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#EngKnowledge: Labour Day 2021 and Improving Working Conditions

The first day of May is internationally celebrated as Labour Day, so let’s take a moment to honour and commemorate those who have struggled and advocated for better working conditions and let’s work harder to create a no-discrimination and safer workplaces for everyone.

We as today’s workers can enjoy around 40-45 hours of work a week (8-9 hours daily), receive minimum wages, social and health benefits, and paid leaves thanks to those who worked hard for these changes in the past.

Does this mean that the work is done for us? As the world is constantly changing, we also need to adapt. There are still works to do to cultivate healthier working conditions. What are those?

International Workers’ Day illustration inspired by Frederick Douglass.
Source: Facebook CWA Local 1033

1. Environmentally-friendly industries
As the climate change poses a threat to everything on earth, we can start by adapting environmentally-friendly policies in our offices. Things like reducing carbon footprints, unplugging devices when not used, maximising natural light, minimising the use of papers and plastic wrappings, as well as giving back to the environment through social works and charities can help.

2. Humanisation
Except for artificial intelligence, all workers are humans and not machine or robots. Sometimes we get tired, we underperform, or we have health issues that could affect our performance. The best way to handle this is to treat our coworkers sympathetically.

3. Open the door
Open more opportunities for people with physical challenges. Try to connect with NGOs that empower people with physical challenges to see if we can give some training and eventually employ them.

4. Stand up against discrimination, harassment, or alleged abuse
Discrimination in workplaces can be in any forms: race, skin colour, ethnicity, gender, or other social backgrounds. Harassment and abuse can also happen in verbal or written forms, from microaggression, bullying, to sexual misconduct. If anything like this happens in the workplace, please stand with the victim and bring up the issue to people team or the higher management.

5. Support career advancement
A good workplace should not only obligate us to come to work and get paid. Trainings and opportunities to learn new skills that can be beneficial to our careers are also important.

6. Interns are workers, too
The year is 2021 and we should have moved past the mindset that interns are paid with working experience. As they usually do a portion of work for the company, they should also receive payment and benefits.

7. Working overtime is not to be glorified
Some still think that working as long as possible, whether it is at the office or from home, is a sign of dedication, while it could be stressful and detrimental to our health in the long run. Remember that burnout is not a badge of honour. Instead, try using our regular working time as effectively and as efficiently as possible so we don’t have to carry the workload to home, to later hours, or to the following days.

8. Leaves are for taking a break
People who are on a leave should take a good rest without their workloads looming over their heads. Whether the employees are single, married, or have children and family of their own, their leaves are for them to use.

9. Medical benefits for workers
This should be of a top priority especially for high-risk jobs. Not only should it cover physical injuries, it will be ideal if the medical benefits also provides support for psychological treatment.

10. Transparency
There should be a clear understanding between the employees and the employers regarding the company’s policy. Policies made should be socialised before applied to allow for any input from the employees.

11. Support for working parents
The needs of working parents, especially mothers, to care for their children as well as provide for the family are often neglected. Instead, we can try to support the parents by allowing a place for children in the office, providing nursing room, or flexible parental leaves for both mothers and fathers.

12. Empower women
There are still many issues related to women and those who identify as women in the workplaces, whether it is discriminative treatment, unequal opportunities, or even pay gap. We could try to allocate a certain percentage of female employees especially in the role of decision-making.

Those are what we can suggest to improve our working conditions. Try to propose them to the people management team in the company that we are working for to see if we can make any changes.

Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, 1 May 2021.

#BusEng #EngVocab: Types of Job and Types of Work
#EngKnowledge: Short History of May Day
#EngQuote: Work
#EngTalk: Salary Issue on May Day
#IOTW: Idioms about Hard Work

#GrammarTrivia: Parallelism Structure

Hello fellas, how are you doing? Today we will discuss #GrammarTrivia Do you know what is “Parallelism” in English?

Parallelism or Parallel structure is important, especially in Academic circles or in the Business Corp. So whether you speaking or whether your writing this principle of Parallelism will help you to communicate more effectively.

Parallelism is speaking or writing technique in which you can communicate more powerfully by balancing different part of your sentence.

Let’s check some examples of Parallelism sentences:

1. Verb + Verb

E.g :Janet sings and dances.”

We see verb (sings) and verb (dances), so that sentence is Parallelism.

2. Gerund + Gerund

E.g: “We enjoy reading and cooking.”

We see gerund (reading) and (cooking), so that sentence is Parallelism.

3. Infinitive noun + Infinitive noun

E.g: “I like to watch movies and to travel abroad.”

We see that infinitive and noon (to watch movie) and infinitives and noun (to travel abroad).

4. Adverb + Adverb

E.g: “The Police acted quickly and carefully.”

We see that (quickly) and adverb (carefully), so that sentence is Parallelism.

