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 polite one using the phrase or verb form.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The podcast for 29 December 2015 is a short news item about the impact of the mafia on business in Italy. As you listen, try to answer this question: according to the researchers, what was the maximum reduction in a region’s GDP that was found to be the result of organized crime?