!

 

65 Different Ways to Say Yes in English

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What are some different ways to say yes in English? There are so many different ways! This is the way we think about it:

  • the setting (formal versus informal)
  • the tone you would like to communicate (professional, friendly, silly, sarcastic, defensive or rude)
  • the purpose (agreeing to a request, to an opinion, to an offer, or to a suggestion, confirming a fact, or giving permission)

 

Lingoloop has organized these 65 different ways to yes in English into setting and tone. Can you identify which purpose you might use each for?

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Professional and Clear

These are all different ways to say yes in English that you can use in a professional setting. None of these are particularly enthusiastic – you are simply agreeing.

  1. Agreed
  2. All right
  3. By all means
  4. Certainly
  5. Consider it done
  6. Definitely
  7. Gladly
  8. I’m on it
  9. Of course
  10. Ok
  11. Sounds good
  12. Very well
  13. Yes

 

Examples:

Boss: “I think you should work with Jimmy on this one.”
You: “By all means.”

 

Colleague: “Can you help me with this blog post?”

You: “Certainly.”

Enthusiastically professional

These different ways to say yes in English are still professional, but they provide a bit of extra enthusiasm if you want to show how excited you are to be agreeing.

  1. Absolutely
  2. Indubitably
  3. Indeed
  4. Undoubtedly
  5. Affirmative
  6. I’d be delighted

 

Examples:

Boss: “Would you like to work on the new project?”

You: “I’d be delighted!”

 

Colleague: “Should we grab a drink after work?”

You: “Absolutely!”

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Casual

On the other hand, you don’t want to seem too formal when talking to your friends. These different ways to say yes in English are more casual. 

  1. Alright
  2. Cool
  3. For sure
  4. I’d love to
  5. No doubt
  6. No problem
  7. No worries
  8. Roger 
  9. Roger that
  10. Sounds like a plan
  11. Sounds good
  12. Sure
  13. Sure, sure
  14. Sure, sure, sure
  15. Sure thing
  16. Totally
  17. Without a doubt
  18. Ya
  19. Yeah
  20. Yeah, yeah
  21. Yeah, yeah, yeah
  22. Yep
  23. You bet
  24. You got it
  25. Yup

 

Examples:

Friend: “Would you like to have lunch sometime?”

You: “Sure, sure, sure. Sounds good.”

 

Person on the street: “Can I pass by?”

You: “No problem.”

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Silly

But there are occasions that are even more casual than just hanging out with your friends. These different ways to say yes in English are downright silly:

  1. Okey dokey
  2. Okaley dokaley
  3. Yuppers
  4. Totes (slang for “totally”)
  5. You betcha (slang for “you bet”)
  6. Alrighty
  7. Alrighty then
  8. Aye aye, captain!

 

Examples:

Your spouse: “Can you please help with the dishes?”

You: “Aye aye, captain!”

 

Your friend: “Do you want to come over later?”

You: “Totes.”

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Actions

Sometimes you can say yes without saying anything at all! Here are different ways to say yes with your body:

  1. Nod your head
  2. Thumbs up
  3. Two thumbs up
  4. Two arms up with fists clenched

 

Example:

Your spouse: “Are you picking up the kids?”

You (while on the phone with someone): [Nod your head, give a thumbs up]

 

And then there are different ways to say yes in English when you don’t really want to say yes.

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Sarcastic

Sarcasm is when you say one thing but mean the opposite. It’s all about tone. You hold the end of the word and make the tone go up a little up or down at the end, or just trail off. These are different ways to say yes sarcastically (so, really, you mean “no”).

  1. Yeah, sure.
  2. Uh-huh…
  3. Yeah…
  4. Uh… ok…

 

Examples:

Your friend: “I’d rather eat fast food than at some fancy restaurant.”

You: “Yeah, sure…”

 

Your spouse: “I never ask you to do anything for me!”
You: “Uh-huh.”

Rude / defensive

There are times when you want to agree with someone but perhaps the thing they are saying was stupidly obvious to the point that it’s offensive for them to ask for your agreement. Here are different ways to say yes but with a bit of an attitude:

  1. Obviously
  2. Duh

 

Examples:

Your enemy: “Do you know how to tie your shoes?”

You: “Duh.” 

 

Food server: “I’m sorry you found a hair in your food. Would you like a refund?”

You: “Obviously.”

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Aggressive

Sometimes you agree with someone just to get them to stop talking. In this case, your tone should be aggressive like you are shouting. Here are different ways to say “Enough already!”

  1. Yes!
  2. Fine!
  3. OK!

 

Say Yes to Lingoloop

The biggest question is: Should you practice your English online with Lingoloop? No matter how you say it, the answer is YES! Practicing real conversations with our expert tutors is going to improve your English and build your confidence quickly.

Sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class today! 

 

Common grammar mistakes that native English speakers make

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Guess what? Even native English speakers make grammar mistakes when speaking their own language! So if you are learning English as a second language (or foreign language), don’t feel so bad about making mistakes. As we say in our Lingoloop online English classes… nobody is perfect!

 

Here is our list of common English grammar mistakes that even native English speakers make:

 

Should have vs. should of

 

Have you ever heard someone say “should of” in a sentence? Well, they are wrong. What they mean is “should have.” The tricky thing is that they both sound kind of similar. That’s why people get it wrong! If you say “I should of studied harder in school.” people will absolutely agree with you:)

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Effect vs. affect

 

Again these two words are easy to mix up since they sound so similar. “Affect” is usually a verb and it means to make something change. “Effect” is usually a noun and it means the result of change. Here are some common ways the two words are used.

 

“Adding more cold water will affect the timing of the recipe.”

“What effect do you think adding cold water will have on the timing of the recipe?”

 

“He was really affected by that movie.”

“I think that movie will have a positive effect on people.”

 

By accident vs. on accident

 

Have you ever said “on accident” by accident? I don’t know how it started, but native English speakers definitely do this all the time. The fix is easy… just don’t do it! Always use “by accident” instead. 

 

It’s vs. its

 

This is more of a writing mistake, but still very tricky. Normally using an apostrophe “s”  (or ‘s) indicates possession. For example, “That is Mom’s coffee mug.” or “Where is Pete’s jacket?” As most of you know, adding an “s” to the end of a noun usually indicates plural (or more than one) like “Look at all those dogs.” However, when it comes to the word “it” the rules are completely different. The word “it’s” is short for “it is” and the word “its” is the possessive form. See the examples below:

 

“The cat licked its paws.”

“It’s a shame that we missed the beginning of the show.”

 

Intents and purposes vs. intensive purposes

 

Have you ever heard someone say “intensive purposes?” It sounds really urgent right? Well, what they really mean is “intents and purposes.” When someone says “For all intents and purposes” they mean in every practical sense or in most ways. For example:

 

“For all intents and purposes, regular exercise is a good thing.”

“San Francisco, for all intents and purposes, is just as expensive as New York City.”

 

One and the same vs. one in the same

 

Ugh… here’s another phonetical mistake that native English speakers get wrong all the time. The correct phrase is “one and the same.” When you use this phrase you mean that two things are alike. For example:

 

“This year’s model is no different than last year’s. They are nearly one and the same.”

 

Case in point vs. case and point

 

You say “case in point” when you want to emphasize a supporting fact of your argument. For example: 

 

“Ruby hates vegetables. Case in point, she didn’t eat any of her carrots tonight.”

“All dogs chase love to chase cats. My neighbor’s dog is a case in point.”

 

You say “case and point” when you forget that you meant “case in point.” Just kidding! 

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Couldn’t care less vs. could care less

 

My wife makes this mistake all the time! She’s from the South, so maybe it’s a Southern thing:) The right phrase is “couldn’t care less.” The idea is that you absolutely don’t care! You can’t care any less because you are at zero level of caring. For example:

 

“I couldn’t care less about what he thinks! I have no respect for him.”

“That dog couldn’t care less about obeying his owner’s commands.”

 

He did well vs. he did good

 

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a native English speaker get this wrong. Often times, people say “he (or she) did good,” knowing that they are making a mistake. I think saying someone “did good” has become a casual way of expressing it. People think they are being cute when they say things like: 

 

“The team played hard today. They played good.”

 

But really they should say:

 

“The team played hard today. They played well.”

 

Want to know more examples of common grammar mistakes? Come try a Lingoloop online English class. Practicing real English conversations with our expert tutors is going to improve your skills and boost your confidence quickly. Sign up today!

 

10 popular business English expressions, what they mean and how to use them

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Native English speakers have a colorful way of expressing themselves, especially in business! Why do people use such indirect ways to express their ideas? One reason is that it’s a shortcut. People in business often say “time is money.” By using these sayings (or idioms) we save time – we rely on people’s shared understanding of these phrases so that we don’t have to go into too much detail.

Another reason people use these expressions is that it shows that you have experience. It’s like you’ve joined a special club of people who know these sayings. You want to be in the club, right? Lingoloop is here to help you improve your business English! Here are ten common business English expressions, their meanings and how to use them.

At the end of the day

If I had a nickel for every time I heard this expression, I’d be a millionaire! People love to use this when they are trying to decide what to do or contemplating a plan of action. It is often used to state (or restate) the most important point in an argument.

“At the end of the day, this will require money that we don’t have. So let’s postpone the plan.”