5. Noun + Noun ( for long sentences)

E.g: “The Job demands professional qualifications, the ability to manage others and experience working around the globe.”

The parallelism structure of that sentence is become:

“The Job demands professional qualifications, managerial ability and global experience.”

Sometimes, it is very normal to write sentences there are not Parallel in the beginning, but after you correct them to become parallel structure, your writing or speaking are becoming more powerfully.

Fellas, you can learn more completely about parallelism structure from this video:

That’s all for today and See you tomorrow!

Compiled and written by @2013happyy for @englishtipsforyou on Wednesday, October 23, 2019

#EngTalk : Job Interview (2)

Fellas, are you a fresh graduate from a college or a university or do you want to take a professional work as early as after finishing high school? You must have been aware of job interviews.

Job Interview with Interviewers

Job interviews are amongst the first steps that must be taken before you start corporate life. Multinational companies specifically conduct the interviews in English. Could you share some stories of your first job interviews? Mention us.


“My first job interview was fun! Other candidates graduated from Perth and Californian campus, but the company picked me from Kalibata campus”.


I went for job interview for bpo job. Interviewer asked me to speak 5 minutes English. I spoke 30 seconds in proper English. It was Amazing experinced until I missed my bus“.

You must also have been aware that nowadays job interviews are not done face to face only. Companies can conduct the interviews through video calls or Skype.

But if you must meet the company’s HRD person or the user, dressing politely and making a good first impression will make you go a long way.

If you are applying for a job in creative industry, never forget to prepare your portfolio and creative experiences. They could help convincing the company to hire you.

A job in creative industry might vary from being a copywriter, a web content writer, a photographer, an illustrator, to a graphic designer.

As for formal sector, prepare your most updated CV that mentions your relevant past experiences. Formal sector jobs refer to an administrative staff, a financial staff, a customer service, a teller, a manager, and so on.

After the interview is over, make sure you have given the company your contactable phone number and email address.

That’s all for today, fellas. Good luck for your next job interview!

Compiled and Written by: @2013happyy for @englishtipsforyou on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

#BusEng #EngKnowledge: Old-School Career Rules for Millennials

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People who were born from 1981 to 1997 are often being referred to as millennial generation or simply ‘millennials.’ This age group is also the one who prides itself as 90s kids, as the people who belong to it spent their childhood and teenage era in the 90s.

Now, most millennials have grown up to the productive age when they start working as professionals. Fast-thinking, self-assured, and a high adaptability to technology are often considered as millennial workers’ strengths.

Sadly, millennials often get labelled as disloyal, quickly jumping from one job to the next, having high expectation, and having a great deal of entitlement. Millennials also tend to get bored easily. If they feel they are stuck, they will find a way to be unstuck, which makes them seem difficult to deal with. These traits make millennials easily misunderstood by their coworkers and employers who are from older generation.

So, how can millennials solve this? I’d like to share several old-school career rules that millennials can apply to their professional life.

  1. Communication matters.
    Even when we’re working in the same workplace, people come from varied backgrounds. This means that we need to explain ourselves from time to time. So, there shouldn’t be ‘I thought you already knew’ or ‘Nobody told me that.’
  2. Be on time.
    By being on time (or early, if possible) we show people that we respect their schedule and we take them seriously. Besides, a delay often leads to other delays. If we don’t finish a task in a timely manner, it is very likely that the other tasks are delayed. In a fast-paced working environment, things can easily get out of hand.
  3. Eyes on the details.
    Be it on the way we dress, the way we write our emails with proper and acceptable manners in business relationship, or the way we refrain ourselves from checking our phones during important meetings, pay attention to small details. Again, we want to show our partners that working with them is important to us.
  4. Never underestimate any tasks.
    “I didn’t spend 5 years in the university only to work on Excel spreadsheets,” was my thought on the first day of my first job. Do you also have a similar experience, fellas? Well, no matter how much we dislike trivial assignments, they are actually necessary to learn the workflow at the workplace. If we can handle trivia, we can always ask for more responsibilities to our supervisor.
  5. Give time for a change to happen.
    Oftentimes, we as millennials want to see some changes to immediately happen once we utter the ideas. A new coworker to share our workloads with, a promotion, a more challenging position, or anything similar. What we should realize is that our supervisor or employer makes a decision that concerns many other people. Therefore, they might take some time before making up their mind.


That’s all I can share, fellas. Let us as millennials be a good example for our generation, while also being an agent of change to the workforce.


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 7 May, 2018.


#BusEng: Basic etiquette in writing business letters or emails (revisit)

As a person or a professional, we are often required to represent ourselves well. When it comes to building communication, be it an oral or a written one, what we say and the manner of saying it play an important role in whether our intention is well received by the interlocutor.

Talking about written communication, sometimes we have only one chance to make the impression that we are a competent and reliable person/professional to work with. Therefore, every time we write a business letter or an email, proper written language, grammar use, and etiquette must always be kept in mind.

