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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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Build your English vocabulary in six minutes. Every Monday join two of our presenters and hear about different ways to develop your vocabulary knowledge and skills.
Dramas for English language learners from BBC World Service. Improve your English with retellings of stories classic and new. Each episode is between 6 and 10 minutes long.
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Learn and practise useful English language for everyday situations with the BBC. A weekly instruction manual for saying or doing something in English is published every Thursday.
Business English Pod provides MP3 Business English podcast lessons and online learning tools for intermediate and advanced Business English learners. The lessons cover a comprehensive range of business language skills for meetings, presentations, telephoning, negotiating, socializing, travel, etc.
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Samantha Vega and Skip Montreux discuss the economic and geopolitical importance of Turkey. 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, and sign up for the Down to Business ...…
Finn brings you past simple explanations and examples, while Sophie eats biscuits...
Finn brings you past simple explanations and examples, while Sophie eats biscuits...
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April 24, 2018. There is a special job opening for eight people who love riding motorbikes, enjoy long, hot summers, and like feeling the wind in their hair.
Tomorrow is Anzac Day. It’s a day we remember New Zealand soldiers who died in wars. ANZAC means Australia, New Zealand Army Corps. These were soldiers from the two countries who fought together at Gallipoli in Turkey in 1915. This was during the First World War. The soldiers began their attack at dawn on April 25th which is why we remember tha ...…
Laern how we can put prefixes at the beginning of some words to change their meaning
Like many other countries, New Zealand has Airbnb. These are usually privately owned houses. Sometimes they are holiday houses, sometimes the Airbnb is a separate flat attached to a house or a share of a house with the owners. Tourists are often attracted to this kind of accommodation for a number of reasons. If it is a whole house, it is proba ...…
April 22, 2018. The king of the tiny African nation of Swaziland has changed his country's name to eSwatini.
After her visit to France and Germany, the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern went to London for CHOGM. She had a very busy day. Along with other CHOGM members, there was a meeting with the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, first. She also had a meeting with the British Prime Minister, Teresa May. New Zealand is concerned about the impact of Brexit on our ...…
Anna’s job interview continues. But with all the pressure, she has frozen mid-sentence...
April 20, 2018. The American rapper and songwriter Kendrick Lamar has become the first non-classical or jazz musician to win the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for music.
Neil and Rob ask: Is it ever OK to tell lies to kids?
April 18, 2018. One of China's largest social media sites has reversed a ban on content related to LGBT issues.
Finn and Alice discuss how we talk about obligations in English using 'have to' and must'
Learn a phrase about missing out.
Jacinda Ardern is in Europe, on her way to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting – CHOGM – in London. The 4-day meeting starts today. Ms Ardern is accompanied by some business leaders, and some ministers including the Minister of Trade. Her concern is the future of trade with the EU after Brexit. Her first meeting was with the French Pre ...…
Find out how you can sound much more natural by learning and using chunks of language.
April 16, 2018. A new study says that going to bed late may be bad for our health. It may even shorten our life.
In today’s 925 English lesson, we’re going to learn how to talk about abilities in english. There are lots of opportunities at work to talk about your abilities. And I don’t just mean job interviews. That’s an obvious one, but there’s also work planning, project meetings, and just discussing who should do what on a daily basis. 925 English is a ...…
Auckland suffered a major storm on Tuesday evening with many trees and power lines down. At first 140,000 homes were without power. Rural areas, especially around the western beaches, are still without power. Because of the damage, the electricity company, Vector, has not been able to restore power to many of the homes in these areas. At first ...…
Dez Morgan and Skip Montreux take a look at recent developments in the field of 3D Printing and talk about how it is now possible to build a home using 3D technology. 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 p ...…
In this episode of Simplified Speech, Andrew and Suzanne discuss the various ways of navigating a city. Should you travel by public transportation or go your own way? Find out how our hosts get around. Fun facts The London Underground holds claim to the oldest subway system in the world. When it opened in 1863, the trains were driven by steam l ...…
April 14, 2018. Japanese researchers have discovered enough reserves of rare-earth metals to satisfy global demand for up to 700 years.
