The Business Spotlight Podcast

The Business Spotlight Podcast

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Episodes

Vocabulary: Emailing  

The podcast for 8 August 2017 looks at email vocabulary. Do a short translation exercise and be careful to avoid false friends.

Grammar: "There" or "it"?  
Our podcast for 25 July 2017 is about grammar and involves translating from German to English. You'll hear a German sentence. In the pause, translate it into English using "there" or "it" at the beginning of the sentence.

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News: Green burials  

The podcast for 11 July 2017 looks at the topic of "green burials". Listen to a short news item and try to answer this question: what percentage of Americans said in 2015 that they would be open to a green burial?

Skills: Risk management  

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 about risk management in his latest Business Skills article.

Skills: Talking about performance  

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 you've heard.

Vocabulary: Business travel  

Our podcast for 6 June 2017 looks at the vocabulary of business travel. Do an exercise and be careful to avoid false friends.

Grammar: Multi-word verbs  

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.

News: Work expenses  

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 average office worker spend on such expenses over a 40-year career?

Skills: Time management  

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.

Skills: Checking facts  

The podcast for 18 April 2017 looks at how to avoid serious misunderstandings by checking facts.

Vocabulary: Negotiating  

The podcast for 4 April 2017 looks at the vocabulary of negotiating. Do an exercise and be careful to avoid false friends.

Grammar: Relative clauses  

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.

News: Childcare in Australia  

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?

Skills: Innovation  

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, says about innovation in his latest Business Skills article.

Skills: Brainstorming  

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.

Vocabulary: Small talk  

The podcast for 24 January 2017 looks at the vocabulary of small talk. Do an exercise and be careful to avoid false friends.

Grammar: Uncountable nouns  

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.

News: Meryl Streep  

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?

Skills: Providing customer service  

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 Dignen, says about customer service in his latest Business Skills article.

Vocabulary: Telephoning  

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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