1. Start with respective letterhead and filling ‘to’, ‘cc’, and ‘bcc’

An official letter from a body or an institution usually already has a default letterhead. If we are an applicant, the format is simpler but not less important.

To Cc Bcc

To: the person who will take immediate action or give immediate response to your email.

CC: the person who should be kept in the loop because his role is also related to the email’s content.

BCC: the person who should be aware of the email being sent, but not having direct responsibility to the email. The person put on BCC does not see his name anywhere in the recipient box, nor will he see the other recipients who are also put on BCC.

2. The importance of subject

Professionals receive dozens up to hundreds of emails daily, and it is possible that they scroll down their email account overlooking our email. That is why we need to make our subject relevant and related to the email’s content, so the recipient can see what we want to say just by reading the subject. Keeping the subject line properly and effectively written is also necessary. Try to maintain its length to around 5 to 10 words and use proper capital letters.

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3. Body text must not be empty

Sole email attachments without an elaborated body text are often considered rude. Body text is the main content of a business letters or an email, so it should never be left empty.

Body text


Always start with greetings
If we know the name of the recipient, it is preferable to address with ‘Dear Mr’ or ‘Dear Mrs.’ If we don’t, we can start with ‘Dear esteemed customer’, ‘Dear valued partner’, etc.

If this is the first correspondence, introduction is important
If this is the first time we are sending the letter to that particular recipient, we need to mention our name and a brief introduction of who we are.

End the emails with ‘thank you’
No matter how bad we feel at the time of writing the email, we still need to thank the reader for his attention and his immediate action to take care of the issue. The ‘thank you’ part will also make the recipient feels more respected and appreciated. What is also necessary is adding a sentence to indicate whether we require the recipient’s immediate response. The following examples can be added:
“I am looking forward to hearing back from you.”
“Your immediate response is very much appreciated.”
“I hope to hear back from you.”


4. Attachments

Attachment is not a replacement to the body text, even though it often comes in a more elaborated version. To make sure the recipient is aware of the attachment, we can mention in the body text by saying:
“Attached is the copy of my purchase order for your reference.”
“Please have a look into the attachment for more details.”
“I also attached with this email my CV and recommendation letter from previous company.”

Most email hosting services limit their attachment size to maximum 5 or 10 megabytes. If the attachment of our email exceeds that size, we can use a file-sharing platform and then copy-paste the download link in to our email.


5. What else to avoid

The business letter or email that we write should represent our level of professionalism. Therefore, the following needs to be avoided.
– The use of internet abbreviation, such as LOL, ASAP, OFC, TTYL, etc.
– Non-professional font, such as the one that looks like it is coming from comic book or horror movie.
– Emoticons. Yes, emoticons are meant to make written communication seems more friendly, but we can save it for messengers.
– One or two liners, such as ‘Yes, fine’ or ‘OK’. Even though we may have discussed the topic previously via phone call or face to face discussion, the email should always come with a recapitulation of that discussion.


Compiled and written by @alicesaraswati for  on Monday, March 13, 2017




#IOTW: Work related idioms

  1. Start/get the ball rolling. Meaning: to take the first step to begin a process.
    • Example:
      • This February, we’ll start the ball rolling on the new project.
  2. Line of work. Meaning: job field; type of work.
    • Example:
      • The construction worker said that injuries were common in his line of work.
  3. Talk shop. Meaning: to talk about work-related things.
    • Example: 
      • Next outing day, let’s not talk shop and have a lot of fun instead!
  4. Call the shots. Meaning: to make the decisions.
    • Example: 
      • Tina needs to call the shots because her boss is away.
  5. Be in the red. Meaning: at a deficit; running at a loss; losing money.
    • Example:
      • The store has been in the red since the end of last year.
  6. Red tape. Meaning: bureaucracy; formal rules that usually make something hard to do.
    • Example:
      • Jessica’s working permit was held up for 2 months because of red tape.
  7. Slack off. Meaning: to work unproductively and lazily.
    • Example:
      • Because the boss is on holiday, everyone at the office slacks off.


Compiled and written for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, 20 January, 2016


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#EngTips: Faults to avoid in writing business letters

In this post, we’ll talk about some faults to avoid in writing business letters.

The fault to avoid at all costs in letter-writing is ambiguity. What you write should carry one interpretation only, and that it should be the interpretation you intended it to have.

Let’s get started!


1. Faulty Syntax

Faulty syntax is dangerous because it can distort the writer’s meaning. Have a look at the following sentence:

“We are sending you an antique clock by our Mr. Stark, with ornamental hands and engraved face.”

The placement of the comma in that sentence is very important. The phrase “with ornamental hands and engraved face” in that sentence refers to Mr. Stark because it’s placed after the name, separated by comma. That sentence is wrong because the phrase actually refers to the antique clock. This is the correct sentence:

“We are sending you, by our Mr. Stark, an antique clock, with ornamental hands and engraved face.”

