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#32 Earning Your Stripes with Patrick Collison. On this episode of the Knowledge Project Podcast, I chat with Patrick Collison, co-founder and CEO of the leading online payment processing company, Stripe. If you’ve purchased anything online recently, there’s a good chance that Stripe facilitated the transaction. What is now an organization with over a thousand employees and handling tens of billions of dollars of online purchases every year, began as a small side experiment while Patrick and his brother John were going to college. During our conversation, Patrick shares the details of their unlikely journey and some of the hard-earned wisdom he picked up along the way. I hope you have something handy to write with because the nuggets per minute in this episode are off the charts. Patrick was so open and generous with his responses that I’m really excited for you to hear what he has to say. Here are just a few of the things we cover: The biggest (and most valuable) mistakes Patrick made in the early days of Stripe and how they helped him get better The characteristics that Patrick looks for in a new hire to fit and contribute to the Stripe company culture What compelled he and his brother to move forward with the early concept of Stripe, even though on paper it was doomed to fail from the start The gaps Patrick saw in the market that dozens of other processing companies were missing — and how he capitalized on them The lessons Patrick learned from scaling Stripe from two employees (he and his brother) to nearly 1,000 today How he evaluates the upsides and potential dangers of speculative positions within the company How his Irish upbringing influenced his ability to argue and disagree without taking offense (and how we can all be a little more “Irish”) The power of finding the right peer group in your social and professional circles and how impactful and influential it can be in determining where you end up. The 4 ways Patrick has modified his decision making process over the last 5 years and how it’s helped him develop as a person and as a business leader (this part alone is worth the listen) Patrick’s unique approach to books and how he chooses what he’s going to spend his time reading ...life in Silicon Valley, Baumol’s cost disease, and so, so much more. Patrick truly is one of the most warm, humble and down to earth people I’ve had the pleasure to speak with and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation together. I hope you will too! *** For comprehensive show notes on this episode, including a full edited transcript, go to https://www.fs.blog/podcast/ My free weekly Brain Food digest helps you upgrade your thinking. Don't miss out, sign up at https://www.fs.blog/newsletter/ Follow Shane on Twitter (https://twitter.com/farnamstreet)
Airbnb's Brian Chesky in Handcrafted. If you want your company to truly scale, you first have to do things that don't scale. Handcraft the core experience. Get your hands dirty. Serve your customers one-by-one. And don't stop until you know exactly what they want. That's what Brian Chesky did. As CEO of Airbnb, Brian’s early work was more akin to a traveling salesman. He takes us back to his lean years – when he went door-to-door, meeting Airbnb hosts in person – and shares the imaginative route to crafting what he calls an "11-star experience.”
Episode 51: Money Tree. When Axton Betz-Hamilton was 11 years old, her parents' identities were stolen. At that time, in the early 90s, consumer protection services for identity theft victims were basically non-existent. So the family dealt with the consequences as best they could. But then when Axton got to college, she realized that her identity had been stolen as well. Her credit score was in the lowest 2%. As she was working to restore her credit, she inadvertently discovered who had stolen the family's identity. It would change everything forever. View the photograph Axton describes here. If you live in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Durham, Philadelphia, Anaheim, Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago, Iowa City, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, or Toronto. . . come see us tell all new stories live! Learn more at http://thisiscriminal.com/live/. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.
Case 60: Jonestown (Part 3). [Part 3 of 3] You may think you know the story, but do you… This is the chilling conclusion to Jonestown. Researched and written by Milly Raso For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-60-jonestown-part-3
Rank #1: Chatterbox #232 – Interview with Matt vs Japan. Talking about learning a language, even one you are not learning yourself, can be a great way to improve your skills. In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew speaks with special guest Matt from the YouTube channel Matt vs Japan. Even though Matt is a learner of Japanese, he shares so much great insight and many interesting techniques on how to learn any language. We can all benefit from this chat! Fun factsMatt vs Japan is a YouTube channel that has been up since 2010. It nearly has 2 million views. Not bad!Expressions included in the study guideTo immerse oneselfTo meet in the middleIn the wildTo integrateA discrepancyTo zone outCredit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Photo: Sora Sagano (Unsplash.com)
Rank #2: Simplified Speech #063 – Birthdays. What do birthdays mean to you? Getting one year older? Eating cake and ice cream? Making birthday wishes? In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy chat about birthday traditions. Fun factsThere are some funny birthday traditions around the world. For example, in Germany, if you are still single at the time of your 30th birthday, your friends will force you to sweep dirty stairs in a public place while potential soul mates walk by. Meanwhile, in Jamaica, people throw flour on you to celebrate your day of birth.Expressions included in the study guideHappy belated birthdayTo have a hunchBirthday boy/girlMake a wishDream come trueIt’s on meCredit: Happy Birthday Mambo by E’s Jammy Jams, Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Photo: Lidya Nada (Unsplash.com)