When there are many competing reasons or factors in a decision, often times someone will use this phrase to cut through or simplify the analysis.

“I can appreciate everyone’s thoughts about Amy, but at the end of the day she was the candidate I got along with the best, so I think we should hire her.”

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Move the needle

What kind of needle are they talking about? This phrase refers to the indicator meter on machinery (think of the speedometer on your car, or a temperature gauge on a grill). You use this phrase when you are describing whether an action will have a big enough effect.

“I like Bill’s plan to move our accounting software into the cloud, but I just don’t know if it will move the needle on our overall budget.”

Drop the ball

In business there are many English expressions that have to do with sports. “Dropping the ball” is one of the more popular ones. In the sports that involve catching (like football, basketball and baseball), dropping the ball is really bad! You can use it to talk about other people:

“Fred forgot to call the customer back. He really dropped the ball.”

You can also use it to talk about yourself:

“Sorry, I dropped the ball! I should have cc’ed you on that e-mail.”

Good problem to have

This is a weird expression because generally problems are bad to have! In business, it is used to describe a situation where something bad happens because you are making money or your business is growing. It can be used to describe something hypothetical, or in the future:

“If we keep on going at this rate, we’ll have to double our staff, but that will be a good problem to have.”

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater

English expressions can be dramatic and brutal, but that’s why they can be effective in helping you express yourself. This phrase is used to express caution: when you are trying to eliminate something bad, don’t remove something good by accident.

“We need to cut back our spending during this recession, but don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. We still need to operate our core business.”

The big picture

What is this “big picture” and what does it look like? When people talk about the “the big picture” they are not talking about a literal picture or painting. This phrase is used when you want to talk about something at a high level. You may want to revisit the main point of doing something:

“Thanks for all the details, but let’s not forget the big picture. We are doing this to simplify our customer service strategy.”

It is sometimes used to criticize someone’s lack of vision:

“Amy is a tireless worker, but sometimes she forgets the big picture. I need her to channel her work ethic in the right direction.”

People person

Aren’t people just a bunch of persons? This expression is used to describe someone friendly our outgoing – someone who likes to interact with people.

“I’m so glad we hired Janet. She is a real people person. She’s great with customers.”

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Lots of moving parts

People love simplicity. They hate things that are complicated. Things with “lots of moving parts” can be difficult to understand or learn:

“I love the new strategy, but the plan has lots of moving parts. I hope the managers will be able to explain it to their teams.”

“Our new digital advertising campaign is great, but there are lots of moving parts. I will need a couple hours to show the team everything we are doing.”

Low hanging fruit

Business people love fruit, especially the ones that hang low! Use this phrase to describe achievable targets:

“Let’s focus on the low hanging fruit. I say we start by selling the new product to our existing customers.”

It can also be used to describe tasks that are easy to complete:

“Before we tackle the large boxes, let’s take care of the little ones. It will be easier if we just take care of the low hanging fruit first.”

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Think outside the box

People in business love to talk about the ‘box” and whether their thoughts are on the inside of it. This phrase is used to talk about creativity. Sometimes in order to generate new ideas, you need to change the way you do things. That is what it means to “think outside of the box.”

“Let’s think outside the box. Instead of hiring a tutor to teach English to the staff in person, maybe we can hire Lingoloop to give them online English classes.”

We hope our take on these English phrases was helpful to you! Business people also use many abbreviations or acronyms. Click here to read our post on common business acronyms. Are you ready to learn English “outside of the box” with Lingoloop? Sign up for a free trial class today.

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The best online English course… really?

Why is Lingoloop the best online English course? Just ask any of our happy customers or read Lingoloop’s reviews:

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“Very good English classes for improving conversation skills!”

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“Thanks a lot, I am recovering my lost self confidence with you guys!”

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“I would highly recommend the website for anyone who want to improve his speaking skills.”

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“I really appreciate this program. The personalized corrections are the number 1 benefit for me. I will take this program rest of my professional career life to make sure that my English is appropriate for my profession.”

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“Had very cool experience in every class. The instructors are so nice and helpful.”

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“the best thing I have done this year is starting lingoloop. it is an excellent program that helps me speak English with pride, confidence, joy and enthusiasm. their method of writing my words on the screen lets me focus and memorize much better. it is an amazing method, one of a kind. thanks lingoloop I really love it.”

 

Lingoloop has a 4.9 star rating on Google! Click here to read more of our reviews and go to www.lingoloop.com to try our online English course today!

 

 

Why Online English Classes? Why Lingoloop?

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Have you been considering an English class online? It makes sense for a lot of people. With life’s many demands (career, family, chores) more adults are turning to online English classes to improve their English.

