Apr 18th 2019

How to Write a Perfect Graduation Speech

Guest post written by Regine Ward.

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Graduation is an event that every student anxiously anticipates. But as graduation day nears, it becomes obvious that writing a powerful and convincing speech is not as easy as it seems.
Of course, every speech should be genuine, personal and unique. However, there are tips and tricks that can be applied to any graduation speech which are gathered in the following article. So, keep reading to learn more about how you can write a memorable speech.

#1 – Consider Your Audience

When you start writing your graduation speech, you usually think about your classmates who will be listening to it. But there will also be parents, teachers, and the administration. So, your speech must be adapted to every member of your audience.
Keep in mind that students vary – some of them have honors, others – sport achievements, and some who simply struggled to finish studying. So, make your address speak to every person and consider their experiences.

For example, if you want to use some complicated words or terms, you can gently accompany them with clarifications or with more widely accessible words. This way, you will make your speech relatable to your listeners.
Also, avoid using phrases like “now we know what we are going to do in our lives,” or “we all had our best experiences here,” as these phrases might not apply to all your classmates.

#2 – Always Proofread

Finishing your speech in the nick of time, just before getting on the stage is not the best way to prepare a persuasive delivery. When you have all your thoughts organized on paper, reread your text, and make your edits. Pay attention to the logical flow of the text, transitional sentences, and repetitions. Even though your teacher or professor won’t rate your literacy, keep your speech free of grammatical mistakes, and typos as you might become confused in the process. In this case, Ginger is what you need for a backup.

If you don’t know what to talk about in your speech, or how to organize your thoughts, especially if you have no experience in writing a speech yourself, you can turn to a freelance writer from platforms like, Take My Class.

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Mar 17th 2019

How to Ace a Job Interview in a Foreign Language

Guest post written by Rachel Jackson.

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Handling a job interview in a foreign language can make you feel twice as anxious – not only do people naturally get nervous before a job interview, but, incorporating a foreign language, adds a whole new layer of complexity by making the situation feel extra stressful. Although it’s easier said than done, it’s absolutely possible to ace a job interview in a foreign language. It’s all about the time you spend preparing.

Tell the Truth About Your Proficiency

Getting off on the wrong foot with a potential employer by being dishonest might be a mistake you can’t come back from. If you aren’t fluent in the foreign language at hand, be honest with the company and your interviewer. Sometimes, it’s a show of good faith to demonstrate that you recognize your shortcomings and you’re eager to learn. Tell them how you intend to continue studying and refining your proficiency.

Familiarize Yourself with Niche Terminology

Get all the niche terminology that you can and make sure you understand it. Whether you found the job on a corporate website or a job board, a description of the duties, titles, and responsibilities should exist somewhere online. These niche terms are unlikely to be common knowledge if you aren’t an expert speaker of this foreign language. Making sure, that you understand special terminology before the interview, will help you communicate with grace and ease.

Rehearse Common Questions and Answers

Some questions are routine and commonplace in job interviews, no matter what language they’re being conducted in. Look these questions up and rehearse your answers. Employer review websites may mention the exact questions candidates were asked during their first interview. These questions typically probe at vital information, such as qualifications, education, career background, and why you’re drawn to the position. While, you can’t possibly prepare for everything they’re going to ask you, you’ll significantly limit the amount of time you have to think on your feet if you’re able to keep a few responses on the backburner.

Bring as Many Visual Aids as Possible

The more you can show, the less you have to explain. If you can type up documents and create presentations or example portfolios in the foreign language, you’ll have enough time to check your translations before you show them off. You won’t need to explain or scramble in the moment to get your point across. Showing, is sometimes more valuable than telling, and going the extra mile to bridge gaps in communication and transcend language barriers, will show your commitment to securing the position.

Spend Extra Time Speaking the Language

If you haven’t spoken the language aloud in a very long time, you’re going to wind up warming up in real time. Start thinking in the language a few days before the interview. Make an effort, when appropriate, to speak your thoughts aloud. If the language is very different from your native tongue, the accent may be contrary to the way you’re usually speaking. Without a proper accent, the things you say may be difficult to understand or not make sense. Immerse yourself in the other language. If you can watch a TV show or listen to music where the foreign language is spoken, you’ll keep everything fresh in your mind.

 

It’s never too early to start preparing for a foreign language job interview. The more you practice, the better off you’ll be. Worse case scenario, you can always equip your phone with a live translation app that will help you get through the harder parts.

About author: 

Rachel is a mother of 2 beautiful boys. She loves to hike and write about travelling, education and business. She is a Senior Content Manager at Brighter Finance – a place where you can learn how to manage your finances.

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Mar 12th 2019

Your Welcome or You’re Welcome?

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Written by Malki Ehrlich on December 29, 2016

It’s the holiday season and people are getting together, swapping gifts, and sending “Thank You” notes to one and all. So, how do you respond? Do you reply with “Your Welcome” or “You’re Welcome”?