Rank #1: 0940 Daily Easy English Lesson PODCAST—to be loaded. Today’s English expression and dialog: to be loaded 15 bottles of Johnnie Walker Blue Label? We’re getting loaded tonight! You must be loaded to be able to afford it! I do pretty good! Now help load it into my limo! Already loaded. Subscribe on iTunes and get this English podcast FRESH! Support the Let’s Master English team! JOIN our classes: www.LetsMasterEnglish.com/signup Coffee and diapers for Mikey!: paypal.me/LetsMasterEnglish Become a patron: www.patreon.com/coachshane PLEASE support my sponsors: www.audibletrial.com/lme (Get a free AUDIO BOOK!) www.gorillamind.com/?atid=106 Get the best NOOTROPICS for your mind and body. (USA-only☹) Study English, FREE ENGLISH LESSONS: www.letsmasterenglish.com/free http://letsmasterenglish.com/tv http://letsmasterenglish.com/radio
Rank #2: 0877 Daily Easy English Lesson PODCAST—to clinch. I'M FINALLY BACK!! And I've missed you all! Enjoy the podcast and THANK YOU for your wonderful wishes and tremendous patience! The E-cubed PODCAST is UP and READY for YOU!! #LearnEnglish #ESL #LMEtoday #LetsMasterEnglish Today’s English expression and dialog: to clinch You look happy! I clinched the top spot in Google!! Really? What search term? Search for “English teacher Coach Shane”. Subscribe on iTunes and get this English podcast EVERY DAY! Support the Let’s Master English team! On PayPal: Send to firstname.lastname@example.org Or you can go here: www.patreon.com/coachshane PLEASE support my sponsors: www.letsmasterenglish.com/free www.audibletrial.com/lme (Get a free AUDIO BOOK!) Study English, FREE ENGLISH LESSONS: http://letsmasterenglish.com/tv http://LMEtoday.com
Rank #1: English Obsession and Love. English obsession and love are the keys to super fast speaking improvement. Most learners want to improve their English quickly. Everyone wants rapid improvement. https://effortlessenglishclub.com/english-obsession-love
Rank #2: The Alchemist | Part 1 | Paulo Coelho | EE Book Club. Our new Book Club book!
Rank #1: 221: Compare 'unvoiced th' to /f/, /s/, and /t/. Compare words like "thin/fin," "mouth/mouse," and "both/boat"Transcripts at pronuncian.com
Rank #2: 1: The English 'th sounds' /θ, ð/. Yes, we have two 'th sounds,' /θ,/ and /ð/and they are both very important.
Rank #1: 慢速英语 Special English. The world is changing fast, but you can learn it at a slower pace. 时尚美音，优雅英音，听新闻，学英语。（每周一、周二更新）
Rank #2: 慢速英语 Special English. The world is changing fast, but you can learn it at a slower pace. 时尚美音，优雅英音，听新闻，学英语。（每周一、周二更新）
Rank #1: Learning English Broadcast - August 07, 2019. Learning English use a limited vocabulary and are read at a slower pace than VOA's other English broadcasts. Previously known as Special English.
Rank #1: Why do we fail to hit to the gym?. Dota2 International comes to Shanghai / Why do we fail to hit to the gym? / RoundTable's Happy Place
Rank #2: RT Special: 70 Years of Education in China. How has education changed the destiny of generations of Chinese people? Is education still the key to a better future? Join Heyang as she finds some answers with the help of two experts: Dr. Marielza Oliveira, the director of the UNESCO office in Beijing, and Dr. Wang Li, the deputy director of International Research and Training Center for Rural Education.
Rank #1: Season 3 Premiere – Dream English. Listen to the show. Welcome back for Season 3 of ESL Teacher Talk! If you’re new to ETT, then … just Welcome! In Season 3 we have a new co-host, Matt of Dream English.com. With Matt and the other ETT co-hosts, we hope to cover some smaller areas of teaching English. We will be focusing on teaching specific grammar points, how we teach them, how we explain them, and how we practice them. We will still have a Game of the Week with each episode as well! But for the Season 3 premiere, we get to know a little about our new cohost, Matt, and Matt has some really cool things on the web for you. Matt is the creator of Dream English.com which has songs, flashcards, chants, and supporting teaching materials for teachers to effectively use music in your lessons. That’s not all, Matt also has a site called Free ABC Songs.com where you can find traditional English songs that you can also use in your lessons or with your own children! There’s also a section in the podcast that introduces a cool new site, 123 Listening.com. This is a collaborative effort between Mark’s site, MES-English.com and Dream English.com. It has free listening tests, test audio and worksheet makers where you can make your own listening tests. We’d love to hear how you use you music in your classes or any questions you might have about 123 Listening.com, Dream English.com or Free ABC Songs.com. Post them here or over at the ESL Teacher Talk forums. Ask questions or leave comments about the show. You can also just pop-in and introduce yourself. We’d love to know who’s listening. Thanks for listening! Game of the Week: Spiders and Candy This was a game originally developed for 1 and 2 years old. However, after a few years of using this game, Mark has tried some variations with older students and adults. It was very successful and Mark explains what to do. It can be used with small classes of any age but for older students it can be adapted for larger classes. You can find printables for this game at the games section of MES-English.com. There’s also a written out explanation of the game there as well. Happy teaching!
