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A recent post on LinkedIn highlighted the subtleties of the English language; another thing for those relocating to the UK to get to grips with:





I hear what you say 

I disagree and do not want to discuss it further 

He accepts my point of view 

With the greatest respect 

You are an idiot 

He is listening to me 

That's not bad 

That's good 

That's poor 

That is a very brave proposal 

You are insane 

He thinks I have courage 

Quite good 

A bit disappointing 

Quite good 

I would suggest 

Do it or be prepared to justify yourself 

Think about the idea, but do what you like 

Oh, incidentally/ by the way 

The primary purpose of our discussion is 

That is not very important 

I was a bit disappointed that 

I am annoyed that 

It doesn't really matter 

Very interesting 

That is clearly nonsense 

They are impressed 

I'll bear it in mind 

I've forgotten it already 

They will probably do it 

I'm sure it's my fault 

It's your fault 

Why do they think it was their fault? 

You must come for dinner 

It's not an invitation, I'm just being polite 

I will get an invitation soon 

I almost agree 

I don't agree at all 

He's not far from agreement 

I only have a few minor comments 

Please rewrite completely 

He has found a few typos 

Could we consider some other options 

I don't like your idea 

They have not yet decided 


The original source is not known although it was suggested in the Telegraph that it could have been written by a Dutch company to help employees relocating to the UK. The table has been circulating for a number of years now but just today I experienced it personally. We had organised a driving lesson for a client who recently relocated to Manchester. They are permitted to drive on their foreign licence but must apply for a provisional licence, pass the UK driving test and apply for a full UK licence within twelve months. At the end of the lesson the instructor advised our client that they were not a terrible driver……..they heard I am a good driver!!

We need to give some thought as to how we handle that one, perhaps a chat over some Friday Fizz!!

What are the rules about driving in the UK? The answer depends on where the driving test was passed:

If you passed the driving test in Northern Ireland you can drive until your licence expires.

If you passed the driving test within the European Union you can drive for 3 years after becoming resident but must then exchange your licence for a UK one. If you obtained an EU licence by exchanging a non EU licence you must exchange your licence after 12 months.

If you passed the driving test in Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and the designated countries (currently Andorra, Australia, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Hong Kong, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Zimbabwe) you can drive for 12 months after becoming resident but must then exchange your licence for a UK one.

If you passed the driving test elsewhere you can drive for 12 months but must apply for UK provisional licence, pass the UK driving test and apply for a full licence within 12 months.

Here is a useful tool to double check your particular circumstances:


Our advice, should you need to pass the UK test, is to get started as soon as you can. Whilst you can already drive, the UK test has some peculiarities and ‘good’ drivers do not always pass first time.

A good place to start is to have a driving lesson with a qualified instructor – we can recommend one who will advise if he thinks it will be beneficial for you to have some lessons before the test. Hopefully he will actually say the words ‘you are a good driver!!

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