Happy April Fools Day, everybody! Welcome to LMF International Language Academy’s 1st April 2018 English Newsletter!

Have you ever wondered where the tradition of playing jokes and pranks on friends and family originated from? Traditionally, New Year’s Day was celebrated on the 25 th March and ending on 1 st April in most European towns following the Julian calendar, but when we switched the way we count our days, months and years to the Gregorian calendar which we use globally today, the date for celebrating April Fools Day became the 1 st April each year because those who followed the new calendar celebrated New Year’s Day on 1 st January while the uninformed celebrated it on the 1 st April and were regarded as fools!

Learn more about The History of April Fools Day by watching this 2-minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhVCTkpVX2Y

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Top 10 Success Idioms

What are idioms? An idiom is a phrase in figurative language used to describe something imaginatively. For example, in English, we have the idiom called “key to success” <– when you hear this phrase being used, we are not talking about an actual key but instead, are referring to “the most important factor to success”.

e.g.: Practice is the key to success. = Practice is the most important factor to achieve success.

Want to learn more idioms related to success? Click here to read Top 10 Success Idioms:

The blog entry in the link above covers:

  1. Dress for success
  2. You have got to be in it to win it!
  3. Key to success
  4. (Be a) howling success
  5. Hit a home run
  6. It’s in the bag
  7. Rags to riches
  8. Bear/ born fruit
  9. See the light at the end of the tunnel
  10. The sky’s the limit

Business English – Healthy Work-Life Balance

Do you have a healthy work-life balance? Do you get to spend as much time enjoying your personal interests or hobbies such as travelling, spending quality time with loved ones and perhaps reading a new book or watching the latest film in your week as much as you spend time working round the clock at business meetings, work e-mails, corporate proposals and other tasks at the office?

Although most people think spending overtime at work will help them succeed, the truth is that having a well-balanced work and personal life is highly important to achieving a successful career as well as family life.

“Work-life balance refers to the balance between a person’s career and his or her personal life. Many people work longer hours and have fewer holidays and days off, in part because of globalization, outsourcing, and a loss of job security. As a result, employees have less time for personal interests, friends and family. Such an imbalance can lead to reduced productivity, depression and high levels of stress. Although the employee makes the choice to work longer hours, the corporate culture is also responsible. Companies should educate their workers on the importance of a healthy work-life balance.”

Do you agree or disagree with the above opinion? Watch a short video about Business EnglishWorkLife Balance here: http://www.englishwithjo.com/business-english-work-life-balance/ and decide for yourself!

The above link will introduce you to a list of vocabulary [nouns, adjectives and verbs] that are associated with the topic.

Apart from that, you will also find 5 new idioms related to this subject as listed below:

  1. Pace of life
  2. Rat race
  3. Progress up the corporate ladder
  4. To take time off
  5. All work and no play

Final Note

That’s it for this edition of LMF’s English newsletter!

We hope you will enjoy using the new idioms you have learnt frequently in your personal as well as work life.

Before we end this issue, here is a helpful article on 5 Tips for Better Work-Life Balance:https://www.webmd.com/women/features/balance-life#2 . We wish you many happy, healthy and productive weeks ahead!