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A podcast for people who use English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) in their work environment and want to improve their overall language skills. In each episode, hosts Skip Montreux, Dez Morgan, and Samantha Vega discuss Business news making headlines around the world. Through their discussions, Skip, Dez and Samantha introduce English vocabulary & phrases related to business, review grammar, and identify cultural differences found in International business situations. An excellen ...
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While firefighters continue to work on hot spots around theNelson region, fourteen residents of Pigeon Valley have been allowed to returnto their homes under caution. The remaining evacuees, about eighty houses, areallowed to go home between 8am and 2pm each day, but that depends on the wind.If the wind is strong, and blowing towards their hous ...…
February 16, 2019. The airplane maker Airbus has announced plans to cease production of its A380 aircraft.
Paul, the boss, is sending Anna and Tom on a business trip to France.
Apparently, only 5% of people who've used dating apps, actually go on the date. Why?
February 14, 2019. Polar bears on an island in Russia are scaring people in a small town. At least 52 polar bears have been seen.
Story Answers: Since our last news report the fire south of Nelson has grown to the point where about 2500 residents of Wakefield had to evacuate as it looked like the fire was coming towards them. Wakefield is a town 30km south of Nelson. It is a very old town, and has several historic buildings, so it was a great relief when it didn’t come an ...…
Everyone has a home country, but how proud are you of that country? In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Morag talk about patriotism and how people think about their home countries. Fun facts The New England Patriots is the most successful American football team in recent history. Is it possible that their name, the Patriots, has made them gr ...…
Practise six ways of talking about the future. Oh, and hear about Finn's curry!
Here's a phrase to describe the success of a small team.
February 12, 2019. The African Union has unveiled a statue of Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie I.
Is responsibility the key to happiness? Learn how to use the suffixes -ity and -ness.
February 10, 2019. A man in India is suing his parents because they did not ask him if he wanted to be born. Welcome back to Business English Pod for today’s lesson on English collocations used to discuss change management. In the 21st century the pace of change is very fast. And businesses have to fight to keep up, to adapt to changes in both the world and the economy. In meeting rooms ar ...…
Anna learns the language needed to negotiate a deal and convince someone to do business.
February 08, 2019. Russia has responded to the USA withdrawing from an arms treaty by announcing it has plans to build more missiles.
Neil and Rob talk about these uncomfortable but very glamorous shoes.
Vocabulary: hectare: 10,000 square metres rural: in the countryside broke out: when a fire starts by accident, we say it “broke out” under control: if something is under control, it means that it is no longer dangerous at this stage: now. Using this phrase means that the information may change in the future. Answers: A large bush fire broke out ...…
Winter is in full swing in Canada, and many people like to stay indoors where it is warm and cozy. What better way to spend time inside than by baking some delicious treats? In this episode, Andrew and Morag talk about their baking skills and even some baking disasters. Enjoy! Fun facts Bread baking began in Ancient Greece around 600 B.C. This ...…
There are some lovely places near and far to visit; where do you like to go?
February 06, 2019. A new study shows that we could learn vocabulary while we are sleeping.
Do you have THE confidence to sing in public? Definite article+abstract uncountable nouns
A sudden and unpleasant change can come as a shock. Learn a phrase to describe this.
What are they and how do we use them to express our attitudes and ideas? Find out here.
Senior year of high school is a stressful time. It is a time when many students have to make a lot of big decisions and choose a path for their life, whether it be going to college, getting a job, or taking a gap year. Either way, one of the final challenges of high school is taking the high school exams, whose results will ultimately determine ...…
February 04, 2019. The United Kingdom has objected to the European Union's use of the word "colony" to describe the island of Gibraltar.
Learn the language of project management with Tom and Anna.
Neil and Rob discuss ways of improving your memory and teach you new vocabulary.
Who should a company favour: existing or new customers?
Does your mind ever wander? Mine does, all the time. I find that I am constantly thinking about things. My brain rarely(1) seems to keep quiet. In Tai Chi we call this 'The Jumping Monkey' which is a wonderful image. I suppose our brains are supposed to always be thinking, but sometimes it's really distracting. Shopping, for example, is a time ...…
Skip Montreux and Dez Morgan discuss the history of this iconic company and explain how it has ended up facing bankruptcy today. Free audio script available at Visit iTunes to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comment. Visit our website or Facebook page to ask a question, post a comment, ...…
What does it mean to troll someone? Trolling has become a big problem online. In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Jeremy explore the words you can use when talking about online trolling. Fun facts In the United Kingdom, some people have been sent to prison for trolling. They were imprisoned for online harassment. Expressions included in the ...…
We talk about the three positions where adverbs usually go when used with verbs.
Moving from place to place can be chaotic. Learn a phrase to describe the situation
Find out how certain words have suffixes that turn verbs and adjectives into nouns.
In New Zealand, 80% of new cancers reported every year are melanoma, or skin cancer. Two thousand, five hundred new melanoma cases are diagnosed in New Zealand every year. New Zealand has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, and Australia is very similar. However, the death rate for melanoma is lower than for some other countries becau ...…
The hottest place to be this week was Blenheim, in the top of the South Island, which recorded temperatures of 35 degrees celcius. In general, the eastern parts of NZ are being subjected to a significant heatwave that is seeing temperatures in the thirties in places like Christchurch, Kaikoura, Gisborne and Hastings. New Zealanders are being ur ...… Welcome back to Business English Pod for today’s lesson on English collocations for discussing change management. Change is a constant. Nowhere is this more true than in business. Just look at the list of Fortune 500 companies from 50 years ago. You might be surprised by how many of ...…
Can Gulliver remain in the land of the horses he loves so much?
Neil and Rob discuss what makes people happy and teach you new vocabulary.
Learn a tense to talk about something that was happening before another event in the past
Here's a phrase that describes making informal conversation about not much.
Learn how to use pronouns with 'some', 'no', 'any' and 'every'.
Chinese New Year is coming up and New Zealand cities are making plans to celebrate. While for most small towns in New Zealand, Chinese New Year will go unnoticed, there will be events to celebrate it in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton and Dunedin. The Whau Chinese New Year Festival will be held in Auckland on Sunday the 10th of Feb ...…
Fruits and vegetables are essential to maintaining a healthy diet. And there are so many to choose from! In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy discuss their favourites. Fun facts The durian is a fruit native to Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. Many people call it the “king of fruits” due to its size. It is also famous for its odo ...…
There's no Planet B: some practical advice on how to make your life more plastic free Welcome back to Business English Skills 360 for today’s lesson on the different levels of formality in spoken English. Think about how you speak in your first language. Do you talk the same way to your colleagues as your wife? Or the same to your friends as your boss? Of course not. Differe ...…
Here's a clever expression that can describe someone doing something stupid.
We've lucked out this year (1). We're lucky because the winter has not been too hard. Yes we've had snow, and some freezing conditions, but it really hasn't been bad at all. I've been able to walk the dogs without falling on the ice, and my daughter has been able to practice her soccer moves on a more or less snow-free lawn. Everyone is back in ...…
In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne answer a listener’s question about the pronunciation of “-less.” Fun facts The Culips team loves answering questions from listeners. If you have a question you’d like answered, send an email to Material included in the study guide Transcript Practice exercises Bonus audio downloads To push ...…
The Swedish homeware retailer, Ikea, has announced that it will open a branch in New Zealand. It plans to offer online and in-store trading throughout New Zealand, but will start in Auckland. Ikea has been discussing moving to New Zealand for some time, but the problem has been finding suitable land. The New Zealand Herald reported that Ikea’s ...…
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