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Tips for Portuguese Teachers

Basic English Conversation

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6 Tips for speaking English Internationally

English is spoken by over two billion people worldwide – that's one in four people! It's the language of business and tourism, and the language people use to work together, share knowledge and understand different cultures. As the most spoken language worldwide, English is an incredible tool to help you connect with other people.


6 Basic Tips

Show your best smile

Comminication is the most important thing

Keep it simple

Check for understanding

Repeat things

Show your best smile

Be kind and nice! When we do that, people tend to be more empathetic

Communication is the most important thing

Whatever your language level, you have every right to ask questions, check you've understood and participate. In fact, it makes you a good communicator. So, go for it! Good communication is often about attitude, not your English level.

Keep it simple

e kind to your listener and speak simply, slowly and clearly. Try to choose common vocabulary and avoid idiomatic phrases

Check for understanding

When you're talking, try to build in opportunities to check people have understood you. You could say: Do you know what I mean? (to check your main point) Are you following me? (during a longer explanation) Is this clear?/Am I being clear? (especially for instructions) What do you think? (to see if people have the same opinion as you)

  • I don't understand! Can you please repeat?
  • Police Station
  • Restaurant
  • Hospital
  • Hotel
  • Train Station
  • Bus Station
  • Taxi
  • Uber
Please and Thank You!!

Excuse me...

  • Can you tell me the way to ...
  • Could you give me directions to...
  • Where can I find ...
  • Is there any good restaurant near here?
  • Where can I buy...
  • Where is the nearest bank / supermarket / gas station?
  • Is it far? / Is it close?
  • Could you repeat that, please?
  • Can I buy tickets to... (at the train station)
  • How much for the tickets, please?
  • I want an expresso , please.

  • Good Morning
  • Good Afternoon
  • Good Evening
  • Good Night
  • Hello!
  • Hi!
  • How are you today?
  • Nice to meet you.
  • Thank You!
  • You're Welcome!
  • Nice to see you!
  • Goodbye!
  • Bye!
  • See you tomorrow

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