That sentence is correct because the phrase is placed after “an antique clock”, separated by comma.


2. The double negative

The rule is of course that a double negative makes a positive, but in some instances a double negative is used where no positive is intended. For example, instead of writing:

“Neither of the three samples you send is the correct shade, and are of no interest to us.”

You should write:

“No one of the three samples you send is of the correct shade, or is of any interest to us.”

Nevertheless, avoid using a double negative.


3. Overdone superlatives

Giving compliments is good but don’t overdo it. Use only ONE of these: super, breath-taking, supreme, gigantic, exquisite, masterpiece, miraculous, stupendous, etc.


Compiled by @iismail21 for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, 20 March, 2016





#BusEng: How to write a good resume (curriculum vitae)


In this post, we are going to discuss some important tips in composing CV or Resume. Although this session mainly focuses on business/professional work, you could also apply these strategies in your CV for your study or scholarship application.

Here are some strategies to compose a good CV or resume that we have successfully compiled for you:

  1. Don’t lie. Never lie. Simple, tell the truth. Lying makes your CV seems dubious.
  2. Always include an overview paragraph in the head of your CV. This gives a glimpse of your qualifications to the reviewers.
  3. Be succinct. A good CV should not be more than 2 pages long (A4).
  4. Tailor your CV. Read the desired qualifications carefully and selectively pick up relevant professional experiences to include in your CV.
  5. Use effective diction. Some companies use word-search engine so make sure you employ relevant terms/keywords in your CV.
  6. Use ‘doing’ words, such as ‘developing,’ ‘organizing,’ ‘facilitating,’ ‘assisting,’ etc.
  7. Elucidate your experiences efficiently. Avoid jargons. Mention your achievements and challenges you overcame.
  8. Use percentage in your achievements. It gives a clear depiction on how capable you are in doing your job.
  9. A survey by Hilden reveals the top 5 aspects being looked for in a CV:
    1. Previous related work experience
    2. Qualifications and skills
    3. Readability
    4. Accomplishments
    5. Spelling and grammar
  10. Meanwhile, there are 5 common mistakes that applicants frequently commit in their CV’s:
    1. Spelling and grammar
    2. Not tailored to the job
    3. Poor work history
    4. Poor format
    5. No accomplishments
  11. Correct punctuation matters; some companies might consider the absence of a comma and a period as a sign of careless.
  12. Use professional word style. Choose Arial, Lucida Sans, or Times New Roman.
  13. Check, check, check. Make sure your CV is free from misspellings and grammar mistakes.

That’s all for today. Thank you so much for your attention. Good luck with your CV preparation.


Compiled and written by @wisznu at @EnglishTips4u on Wednesday, January 7, 2016


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#BusEng: Writing a Resignation Letter

Good evening, fellas! How’d your Monday go?

Last week, we’ve discussed how to resign from a company. If you missed it, this page can give you the summary

And now, we’re moving on to one of the most crucial parts of resigning: writing a resignation letter. #BusEng

I personally think that a resignation letter can be as equally important as an application letter. While an application can determine whether we will get the job, a resignation letter can set a different tone during your last days. #BusEng

So, what to write in your resignation letter? Here are some ideas. #BusEng

1. Keep it simple.

Start first with the normal and polite greetings. It’s recommended that the first paragraph has the information of your resignation and your last day. Have a look at the example.

Dear Mr/Mrs (your direct manager or supervisor’s name),

 I hope this email finds you well. Please accept this email as a formal notification that I will be resigning from my position as (your position) with (your company’s name), effectively starting on (your last day, normally 30 days after you submit your resignation).”

If you’re not comfortable writing about the reason why you resign, it is fine to just discuss it face to face with your employer. #BusEng

2. Say thank you.

If there’s a conflict that leads to your resignation, saying thank you might sound like a cliché. But, over the years or months you worked in the company, there were opportunities, friendship with your colleagues, and challenges that developed you whether as a person or as a professional. Furthermore, leaving a positive impression to your employer and your colleagues can always come in handy, especially if you decided to move to another company in a similar field.

So, no matter how excited you are to move on to a new challenge, saying thank you is always important. #BusEng

I would like to thank you for the opportunities during the past (length of time you have worked in the position) as a (your position). I have specifically enjoyed my responsibility to (mention your favourite parts of the job). I am truly grateful of the friendship I have gained in this company, as well as many lessons I have learned, such as (mention thing(s) that you learned while working in the company), which I believe will help me with my career in the future.”

3. Assist the transition.

There’s going to be a transition or task delegation to your replacement or your coworkers. Express your willingness to assist with the transition. Write also a few lines to wish the company a good luck. #BusEng

“I will do my best to train (your replacement) and to wrap up my duties during my last (30 days or so). Please let me know if there is anything else I can assist with during the transition.