Rank #2: Super Simple Songs. Listen to the show. Devon Thagard, co-creator of SuperSimpleSongs, comes to the studio this week. He discusses his ESL experience and how he uses songs in class with young children. There are also some recommendations for music for young learners and a way to get a free set of SuperSimpleSong CDs. Learn more: www.supersimplesongs.com Visit devon’s blog at http://simplesongs.blogs.com listen to some i-mixes of simple songs: U.S. iTunes iTunes Japan Devon’s podcast: www.kodomoeikaiwa.podomatic.com Game of the Week: RPS challenge In 5 minutes practice any target language with students aged 5-100. All you need are some markers and students. It’s a great warm-up activity or review activity.
Rank #1: 607. The Rick Thompson Report: Boris Johnson PM / No Deal Brexit?. 607. The Rick Thompson Report: Boris Johnson PM / No Deal Brexit? Talking to my dad again about Brexit, this time including our thoughts on Boris Johnson as the new Prime Minister and the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on 31 October. Episode page with transcripts https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9Ww italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk
Rank #2: 606. The English Seaside (with James). 606. The English Seaside (with James) Explaining and describing the culture of the English seaside experience, with James. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9T6 italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk I'm coming to the LEPster meetup on Sunday 28 July 2019. See you there? Where? The Fitzroy Tavern near Oxford Street & Tottenham Court Road. Full address is 16 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2LY. Put the postcode into your google maps app (or equivalent) and it should direct you there. When - 2PM on Sunday 28 July (that’s this coming Sunday) The host is Zdenek Lukas - you’ll recognise him in the pub because he will be the guy with the board games. If you’re coming please just send Zdenek an email to let him know you’ll be there so he has an idea of how many people to expect. email@example.com
Rank #1: Thank You Very Much!. How do you express gratitude? In this episode, we visit several ways to say "thank you". We look at commonly made mistakes in saying "thank you". Then we show you how to express gratitude correctly. Finally, our friendly Help Desk explains the grammar rules of saying "thank you" and the reasoning behind these rules.
Rank #2: My Pet, My Dog: Americans' Love Affair with Pets. Americans are in love with pets: dogs, cats, fish, hamsters, birds, and more! Some Americans even have pet rocks! Today we interview one American dog owner; join us for a fun interview!
Rank #1: 10 Top Words for Beginners to Start Speaking English. Episode transcript below: Hey. How’s it going? You know, I’ve been getting a lot of questions from Go Natural English learners like you asking me, “Where should I start?” You know, English is a big language with lots of words. So, if you want to know where to begin, in this episode, I’m going to share the top ten English nouns. These are the most popular nouns that are used the most in the English language. So, before I forget, before I tell you the top ten nouns, I want to tell you that I have a free training on the Go Natural English website that will help you to understand how to learn English independently. So, come over to gonaturalenglish.com/7steps and I’ll be happy to share that free training with you. So, now I’m going to check on my laptop. I have the top ten words in the English language and, actually, these are not just the top ten words in general, because that would include articles like “the” or “a”, which are actually the most common words. But I wanted to tell you the most common nouns because I think that’s more helpful. Don’t you? Okay. So, the number ten – we’re going to countdown from ten – the number ten most common word in English is “hand”. “Hand!” Can you believe it? That’s interesting. It’s probably because there’s some idioms in English that include the word “hand”, like, “Could you give me a hand?” Number nine is the word, “life”. “Life.” We talk about life a lot. It makes sense. Number eight. The number eight most popular word is “world” and I know this word is quite difficult to pronounce for a lot of English language learners. So, try repeating if after me now: “world”. Okay. Very good. Number seven is “man”. Okay. Number six is “thing”. This is also kind of a difficult sound, the “t-h” sound, so try repeating this word after me: “thing”. Awesome! Number five is “day”. Four is “way”. It rhymes with “day”. Number three is “year”. Number two is “person”. And the number one most popular noun in English is “time”. So, now it’s time to end this episode. I just want to thank you for watching and, hey, if you want to learn more of the most common words and phrases in American English, I recommend that you purchase the Go Natural English audio e-book, “The 100 Most Common Phrases in American English.” You can find out more about that at gonaturalenglish.com/100. So, I’ll see you there. Come check it out. See if it will benefit you and your English fluency. I think it will! Bye for now! The post 10 Top Words for Beginners to Start Speaking English appeared first on Go Natural English.
