Skills 360 – English Interview Tips 3: Career Goals
https://traffic.libsyn.com/bizpod/360.79-Interview-Tips-3.mp3 Welcome back to Business English Skills 360 for today’s lesson for the final part of our series on English interview skills. In previous lessons, we’ve gone over some of the fundamental questions about who you are and what you’ve done. Today I want to take a closer look at talking about your career goals and researching prospective employers. Interviewers don’t just want to know whether you’ve got the skills, personality, and qualifications. They also want to know that you’re a good fit, and that they are a good fit for you. One important question you need to be ready for in an interview in English is “why are you leaving your current position?” This question makes a lot of people squirm. But it’s actually an opportunity to talk about growth and change. Nobody stays at the same job their entire life. And this question isn’t necessarily fishing for problems in your past. Lesson Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF TranscriptThe post Skills 360 – English Interview Tips 3: Career Goals first appeared on Business English Pod :: Learn Business English Online.
14 Apr 2020
Skills 360 – English Interview Tips 1: Preparing for an Interview
https://traffic.libsyn.com/bizpod/360.77-Interview-Tips-1.mp3 Welcome back to Skills 360 for today’s lesson on how to look at how to prepare for an interview in English. When I say “prepare,” I’m not talking about making an appointment at the hair salon or picking out a clean shirt. I’m talking about doing some research, anticipating what you’ll be asked, and practicing how to respond. Yeah, I know I’m always going on about preparation, but this time it’s not just a suggestion, it’s essential. If you do it right, you’ll be able to head into the interview feeling relaxed and confident. And that will increase your chances of landing the job. Now here’s the thing: most interviews cover the same basic territory. Sure, you might get a couple of curveballs, but for the most part you can predict what questions you’ll be asked. And that means you can plan your answers. I don’t mean script your answers. It’s pretty tough to appear authentic and natural while delivering a memorized response. But you can outline your answers and practice your delivery. So how do we go about doing that? Well, let’s start by talking about how to introduce yourself in an job interview in English. The old “tell me about yourself” question. It’s amazing how many people are thrown by this question, or fumble through an awkward response as they wait for the real interview questions. But first impressions are important! And you need a good answer for “tell me about yourself.” Lesson Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF TranscriptThe post Skills 360 – English Interview Tips 1: Preparing for an Interview first appeared on Business English Pod :: Learn Business English Online.
22 Mar 2020
BEP 351 – Idioms for Describing Relationships (Part 2)
https://traffic.libsyn.com/bizpod/BEP351-Relationship-Idioms2.mp3 Welcome back to Business English Pod for today’s lesson on business English idioms for describing relationships. We all spend a lot of time every week at work. So much, in fact, that sometimes it feels like our colleagues are a kind of family. And just like families, workplace relationships can be a source of both satisfaction and stress. Sometimes we support each other, while at other times we argue bitterly. And sometimes our disagreements are constructive, while at other times they can generate conflict. In any case, whether they’re positive or negative, workplace relationships are a constant source of fascination. And English has many idioms and expressions to describe how people get along, or don’t get along. These idioms will help you discuss the often complicated relationships in your workplace. In the dialog, we’ll rejoin three colleagues at an insurance company. They’ve been talking about the relationships between the people on a new team. In their discussion, they use many English idioms to describe how people get along, both past and present. Listening Questions 1. How was the relationship between Dave and Diego? 2. What happened when Ivan and Dave were asked to open a new office together? 3. What does Mark say about his relationship with Chuck? Premium Members: PDF Transcript | Quizzes | PhraseCast | Lesson ModuleThe post BEP 351 – Idioms for Describing Relationships (Part 2) first appeared on Business English Pod :: Learn Business English Online.