I wish (your company) a continued success and I hope to stay in touch.

Yours sincerely,


(Your name)”


You might want to adjust the letter to suit your experience and the custom in your company. After that, you are ready to face your direct supervisor or manager. Or, you can also submit the letter via email, depending on the custom and rules in your company. #BusEng

Leaving a company with a good impression and less drama might not mean a great deal for the time being. But, there might come a day when you meet your former employer or coworkers. And it’s always nicer to meet as old friends. After all, we live in a small world. Who knows that someday you will go back working with your old company? :)) #BusEng

All right, I think that’s what I can share today, fellas! Hopefully it can be useful for you. If you have any questions, just tweet us.

You can also visit our site, for more interesting topics for English learners. Have a good rest, fellas! Good night!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 7 December, 2015.

#BusEng: Valediction

Let’s talk about ‘valediction’! It’s an often overlooked part of writing letters in English, but it’s crucial to know!

(Overlooked = terlupakan)

What’s a valediction? It’s that phrase/word at the end of a letter, right before signature.

Simply put, if ‘salutation’ is the opening greeting at the beginning of a letter then ‘valediction’ is the closing greeting at the end of a letter.

Some variety you’ve had seen before: Sincerely, Regards, Yours faithfully … What’s the difference between them, and how to use them correctly?

Let’s start with how valediction is used in British English.

“Yours sincerely” and “Yours faithfully” are most commonly used in formal British English letters.

“Yours sincerely” is used when the recipient is known by sender and was addressed by name in the salutation.

Example: If you addressed recipient with “Dear James” then you end the letter with “Yours sincerely.”

“Yours faithfully” means the recipient is not known by sender – or even if known, they have never met before.

Example: If you started with “Dear Sir/Madame” then end the letter with “Yours faithfully.”

Meanwhile in American English, “Faithfully yours” is no longer popular.

American English uses “Sincerely” and “Sincerely yours” in formal letters. However, “Sincerely yours” is only when you are writing to someone you already know.

How about ‘Yours truly’? As a valediction, it’s used when you signed a letter with the name of your company.

Dear Mr. Baggins,

Yours truly,
Thorin Oakenshield & Co.

How about ‘Best regards’, ‘Kind regards’, or ‘regards’? These are all semi-informal valediction.

You don’t use it to address a client, but you can to address a colleague you usually work with.

For informal setting? There are many that you can use: “Best wishes”, “Love”, “All my best”, “Best”, or “Cheers”.

In Christian organisations, “Yours in Christ” or “Sincerely in Christ” is used.

Islamic organisations usually use “Assalamualaikum wr. wb” as valediction.

Source: Crane’s Blue Book of Stationery

Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, 28 December 2014.

#BusEng #EngVocab: Types of job & types of work

Since today is Monday, let’s learn some terms related to business English. The topic is types of job and types of work.

  1. A full-time job is for the whole normal working week.
  2. A part-time job is for less time than that.
    • Example:
      • “Andrea works part-time as a barista in the cafe on the corner.”
  3. A permanent job does not finish after a fixed period.
  4. A temporary job finishes after a fixed period.
    • Example:
      • “I’m doing temporary work as an art worker to gain experience.”

So, what kind of job or work are you currently having or doing, fellas? To check your understanding on the types of job or work, let’s do this small quiz, fellas. I will start with an example.

  • Example:
    • Q: “I’m Alicia. I work in a public library in the afternoons from two until six. (I/ job)”
    • A: “I have a part-time job.”


  1. My husband works in an office from 9 am to 5.30 pm. (he/job)
  2. Our daughter works in a bank from eight till five every day. (she/work)
  3. I’m David and I work in a cafe from 8 pm until midnight. (I/work)
  4. My wife works in local government and she can have this job for as long as she wants it. (she/job)
  5. Our son is working on a farm for four weeks. (he/job)
  6. Our daughter is working in an office for three weeks. (she/work)


  1. He has a full-time job.
  2. She works full-time.
  3. I work part-time.
  4. She has a permanent job.
  5. He has a temporary job.
  6. She has temporary work.

Source: Business Vocabulary in Use – Intermediate by Bill Masculll

Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on September 15, 2014.



#BusEng: Cover and Thank You Letter

This might be Sunday but we feel like talking business today.

I noticed that many of you are in university. As a student, doing internship is a great step that many of us would take.

When I was a student, applying for internship was such a great deal. Other than perfecting my CV, I also tried my best to write a great Cover Letter and Thank You Letter, which we will be discussing today.

Let’s start with Cover Letter. So you find an internship that you are interested in, and you have gotten your CV ready.

I read somewhere that nowadays, some Human Resource officers never actually read it. But better be safe than sorry. Cover Letter is a great chance to get them interested in you.

So. A Cover Letter consists of 3 parts: Opening, About You, and Closing.

At the Opening, you stated your intention of applying for the position of intern in said institution.