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Rank #1: 【专题】慢速英语（英音）2017-07-03. 2017-07-03 Special EnglishThis is Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing. Here is the news.Chinese scientists have announced that they have realized the real-time transmission of deep-sea data for more than 190 straight days, setting a new world record.During an expedition to the west Pacific at the end of last year, researchers with the Institute of Oceanology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences realized the real-time transmission of deep-sea data after improving the subsurface buoy observation network.They put a floating body on the sea, which was connected to a submersible buoy. The submersible buoy transmits data to the floating body, which then sends it to a satellite. Researchers then receive the data through the satellite.The real-time deep-sea data includes the condition of the subsurface buoy, the flow speed, direction and pressure of seawater.Real-time transmission of deep-sea data provides important technical support for research on the ocean environment and global climate. The data could enhance the precision in ocean climate and environment forecasts.The previous world record for the real-time transmission of deep water data was around 90 days.This is Special English.China's supercomputers remain the world's fastest and second fastest machines, but America's Titan was squeezed into fourth place by an upgraded Swiss system.The latest edition of the semiannual T0P500 list of supercomputers was released recently. China's supercomputer Sunway TaihuLight has been described by the T0P500 list as "far and away the most powerful number-cruncher on the planet. It maintained the lead since last June, when it dethroned Tianhe-2, the former champion for the previous three consecutive years.This means that a Chinese supercomputer has topped the rankings maintained by researchers in the United States and Germany nine times in a row.What's more, the Sunway TaihuLight was built entirely using processors designed and produced in China.Officials say it highlights China's ability to conduct independent research in the supercomputing field. In the latest rankings, the new number three supercomputer is the upgraded Piz Daint, a system installed at the Swiss National Supercomputing Center.Its current performance pushed Titan, a machine installed at the U.S. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, into fourth place. Titan's performance of 17.6 petaflops has remained constant since it was installed in 2012.You're listening to Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing.The European Union has reaffirmed its support for Paris agreement on climate change when its Foreign Affairs Council convened in Luxembourg.The Council said in a statement that the Paris Agreement is fit for purpose and cannot be renegotiated.U.S. President Donald Trump said on June 1 that he has decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, a landmark global pact to fight climate change.The Council said it deeply regretted the unilateral decision by the United States administration to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, while it welcomed the statements of commitment to the Agreement from other countries.The Council said the EU will lead in the global fight against climate change through its climate policies and through continued support to those which are particularly vulnerable.Besides this, the EU is strengthening its existing global partnerships and will continue to seek new alliances, from the world's largest economies to the most vulnerable island states.The Paris Agreement was agreed on by almost every country in the world in 2015. It aims to tackle climate change by cutting greenhouse gas emissions and sets a global target of keeping the rise in the average temperature no higher than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.This is Special English.It's possible for the European Union and Britain to strike a fair Brexit deal which is "far better than no deal". EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier told reporters that for both the EU and the UK, a fair deal is possible, and far better than no deal. He made the remarks at a joint press conference with his British counterpart David Davis, after wrapping up the opening salvo of the Brexit talks in Brussels.His remarks obviously alluded to British Prime Minister Theresa May's catchphrase "no deal is better than a bad deal".Barnier said the first session was "important, open and useful indeed to start off on the right foot as the clock is ticking".He outlined a two-step negotiation, saying they agreed on dates, organization, and priorities for the negotiation.You're listening to Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing.China is achieving landmarks in science and technology at breakneck speed.The country's Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft completed its second docking with the Tiangong-2 space lab recently. Chinese scientists have announced that they have realized the satellite-based distribution of entangled photon pairs over a record distance of more than 1,200 kilometers, a major breakthrough that could be used to deliver secure messages. China has successfully launched its first X-ray space telescope to study black holes, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts, receiving its first package of data.Officials say such a string of achievements shows China's innovation-driven development strategy is paying off.The latest Global Innovation Index showed that China rose three spots to 22nd place on the list of the world's most innovative nations this year, becoming the only middle-income country to join the top 25 innovative economies.However, China stepping closer to becoming an innovative power has aroused skepticism, with some arguing that its progress poses a threat to other countries.Chinese observers refuted the claim, saying China's science and technology innovation has injected fresh energy to the world's sluggish economy and brought a new opportunity to global industrial restructuring and sustainable development.This is Special English.Chinese bicycle-sharing giant Mobike says it has 100 million users worldwide.Mobike started its business in Shanghai in April last year, before expanding into major Chinese cities and branching out abroad. Users access a Mobike account and unlock the bicycles by scanning a QR code on the bicycles.It has over 5 million bicycles in 100 cities worldwide. Average daily orders top 25 million.The company says it is trying to expand its business in the European and Asian markets.Since April last year, Mobike users have logged 2.5 billion kilometers, equivalent to cutting the emissions of 170,000 cars for a whole year.Mobike's chief competitor is Ofo bike.According to the China E-Commerce Research Center, there were almost 19 million users of shared bicycles nationwide at the end of last year. The number is expected to hit 50 million by the end of this year.You're listening to Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing. You can access