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Christmas and New Year Wishes

If you like to send greeting cards for Christmas and other big holidays, this block is for you! Follow the link and find dozens of nice greeting phrases and wishes.

Letter To Say ‘Thank you!’

It is very pleasant to receive a letter of gratitude. Just a couple of lines may make your day. But do you often think of writing one? We rarely write letters of gratitude because Thank you! is too short, and we can’t find the right words to say more not to be pretentious. Read three rules of saying thank you in a form of a letter.

Letter To Say ‘No’

How often do you say ‘No’? Do you explain why? Do people always take it normally or do they get frustrated with your ‘No’ or rather with the way you say it? Read more to find out how to make your refusal polite and constructive.

Refusal should not necessarily bear a negative connotation. defines it as the opportunity to reject or accept; option. So our task it to make it as nutral, business-like and not personal as possible.

Polite or Imperative?

In English: Would you be so kind as to give us your reply no longer than in five days of today.
Same in Russian: Reply in five days.

You might have seen pairs of phrases in English and their twice of three times shorter translation into Russian. Which is the best way? Should you be three times more polite writing in English (esp. official letters)?

Four polite ways to end a letter

Your letters look abrupt? You want to end your letter on a positive note? See four polite ways to do so.

Coherence is what makes sentences a text [2]

You may find lots of words and phrases in the dictionary, but the most important is to realize what you are writing about and structure and shorten the phrases and paragraphs to make them as clear as possible.

Coherence is what makes sentences a text [1]

A well-structured text reads easily and graciously elaborates the main idea. A little bit of coherence is what any group of sentences need to become a nice and neat letter. It is achieved by dividing a text into paragraphs and adding parenthetical words and phrases, and enumerations. Learn more about them following the link.


Your business partner wrote you RSVP ASAP! and you are thinking, what on earth could that mean? Abbreviations in correspondence are widly used and it’s better to follow the likn to know more about them. FYI!

Deadline Reminders

It usually makes you feel uncomfortable to ask your colleagues about their part of the project being done/ partly done/ or sometimes even untouched. You do not want to be rude or demanding, but the situation asks for definite measures. Here are a few ideas of how to write a letter reminding that the deadline is sooner than somebody has thought.

Information inquiries

Your small business is soaking in debt and you still can’t find the right words to ask your partners to pay for the services provided? Follow the link, man! There is something you must know how to do!

Spring News

Hello, regulars and random visitors of the ECC!

Spring has come and you can see buds every now and then, as well as hear singing of the birds and narrow your eyes of the bright sunshine. Also we are in for frequent shashlyki week-ends and long trips out of town to enjoy the sunlight and see on your own the awakening of the Nature.

As winter's gone we have changes in the Club too.

Greetings for St. Valentine's Day

You get lost when it comes to expressing your feelings? Don’t know what to write on a Valentine card. That link is for you! Find the one special wish among dozens of St. Valentine's greetings on our web-site!

The ECC guests participate in making a news report

Devin taking interview from Nick

The ECC guests collaborated with the US TV channel Local 4 to give an interview about Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi. Learn how it was and see our report in pictures...

Date Format

When we speak with a foreigner about an appointment we understand each other perfectly. But when it comes to writing a confirmation letter we often realize that we are not sure of a correct and clear date format. Follow the link to make sure you understand what’s the difference between 9/11/11 and other possible combinations of these figures.

Christmas and New Year Wishes

New Year is the most anticipated holiday of the year. See useful phrases for your New Year greeting cards. Happy New Year!

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