Update 2017-01-22: Added V.QQ.com clip and links.
Update 2011-05-12: I'm sorry, I just realized/remembered that of course Youtube is blocked in China. I will research some way to upload this video to a video site accessible in China.
I'm teaching a course on writing e-mails for business, with the first class focusing on tone: formal, neutral or casual.
I've also just started watching a British comedy series called The IT Crowd, which has a funny scene directly related to this issue.
Here's the clip (or click here to see it bigger on Youtube):
For people in China, I have found the clip on V.QQ.com and have embedded it below. The part about e-mail starts at 1'54".
In fact, V.QQ.com offers viewers in China the chance to watch the whole series:
I'm still moving things from my old website to this one. Today I created here the page Telephone English, with links for info, advice, exercises and listening practice for making telephone calls, mostly focused on business phone calls.
I deleted a couple of out-of-date links, and added some new ones like BBC Learning Talking Business.
In "Describing Pictures" class the other day, we looked at this amazing image. At the time I couldn't remember the name of the artist, but I did a little research and refreshed my memory.
This picture is by Beijing-based art photographer Li Wei. Click on the image to see it on his website and see more of his work.
There have been several articles about Li's work: here's one from Britain's Daily Mail newspaper.
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Some tips and links on learning English.