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6 Tips for Using ChatGPT to Improve Your Language Skills as an English-Learning Architect & Designer

We're diving into AI and language learning in episode 34 of the Think Big Podcast. As an educator and a learner, I believe that ChatGPT and other AI chatbots have the potential to seriously help people take their language skills to the next level. In this episode, I'll be sharing my top 6 tips for how to use ChatGPT to help you with your day-to-day work lives as an architect who is an English learner.

Think Big Podcast is for you if English is your second, third, or even fourth language, and you want to build more relevant vocabulary naturally by listening to interesting topics in architecture and feel more confident using the language at work or in your studies. We don't just focus on grammar, we aim to get you excited again about improving your language and communication skills.

In this episode, you'll learn how to use ChatGPT to:

✨ Write emails with the correct tone

✨ Get feedback on writing, including looking for grammatical errors, making it more or less formal and giving examples of language to use for different situations.

✨ Ask for examples of questions or comments to ask in a meeting or how to react.

✨ Paraphrasing and finding key vocabulary

✨ Finding inspiration to write your CV, cover letter, and portfolio descriptions.

This is just one of the many topics my clients and I discuss in our sessions to build relevant vocabulary and get them to speak and share their thoughts, ideas and opinions!

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Phrasal Verbs:

  1. Bring together - to bring (people or things) into a single group or place

  2. Dive into - to begin to engage in something with great energy and enthusiasm

  3. Nerd out - to study, use or talk about intensely

  4. Take to the next level - to improve or enhance something to a higher degree

  5. Leverage the tool - to use a tool or resource effectively to achieve a desired outcome

  6. Make corrections - to make changes or adjustments to something in order to correct errors or improve it

Idiomatic language:

Scratching the surface -

ChatGPT Generated Vocabulary

1 Email Sample Subject: Updates to Project Plans

Dear [Client's Name],

I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to reach out and update you on the status of the project plans. After conducting a thorough review, we have identified a few changes that need to be made in order to ensure the project's success.

I understand that these changes may cause some frustration and I want to assure you that we are doing everything in our power to minimize any disruptions and keep the project on schedule. We value your input and feedback, and we are committed to working together to find the best solution for the project.

The changes include [list specific changes]. We believe that these updates will improve the overall outcome of the project and we are confident that they will be beneficial in the long run.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We would be happy to schedule a call to discuss the changes in more detail and answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for your understanding and continued partnership.

Sincerely, [Your Name]

2. Meeting vocabulary

And here are some comments you could make to the client during the presentation of the first stage of the concept design:

  1. "We've taken into account your vision for the project and incorporated it into the design."

  2. "We've considered the user experience and how the finished product will be used."

  3. "We've targeted the design to the specific audience you described."

  4. "We've incorporated the specific design elements and features that were important to you."

  5. "We've also considered the potential for future evolution in the design."

3. If the client disagrees If the client disagrees with some things in the concept design, it is important to have an open and professional discussion to understand their concerns and address them. Some possible strategies for handling disagreements include:

  1. Asking clarifying questions to fully understand the client's perspective and concerns.

  2. Providing additional information or explanations to help the client understand the reasoning behind certain design decisions.

  3. Exploring alternative design options that address the client's concerns while still meeting the project goals.

  4. Agreeing to disagree and moving forward with the design while noting the client's concerns for further review and consideration.

  5. Seeking the opinion of a third party or subject matter expert to help resolve the disagreement.

While using ChatGPT to help with prompts and the scripts, it came up with some of these examples of idiomatic language so I asked it to define their meanings. Challenge yourself to use some of these!

  • "Let's touch base about the project progress next week." (Phrasal verb: touch base, meaning to have a brief conversation or meeting to check in on something)

  • "We're on the same page when it comes to the design concept." (Idiomatic expression: on the same page, meaning to have a shared understanding or agreement on something)

  • "I'll run it by the team and get back to you." (Phrasal verb: run it by, meaning to present something to someone for their opinion or approval)

  • "I'm all ears; what do you think about the new proposal?" (Idiomatic expression: all ears, meaning to be ready and willing to listen to someone)

  • "I'm not sure if this is the right fit for us, but let's keep our options open." (Idiomatic expression: keep options open, meaning to not limit oneself to one possibility and consider other alternatives)

  • "We're making headway with the project, but there's still a long way to go." (Idiomatic expression: making headway, meaning to make progress or advance in something)

  • "I'll have to play it by ear, but I'll let you know as soon as I can." (Idiomatic expression: play it by ear, meaning to make a decision or take action based on the current situation rather than a plan)

  • "Let's get our ducks in a row before we present the proposal." (Idiomatic expression: get one's ducks in a row, meaning to organize or prepare everything before taking action)


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