 

Benefits of an English Class Online

Why should you try an English class online? It may be obvious, but here is a short list of reasons why online English classes are becoming more popular with busy adults.

 

Learn From Anywhere:  With the growth of high speed Internet, students can take online English classes from anywhere (with a WiFi signal). Video chat (or VC) is no longer only used on computers – it is just as common for people to use smartphones for VC. 

 

Access to Native English Speakers Even if you live in the USA or Canada, you may not have easy access to native English speakers who are willing to help you improve. Foreign students tend to build their social lives around their native communities in college. Recent immigrants also seek out other expats from their home nation and have few chances to use English. If you surround yourself with people who don’t speak English, it’s hard to improve. Finding a program that has native English speaking tutors is pretty easy.

 

Create Your Own Schedule: Most online English programs offer classes at all hours of the day making it very easy for customers to find a time that works with their busy schedules.

 

It’s Social Even though you are in a room by yourself, online English classes can still be social. It’s a great way to connect with people from all over the world! Not only will you learn from your tutor, but you will also get a chance to learn from your peers!

 

Small Class Sizes There are plenty of language schools (both free and paid) that offer in-person tutorial services. However, many of them try to pack in as many students as possible into a given class. This is profitable for the school, but is usually a bad experience for the student. Most companies that offer online English classes feature much smaller class sizes (3 to 4 people) that allow for more interaction and engagement. Many also offer 1-on-1 or individual online English classes.

 

Learn From Home Convenience is a big plus for online English classes. Many Lingoloop students are able to take classes from the comfort of their homes. Imagine not having to drive to a school in order to learn. You will save time and gas!

 

Shop Around Many online programs offer free trial classes. It’s a great way to find an online English course that works for you! Lingoloop offers a 25 minute free trial class to all new students. Click here to create an account an claim your free trial class.

 

 

Why Lingoloop?

 

People ask us all the time: “How is Lingoloop different from other online English courses?” On the surface we may seem just like everyone else, but in reality we built a premium learning experience that separates us from the competition.

 

Our Teachers We pride ourselves on hiring the best teachers for Lingoloop. Many studied at elite colleges. Some have a master’s degree in education and/or a TEFL certification. All of them have prior experience in the classroom and are trained to listen to the needs of our students.

 

Our Method Lingoloop has been designed by educators with over ten years of experience with online teaching (ten years is a lifetime in online education!). The focus of our program is to get students comfortable speaking English as soon as possible. Our teachers listen more than they talk – that’s the key to teaching, and providing great feedback. 100% fluency is not everyone’s goal, and nor should it be. However, we strive to get our students 100% comfortable speaking English – “feel good speaking English” as we like to say.

 

We Make Learning Fun Education does not have to be boring. Our customers choose us because they don’t want to sit in a classroom with 30 other people listening to a boring lecture. They want an engaging and memorable experience that they will actually enjoy! Learning is easier when you are having fun.

 

A Boutique Experience Many of our competitors are 100% focused on growth and scale above everything else. From the beginning we have been focused on making our customers happy, and it shows. We are proud of our 5-star reviews and our positive testimonials.

 

Flexible Pricing We offer simple pricing plans for our service – different plans for people who have different needs.

 

Our Reviews We are very proud of our 5-star Google rating. We love to take care of our customers and it shows. 

 

Now that you know a little bit about our online English classes, go tell your friends about us. If you are interested in trying Lingoloop, give our FREE TRIAL CLASS a shot. See you in class!

 

Why Should I Improve My English?

You’ve probably thought about this for a while: why do I need to improve my English?

Maybe you speak English at your job, or your teachers speak English, or maybe people speak English where you live.  Maybe you just started studying, or maybe you took classes when you were younger, but now it’s time to get serious.

Why should you improve your English?

* 50+ countries have English as their official or preferred language
* ~1.75 billion people speak English around the world
* English is 1 of the 6 official languages of the United Nations
* 51% of the internet is in English
* English is the preferred medical language throughout the world
* English is increasingly the language of international business

Sadly, there’s no magical way to learn English, or any language.  But just like you learned your native language, you can learn English. No matter what your reason is for WHY you want to improve your English, online English classes with Lingoloop can help you feel good speaking English.

The best way to learn a new language is to practice.  Watching videos and listening to music can help, but you can’t stop a video in the middle and ask ‘But WHY did he say “person” and not “people”?’  Having a real tutor available to answer your questions and help you practice is the fastest, easiest, and surest way to improve your English.  Once you feel good speaking English with your tutor, communicating with people in your work, your neighborhood, and your life will be so much easier!

 

In future posts, we’ll be looking at English as it is used by businesses, governments, schools, and people in everyday conversations all around the world.  Start improving your English today with LingoLoop, and let us help you feel good speaking English!