How To Fail A Job Interview Because Of English!

Having taught hundreds of adult learners of English, many of whom were desperately looking for work in Sydney, one of the most expensive cities in the world, I have come to notice a number of factors that lead the students to fail job interviews.

To apply for jobs looking for “bubbly” personalities

Be realistic. Know your strengths and weaknesses. You might be “bubbly” in your language but are you in English? “Bubbly” people are obviously people who never shut up, they’re like a chatterbox, very talkative, get it? So, to be “bubbly”, you need to have so many words “bubbling” in you and out of you, which is most probably not going to be the case if you’re still learning English and are not very fluent yet.

To use long difficult words to impress

Yes yes I know that’s all you know, especially if you started off learning the language through reading and writing. The thing is most people are not comfortable listening to that sort of formal language, it sounds very artificial. They prefer more standard, more natural language. Why? Because it is just easier to understand and relate to. We call that “colloquialism”. Do NOT confuse colloquialism with slang. They’re NOT the same. Yes they do have much in common, but they’re not the same. Colloquialism is the standard everyday language that we all speak, regardless of where we’re from, whether you’re from the US, Britain or Australia, you will more often say “get in” instead of “enter”, “run away” instead of “escape”, “gonna” instead of “going to” etc. Slang is more specific and regional. There’s slang used by teens, construction workers, IT people, actors etc (again, not to confuse that with jargon and terminology). Using slang means you choose “stink” instead of “bad smell”, “buzz off” instead of “go away”, “get wasted” instead “get drunk”, get it? So that brings us to our next point…

To use slang to impress

Again, in trying to impress, you might think “I’m going to show that guy how good I am in English, I’m going to use more slang than he or she does”. If you do that, the chances are that you’re going to sound like a fool, especially if you have a bit of accent, because as I said, slang is local, so it sounds more natural when spoken by those who have always lived in that area. Yes there is “standard” slang but that can still be inappropriate in most situations, so you’re not impressing anyone by using it. Having said all that, it all comes down to the interviewer and the job you’re being interviewed for. Some interviewers are like that. They use slang in job interviews too. If they start it, then by all means, play along.

To take long confusing pauses during the conversation

Under no circumstances should you freeze like a deer caught in the headlights during the interview. You’ve got to keep going no matter what! Get used to saying something, anything. even if it’s not what you intended to say. If you forget what you want to say, say “What was I going to say? I can’t remember. forgot to have my morning coffee today” Memorize a couple of sentences to save you from embarrassment. If you can’t find the word you’re looking for, say “Umm… what do you call it? what do you say when you want to… “, explain what you want by using different words and engage the employer in the conversation, it’s OKAY, trust me, it’s not the END OF THE WORLD, it happens to native speakers too, but they don’t FREEZE. Taking long pauses, staring at the roof, giggling nervously or apologizing for your bad English, can be the WORST thing you can do in a job interview.

To think that your weird accent is cute and funny

It’s not cute and it’s not funny, especially if it’s distracting. Employers need to be able to understand the content of the conversation without having to focus an awful lot on the sounds. I love children because they’re honest. They once told a Japanese friend of mine, “why do you speak weird?”. They didn’t know their words were like daggers, she was having nightmares about it for months especially that she had been speaking English for a while and always got false reassurances from adults about her English. Fix it. Your pronunciation should be at least good enough not to get attention from anyone. Is that clear enough? If your pronunciation causes someone to start guessing or even realize the vast different between your accent and his, then most probably, you won’t be getting this job. It’s simply too much hard work for the employer or any person communicating with you in English. Some jobs do not require oral communication, but rather, technical knowledge, in which case you would stand a greater chance to get the job.

Not to prepare to speak about your strength

It’s hard enough for you as an English learner to sit there in front of one or several interviewers staring at you and asking you all sorts of questions, the least thing you can do is prepare. Prepare, Prepare, and Prepare. I personally recommend that you prepare talking about yourself, because most of the times, employers want to know you, about you, and what you can do for them. That’s the bottom line. What can you do for them? What can you bring to the table? You show them that and you’re in. The words themselves do not matter as much as confidence does. How do you get confidence? Prepare and rehearse. Rehearse talking about the unique qualities you want the employer to see in you, rehearse saying what you want to say until it sounds credible (believable), genuine and natural. Pronunciation (the way you speak) has a lot to do with that. You’ve got to know how to talk about yourself in a way that makes the employer feel he or she can trust you. Your choice of sentence stress and voice pitch and overall intonation has the potential to secure that dream job you’ve been trying to get.

