E12: All Your Ducks in a Row: about language barriers, home inspections and surface sweeps

Season #2

In this episode of English for Engineers, I am chatting with Candice Lee, who has been working in real estate and international relocation since 2011. Candice works extensively with big corporate clients, relocating international employees from companies such as BMW, Google, Richemont, Montblanc, Cartier, Wyndham International, Reckitt Benckiser, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Van Cleef & Arpels, The D.E. Shaw Group, and more. 



  • How to destroy the 'anxious language barrier' and comfortably engage with others. 
  • Why idioms are a great way to get to know your client better.
  • What it means to get 'all your ducks in a row' during a home inspection.
  • And why you might want to do a surface sweep before buying a property.


The English for Engineers podcast is here to help engineers and technicians from all backgrounds to improve their communication skills so Technical and Business English becomes their new superpower.



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Catch up with English for Engineers episode #011 to learn about 5 strategies to improve your technical English.


Today's episode was sponsored by Marcode, a coaching business where I help engineers master their Business English, Technical English, and conversational skills so that talking in English will become their new superpower.



Candice is an experienced realtor who will make you feel comfortable through the whole real estate or relocation process. 

Linkedin: Candice Lee

Website: Property Connections



Olivia Augustin is a civil engineer and certified English teacher turned corporate trainer; her specialty is dissecting the intricate structures of the English language and only putting back the pieces engineers really need to become skilled communicators.

LinkedIn: Olivia Augustin

Instagram: @_marcode_

Podcast: English for Engineers

Website: marcode.org