If someone who works in the company gave you a reference to work there, then you can mentioned it in the Opening.

Describe yourself in one sentence in the Opening.

Here’s an example:

Closer look at the Opening. Notice all the elements I mentioned in previous tweets.

What if you don’t know the name of the person you’re writing to? Well, it’s always best to research, but writing “Dear Sir/Madam” is more advisable compared to “To whom it may concern”.

“To whom it may concern” targets a wide, unknown audience. “Dear Sir/Madam” specifically talks to the person you’re writing to. No black-and-white rule on that, but it’s always better to sound respectable.

Now, the fun part: About You. This is where you describe your qualification and skills.

Mention skills that are relevant to the position you are applying. How long should this part be? There’s no written rule on that, but better be short and practical. Choose your content wisely.

Now the Closing. Yes, English letters then to be more to-the-point compared to Indonesian.

Say thanks, and that you are looking forward to meeting them. Give your contact detail. The end.

Remember that professionals can receive up to 30 emails per day (even more!). Keep it simple and to-the-point.

Use valediction before your signature – ‘Sincerely (yours)’ or ‘(Best) regards’.

There are many types of valediction, but those two are more common for Cover Letter.

Remember to capitalise the first alphabet in first word. E.g. Best regards.

Now we are moving on to Thank You Letter! This is a mistake I did back in university.

After sending the application, you are being called to interview. Once it’s done, don’t forget to send a Thank You Letter.

I didn’t do this, and now that I’m a working professional, I noticed that not many students do this. It doesn’t guarantee you getting the job, but it always pay to be nice. You’ll be remembered.

Here’s how a Thank You Letter looks like:

Say thanks to the interviewer for giving you his/her time. Tell them how you remain interested in working for their company. Mention again how your skills can be beneficial for them. Close the letter with a request for further communication.

That’s all on writing Cover and Thank You Letter. Any questions or experiences you’d like to share?

@vickylaurentina: @EnglishTips4U Nanya dong. Kalo kita ngga tau si penerima surat itu laki/perempuan, boleh nggak tetep nulis Dear Sir/Madam?

@EnglishTips4U: Boleh kok. Kata ‘or’ dipakai untuk menggantikan garis miring.

Source: Crane’s Blue Book for Stationery

Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U
on Sunday, 21 December 2014

#BusEng #EngVocab: Word combinations using the word “meeting”

Today I would like to share some vocabulary related to.. “meetings!” Do you like meetings? How often do you have a meeting?

Here are 11 word combinations using the word “meeting” and their meanings.

  1. Arrange/set up/fix a meeting. Meaning: organize a meeting.
    • Example:
      • “I’m fixing a meeting with the team members this week.”
  2. Bring forward a meeting. Meaning: make a meeting earlier than originally decided.
    • Example:
      • “Alex has brought forward the meeting to tomorrow.”
  3. Put back/postpone a meeting. Meaning: make a meeting later than originally planned.
    • Example:
      • “Let’s postpone the meeting until everyone is ready.”
  4. Cancel a meeting. Meaning: not have a meeting after all.
    • Example:
      • “Did our boss cancel the meeting? I don’t see anyone coming.”
  5. Run/chair a meeting. Meaning: be in charge of a meeting.
    • Example:
      • “Who will run the meeting tonight? You?”
  6. Attend a meeting. Meaning: go to a meeting.
    • Example:
      • “I will attend a big meeting with very important clients tomorrow. I need to be ready.”
  7. Miss a meeting. Meaning: not go to a meeting.
    • Example:
      • “I can’t believe I missed our meeting because I overslept this morning!”


  • Business Vocabulary in Use – Intermediate by Bill Masculll

Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on October 10, 2014



#EngGame #BusEng: Presentation types

Anyway, Fellas, have you ever presented something in front of an audience, in college or at work? Believe it or not, presentation skill is one of the most important skills for students and working people. And apparently there are many types of presentation, and that’s what our topic for today is. Can you guess? Join this !

Let me give you an example:

S _ _ _ _ _ _: a financial adviser gives advice about investments to eight people. Can you guess?

“Seminar?” – 

Very good! You’re right! :-D

Let’s start the game!


  1. P _ _ _ _ C _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _: two chief executives tell journalists why their companies have merged.
  2. W _ _ _ _ _ _ _: a yoga expert tells people how to improve their breathing techniques and gets them to practice.
  3. L _ _ _ _ _ _: a university professor communicates information about economics to 300 students.
  4. B _ _ _ _ _ _ _: a senior officer gives information to other officers about an operation they are about to undertake.
  5. P _ _ _ _ _ _ L _ _ _ _ _: a car company announces a new model.
  6. T _ _ _: a member of a stamp-collecting club tells other members about 19th century British stamps.
  7. D _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _: the head of research & development tells non-technical colleagues about a new machine.


