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New English test for London drivers!

Do you think London taxi drivers should speak English?

It may seem a strange question to ask when London could be regarded as the centre of the English speaking world.

Yet many London drivers don’t speak English very well, especially Uber drivers. Some of them can hardly speak English at all. Not great when you want to go somewhere in a hurry!

Transport for London (TfL) now wants all London licensed private hire drivers to take an English test if their English doesn’t meet the required standard.

TfL says: “It is essential for public safety that all licensed private hire drivers are able to communicate in English at an appropriate level. Drivers need to be able to communicate with passengers to discuss a route or fare, as well as read, understand and respond to important regulatory, safety and travel information sent by TfL.”

Not surprisingly, Uber doesn’t agree. It says the test is discriminatory against drivers who do not come from an English speaking country.

I think Uber is wrong. Surely it’s sensible that all licensed private hire drivers learn to speak an appropirate level of English to be able to communicate reasonably well with their passengers.

In fact anyone doing a job which requires communication skills in English needs to make sure they have enough English to be able to understand, and be understood, in the workplace.

If you are non-native English speaker and you need to improve your English, I can help.

For information on the TfL English test, click here.

For information on Uber’s legal challenge, click here.

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Mal à l’aise avec l’anglais?

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L’anglais est un outil de travail incontournable pour de nombreux cadres, mais plus de la moitié sont préoccupés par leur niveau, y voyant un frein à l’embauche ou à l’évolution de carrière, selon une nouvelle étude.

panic2Près de la moitié des cadres (46,8%) estiment avoir un niveau débutant ou intermédiaire tandis qu’ils sont 36,4% à juger leur niveau “opérationnel” et quelque 16% à estimer parler un anglais courant. Mais près de la moitié (48,4%) indiquent avoir du mal à prendre la parole dans cette langue et 42,8% ne se sentent pas à l’aise pour écrire un courrier ou un email.

La formation en anglais avec english cup of tea est un moyen de résoudre ce problème. La formation se concentre sur vos besoins spécifiques dans votre travail et votre vie quotidienne et vous donne les outils et surtout la confiance dont vous avez besoin pour communiquer plus efficacement.

 Cliquez ici pour plus d’informations à propos de l’étude.

Source : le Figaro 09.09.13

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Oops! I didn’t mean to write that!

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A ‘typo’ is the name given to a mistake while typing or writing. We all make typos. Some are hilarious. Some are catastrophic. 

In Chile, coins were produced with the word Chile spelt ‘Chiie’. In New York City, a road was marked ‘shcool’ instead of ‘school’. An advert for a baby bath said it came with ‘poo’. Oops. 

Here’s a list of the worst typos – in pictures:


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Oops! Where’s my phone?

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Have you ever lost your mobile phone? Was it up a cow? In a cake? Down the toilet?

The Daily Telegraph has published a list of the strangest mobile phone insurance claims in the UK. A farmer said he damaged his phone while he inserted it into the rear of a cow while calving. Apparently he was trying to use it as a torch. A woman said she baked her Nokia in a cake. Can you go one better? 

Now, where did I put my mobile?

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English Cup of Tea wins three new contracts

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English Cup of Tea is proud to announce three new clients: DirectIndustry, ArchiExpo and NauticExpo. The three companies are part of VirtualExpo, the world expert in online exhibitions.

Ian Lavis, English trainer at English Cup of Tea, said: “We have developed a unique, highly personalised training programme to enable the employees of each company to speak with confidence to clients worldwide, both on the phone and face to face. The training is designed to help each business win and retain clients, and to help managers communicate effectively to a workforce of sales and web specialists drawn from around the world.”


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Good English is clear English

International business communication is not a question of fluency in English. It’s a question of using simple, clear English to communicate with people from different cultures. Find out more here:


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Don’t be stressed by business English

French people are under more and more pressure to improve their English in the workplace according to a new article published in “Les Echos”. The article says the pressure can be stressful for employees and jobseekers.

What can “English Cup of Tea” do to help?

Well, we make learning English enjoyable. We talk with you in real English about real issues – in work and out of work – and we’re not obsessed with grammar books. We focus on the English you need to get jobs, win contracts and develop your career, as well as the social English you need to survive when you meet people. Trainees learn faster when they enjoy it!

Here are the English and French versions of the article in “Les Echos”:

This is what people say about “English Cup of Tea”:

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Do you need English for your job?

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British Council podcasts are a good way to support your English lessons

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Jamais trop vieux pour apprendre

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Je viens d’appris un étudiant de 86 ans qui veut améliorer son anglais. Quel homme!

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Would you like a cup of tea?

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Did you know that the phrase ‘cup of tea’ has two meanings?

1. Would you like a cup of tea?

A cup of tea is our favourite drink in Britain. We drink it from a mug or a cup. If we drink it from a cup, we place the cup on a saucer. We only use a cup and saucer when we want to impress somebody. If the Queen visits, give her a cup and saucer.

2. It’s not my cup of tea.

We also use ‘cup of tea’ to say if we like something. It’s usually negative. When we don’t like something and we want to be very polite, we say ‘it’s not my cup of tea’. If we don’t want to be polite, there are lots of alternatives!

Is it tea time yet?