Active Listening v/s Passive Listening

What is Active Listening and Passive Listening? When we HEAR, we are only responding to 26 different letters being used in different combinations. Whereas, When we LISTEN, we are making complete sense of what those 26 letters, in their different combinations are actually implying. Importance of Active Listening. It helps a person to fully understand not just what is being conveyed, but also in what context it is being said. Makes it easier for the listener to carry out any specific instructions that the spoken message might have for him or her. It also helps to avoid miscommunication or examples of the actual message being lost in translation. Listening is a Soft Skill. Soft skills, by name and by nature aren’t the easiest of skills that most people manage to grasp in their lives. Listening is one of the hardest of those skills to master. Your journey from simply hearing, to effectively listening begins at, ENGLISH ARCADE. So, waste no more time and reach out to our training advisors TODAY!!!

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Crack that Interview the Right Way!!! The English Arcade Way…

Does the thought of attending an interview give you the chills?? Do you go absolutely blank, not knowing what to answer?? This is a very real and common scenario, especially with students who are attending campus interviews or job seekers who are approaching companies for the first time.   English Arcade is your one stop solution!!! We can help you with :-   Preparing to attend interviews, Knowing what questions to expect, Knowing what your responses should be, Negotiating your salary package, Closing the deal and accepting your job.   So drop whatever you are doing, pick up your phone, call English Arcade now and grab that dream job of yours!!!

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What is MTI or Mother Tongue Influence?

It means the influence of your mother tongue or native language on your second language which usually is English. It is easy to figure out the nationality of a someone in the way they use the dialect that interferes with their English. When MTI becomes evident and obvious, it leads to incorrect pronunciation, which in turn makes it difficult to comprehend and fails to impress the listener So why exactly do we face MTI issues? MTI is an impact of your native language on your second language. Since we speak our native language on a daily basis, and each native language has its peculiar sounds, those sounds and tones from our native language leave a long lasting impact on our brain. Now, how do we overcome MTI? First of all, don’t lose confidence, because MTI is a common and major issue in India. Becoming aware of the pronunciation errors made while speaking English is a key step towards improvement. Carefully listen to how the word is pronounced and try to understand the mouth movement to articulate each sound. This could be difficult initially but with practice, pronunciation becomes more fluent and effortless. Record what you speak and read it, so you can get the right guidance from your trainer. And finally….READ READ and READ, because that best resolves your pronunciation and vocabulary issues.

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Skills required to crack your next interview

Skills required to crack your next interview Interviews, at best, are a challenge to many people. Either they are nervous, clueless, or simply unprepared for what they are going to face. So here are our top 3 skills that will help you crack that interview in your very first attempt. Doesn’t matter if you are a rookie or an experienced candidate. Let’s go!!! · Preparation – Avoid going into an interview unprepared. That, possibly, is the worst mistake you can make, and it also reflects negatively on you. Most hiring managers have an uncanny knack of detecting the candidates who come unprepared. · Confidence – Arrive at the interview prepared to discuss your experience, achievements and abilities confidently. This always has a significant impact on how you are perceived by the interviewer(s). At no point should you sound fake or boastful. That is a sure shot way to the exit doors. · Communication Skills – Whether it is verbal, non-verbal or written, good communication skills are not just the norm, but an absolute must. Ensure you pronounce names correctly. Begin the interview with small talk if it seems appropriate. Mirror and match your style with the interviewer. Bonus Tip – · Asking Questions – Interviewers are always on the lookout for candidates who ask relevant questions so as to gain a better understanding of the company and the role. Make sure you do your homework in this regard before appearing for any interview. Irrespective of your skill sets, experience level, or industry you will always need some or all of the above tips. For more details, contact us today to learn how you get that dream job of yours effortlessly!!!

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Importance of Soft Skills

Importance of Soft Skills Soft skills, people skills or emotional intelligence. Doesn’t matter what name you choose, it’s the ability to interact amicably and professionally with others. These are personal attributes that affect our relationships as well as our capability of communicating and interacting with others. While soft skills can be far more difficult to develop compared to hard skills (coding, editing, web designing), they are definitely important in running and sustaining a successful business venture. If you are an entrepreneur or a small business owner, soft skills are definitely required to work with others in addition to attracting and retaining clients. Presentation skills, etiquette awareness, good networking strengths, conflict resolution, problem solving and providing superior customer service can all lead to stronger relationships with your vendors, co-workers and other professional contacts. The flip side to this, however, can be quite disastrous. The lack of soft skills can seriously limit your potential to conduct business, or even cause the downfall of your business. Developing your leadership skills, teamwork and communication abilities will let you run your business smoothly as well as positively influence your personal life in terms of your interaction with others. So, it’s pretty obvious that soft skills are tremendously important to everyone. To know more, reach out to English Arcade today and we will help you sharpen up on this aspect.

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Regional Translation Errors

Regional Translation Errors India is a land where almost 60% of the population speaks English. However, the quality of English spoken here isn’t the best. And one of the primary reasons for this is, that most Indians tend to think in their native language and attempt a direct translation into English. More often than not, this leads to some hilarious instances of communication. The grammatical format of our native languages is unique, and no matter what you do, it’s impossible to have a correct, direct translation into English. And yet people continue to make the same mistakes over & over. Here are two common (and funny) examples: 1. “I woke up morning morning” – (I woke up early in the morning). 2. “I has a lot many questions” – (I have a lot of questions). Considering the fact that India is known to be the Information & Technology hub of the world, it means we are in conversation with people globally. Various cultures, different accents, multiple styles of speaking, so on and so forth. Hence, it is imperative that we are excellent at our communication, articulation and styles of expressing what we intend to say. One of the most effective ways of improving on regional translation errors is to read. Pick up the newspaper every morning, pick up a book that isn’t too heavy on language, read it to yourself in front of a mirror. And while you are doing this, make notes. This helps in achieving a few goals at the same time. You are understanding and strengthening your vocabulary, you are focusing on how words are articulated while using them, and you are learning the correct way to string words into meaningful sentences.

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Critical Thinking & Decision Making.

Critical Thinking & Decision Making. In the simplest of words, critical thinking is deliberately analyzing information, so it results in better judgments and decisions. This usually involves reasoning, creativity and logic to draw conclusions. If that sounds like a broad definition, that’s because critical thinking is a broad skill that fits many different situations. From managing your time better, making informed decisions about purchasing stuff, or preparing for an interview, critical thinking comes in handy during these times. Process of Critical Thinking. Human beings are constantly thinking, and that’s something we cannot turn off. But not every single minute comprises of critical thinking because that would be insane and very exhausting. Rather, it is an intentional process or something that we automatically fall back on when we are faced with a difficult problem or when an important decision needs to be made. Improving your Critical Thinking. For us to become better critical thinkers, whenever we are presented with a problem, it’s imperative that we ask questions before jumping to conclusions. Which is the natural reaction of humans in most, if not all cases. A critical thinker will use simple questions like “What do I know?” or “How do I know this?” in order to gain a better idea of what he / she is working with. Using such questions also helps in simplifying complex issues, in a minimal time frame.

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