My goal for 2011 is to improve my English, my first action is signing up English Club Forum today.
I live Hong Kong for all the time, went to a local school when I was young and now I work in a US bank. Most of my colleagues are English speakers, it's not the first time I worked in a firm with international background, after 4 years in this firm, I'm taking more responsibility and recently I'm frustrated with my language, especially in phone conversation.
I found it difficult to express my thought, this is not a problem in writing. When I write I can phrase a sentence in many try, but when I'm on the phone with someone, you don't have much time to think. I found it difficult to begin a conversation as well, "How are you doing" is the only line in my scrip. I feel stupid when I speak the same thing every time I call. Is there books help improving telephone conversation?
Telephone conversation is not the only problem I have, starting dialogue is also my crucial problem... you know career move depends highly on social skill, quiet person is difficult to get a promotion.
I wonder if this is a common problem for English learners in Asia