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?
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.