  1. Press conference
  2. Workshop
  3. Lecture
  4. Briefing
  5. Product launch
  6. Talk
  7. Demonstration

Source: Business Vocabulary in Use – Intermediate by Bill Masculll

Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on November 3, 2014.




#BusEng: Common Mistakes in Business English

So today we are going to discuss common mistakes in the context of business English.

The following words can also be useful if you are reading business or economy related articles.

1. Adverse and averse. The first means harmful/unfavorable. The second is dislike/opposition.

Example: “Adverse market condition caused the hiring process to be delayed.”

Example: “I was averse to paying USD 1,500 for a service that has been proven unsatisfactory.”

2. Affect – effect. Even many native speakers are still prone to this mistake; we’ll try to explain it to you again here.

Affect means to influence. It can also mean a mental state, or when you are able to influence what others don’t.

Example: “Impatient investors affected our roll-out date.”

Effect means to accomplish something. It has a more active tonality compared to ‘affect’.

With ‘effect’ you are implementing something. With ‘affect’ you are influencing something.

Example: “The board effected a sweeping change.” You can use ‘affect’ for this sentence and the meaning will slightly differ.

3. Compliment – Complement. The first means saying something nice. The second is to add, enhance, or complete.

Example: “I compliment you for complementing your service with a mobile app.” <– Best way to explain it! LOL

4. Criteria – criterion. It’s Latin, and yes the first one is plural. The second is singular.

Example: “One of the criteria of being a good secretary is attention to detail.”

5. Farther – Further. The first one is physical distance, the second is figurative distance.

Example: “I need to do some research before we can discuss this further.”

Example: “I will be in trouble if you are moving your desk any farther.”

6. Insure – Ensure. Insure is insurance, ensure is to make sure.

Example: “You need to ensure that the car is insured before you take it on a business trip.”

7. Number – Amount. Number is measurable (bisa dihitung), amount is not.

Example: “The amount of caffeine we have everyday at work is staggering.”

Staggering = so surprising and impressive it wows you.

8. Precede – Proceed. The first means come before. The second means to continue.

Example: “Let’s proceed to discuss the preceding data on smartphone use in emerging market.”

Emerging market = negara yg memiliki potensi mjd pasar berkembang, tapi potensi tsb belum terpenuhi.

10. Principal – Principle. The first means most important, the second is fundamental (mendasar).

Example: “The principals of the company all share the same certain principles.”

Principal can also means a headmaster in a school, or top executives in a company.

Got any questions related to English in business or office setting? Ask away!

Souce: TIME

Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, 31 Aug 2014.

#IOTW : Business idioms (4)

Hiyya, fellas! Check out these idioms related to business in today’s #IOTW

  1. To bankroll (someone/something). Meaning: to finance, to supply money. Arti: membiayai seseorang, mendanai sesuatu.
    • Contoh:
    • “We’re lucky to have the movie mogul to bankroll our project.” ~membiayai proyek kita.
  2. Big cheese/gun/wheel. Meaning: an important person, a leader. Arti: Seseorang yang penting, seseorang yang berkuasa.
    • Contoh:
      • “Despite his young age, he’s become a big cheese in the fashion industry.” ~ orang penting di industri fashion.
  3. By a long shot. Meaning: by a big difference. Arti: selisih jauh, beda jauh.
    • Contoh:
      • “Our company beat out the bids of the other companies by a long shot.” ~dengan selisih yang amat jauh.
  4. Carry through with (something). Meaning: to put something into action, to do something. Arti: menjalankan/melaksanakan sesuatu.
    • Contoh:
      • “You have my blessing to carry through with the plan.” ~ menjalankan rencana.
  5. Cut corners. Meaning: to economize, to try to spend less money. Arti: mengurangi biaya/pengeluaran, berhemat.
    • Contoh:
      • “We had to cut some corners when the labour force demanded a pay rise.” ~mengurangi biaya saat buruh menuntut kenaikan gaji.
  6. Deliver the goods. Meaning: to succeed in doing a good job of something, Arti: berhasil melakukan tugas/pekerjaan dengan baik.
    • Contoh:
      • “The new intern is not very sociable but he is able to deliver the goods.” ~ bisa bekerja dengan baik.
  7. To draw up a contract. Meaning: to make or draft a contract. Arti: menyusun kontrak/kesepakatan.
    • Contoh:
      • “The lawyer spent several hours drawing up a new contract.” ~ menyusun kontrak baru.
  8. To get off the ground. Meaning: to make a successful beginning. Arti: membuat awal yang baik, mulai dengan baik.
    • Contoh:
      • “We’ve worked hard to get the new product off the ground and it paid off.” ~agar produk terjual dengan baik~
  9. Have a stake in (something). Meaning: to have part ownership of a company/business. Arti: punya bagian/andil.
    • Contoh:
      • “You can’t just shut me out, I have a stake in this company.” ~ punya bagian (saham) di perusahaan ini.
  10. Jump off the shelves. Meaning: to sell very well. Arti: terjual dengan sangat laku, banyak dibeli orang.
    • Contoh:
      • “The new smartphone is jumping off the shelves. Everybody wants to have one.” ~sangat laku terjual.

