For those eager to strengthen cross-border friendships but wince at either their lack of communication skills, or at the prospect of being misunderstood, this crash course of 7 scenarios — each featuring one of our extraordinary teachers — will unlock the secrets to confident self-expression in natural English.

Graceful and Effective Communication: Our teacher James will teach you how to engage others in a polite and respectful manner

Having trouble asking for help or politely informing someone that you just don’t have the time to help others? Did you know people are often happy to lend a hand to — or at least acknowledge the needs of — those who convey their messages affably? Let James show you how he politely invites a colleague to watch a film and turns down a similar offer in this video.

Forging Friendships: Our teacher Daniel will teach you how to engage in meaning conversations and thaw awkward situations with icebreakers

Do you get butterflies in your stomach whenever you respond to greetings in English? Overcome such nervousness and stand out from the crowd with Daniel’s selection of idioms! 

Securing a Dinner Date: Learn from our teacher Ian how to ask your special one out for a romantic dinner

Have you ever enthusiastically invited someone for dinner, but to no avail? According to Ian, all you need is to ask politely and offer an alternative. 

Travel Planning: Learn from our teacher Richard how to make the most of your trips

Does your carefully prepared itinerary always end up upsetting your companions? Take Richard’s advice for a laughter-filled journey: involve travel mates in the schedule-building and planning process! 

Problem-Solving: Learn easy sentence patterns from our teacher Melody to help friends navigate out of predicaments

To dole out constructive and wise advice to a troubled friend, Melody recommends building your personal views and proposed solutions around two sentence patterns: “In your opinion I’d…” and “If I were you, I’d….”  (The link doesn’t work for this one and not sure “In your opinion I’d…” is correct )

Rejecting Friends: Learn from our teacher Amy how to say NO without hurting feelings

Not sure how to say “No” for fear it may undermine a much cherished friendship? Use common sentence patterns such as, I’d love to…but…/ No thanks I’m busy/ to politely decline people and keep hold of your friends.

Inviting Friends: Follow our teacher James as he shows yow how to quit the Forever Alone Club for good

For those who always end up going to the cinema alone, the manner in which James persuades a friend to join him for a nice weekend — with skilful use of conversation triggers — is definitely something we could all do with a bit more practice of.

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