Welcome back to reality!
Phrasal verb of the week
to end up
Definition: to eventually do, reach, or decide
After not knowing where to eat dinner, we ended up at the Japanese restaurant.
Originally Jesus wanted to go to the Prado Museum, but he ended up at the Reina Sofia.
Now onto the topic of the month for April, which is Tips for Emailing in English. On today’s blog I will review some simple advice you can use for writing emails in English–either to coworkers, family, friends, prospective employers, etc.
1. Keep it simple!
When you’re writing in English, or any language, it is much easier for the reader to understand your message if you keep it uncomplicated. Try to make your points as directly as possible!
2. Make great use of the subject line
Every email you send must include a subject line, so before reading your message, the receiver has a quick idea of what your email is about. Be sure to make your subject very clear. For example, if your email is about a meeting, instead of simply writing Meeting in the subject line, it would be better to be specific with Sales meeting at 14h tomorrow.
3. Organize your email with bullet points
If you have many points to cover in an email, it is a good idea to organize them with clarity by making use of bullet points or using numbers. Also, this is a helpful tool for the receiver of the email when writing you back.
4. Before sending the email, spell check!
This is a crucial step in the emailing process. When you think you are ready to send the email, stop and reread what you have written. Make any changes in spelling, grammar, or punctuation that you notice. You can also use the spell check program on your computer to help you with this.
5. Include your contact information
At the end of the email, after you sign your name, be sure to not forget additional contact information about yourself. This can include your job title/company name, phone number, address, etc. depending on the context of your email.
That’s that! I hope you will keep this tips in mind next time you try to write an email in English. If you want to practice, you can always email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments, or suggestions for future blogs. I wish you a smooth return from vacation and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses!!!