People often make the mistake of writing Your Welcome when it should be You’re Welcome! Since they both sound the same, it’s easy to make such an error. A good way to remember is to use “you’re” when it’s appropriate to say “you are”.

Let’s take a look at some comparisons:

                            Yоur                                                                              Yоu’rе
Examples:  “Yоur flу іѕ open.”                                   “You’re making things very hard fоr me.”
Examples:  “I lіkе уоur shoes.”                                  “Yоu’rе the lоvе оf mу lіfе”.
Mеаnіng:  “Your” means “bеlоngіng tо уоu”.            “Yоu’rе” іѕ a combination of “уоu аrе”.

Is it a Noun or a Pronoun?
“Your” is a possessive pronoun such as Your Cat, Your House, etc. It is always followed by a noun such as Cat or House.  Since it is possessive by nature, it never has an apostrophe with it.

Here’s two more exаmрlеs of Yоur Welcome vs. Yоu’rе Welcome that will help us understand this better:

Correct usage of ‘You’re’.
“I think your more than qualified for that position”. That’s saying “I think you more than qualified for that position”. The grammar is wrong because it does not make any sense. The sentence should be “I think you’re more than qualified for that position”.

Correct usage of ‘Your’.
You’re hair is the loveliest shade of red”. What you are saying is: “You Are hair is the loveliest shade of red” which is obviously the wrong use of the word. The correct usage should be “Your hair is the loveliest shade of red”. A contraction is never followed by a noun such as Hair.

You’re Welcome!
The Ginger Software Team

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Mar 10th 2019

3 Ways to improve your English communication skills

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Are you looking for new ways to improve your English communication skills?
Here are 3 easy ways:

1. Listen to English Speaking Shows

Find an interesting TV show, radio show, or even podcast that you can listen to both at home and on the go. Spend as much of your downtime as possible listening to spoken English. ITunes offers a great variety of hour long podcasts that you can directly download to your mp3 player. Listening to spoken English will help you improve your improve your vocabulary, learn better sentence structure and make learning the correct pronunciation of difficult words even easier.

2. Start A Blog
Use your hobbies, field of study or career path to help you learn English. While you may have a solid foundation in reading, writing and speaking in English, there will be many words that are specific to your hobbies, studies or career that will not come up in everyday conversations or during your English classes. To master these interest specific words, try writing a regular blog about subjects related to your field of study, interests or career path. Even if you are just summarizing articles in English, you will quickly become familiar with the English translations of words that you are already familiar with your native language.

3. Use Ginger’s English Personal Trainer
Ginger’s English Personal Trainer keeps track of the mistakes that you make while writing both in MS Office and online in your browser and uses these errors to determine which are your weakest areas of English. Ginger will present you with personalized lessons based on your weak areas to help you fix your problematic areas of English. Download Ginger’s Personal Trainer HERE!

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Mar 9th 2019

How to Write an Essay?

 

That’s it the vacation is over!

Now that September is officially here, we have to face the ugly truth  — the summer has almost ended and it’s about time to go back to school! Of course there’s a lot more to going back to school than actually getting out of bed on a predetermined day and finding a place to sit (hopefully as far away from the teacher as possible). By now you’ve probably bought new school clothes, caught up on all the gossip and let’s not forget, finished all of those annoying projects they gave you to work on over the break. The worst of these pesky projects is, without a doubt, the dreaded “What I did over my summer vacation” sample essay.

The perfect student essay – Or how I became a smarter/deeper/funnier person
You should see this academic essay as your very best chance to make a good impression on your teacher. This is it, the ultimate self-promotional tool that, if used wisely, could get you on your teacher’s good side for the whole year. My advice to you here is to go Hollywood! Like a good movie script, show how your character (you)  developed over the summer to become a better person.

Use proper essay structure 
 First things first – Like all things of essence and quality, a well-written essay requires the use of a formulated essay structure.  That’s right I’m talking intro, main body and conclusion — your 1-2-3 knockout combination! Use your intro to describe your frustrations/fears going into the summer vacation.

I came I saw I overcame – People (and when I say people I mean teachers) love a good “against all odds” story. Try to work up the sympathy by describing how bored you thought you would be, or how bummed you were that you had to get a summer job. Surprise and delight the reader  by showing how eventually you learned  to use the time to your advantage (by advantage I mean how you read books, did homework and engaged in otherwise uncool behavior).

Close it down gently – Now that you’ve got your audience eating out of the palm of your hand, you need to wrap your essay writing efforts. This is the place where you “realize” that you had it all wrong from the get-go, that you “grew” as a person. Maybe you helped someone along the way by showing them that reading/helping the elderly/doing chores is a great way to spend your time. Another option might be to show how you were able to outwit the neighborhood bully with the knowledge you acquired while doing your summer reading.

Last but not least – Essay review for student essay writing!
A minute before you start casting your blockbuster student essay, let’s slow things down and take it for an essay review. Use Ginger’s Grammar Checker to make sure that your spelling and grammar is beyond reproach and then try out the Sentence Rephraser to give your academic essay a bit of that Hollywood sparkle!

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