Good transition words to use

good transition wordsSometimes good transition words are hard to come by. Many people stumble when using transition words, and how to use them. In this post I’ll give you some good transition words you can use in an oral conversation.

I’ve created this chart for you to help you see how you can use the transition words.

Good transition words chart

Chronology or steps

  • To begin
  • first
  • second
  • third
  • next
  • after that
  • afterwards
  • then
  • finally
  • as soon as
  • before
  • after
  • whenever
  • when
  • until

Further information

  • In addition
  • as well
  • moreover
  • furthermore
  • what’s more
  • also
  • in addition to
  • as well as

Giving examples

  • For example
  • for instance
  • to illustrate
  • specifically
  • as can be observed
  • such as

Contrast of ideas

  • In contrast
  • however
  • yet
  • nevertheless
  • nonetheless
  • on the other hand
  • on the contrary
  • although
  • even though
  • though
  • while
  • whereas

Similar ideas

  • Likewise
  • similarly

Cause, purpose or result

  • As a result
  • consequently
  • that is why
  • therefore
  • thus
  • hence
  • because
  • since
  • as
  • so that
  • in order to

Emphasis

  • Clearly
  • obviously
  • in fact
  • indeed
  • certainly
  • undoubtedly
  • definitely

Explanation

  • In brief
  • that is
  • to reiterate
  • in other words

Conclusion

  • To conclude
  • in conclusion
  • to sum up
  • in short

Transition word video

Here is a quick video showing how to use transition words.

If you can’t see the video, click here.

Final thoughts

I hope this list of transition words helps you with your oral conversation. If you want to know what are transition words check out my other post.

Good transition words are great for oral exams. They can help show how well you can use English. Also, they help you lead your listener through your arguments or reasoning.

If you are doing the PSC language exam, transition words will help you when you’re doing the oral tests. As I mentioned, transition words help you develop your ideas in an easy-to-understand way.

You can also use transition words when you write, and that will increase the level of your writing. Just make sure to use them correctly.

What transition words do you use? Leave a comment.

 

Persuade Someone With These Words

Using persuasive words from copywriting
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I recently read the five most persuasive words in the English language on copyblogger.com,  and an interesting idea came to my mind, “what if I can use these words to persuade someone in a business environment?”

The five most persuasive words in the English language are: you, free, because, instantly, and new. These words are primarily for copywriting, but I feel that they can work in conversation and writing as well.

You

We can use  the word “you” to persuade people. If you use the word “you”, you will be able to make the person think that it was their idea.

For example:

  • You might be right with that.
  • I think you have something there.
  • You have some great ideas.

By complementing somebody by using you, you are giving them positive feedback. The more positive feedback you give somebody, the higher chance that they are going to agree with you.

Another example that comes to mind is, “you are going to love this”. Consider when people use this particular phrase. They are using it when they are trying to persuade you to buy something. In most cases, it is a friend who thinks you will enjoy something .

You can use this same tactic when trying to convince your boss of something.

Free

People throw around the word “free” too much. We often toss around “free” frivolously and without any particular reason. Because it gets tossed around so often, you need to be careful when you use it.

  • Check out this free e-book.
  • Sing up for free.
  • Free with any purchase of X.

Many websites these days use that type of language to urge you to download their free e-book. What you might not know is, they are using the e-book as a hook to get you to sign up using your email address.

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase the money is in the list, particularly the email list.

How can you use the word free to persuade someone?

When you’re in the office and someone is offering you something for free you are  more likely to take it.

What the word free is basically doing is taking away the reason to say no if you use it correctly.

Let’s think about your boss. If you tell your boss this new thing is free, what is the risk involved? If there isn’t any risk involved, chances are much greater that someone is going to take a chance.

Because

Because is a powerful word. It explains the reason(s) why we do something. It can explain the reason you should buy something. Understanding is  key with this word. By explaining why someone should buy something, they are able to make an informed decision.

Let’s go back to the office example. Let’s say you want to try something new in the office, and all you say to your boss is, “we should try this.” That doesn’t give your boss any reason to try it at all.  Now if you throw in “because”, it provides that reason. Understanding allows your boss to make a rational and logical decision.

Here are a couple of examples:

  • I like your idea because it provides a lot of insight into why we are investing.
  • I like dogs because they are cute and cuddly.
  • I love English because I can use it anywhere in the world

Instantly

Instantly is another great word that you can use when you are trying to persuade somebody. Most of the time “instantly” is for when people want to buy products.

However, by telling your boss that he can instantly see results from this new idea you want to implement, it provides your boss with instant gratification.

Another way you can use instantly is by saying that you will instantly receive a video or a document that is only available to them.

This word gives people instant gratification, which in  a world of technology is a must.

Here are a few examples:

  • You can instantly see results.
  • You instantly get twenty dollars back.

New

This word is  a little difficult to use if you are in a government job. Most of the time governments don’t want things that are new.

But if you are in the private industry, new things are a breath of fresh air that the company wants. Everyone loves shiny things. They are the new things that people love to have.

Look at these examples,

  • This new car could be yours.
  • The new ipad is fantastic.
  • This new design will reshape the world.
Using the word “new” makes all of those examples interesting by piquing your interest.
So try out the word “new” next time you are persuading someone.

Attempted Persuasion

I made a quick video to try to illustrate these words and  the way you might use them.

Check out the video below. Can’t see the video click here.

 

How are you going to persuade someone using these words?

The Importance of Grammar for Business

Grammar for business
I can’t believe you forgot your question mark.

Today I was having a conversation with one of my students about, “why is grammar for business important.”  The answer that I got was rather interesting.

She talked about if she made mistakes in her reports, she would be perceived as less of an authority in her work . Now, for someone whose mother tongue is English, this isn’t as much of a concern. However, for a second language learner, it is important to do a job properly.

Some might think, if you make grammar mistakes when you are young, you are  still wet behind the ears, and haven’t polished your skills yet. However, if you are a middle-aged adult, one would hope that you make fewer mistakes.

This conversation about business English brought up an interesting thought.

The importance of Grammar for Business

With all the technology we have today, and all the short forms we have adopted due to the internet, we have lost the importance of grammar for business.

The small things like, what’s the difference between their and there.

I work with English as a second language students. Perhaps that is why many of them consider grammar important. The average Joe/Jane may not put that same emphasis on it. They might think, “English is my mother tongue, why should I bother?”

What they don’t realize is that it matters more.

Think about this situation. You are creating a report for senior management, and the document that you have created has errors in it. If senior management notices those errors, it will make you, as an English speaker, look like less of an authority in your job.

I don’t know about you, but as a young professional, this is bad.

This brings me back to my main point, pay attention to grammar.

I am going to provide a couple of easy tips to help you reduce the amount of errors that you make in your work.

Take time to proofread

One of the easiest ways to prevent errors on your reports is, proofread your work. It doesn’t take very long, and it can save you a lot of grief.

Personally, I read things out loud to proofread them. I find that I am able to catch many errors that I would have missed. I know I’m not perfect that is why I proofread in the first place.

Get a friend to double-check your work

This is really a second proofreading. You’d be surprised how many things you still miss if you read your work out loud.

I tend to ask my girlfriend to read over my work, but it isn’t always easy to get her to read about grammar.

Having someone look over your work  makes a huge difference in understanding. Our brain tends to fill in details that we never wrote down, so having a colleague check your work is fantastic.

If you don’t have someone who can look over you work for free, perhaps try Elance which is a  platform for online employment.

 

Those are the tips I have for you. Do you have any other tips that might be helpful?