19 Nov 2019
Business English News 45 – The 5G Revolution
https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/bizpod/BEN45-5G.mp3 In this Business English News lesson we look at vocabulary related to technology and mobile communications. There’s a lot of buzz around 5G technology these days. And it’s not just tech giants like Samsung, Ericsson and Huawei that are getting excited. Everyone from consumers to governments are paying attention. And with the excitement comes no small amount of controversy. But what’s all the hype about? And for starters, what exactly is 5G? Technology website Inventiva explains: Put simply, 5G is an innovative mobile technology, which is expected to impact all aspects of our lives, including our homes, entertainment, work, and travel. In part, this is because it enables download speeds 10 to 20 times faster than the 4G networks of today. But it’s also much more responsive than the current networks, and allows many more devices to be connected to the internet. In short, it radically improves network bandwidth. With such speed and capacity, 5G is expected to transform everything around us. Free Resources: PDF Transcript | Quizzes | Lesson ModuleThe post Business English News 45 – The 5G Revolution first appeared on Business English Pod :: Learn Business English Online.
2 Aug 2020
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https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/bizpod/BEN46-US-Election.mp3 In this Business English News lesson we look at English vocabulary related to the US presidential election. Days after the US election, the final result still hangs in the balance. While some networks have called the election for Biden, the process is far from over. So why don’t we have a final tally on election night? As the Independent points out: An unprecedented number of Americans – 97 million by Monday, well over twice the number from 2016 – have voted by mail. And some states will count ballots that are delivered after the election if they are postmarked by a deadline. In Washington state, for example, mail-in ballots can still be counted on November 23. In Alaska state officials don’t even begin counting mail-in ballots until around November 10. Free Resources: PDF Transcript | Quizzes | Lesson ModuleThe post Business English News 46 – US Presidential Election 2020 first appeared on Business English Pod :: Learn Business English Online.
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925 English Lesson 34 – Giving Instructions
In today’s 925 English video lesson, we’re going to learn how to give instructions in English.Telling people what to do isn’t just something the boss does. Any time you’re helping someone with a problem, training someone, giving technical advice, or telling a colleague how to do something, you’re giving instructions. Of course, it’s very important to be clear when you’re giving instructions. And for that reason, we sometimes explain things step-by-step, in a sequence of instructions.925 English is a new series of English videos for beginners (CEFR level A2). With 925 English you can learn business English phrases for work.Members: PDF Transcript | Lesson Module | Quiz | MP3 AudioThe post 925 English Lesson 34 – Giving Instructions first appeared on Business English Pod :: Learn Business English Online.
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Skills 360 – How to Get a Year-End Bonus (2)
https://traffic.libsyn.com/bizpod/360.76-Bonus2.mp3 Welcome back to Business English Skills 360 for today’s lesson on how to make sure you get a great year-end bonus. When I say “bonus,” I’m not talking about a Christmas card from the boss with a $20 gift certificate for Starbucks. I’m not talking about tokens of appreciation. I’m talking about a nice fat year-end bonus that says your employer believes you’re worth investing in. In our last lesson, I talked about how to demonstrate your value through your approach to work. Today, I want to focus not just on your approach, but on the work itself. When all is said and done, it’s your performance that will be valued above all else. So how can you show that? Lesson Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF TranscriptThe post Skills 360 – How to Get a Year-End Bonus (2) first appeared on Business English Pod :: Learn Business English Online.
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925 English Lesson 31 – Describing People and Characteristics
In today’s 925 English video lesson, we’re going to learn how to describe people and their characteristics in English.Listen in on any English office conversation or meeting and you’ll hear a lot of talk about people. Who we like, who we don’t like, who’s right for a team, who should get a promotion, who is going on vacation – the list of topics goes on and on.And one aspect of people we often discuss is their appearance, or how they look. To do that, we use adjectives, like “tall” or “short” or “well-dressed” or “heavy” or “thin.” When we describe people, we also talk about the color of their hair. And here’s a couple of special hair words for you: “brunette” means someone with brown hair, and “blonde” refers to someone with light hair or yellow hair.925 English video lessons for beginners (CEFR level A2). With 925 English lessons you can learn English phrases and expressions for business and work.Members: PDF Transcript | Lesson Module | Quiz | MP3 AudioThe post 925 English Lesson 31 – Describing People and Characteristics first appeared on Business English Pod :: Learn Business English Online.