Easy and Quick Ways to Learn Indonesian

The Indonesian language is the official language of Indonesia. It was made the official language after the declaration of independence in 1945. It is known as a language that adds affixes to the base words. So, the words in this language are formed by the joining of different words with each other. It is a mixture of many languages, such as Chinese, Dutch, Arabic, Portuguese, Sanskrit, Persian and many other languages. It is truly a fascinating language to learn.

Indonesia is considered as the fourth most populous country in the world. So, it is most widely spoken language in the world.

Learning Indonesian language:

There are many ways by which you can learn this language. It is not difficult to learn it, but some words require repetitive practice to learn them. Some of the methods and tips to learn this language are mentioned below.

Plan a trip to Indonesia:

It is the most effective way to learn this language. You will not regret spending your hard earn money on this. This will help you stay motivated and you can learn by interacting with different people over there. Do not worry about making mistakes, while speaking this language. Mistakes are the part of learning. The people over there do not mind if you speak it wrongly. They appreciate your efforts to learn this language and will help you in this task.

Some people try to learn this language only by listening. You cannot have the full grip on this language unless you try to speak it too. You must practice speaking it in order to learn this language.

You should also speak this language as the way you speak rather than trying to mimic the style of the Indonesian natives.

Audio tapes:

Another way to learn this language is by the use of different audio tapes and courses. These will help you in learning core vocabulary at a faster pace. These tapes cover not only the spoken courses, but also enhance your reading and writing skills in this language.

This method is very cost-effective as compared to hiring a private tutor or joining an Indonesian language course at different schools.

There are many advantages of learning through audio tapes. You can also pop the CD or the tape and download it into your mp3 player or by playing it in your mobile phone. So, your learning has made easier with the advancement of technology.

You just need to learn some basic rules of this language and it will become easier later on.

So, learning Indonesian is not difficult. It just requires some time, your consistency and motivation.

The Use of Posters: English Grammar

At first thought, when the word poster is mentioned, many of us will automatically think back to our time at school, when the felt tip pens and Pritt sticks were bought out and the teacher said ‘make a poster!’ Some revelled in this, whereas others detested having to put pen to paper to express their creativity. Nowadays in the world of business, posters can be a company’s best marketing tool, and here’s why.

Posters are incredibly easy to create, even for the amateur computer user and designer, hence why they are so popular to use as a marketing tool. If you have the budget, you could outsource a designer, who will have the knowledge and the imagination to capture what your poster is about, and also what you want to get out of it. A poster aimed for children about English Grammar to be displayed in schools, will be a very different to a poster about a Garden Centre sale on potted plants. A designer will be able to target the poster to your specific market, and also ensure that the poster is not only looked at, but also action is taken when someone looks at the poster.

Posters are simple to construct, produce and print quickly, enabling them to be a quick solution to a problem. If you decide on a Friday that you need some posters for Monday, you will be able to, as turnaround can be as rapid as this. Posters are also relatively cheap to produce compared to that of a radio or television commercials, so they can fit almost anyone’s budget. There are the cheaper options of paper weight if you are on a budget, or the more luxurious papers such as gloss and velvet lamination.

Posters are an incredibly easy way to target your exact market, as they can be placed almost anywhere. For instance, if you were advertising a new children’s toy, you would put posters up at a pre-school where children will see them, or at a local café where parents might see them. This is an excellent way to control who sees your posters, and how long for. If you are advertising your company as a general, as you evolve and change your business, you can easily amend your posters and leaflets accordingly.

Posters are a great way to grab people’s attention, by using bright colours and attractive pictures, you can ensure that people will at least glance at your poster, and most probably read all of it or part of it.

To get your posters printed, there are multiple printing companies that may be local to you, or larger corporate companies.