As you will have read, we are finally shutting up shop after 18 years of Think in English and Your English supplement. If you are reading this you almost certainly know I have written thousands of articles over that period and planned and participated in something like 180 hours of recordings. To accompany that, I’ve also written around 300 pages of exercises. That’s enough material to keep you practising your English for years to come! If I re-read an article I wrote several years ago, it’s as if it’s completely new to me, so I’m sure – unless you are blessed with a perfect memory – you will have a similar experience.
I plan to keep on teaching English at the UNED and hopefully I will still have something to say regularly on this blog. However, given my work habit, I certainly have too much time on my hands and need more work. I think I have quite an impressive CV but the truth is that at 50 it’s proving quite difficult to redirect my career. So, if you feel you have benefitted from the last 18 years of our interaction, please bear me in mind if you can think of an institution or company that might profitably make use of my skill set. You can see my qualifications and references on LinkedIn (Nicholas John Franklin). If you are a member of LinkedIn, I’d appreciate your endorsements and would be truly grateful for your recommendations (in whatever language you prefer to write in).
Finally, I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all our readers and subscribers. The truth is that nobody has benefitted more from Think and Yes than I have – not only in the vast amount of subjects I’ve had to research but in my own knowledge of English. If you have learned a fraction of what I’ve learned, then the process has been worthwhile.
All the best and stay in touch!
 looking forward – looking to the future
 to shut up shop (shut-shut-shut) – close a business
 something like – approximately
 around – about, approximately
 to keep you practising (keep-kept-kept) – permit you to continue practising
 to come – (in this case) into the future
 to be blessed with – have the benefit of, be fortunate enough to have
 on one’s hands – available
 career – (false friend) professional trajectory
 to bear sb. in mind (bear-bore-borne) – remember
 skill set – combination of abilities
 truly – really, genuinely
 amount – (in this case) number
 subject – (in this case) topic, theme
 to research – investigate, find out about
 worthwhile – useful, of value
 to stay in touch – keep in touch, remain in contact