Three tips from Banker Koh Kar Siong
TIP 1: Keep your messages short and simple
When sending out e-mail, try to avoid using long sentences and bombastic words.
Instead, go straight to the point and stick with simple vocabulary.
This will help reduce the number of errors made in your e-mail and ensure that the message can be understood easily.
This way, misunderstandings can be avoided and you do not need to waste time explaining your message all over again.
TIP 2: Sign yourself up for language courses
Attending a language course conducted through your firm is one way to help improve your English.
Try to go for specific courses that might help you in your work, such as those for business presentations.
If you want to attend an external course, such as those by the British Council, check with your company to see if it offers any reimbursements for the course fees.
TIP 3: Have a positive attitude towards learning
Do not take it personally when a colleague or supervisor points out and corrects your mistakes.
Instead, see it as an opportunity to improve your English.
If you have colleagues or friends who are proficient in the language, get them to correct you whenever you make a mistake, and do not hesitate to approach them for help when needed.
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