Coffee is very important to people in the U.S. Washington State is the birthplace of Starbucks, and the city where the first one of them opened is Seattle. You could say that the subject of coffee there is as natural as breathing. If you are lucky enough to visit that splendid, green, innovative(1) city, you will easily find your way to Pike Pl ...…
Anna wants to join Tip Top Trading. Can she pass the interview?
Many in the UK describe themselves as 'foodies', but do they really know about food?
The government today announced that there would be no new permits for off-shore oil and gas exploration in New Zealand. Permits for land exploration will still be available, if any company is interested. However, there are 22 active licences at the moment for off-shore exploration and they do not expire until 2030. In the last 10 years New Zeal ...…
There's more to Liverpool than its football clubs, or is there?
April 12, 2018. Saudi Arabia will soon have its very first national orchestra and opera, with the help of France.
Finn, Sophie and Neil discuss all things relating to the topic of adverbs of frequency.
Learn an expression about enjoying someone's misfortunes.
Learn some useful vocabulary to talk about clothes and fashion
Tomorrow, April 10th is the 50th anniversary of the Wahine disaster. This is New Zealand’s worst disaster at sea and it happened very close to shore in Wellington Harbour. The Wahine was a ship which carried passengers across Cook Strait from Lyttelton to Wellington. On the evening of April 9th 1968, the ship left Lyttelton with 734 passengers ...…
Have you ever called the wrong number and didn’t know what to say? Don’t worry! In this Real Talk episode, Suzanne and Andrew discuss the best ways of dealing with these awkward situations on the phone. Fun facts Inventors Innocenzo Manzetti, Charles Bourseul, Johann Philipp Reis, and Antonio Meucci all had claims on the invention of the teleph ...…
The Green Party has a constitution which says the Party must have two leaders, one male and one female. After Metiria Turei resigned as co-leader last year, James Shaw has been the only leader of the Green Party. Today, delegates at the Green Party meeting voted for Marama Davidson to be the co-leader, by 110 votes, to 34 for Julie Anne Genter. ...… Welcome back to Business English Pod for today’s lesson on English for project management and debriefing user testing during a software project. Ask anyone in the tech world and they’ll tell you that user testing is the key to good software development. In fact, that’s not quite true, ...…
Do Phil and his crew make it back to London in time? Or will he fail in his challenge?
Jackie talks about two craft courses she went on recently
Why are fewer UK opposite-sex couples getting married? Learn vocabulary about this topic.
This year, the Commonwealth Games is on the Gold Coast, New South Wales in Australia. This part of Australia is well known for surfing as well as swimming and other water sports. At the opening ceremony last night, each country’s team was led into the stadium by a girl with a surf board. She wore a surf living saving cap to show the importance ...…
Dez Morgan & Skip Montreux discuss the recent tariffs US President Trump placed on steel and aluminum imports. Is this the beginning of a global trade war? 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 ...…
Sophie and Finn explain different meanings of the word 'like'
Are you a smartphone zombie?
Before 1986, homosexual activity was a crime. Men who were caught by police having sex with other men were usually found guilty and convicted. This meant they had a criminal record. In 1986, Parliament passed a law so that it was no longer a crime if it was consensual. Consensual means they had both given their consent, were over the age of 16 ...…
In this episode, Andrew and Jeremy talk about the expressions to die for and to kill for. Don’t worry, it’s not all about death—it’s about wants and desires! You won’t want to miss this episode! Fun facts Food truck festivals are popular the world over. The one in Brussels claims to be the world’s largest, welcoming around 150,000 people over 3 ...…
A new report by Tokona Te Raki, (Maori Futures Collective) shows that Maori do not have equity with other workers in New Zealand. Equity means fairness rather than equality. At the moment, a Maori worker, on average, earns $140 less per week than the average New Zealand worker even when they work the same number of hours. Part of the reason is ...…
Plain sailing: Captain Phil takes charge - but does he know the ropes?
Jackie and Richard celebrate the life of the Master of the Universe.
What are fashionable men carrying these days? We look inside the trend for a manbag accessory and teach some new vocabulary
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