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Skills: Risk management


Published: Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:21:06 +0200
Summary: Our podcast for 27 June looks at the topic of risk management. In this listening exercise, you will hear a statement and get a moment to decide whether you agree or disagree with what you have heard. You can then find out what our expert, Bob Dignen, says..


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Skills: Talking about performance


Published: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 01:21:08 +0200
Summary: Our podcast for 20 June 2017 is about talking clearly and convincingly to your line manager about your performance at work. In this listening exercise, you will hear a number of statements and get a moment to decide whether you agree or disagree with what..


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Vocabulary: Business travel


Published: Tue, 06 Jun 2017 01:21:07 +0200
Summary: Our podcast for 6 June 2017 looks at the vocabulary of business travel. Do an exercise and be careful to avoid false friends...


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Grammar: Multi-word verbs


Published: Tue, 23 May 2017 01:21:06 +0200
Summary: With our podcast for 23 May 2017, you can practise some grammar relating to multi-word verbs. You'll hear a sentence with a multi-word verb and then two options. Decide which option refers to the meaning of the multi-word verb...


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News: Work expenses


Published: Tue, 09 May 2017 01:21:04 +0200
Summary: In our podcast for 9 May 2017, you can listen to a short news item from Britain about the amounts that office staff spend on work parties, etc. As you listen to our story, try to answer this question: according to a British study, how much does the averag..


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Skills: Time management


Published: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:21:04 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 25 April 2017 looks at the topic of time management. Listen carefully and then choose the most appropriate explanation for the word or phrase you have heard...


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Skills: Checking facts


Published: Tue, 18 Apr 2017 01:21:06 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 18 April 2017 looks at how to avoid serious misunderstandings by checking facts...


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Vocabulary: Negotiating


Published: Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:11:42 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 4 April 2017 looks at the vocabulary of negotiating. Do an exercise and be careful to avoid false friends...


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Grammar: Relative clauses


Published: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:21:05 +0100
Summary: The podcast for 21 March 2017 looks at an important point of grammar: relative clauses and relative pronouns. Listen to our example sentences and decide whether it's possible to leave out the relative pronoun...


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News: Childcare in Australia


Published: Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:21:10 +0100
Summary: The podcast for 7 March 2017 looks at childcare in Australia. As you listen to a short news item, try to answer this question: how much profit did private childcare centres in Australia make in 2016?..


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Skills: Innovation


Published: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:21:10 +0100
Summary: The podcast for 21 February 2017 looks at the topic of innovation. In this listening exercise, you will hear a statement and get a moment to decide whether you agree or disagree with what you have heard. You can then find out what our expert, Bob Dignen, ..


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Skills: Brainstorming


Published: Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:21:09 +0100
Summary: The podcast for 7 February 2017 looks at how to contribute to a brainstorming session. Practise different phrases you can use to signal that you have an idea...


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Grammar: Uncountable nouns


Published: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:21:11 +0100
Summary: The podcast for 10 January 2017 gives you the chance to practise a tricky area of English grammar. Try this translation exercise and be careful with the uncountable nouns...


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News: Meryl Streep


Published: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 00:21:11 +0100
Summary: The podcast for 27 December 2016 includes a short news item about actress Meryl Streep and her latest film, Florence Foster Jenkins. Listen carefully and try to answer this question: which year does the film focus on?..


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Skills: Providing customer service


Published: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:21:05 +0100
Summary: The podcast for 13 December 2016 looks at the topic of customer service. In this listening exercise, you will hear a statement and get a moment to decide whether you agree or disagree with what you have heard. You can then find out what our expert, Bob Di..


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Vocabulary: Telephoning


Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:21:06 +0100
Summary: The podcast for 6 December 2016 looks at some vocabulary you'll need for telephoning. Do an exercise and be careful to avoid false friends...


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Grammar: Using quantifiers


Published: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:05:29 +0100
Summary: The podcast for 22 November 2016 gives you the chance to practise some important grammar. You'll hear two nouns and then the beginning of a sentence with a quantifier, such as much or many. Only one of the two nouns can be used after this quantifier, ..


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News: Autistic employees


Published: Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:21:14 +0100
Summary: The podcast for 8 November 2016 is about a London-based consultancy which specializes in providing IT companies with skilled autistic employees. Listen carefully and try to answer a comprehension question...


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Skills: Writing minutes


Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:12:40 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 25 October 2016 looks at writing the minutes of business meetings. Listen to some statements about minute writing and decide whether you agree or disagree with them...


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Vocabulary: Meetings


Published: Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:23:03 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 11 October 2016 looks at the vocabulary of meetings. Do an exercise and be careful to avoid false friends...


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Grammar: Participle clauses


Published: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:06:46 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 27 September 2016 looks at participle clauses. Do an exercise and practise making sentences shorter and more elegant...


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News: Children's pocket money


Published: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 01:21:18 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 13 September 2016 looks at children's pocket money in Britain. Listen to a short news item and try to answer our question...


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Vocabulary: Ethical communication


Published: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 01:21:11 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 30 August 2016 looks at the topic of ethical communication. Do a vocabulary exercise and decide which statements you agree or disagree with...


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Skills: International negotiations


Published: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 01:21:18 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 23 August 2016 is about international negotiations. Here's communication skills expert Ken Taylor with an exercise on asking questions to get information about your negotiation partner...


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Vocabulary: Transport


Published: Tue, 09 Aug 2016 09:15:09 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 9 August 2016 looks at the vocabulary of transport. Let's do an exercise, being careful to avoid false friends...