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, May 18, 2014

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#BusEng: Telephone language

Hi, fellas! Did you receive a phone call from overseas today?

Many people find it difficult to make phone calls in a foreign language. I do. Do you? During a phone call, you can’t see the person you are talking to, or the voice might be unclear. And you have to think fast enough to choose the right words to say, especially when it is a business phone call.

Today, I’m going to give you some words and phrases that you can use when you make a phone call.

  • If you want to improve your telephone skills, try to learn some of the multi-word verbs that are commonly used. You can use ‘hold on’ or ‘hang on’ if you want the speaker to wait. Example: “Please hang on a second…”
  • If you are talking to a secretary, he/she may say “I’m going to ‘put you through’ to my boss.” It means to connect your call to another telephone. He/she then may say “I can’t get you through him.” It means the person you want to talk to is not available.
  • If it happens, you can ask the secretary to tell the boss to ‘call you back’, or return your phone call.
  • Formality is also important when you talk to a person on the telephone. First of all, you have to know the title of the person you want to talk to. If you are too formal, people might find not comfortable to talk to you, but if you are too informal, people might think you are impolite.
  • In business, you should use ‘could’, ‘can’, ‘may’, or ‘would’ when you make a request. Example: “Could I speak to Robert Downey, please?” or “Would tomorrow be okay?”
  • Don’t forget to use ‘please’ and ‘thank you (very much)’ whenever you ask for help or information.
  • Some informal English such as ‘okay’ and ‘bye’ are okay to end the conversation. Ex: “Okay, I’ll see you tomorrow. Bye!”
  • Now, what if you don’t understand or can’t hear what the speaker is saying to you? Actually, it’s better to ask for clarification rather than to pretend you understand something that you didn’t. You can use phrases like ‘I’m sorry, could you repeat that, please?’ or ‘Could you speak a little slowly, please?’
  • And if you still can’t understand, you could say “I’m sorry, the line is very bad today. Could you text me.” Or maybe you can try to call the speaker back later.

That’s a wrap for today, fellas! Don’t forget to practice words, phrases, and vocabulary before you make the call.

Compiled by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on April 26, 2013

#EngQuiz: vocabulary related to work

We will have an #EngQuiz while at the same time building our vocabulary. This time the vocab is related to work. Here’s how to play:

  1. Fill in the gaps with the letters of the correct word related to work based on clues given.
  2. The first letter will be given.

Here’s an example question:

  • 1) C _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (noun). Clue: an applicant for a job or position.

Can anybody answer the example question I just posted? ;)

Great! First person to answer correctly! :D “@DewaNikira: 1) Candidate”

Alright, fellas, you know how to do this. Let’s get this #EngQuiz started!!

  • 2) B _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (noun). Clue: education and work experience.
  • 3) D _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (noun). Clue: the date when something is due or must be finished and turned in.
  • 4) P _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (verb). Clue: to organize according to importance; to be able to do projects in order of importance.
  • 5) M _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (verb). Clue: to work on several projects at the same time, usually of different natures.
  • 6) W _ _ _ E _ _ _ _ (noun). Clue: responsible moral philosophy or code of conduct at work.
  • 7) P _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (adjective). Clue: potential or expected in the future.
  • 8) D _ _ _ _ _ O _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (adjective). Clue: capable of paying attention to details.
  • 9) R _ _ _ _ _ _ (noun). Clue: a new comer to an organization.
  • 10) P _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (adjective). Clue: thoroughly capable in a skill.
  • 11) T _ _ _ P _ _ _ _ _ (noun). Clue: someone who works well with others.
  • 12) P _ _ _ _ _ _ (adjective). Clue: waiting, something not yet decided.
  • 13) D _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (verb). Clue: to keep evidence of a written record, such as photocopies, notes, email, etc.
  • 14) I _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (verb). Clue: to communicate directly, to meet and interact.
  • 15) I _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (noun). Clue: the beginning or start.

Nice work, fellas! Now I’ve got what I need! Ready for the moment of truth? PS: I’ll retweet those who answered the quickest.


  1. @Beautiw: background
  2. @evasembiring: Deadline
  3. @fathianm: prioritize
  4. @radnindra: Multitask
  5. @novirindi: Work ethic
  6. @ferranifarida: PROSPECTIVE
  7. @bidarani: Detail oriented
  8. @sijojo: Recruit
  9. @ryu_ndha: proficient
  10. @anitrii: team player
  11. @fitriairts: Pending
  12. @GldBene: Document
  13. @ZarahChance: Interface
  14. @MRFH07: inception
Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on October 15, 2012