the program by logging on to crienglish.com. You can also find us on our Apple Podcast. Now the news continues.Five British secondary school students have won a free trip to Hong Kong to attend university summer courses after topping a design competition.The competition was organized earlier this year by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London. It invited British students to design a 48-hour travel itinerary for youth travelers visiting Hong Kong, with the aim of showing how the city is unique and attractive to youth travelers. The contestants were also expected to compare travel experiences between Hong Kong and a British city.The organizers say many British students presented their submissions through a variety of means, including an essay, a video clip on Youtube, a blog post, from which five best entries were selected.Carmen Truong was the winner from the Royal Latin School who impressed the judges with a beautiful scratch book. She will spend two weeks at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, learning Chinese and engineering.As a Chinese girl born in London, Truong says she likes to collect information and pictures about Hong Kong; and this competition was a good chance for her to explore more about her background.The annual competition is now in its sixth year. It seeks to encourage British students to consider going to universities in Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China. This is Special English.A "Chinese Ambassador Scholarship" has been launched at the Chinese Embassy in Romania.The Chinese Ambassador to Romania says the main goal of the scholarship is to encourage Romanian students to learn Chinese. It also aims to welcome as many young people as possible to jointly push forward Sino-Romanian friendly relations.The ambassador says learning Chinese enjoys great popularity in Romania, where over 8,000 people are studying Chinese in Confucius institutes, Confucius classrooms and other places.At the scholarship launching ceremony, around 20 students and four teachers were awarded with mobile phones and cash prizes to honor their efforts in learning and teaching Chinese.Romania is one of the countries along the ancient Silk Road. It is part of the Belt and Road initiative for common development. The official says this will bring about increasing demand for talents in Romania, including Romanians can speak Chinese.The ambassador says he hopes that more and more young people in Romania can play an active role in various fields including economic and trade cooperation and cultural exchanges between the two countries.You're listening to Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing.The National Museum of China has opened an exhibition featuring the work of Dutch painter Rembrandt and other famous artists of the 17th century.The show includes more than 70 paintings, and is the largest exhibit featuring the prime age of Dutch painting ever staged in China.The items on display include 11 paintings by Rembrandt including Minerva in Her Study and The Unconscious Patient. The exhibition also features works by Vermeer and Rembrandt's students.The exhibition will last until September. It is organized jointly by the National Museum of China and the Leiden Collection.The Leiden Collection was founded in 2003 by American collector Thomas Kaplan and his wife. It has the largest collection of 17th century Dutch paintings in the world.This is Special English.The influential Committee for Melbourne has called for a "mega-region" to be formed along Australia's eastern coast.The chief of the committee Martine Letts said a rapid transport link between Melbourne and Sydney could see the "mega-region" become reality within a decade.She said the region can also include other regional centers, and it could rival others in the world including the San Francisco-Los Angeles area in the United States.The proposal by Letts came after the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University announced that it believed a hyper loop could provide the link between Melbourne and Sydney.The hyper loop works by propelling a pod-like vehicle through a reduced-pressure tube at the speed of sound.A local company in Melbourne says the technology already exists to make hyper loop a reality, and it just needed to be supported by the governments. It says a hyper loop project will take three to five years to complete.This is Special English.A 12th century castle which played a part in seeing the first female queen gain the throne of England has re-opened after a 1.6-million-U.S.-dollar conservation project.Framlington Castle in the southern county of Suffolk was used over centuries as the center of a vast network of power and influence to a 17th century home for the poor.It has reopened its doors, giving visitors a chance to explore its rich history spanning 900 years.（全文见周六微信。）
Rank #2: 【专题】慢速英语（英音）2017-06-26. 2017-06-26 Special EnglishThis is Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing. Here is the news.China has established its highest military award, the Order of August 1. The selection process for the first batch of winners has begun.The award will honor those who have made outstanding contributions to safeguarding the country's sovereignty, security and development interests, and advancing the modernization of national defense and the armed forces.A list of 17 candidates nominated by the People's Liberation Army, the armed police force and public security force has been made public to receive comments both from the military and the general public.Chinese astronaut Jing Haipeng, commander of the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft, is among the 17 candidates.August 1 is the founding anniversary of the Chinese military, the People's Liberation Army. This is Special English.A two-day ministerial meeting of the Group of Seven nations has ended in the Italy, confirming the split between the United States and its six major allies on climate change.The U.S. refused to endorse the summit's final statement in the part concerning climate, following President Donald Trump's recent decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on cutting global carbon emissions.Only six countries in the G7, namely, Britain, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan, restated their pledge to implement the accord, which has been signed by 195 parties and ratified by 148 countries and regions so far.In point 7 of the 15-page final communique, they "reaffirm strong commitment to the swift and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement, which remains the global instrument for effectively and urgently tackling climate change, and adapting to its effects".The U.S. representative did not agree on the point. The communique says the United States will continue to engage with key international partners in a manner that is consistent with its domestic priorities.You're listening to Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing.Beijing has pledged to closely cooperate and fully support the development of the Xiongan New Area and encourage people to move there as