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Grammar: Leaving out words


Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:14:41 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 26 July 2016 looks at grammar. In spoken English, we can often leave out words and still get our message across clearly. Listen and practise...


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Names and News: Bad for business


Published: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 01:21:10 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 12 July 2016 is a short news item about recyling in the United States. As you listen to our story, try to answer this question: how many employees have lost their jobs at Waste Management, the largest recycling company in the US?..


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Vocabulary: Follow-up calls


Published: Tue, 28 Jun 2016 01:21:08 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 28 June 2016 looks at the topic of follow-up calls. Here's Ken Taylor with a vocabulary exercise...


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Skills: International meetings


Published: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:41:29 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 21 June 2016 looks at international business meetings. Taking part in international business meetings can often be stressful. Here's communication skills expert Ken Taylor with an exercise...


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Vocabulary: Agriculture


Published: Tue, 07 Jun 2016 01:21:06 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 7 June 2016 looks at the vocabulary of agriculture. Do an exercise and be careful to avoid false friends...


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Grammar: Avoiding typical mistakes


Published: Tue, 24 May 2016 01:21:07 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 24 May 2016 is a grammar exercise. You'll hear a number of German sentences. Translate each sentence into English being careful to avoid typical grammar mistakes...


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Names and News: Cows and climate change


Published: Tue, 10 May 2016 01:21:07 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 10 May 2016 is a short news item about cows, emissions and taxes in New Zealand. As you listen to our story, try to answer this question: how many cattle and sheep are there in New Zealand?..


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Skills: Public speaking


Published: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 01:21:09 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 26 April 2016 looks at the topic of public speaking. The ability to speak well in front of a group of people is a key business skill...


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Skills: Telephone calls


Published: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 01:21:14 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 19 April 2016 looks at telephoning. Making phone calls in a foreign language can be stressful. Here's communication skills expert Ken Taylor with an exercise...


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Vocabulary: Weather


Published: Tue, 05 Apr 2016 11:02:49 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 5 April 2016 is a vocabulary exercise about the weather. Listen and be careful to avoid false friends...


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Grammar: Sounding more polite


Published: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 14:48:41 +0100
Summary: The podcast for 22 March 2016 looks at ways in which you can sound more polite in English. You’ll now hear a sentence and then we’ll give you a phrase or verb form that you can use in order to sound more polite. Change the original sentence to a more ..


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Names and News: Senior casinos


Published: Tue, 08 Mar 2016 00:21:18 +0100
Summary: The podcast for 8 March 2016 is a short news item about day-care centres for elderly parents in Japan. As you listen to our story, try to answer this question: how many Japanese workers currently leave their jobs each year to look after elderly relatives?..


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Skills: Summarizing


Published: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 11:56:55 +0100
Summary: The podcast for 23 February 2016 looks at summarizing business discussions. When you are working in a foreign language, it is extremely important to summarize at regular intervals during discussions. This helps to produce more effective communication. ..


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Skills: Polite requests


Published: Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:39:12 +0100
Summary: The podcast for 9 February 2016 looks at polite requests. Before booking a holiday, we often need to get permission from our boss and coordinate with our colleagues. Here’s communication skills expert Ken Taylor with an exercise. ..


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Vocabulary: Finance


Published: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:29:25 +0100
Summary: The podcast for 26 January 2016 looks at the vocabulary of finance. Do an exercise and be careful to avoid false friends...


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Grammar: Prepositions of place


Published: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:36:16 +0100
Summary: In the podcast for 12 January 2016, we’ll practise saying where things are, using prepositions of place. You’ll hear a friend describing her new office. Translate her German sentences into English. Pay particular attention to the prepositions...


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Names and News: End of the road?


Published: Tue, 08 Sep 2015 01:21:06 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 8 September 2015 is a short news item about food in Singapore. As you listen, try to answer this question: why is food becoming more expensive there?..


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Business Skills: Solving problems


Published: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 01:21:07 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 25 August 2015 focuses on problems at work. Here's our communication skills expert Ken Taylor with an exercise on solving problems...


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English on the Move: Checking into a hotel


Published: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 01:21:07 +0200
Summary: When we travel abroad, one of the most typical experiences we have is checking into a hotel. Communication skills expert Ken Taylor gives you some useful advice in this week's podcast...


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Vocabulary: The language of law


Published: Tue, 04 Aug 2015 01:21:08 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 4 August 2015 looks at the vocabulary of law. Let's do an exercise and be careful to avoid false friends...


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Grammar: Reporting events


Published: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 01:21:09 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 21 July 2015 focuses on reporting events. Often in business situations, we need to report events that have happened. But do you know the right verb forms to use? Find out with an exercise...


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Working World: Doctor without borders


Published: Tue, 07 Jul 2015 01:21:10 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 7 July 2015 is a short news item about a Canadian doctor. Listen and try to answer this question:Which country does Doctor Liu refer to when she is discussing the Ebola crisis?..


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Business Skills: Storytelling in presentations


Published: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:13:19 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 23 June 2015 looks at the importance of storytelling in presentations. Many business presentations are very boring because they fail to engage the audience. One way to engage people is by using the techniques of storytelling. Listen to com..


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Vocabulary: Music


Published: Tue, 09 Jun 2015 11:58:26 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 9 June 2015 looks at the vocabulary of music. In this week's exercise, we focus on music idioms for business situations...


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Working World: Billion-dollar B&B


Published: Tue, 26 May 2015 12:23:54 +0200
Summary: The podcast for 26 May 2015 is a news item about the beginnings of Airbnb. As you listen, try to answer the question: how many people found rooms through Airbnb last year?..


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