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THHow can you socialise more easily and effectively in English?!

At Trebinshun House, we often work with students who want to develop their social English. Do you ever attend networking events, have business dinners with visiting colleagues, or even just work with a multinational team and have everyday conversations about the weekend, family news etc. How can you socialise more easily and effectively in English?

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THUse your Week-ends Wisely at Trebinshun House

The Trebinshun House courses are completed by lunch time each Friday and start again with new participants in the early evening of the following Sunday.

During your course you will learn an enormous amount of English and the weekend gives you an opportunity to use this new knowledge in a variety of practical situations and at the same time to visit places of interest, meet friends or relax and unwind in a new and different location.

There are many possibilities for your week-end and the Trebinshun House team is happy to help you with any arrangements.

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THMy Two Week Executive English Language Course

andrea's visit to newportMy name is Andrea and I came to Trebinshun House for a 2 week executive English course in August. For the week-end in the middle of my course I decided to visit Robin and Liza in Pembrokeshire.

I arrived at their castle on Friday in the early evening when the little town was in full sunshine. I was shown into my comfortable bedroom with its private bathroom. This is a very old house so there are no ensuite bathrooms or even showers!

I went for a beautiful walk straight from the Castle down into the little town with its shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs and walked down to the beach and watched the boats in the harbour. I had a nice supper in the pub and it was a 5 minute walk back up to the Castle and my comfortable bed.

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THCommunicating at work: a more modern style?

I was working with a Swiss student recently who had specified the need to work on email language. A common request at Trebinshun House: we teach Business English after all. But exploring informal and formal phrases, another form of useful language also came to light: how to use the right tone for internal messages and semi-formal chat forums.

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THCross-cultural awareness: some ideas from our classrooms

by Claire Jaynes

Our classrooms are a perfect microcosm of the business world today: a mix of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. How do we all interact? What helps to break down the cultural barriers? I had this very debate this week in my Intensive Combination group who represented Switzerland, Denmark and Germany and we came up with three key points.

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THThree tips to improve your business communication skills

by Claire Jaynes

Many students on our Intensive Individual and Intensive Combination courses want to improve their general communication skills in English. In the classroom, we can work on these together but what can you do outside the classroom to maintain your level or even improve your skills? Here are 3 tips.

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THSuperfast Fibre Optic internet has arrived at Trebinshun House!

The Trebinshun philosophy has been alive and thriving for over 40 years: That Real English Learning is best achieved in a Real English environment. Our perfected balance of comfort, culture and tailored structure has evolved over a near half-century - and we are still evolving!

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THKeys To Presenting In English

by Claire Jaynes

The majority of our students attending our Intensive Individual or Intensive Combination courses are experienced business people. They come to us to look at how they can improve their presentation skills in English. What are the areas we focus on in class that can really make the difference to your performance?

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THWhat does it mean to ‘sound natural’ in English?

by Claire Jaynes

When we learn another language, it is really common for us to want to sound as natural as possible. A lot of our students want to ‘sound English.’ They don’t want to make mistakes and want to have clear communication with others. However, ‘sounding natural’ does not mean that we don’t make mistakes or that we speak perfect English (or Spanish, German etc). So what does it mean, to ‘sound natural’?

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THHow to maintain motivation in language learning

Many of our students start their Intensive programme with great enthusiasm but sometimes this fades after a couple of days or when they have to return to their work place. At Trebinshun House, we try to tackle questions about motivation and on-going learning from the very beginning, so what can be done practically to maintain good levels of motivation?

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THWhen Translation Works (and when it doesn't)

by Claire Jaynes

More than 500 million people have used Google Translate which just goes to show how important it is for us to communicate in another language. It may be just one or two words or alternatively, a whole paragraph, article or book (imagine that?). But how much can we rely on machine translation and how do us humans compare?

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