needed.Officials from the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei development group said the New Area, south of Beijing, will be the central location for non-capital functions.Therefore, Beijing will actively strengthen cooperation with the area on construction and services, accelerating the relocation of industries that suit the new super economic zone.Beijing will support whatever the New Area needs during its construction and development. Beijing will assist in the planning and policy cohesion in sectors including infrastructure construction, transportation integration and public service sharing.Beijing will also support innovative companies to set up in the area. China announced plans to establish the New Area in April this year as part of measures to integrate the region's development and cure "urban ills" including traffic congestion and air pollution.Located 100 kilometers southwest of downtown Beijing, the New Area mainly covers three counties in Hebei province.This is Special English.China will set up a community governance system led by grassroots Communist Party of China organizations by 2020.Local governments will play a guiding role in the community governance system which also features public participation.Governance capacity in both urban and rural communities will improve significantly by that time, as public services, management and security will be effectively ensured.A government document says that within another five to ten years, a more mature and comprehensive community governance system will offer strong support for the party at a grassroots level, while consolidating local governments.Issues including the basic role of autonomous organizations, the participation of social groups and the functions of communities are also included in the document.According to the document, on major issues relating to community public interests as well as those that matter to the residents' immediate interests, the community residents' role in the decision making and dispute resolution processes should be enhanced.Meanwhile, community services that are closely related to the residents' interests, including employment, social security, health, education, housing, public security as well as legal and arbitration services, should be made more widely available.You're listening to Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing.The Precise Service System of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite has been used in creating 317 smart cities in China.The system provides precise positioning services for household gas and heat, power grid, water supplies, drainage and smart transportation.Scientists say the satellite has a wide range of applications; and its precise positioning services should be developed practically. Its precise positioning services have been used in Beijing Gas Group to detect and locate gas leaks in pipelines.Scientists say that with the development of the internet of Things, big data and artificial intelligence, there will be an increasing need for precise positioning in industries like unmanned vehicles, drones and robots.The value of the satellite's industrial chain could reach 240 billion yuan by 2020. This is Special English.The principle of minimum intervention was highlighted at a forum on the protection and restoration of the Great Wall.Cultural officials in Beijing have called for ensuring the principle of replacing bad practice, at the forum in north China's Hebei Province. The officials warned that too much restoration would damage preservation. They urged preventative protection.The Great Wall, a symbol of China, is actually not just one wall, but many interconnected walls built between the third century B.C. and the Ming Dynasty which ended in the mid-17th century.The existing sections are mainly the Ming Dynasty wall, which stretches over 8,800 kilometers. It was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. You're listening to Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing. You can access the program by logging on to crienglish.com. You can also find us on our Apple Podcast. Now the news continues.The United States' best-known farm in China, Kimberley Farms in Iowa, has received a group of leading think tank researchers from Beijing for the first time, after becoming an attraction for Chinese visitors since President Xi Jinping's visit five years ago. Almost 20 members of top Chinese think tanks, including the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and China Center for International Economic Exchanges, retraced the roads that Xi traveled in 2012 as a visiting vice-president. They ended the tour with a field trip to patches of the 1,600-hectare corn and soybean farm operated by Rick Kimberley in Maxwell, Iowa, around 60 kilometers northeast of the state capital Des Moines. The strong wind and scorching sun on the weekend seemed not to dent their enthusiasm for learning more about agricultural trade between China and the United States. They also learned how farming is done in a safe and sustainable way in one of the top food exporters to China. Kimberley said only three or four people work in the 1,600-hectare-farm, and these people are now helping China's Hebei province to develop a demonstration farm. The 1,200-hectare-project will use new technology that is being used in Iowa. An agreement on developing the project was signed at the end of May. This is Special English.More than two billion children and adults, or one third of the world's population, are now overweight or obese.In a new study, researchers assembled data from 195 countries and territories to model trends in overweight or obese and related health problems and deaths. The study showed that the prevalence of obesity has doubled since 1980 in more than 70 countries and has continuously increased in most other nations.Of the four million deaths attributed to excess body weight in 2015, almost 40 percent occurred among people whose body mass index, or BMI, fell below the threshold considered "obese".The paper was published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Authors of the paper say the findings represent "a growing and disturbing global public health crisis".The results of the study are based on data from the most recent Global Burden of Disease study, a systematic, scientific effort to quantify the magnitude of health loss from all major diseases, injuries, and risk factors by age, sex, and population.It found excess weight affected 2 billion children and adults worldwide in 2015, including almost 108 million children and more than 600 million adults with BMI, or body mass indes, exceeding 30, the threshold for obesity.You're listening to Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing.Hotspots of established alien plant and animal species were found mainly in island and coastal mainland regions.A study is carried out by an international team, led by Dr. Wayne Dawson from the Durham University in the UK. The team analyzed existing data of eight groups of animals including amphibians, birds and plants across 190 islands and 420 mainland regions.The top three