Happy New Year!

I wish you all a very Happy New Year!

What are you doing? I am going to a friend’s house for a party!

May you have a fun night and a great 2009!

Remember – every day is a new beginning!

I have some exciting new things coming to you soon from Ask John English! Many of you have now answered my questions – THANK YOU!!

This has really helped me to see exactly what YOU WANT!

In 2009 I hope to bring you more of the things you want that will help you to improve your English!



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santaIt is Christmas time and nearly the end of 2008!

For me it has been a busy, but fun year. It has been great meeting you all and getting to chat and share with so many people from all over the world!

I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to you all! I hope you have had as much fun on Ask John English as I have!

To celebrate this special time of year, I want to give you a FREE GIFT!

This is a special ebook on body language. Here are the titles of just some of the chapters:

  •   Chapter 3: Body Language in Negotiations
  •   Chapter 4: Body Language in Selling
  •   Chapter 5: Body Language in Job Interviews
  •   Chapter 6: Body Language in Meetings
  •   Chapter 7: Body Language in Flirting

This ebook is 50 pages of good advice on how to understand and use body language effectively! It is in PDF format.

I am working hard to make Ask John English better. Could you answer 10 easy questions to help me do this? Your opinion is VERY IMPORTANT to me!

The link to download your free book is at the end of the 10 questions. Thank you!!

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I hope you enjoy the gift! Don’t forget to let me know what you think of it!

What did you learn? Let me know in the comments!

P.S. Yes, this is a picture of me dressed as Santa! I played Santa at a local kindergarten! It was a lot of fun!

How to be a fluent English Speaker

Many students ask me about how to be fluent in English. They want to be able to use English fluently.

This is a good question, but I think many students do not really understand what ‘fluent’ means. They know what the word ‘fluent’ means, but they do not know how to measure fluency.

How do you know if someone is fluent in English?

It depends on what you want to do with English.

The first thing YOU need to decide is, how will you know when YOU are fluent?

Do you:

  • want to speak like a native speaker? If yes, how does a native speaker speak?
  • want to be able to understand movies easily?
  • want to be able to have casual conversations?
  • want to be able to travel using English?
  • or…?

When you have decided clearly your goal, then it is easier to reach it.

Recently I answered a friend’s question on this.


CHALLENGE: Share your advice and opinions. How do you know when you are fluent?

Snow? In Australia?

Did you know it snows in Australia?

This September we have had a lot of snow!

I always find it interesting to meet people who think Australia is always hot!

We have 4 seasons, just like most other countries in the world!

It doesn’t snow everywhere in Australia. Most of the snow is in the mountain areas, such as the Snowy Mountains.

Question: Do you like snow?

Put your answer in the comments!

Exchanging Business Cards in English

Today, let’s look how to give someone your business card.

Put your answer in the comments!

When we meet new people in business, we usually exchange business cards. Did you know that different countries have different customs for giving and receiving business cards?

Today, let’s look at some general tips on how to exchange business cards politely.

 Important Points:

  • Make sure you find out the local customs for exchanging business cards in the country you are visiting. The customs in China, Japan, India and Australia are all a little different.
  • Make sure that you have the local language printed on your business card. So, if you are visiting China, have your details in Chinese on the back. If you are visiting Australia, have them in English on the back.
  • You should give someone your card when you first meet them. This could be part of your initial introduction, or at the end of your first meeting.
  • Giving your card is important for making business contacts, but also a form of politeness. Give your card to everyone you are meeting with, not just the people you think are important.
  • Make sure you give the card with the side in their language facing up.
  • When someone gives you their card, make sure you stop and read it. You can then ask any questions you may have, then put it respectfully away.


My name is ______. It is a pleasure to meet you! Here is my card.

Question: Does your country have any other customs that are important when exchanging business cards?