Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today we look at ways you can move from formal to informal in the corporate world.

This skill is vital, as it will help you network and build connections at work.

Listen in to have the business English skills you need.

These will help you get your dream career!

Our first Business English webclass is here!

We launched some of our Business English content to a small group of students in the summer.

It was a hit!

Friday, September 18 at 4 p.m. PST is the first webclass.

Tuesday, September 22 is a second chance to attend!

You can see times and sign up here.

What will you learn in this webclass?

We’ll show you how to go back and forth between informal and formal business English.

Formal English is not appropriate in every situation!

During meetings and while socializing, we switch back and forth all the time!

If you aren’t ready, it can be so hard to participate and understand!

We’ll share real-life examples where natives switch tones.

  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary

Tone can be expressed in linking words.

How can grammar establish tone?

Use more formal conjunctions!

This works in both spoken and written English.

In a spoken presentation, you’ll definitely want to sound more polished.

If you’re a scientist sharing your findings, it’s more elevated to use “yet.”

Last quarter, we thought most of our market was below the age of 24, yet according to recent data, it’s over the age of 50.

This won’t make you sound overly formal, but will add professionalism.

Formal conjunctions

  • Yet instead of but

We usually use “but” as a conjunction in a compound sentence if we’re contrasting.

Switch the conjunction to “yet” to sound more formal and polished.

  • Hence or thus instead of so

The conjunction “so” is extremely common and overused.

It sounds informal.

Using “hence” or “thus” sounds more professional and formal.

  • Informal: We’ve seen an increase in people searching for All Ears English, so we’re going to put more episodes there.
  • Formal: We’ve seen an increase in people searching for All Ears English, hence we’re going to put more episodes there.


It is difficult to know when to switch back and forth between formal and informal tone at work.

In our webclass this week, we will give you cues so you know when and how to do this.

We’ll also provide scenarios and examples so you’ll understand how natives switch tones.

Space is limited, so grab your spot today!

If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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