Use of English part 1 : Let’s eat grandma – grammar to save your life!

Use of English

Lots of people we meet at Communicating Europe+ work and write in English. I am constantly impressed with how well non-native speakers can use the language. But many people we work with express frustration with grammar rules that don’t seem to work, or with choosing the exact word that has the right nuance.

Help is at hand. In response to a large number of enquiries we have now put together a series of workshops to help people who are working with English as a second or third language.

Who is this for?

This workshop is for non-native English speaking people who have to write in English. You will need to be an advanced level speaker (at least C1 on the CEF scale).

Workshop aim

The aim is to help you solve those grammar and word choice problems and also review those rules you learnt a long time ago. This workshop is useful if you have to write in English.


In part 1 we will look at

  1. Verb tenses – how the system works to sequence events
  2. Vocabulary – word partnerships – how words go together (or not)
  3. Punctuation – when to use commas, apostrophes, colons
  4. Common errors in English


Here are some questions that we have been tweeting out recently 

Question 1. Why can I take the ‘fast’ train but not a ‘quick’ train?
Question 2.  I cannot say ‘we ‘need some informations’ so why do people have lots of ‘trainings’?
Question 3. Some nouns are uncountable: for example ‘experience’ so can I tell you about my bad ‘experiences’?
Question 4. What are the differences between ‘some’ and ‘any’?
Question 5. What’s the ‘zero’ article and when do I use it?
Question 6.  What’s the difference between ‘will’ and ‘going to’?
Question 7.  ‘She has been approving the budget’  – that doesn’t sound right. Why?

If you want to find out the answer to these questions (or think you might know) register for our half-day Use of English workshop on Tuesday 16 May (09.30 – 13.00).

The registration fee is €200 (+VAT) per person.

Andrew Manasseh Communicating Europe+Trainer – Andrew Manasseh

Andrew has worked in public relations and communications in the Brussels policy world for over 10 years. His background is in marketing, teaching and management.

He was forced to learn grammar at the tender age of 22 and qualified as a teacher with a Cambridge University Diploma in English Language Teaching (Dip TEFLA) in 1995. He taught English for the British Council in Asia and Europe. He devised writing courses and training materials for the British Council on effective writing.

He runs Communicating Europe+ and trains staff from EU institutions, governments, trade associations, NGOs, corporate public and communications agencies. Strangely enough he quite likes to explain grammar and syntax.

Join us on Tuesday 16 May  2017 from 09.30 – 13.00 for this half-day workshop
Venue: Rue de La Science, 14b, Brussels, 1040.

To Register
Fill in the registration form
Or email us at

Use of english