hotspots with the highest numbers of established alien species were the Hawaiian Islands, New Zealand's North Island and the Lesser Sunda Islands in Indonesia.High numbers of alien species in every one of the eight groups studied could be found in the Hawaiian Islands. They include guppies among fish, now globally widespread, and feral pigs among mammals.Florida in the U.S. is the top hotspot among coastal mainland regions, with the Burmese python, a well-known example of an invasive species among reptiles. The state is also home to a large number of less well-known non-native ant species.The study says the reason that islands and mainland coastal regions contain higher numbers of established alien plants and animals may be that these areas have major points of entry like ports.You're listening to Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing.A total of 243 precious items from Russia's Peterhof State Museum are being exhibited in southwest China's Sichuan Province.The items on display at the Chengdu Museum include oil paintings, porcelain, sculptures, clothes and furniture.The exhibition also features activities including a Russian fashion show and a Tetris game.The exhibition is among those the Chengdu Museum has held with countries along the ancient silk road to strengthen cultural exchange.A curator of the Russian museum said the display is expected to help people in Chengdu learn more about the history of Russia.The Peterhof State Museum is one of the most important museums that stores and displays cultural artifacts of the Russian Romanov Dynasty between 1613 and 1917. Peter the Great was the fourth tsar of the dynasty.The display is free to the public and will be open until the end of August. This is Special English.The birth of a giant panda cub at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo has been toasted in Japan.The 11-year-old Shin Shin, which means "truth", was removed from public viewing in mid-May after she began showing signs of pregnancy, including loss of appetite and increased lethargy.The Tokyo Governor has congratulated Shin Shin on her successful delivery.Shin Shin and her partner have been on loan from China since February 2011. They were ready for display shortly after the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, bringing some much-needed joy to Japanese fans.In 2012, Shin Shin had a cub, the first panda born at the zoo in 24 years. It was greeted with widespread excitement. But the cub died from pneumonia six days after birth.Shin Shin showed signs of pregnancy again in 2013, but it turned out to be a false alarm.Panda pregnancies are relatively rare in captivity and outside China.(全文见周六微信。)
Rank #1: Skills 360 – Top 10 Business English Skills (2). https://traffic.libsyn.com/bizpod/360.74-Business-English-Skills-2.mp3Welcome back to Business English Skills 360 for today’s lesson on the top 10 business English skills. In our last lesson, I focused on small talk and English conversation skills such as expressing opinions, asking questions, rejecting ideas, and getting action. Of course, “conversation” is what comes to mind when someone talks about language skills. But a lot of our English communication is not conversation, per se. Your skill set has to include a lot more than expressing opinions, agreeing, disagreeing, and making small talk. Imagine for a second that you’re delivering a presentation in English or conducting a training session. What kind of skills do you need in those situations? Well, one thing you need to master is talking about how something happens or how something is done. By that I mean describing a process or giving instructions. The key skill here is what we call sequencing, or putting your ideas in a logical order and making that order clear to your audience. To do this, you might use simple words like “first,” “second,” “third,” “next,” and “finally.” But you might also use expressions like “at this point,” “meanwhile,” and “subsequently.” Using this kind of language helps you organize your ideas, and you’ll be less likely to lose your audience. Connecting words aren’t limited to processes and instructions. Adept English speakers will use all sorts of words to connect their ideas and structure a good argument. Think about proposing an idea to your boss. Will you rattle on and hope he picks up the thread of what you’re trying to say? Or will you present a cohesive and persuasive argument using expressions like “because of this,” “therefore,” “nevertheless,” and “furthermore?” Now I am not suggesting that you pepper your speech with these kinds of words just to sound intelligent. There’s a time and place for these formal expressions. But the importance of organizing your ideas holds true in any situation. And in more casual circumstances, you can simply rely more on simpler words like “and,” “but,” and “so.”Besides presentations or training, another important situation with a special skill set is bargaining, or negotiating in English. And I’m not just talking about high-level talks on corporate partnerships or negotiating a major business deal. Any situation that involves give and take, cooperation, or compromise involves a kind of bargaining.Maybe you and a colleague are trying to design a website together. Or you and your boss are trying to figure out a work schedule. Or you are trying to get two of your employees to agree on a project budget. These are all situations that demand bargaining skills. You need to acknowledge both sides and propose trade-offs. Often this requires you to make conditional sentences, using words like “if,” “unless,” and “as long as.” And if those statements are hypothetical, you’ll have to make sure you get a handle on important helping verbs like “would” and “could.” I’ve talked a lot today about organizing your ideas, and about situations that require clarity of information. This brings me to another essential skill: summarizing. What happens after you’ve presented a clear and logical argument, or you’ve negotiated a compromise in a meeting? Well, you need to ensure everyone can latch on to the main ideas. That’s when you summarize. You might hear a summary introduced with expressions like “to sum up,” or “let’s recap briefly.” But the real skill is figuring out what those main ideas or points are and then stating them concisely. You can’t repeat everything that was said verbatim. You need to distill only what is essential and paraphrase ideas appropriately. Now before I do exactly that with my own ideas for this lesson, I’ve got one more essential but challenging skill for you: speaking clearly. You probably know some people who seem to just have a knack for clear speech. But it’s not just innate talent. You can learn to sound clear too, if you put in the time and effort. So practice correct pronunciation. Try to enunciate clearly, even when it doesn’t feel natural for your mouth to make certain shapes or sounds. It gets easier with practice. But if you mumble, or don’t make the effort to try to produce the right sounds and intonation, then it doesn’t matter what you say, because people won’t be able to understand you. Now how about that summary? I’ve covered five essential skills for every ace English speaker. First, there’s the ability to present a sequence or step-by-step instructions. Next is the skill of connecting your ideas logically. Then there’s bargaining and summarizing. And finally, you need to work on your pronunciation and intonation.Lesson Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF Transcript