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BEP 348 – English for Purchasing 1: Sourcing Suppliers
https://traffic.libsyn.com/bizpod/BEP348-Purchasing1.mp3 Welcome back to Business English Pod for today’s lesson on English for purchasing and sourcing suppliers. Every company is in the business of selling something. But you can’t be a seller of goods or services without also being a buyer of goods and services. All companies require professional services, equipment, and supplies in order to function. And if they sell goods, they also need the raw materials and parts to build those goods. Buying all these goods and services is called purchasing. Purchasing managers work hard to find the right products and suppliers, and to negotiate good prices. Bad purchasing decisions can impact profit margins, efficiency, and quality. Good decisions can make a company a lot more competitive and profitable. While purchasing managers can find suppliers in a variety of ways, one common way is looking for suppliers at trade shows. And what kinds of questions do purchasing managers need to ask when talking with potential suppliers at a trade show? Well, for starters, you can begin the conversation by commenting on display products. Next, you can ask about their experience, their capabilities, and their turnaround time. And finally, you’ll also want to ask about their company’s business priorities. After all, a regular supplier functions a bit like a business partner, and you want a good overall match. In today’s dialog, we’ll hear Adam, a purchasing manager who works for xFit, a company that makes fitness equipment. Adam’s at a trade show looking for a new supplier for an important part for one of their fitness machines. He’s talking with Jenny, who is representing a Vietnamese manufacturer. Adam is trying to find out if Jenny’s company is a good fit. Listening Questions 1. What does Adam comment on to begin the conversation? 2. What does Adam suggest might cause challenges for a company in Vietnam? 3. After Jenny talks about tariffs, what specific issue does Adam ask about? Premium Members: PDF Transcript | Quizzes | PhraseCast | Lesson ModuleThe post BEP 348 – English for Purchasing 1: Sourcing Suppliers first appeared on Business English Pod :: Learn Business English Online.
9 Oct 2019
BEP 349 – Purchasing 2: Product and Vendor Requirements
https://traffic.libsyn.com/bizpod/BEP349-Purchasing2.mp3 Welcome back to Business English Pod for today’s lesson on English for purchasing and discussing product requirements. For purchasing managers, choosing the right vendor can be like choosing a business partner. After all, your company’s reputation is tied directly to the performance of your vendors. People judge you by the goods you use to run your business or build your products. If something goes wrong, your customers blame you, not your vendors. But what makes the “right” vendor? Well, that discussion begins with your needs. If you’re in manufacturing or product development, you’ll be talking about design requirements. These design requirements, or product specifications, are going to help you determine whether a vendor can do the job. And the engineers or merchandizers in the room are going to have some strict technical requirements. Once you have a sense of what you need, then you can discuss vendor criteria and qualifications. And because purchasing relationships are ongoing, you may also want to establish performance indicators to ensure everything goes well once you’ve selected a vendor. In today’s dialog, we’ll hear a meeting in a company called xFit, which makes fitness equipment. Adam is a purchasing manager in Asia who has been looking for a new manufacturer of an important component. He’s on the phone with Crystal, another manager who is leading the meeting, and Jason, an engineer. The team is talking about the product requirements and vendor criteria. Listening Questions 1. What does Jason emphasize as a “must” in terms of design requirements? 2. What does Crystal say is the most important criteria for evaluating potential vendors? 3. What other criteria does Adam want to discuss? Premium Members: PDF Transcript | Quizzes | PhraseCast | Lesson ModuleThe post BEP 349 – Purchasing 2: Product and Vendor Requirements first appeared on Business English Pod :: Learn Business English Online.
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