Rank #2: Skills 360 – Top 10 Business English Skills (1). https://traffic.libsyn.com/bizpod/360.73-Business-English-Skills-1.mp3 Welcome back to Business English Skills 360 for today’s lesson on the business English skills everyone needs in order to be successful. As any guru worth his weight in salt will tell you, business is all about relationships. That means connecting with new people, and maintaining good relations with people in your existing network. And one of the ways we do this is through small talk. We call it small talk because it’s not about big important business topics. It’s about things like the weekend, the weather, sports, or family. Making small talk in English allows us to connect with people, find out more about them, and set a mood. This kind of conversation involves a back and forth of simple comments, questions, and answers. You need to show interest in the other person, but also reveal a bit about yourself. And it’s important to stick to topics that are common to both people. Once you’ve broken the ice with small talk, then you can move on to bigger topics. And that’s where you bring in the skill of expressing opinions in English. Exactly how you do that depends on the situation. If you’re in a meeting and want to add your perspective, you might just introduce it with an expression like “the way I see things” or “as far as I’m concerned.” But if you’re making a suggestion or pitching an idea, there are a couple of ways to go about it. You might do it carefully with words like “perhaps” or “maybe” or “we could.” Or, if you want to state something more confidently, you can use stronger words like “have to” or “should.” The important thing here is that you assess the situation and adapt your language accordingly. After all, English conversation isn’t just about speaking; it’s also about listening, and that leads me to asking questions. I don’t just mean “yes or no” questions. I mean substantive questions that show that you’re listening and engaged. This also includes discerning and sincere questions about people’s ideas. This is a big part of being an active listener, which means listening to understand, not just listening to respond. Of course, being a good listener doesn’t mean being a yes-man. Participating in a meeting or negotiations in English requires the ability to reject ideas. And that’s not as simple as saying “no” or “I disagree.” Most situations require a more nuanced or careful approach. But be careful with this kind of softening language. If you’re in a position to say no or reject something, be clear about it. You can still be diplomatic without waffling. To do that, you can comment on the positive aspects of the idea, or the intention behind them, before saying “no.” Rejecting ideas effectively is one aspect of being decisive and getting results. And that brings me to one last skill I want to mention today: getting people to take action. You’ve probably been in an English meeting where there was a lot of great discussion, but no real action points. So you need to learn how to delegate effectively. Alright, so we’ve looked at five essential business English skills. Let’s do a quick recap: you need to know how to make small talk, express opinions, and ask good questions. At the same time, you need to be able to reject ideas and get action from people. Lesson Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF Transcript
Rank #1: 043 – Real English conversations: Lori scores a year’s supply of toilet paper (archive). A funny thing happened today when Lori was shopping for office supplies, and it involves an industrial-sized package of toilet paper rolls. The post 043 – Real English conversations: Lori scores a year’s supply of toilet paper (archive) appeared first on Better at English. © 2017 Lori Linstruth
Rank #2: Real English Conversations: TV adverts, advertisements and commercials. In today's episode, Michael and I exchange some opinions about television, particularly with respect to commercials and advertising. In this conversation we discover some differences between British and American English vocabulary, and use some everyday phrasal verbs. The post Real English Conversations: TV adverts, advertisements and commercials appeared first on Better at English. © 2017 Lori Linstruth
Rank #1: kludge. Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 25, 2019 is: kludge • \KLOOJ\ • noun : a haphazard or makeshift solution to a problem and especially to a computer or programming problem Examples: Andy knocked out a hasty kludge to circumvent the buggy code until a more robust solution could be developed. "When the theatre was built in and opened in 1920, there were no concessions of any kind. Everything that we've done to accommodate modern audiences was a kludge in various ways." — Curtis McCrary, quoted in The Tucson (Arizona) Weekly, 25 Oct. 2018 Did you know? The first recorded use of the word kludge is attributed to Jackson W. Granholm, who defined the word in a 1962 issue of the magazine Datamation as "an ill-assorted collection of poorly-matching parts, forming a distressing whole." He further explained that it was derived from the German word klug, meaning "smart" or "witty." Why Granholm included a d in his spelling is not known. What we do know is that speakers of American English have agreed to disregard it in pronunciation, making the vowel pronunciation of kludge reflective of the pronunciation of German klug (\KLOOK\ ). We can also tell you that not everyone agrees with Granholm on the "d" matter: the spelling kluge is also popularly used.
Rank #2: sporadic. Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 24, 2019 is: sporadic • \spuh-RAD-ik\ • adjective : occurring occasionally, singly, or in irregular or random instances Examples: The team's regular meetings became sporadic over the summer months, when at some points up to half of its members were on vacation. "Continuous permafrost hugs the Hudson Bay coast and spreads inland about 75 kilometres before becoming discontinuous and sporadic. Like peat, permafrost is an effective storehouse of greenhouse gases." — Kenyon Wallace, The Toronto Star, 27 May 2019 Did you know? Sporadic describes the distribution of something across space or time that is not frequent enough to fill an area or period, often in scattered instances or isolated outbursts (as in "sporadic applause"). The word comes from Medieval Latin sporadicus, which is itself derived from Greek sporadēn, meaning "here and there." It is also related to the Greek verb speirein ("to sow"), the ancestor from which we get our word spore (the reproductive cell of a fungus, microorganism, or some plants), hinting at the seeming scattered nature by which such cells distribute and germinate.