What´s the weather forecast for the weekend?

Click on the link below to listen to the dialogue and then check out the vocabulary below.


Weather forecast = a report on weather conditions
Be in for = be certain to experience something unpleasant
About = approximately
Scared = frightened
Be used to = be accustomed to
Tough = hard; difficult 
Fireplace = a place in a room where a fire burns
Cozy = comfortable

Referência: “Inglês Fluente em 30 Lições” – José Roberto A. Igreja, Disal Editora.

Swing by

to visit a person or place briefly (visitar uma pessoa ou um lugar rapidamente; “passar por”; “dar um pulo”)

“Can you swing by my office later today?”, Bart asked Nick.
Você pode dar um pulo no meu escritório mais tarde?”, Bart perguntou ao Nick.

“You can tell your brother I will swing by his school after work to pick him up from soccer practice.”, Doug´s father told him.
“Fala para o seu irmão que eu passo na escola depois do trabalho para pegá-lo após o treino de futebol.”, o pai de Doug disse a ele.

Referência: “600 Phrasal Verbs” – Jonathan T. Hogan e José Roberto A. Igreja, Disal Editora.

No pain, no gain!

Click on the link below to listen to the dialogue “No pain, no gain!”


As you listen to the dialogue watch out for the words and expressions presented below.

All set = ready
Ex. “I’m all set. Let’s go!”, said Tony to a friend.
Grand opening = official opening of a new business
Ex. Many people were invited for the grand opening of the new store.
Around the clock = without stopping
Ex. The marketing team worked around the clock to finish the project on time.
Smoothly = with no problems or difficulties
Ex. “So, is everything running smoothly at the plant?”, Mr. Barns asked the plant manager.
Pay off = have profitable results; be worth doing
Ex. “I hope all this hard work pays off eventually!”, said Greg to a coworker.
Expansion = the process of making a business grow
Ex. “Thanks to our rapid expansion across the country our company has been offering many jobs in several departments,” explained Mr. Jones at the meeting.
Franchise = a right to sell a company’s products or services in a particular area using the company’s name
Ex.There are good business opportunities in the franchise world.
Profitable = yielding a profit
Ex. “It sounds like a profitable investment. Tell me more about it,” said Ray to a friend.
Franchisee = someone who is granted a franchise to market a company’s products or services in a particular area
Ex. “Do you know if that company is looking for franchisees in other areas of the country?”, Neil asked a colleague.
No pain, no gain = one has to work hard to get good results
Ex. Mick: It sure takes a lot of physical exercise to be in good shape.
Howard: I know! No pain, no gain, right?

Referência: Fale tudo em Inglês nos Negócios! José Roberto A. Igreja – Disal Editora   Clique aqui para conhecer este livro.


English for Job Interviews

Career in manufacturing

Interviewer: You’ve been working in maintenance as a coordinator I see. What have you liked about the job?
Interviewee: I like the challenges the most. I work with the director to come up with ways to motivate and use the machines to their best capacity.
Interviewer: Have you had any big challenges at your last job that can display your leadership and communication skills?
Interviewee: My director created a new program for saving energy. For these changes to happen, I would have to train the staff to learn how to observe any energy loss the machines might have and how to be autonomous with their job.
Interviewer: Can you expand regarding your staff being autonomous please?Interviewee: What my director and I decided to do was to train each machine operator to learn how to repair any problems that might happen to their machine. We also gave them new guidelines on how to better preserve energy. This was important because if the workers could repair their own machines, it would save a lot of time for me and my director.
Interviewer: Can you tell me how you handled an emergency situation, if you had one before. If not, how did you prepare for a possible crisis?
Interviewee: My director and I were given strict guidelines from our corporate headquarters on what do to. It was our job to train our staff. We would have emergency drills every two months. We also had monthly checks on the machines to make sure they were running properly.
Interviewer: Have you ever had to settle a conflict between two workers?
Interviewee: Never a strong conflict. But I have had disagreements and arguments that have happened. I believe in open communication and my door is always open. I would bring in one at a time to get their story and then both together after talking to them privately. I believe in listening and being empathetic. It always worked.
Interviewer: Manufacturing can be quite repetitive and stressful. Did you have any methods to help ease this with your staff?
Interviewee: Yes. I had a room that was called the “time-out room”. This was where they could play cards, music or relax on a sofa during their break. They seemed to like this because it showed that we cared enough about them.
Interviewer: I see. The “time-out room” seems to be also a good place for employees complaining of repetitive strain injury!
Interviewee: Definitely!
Interviewer: And what are your strengths in your opinion?
Interviewee: I am a strong communicator and motivator. I expect a lot from my workers, but I give a lot back as a leader. I am quite organized and have a systematic way of keeping track of overhead and maintenance problems.

Vocabulary & expressions – Career in manufacturing
Come up with ways: think of ways; find ways.
To display/displayed/displayed: to clearly show an attitude or quality by what you do or say.
Staff: a group of people who work for an organization, or for a manager in an organization.
Strict guidelines: severe policy or conduct.
Headquarters: the main building or offices used by an organization. Veja “matriz; sede de empresa” p. xx
Emergency drill: an occasion when people practice what they should do in a dangerous situation; exercise; practice.
Running properly: working in an adequate or appropriate manner.
Settle a conflict: bring a conflict to an end.
Arguments (pl.)/argument (sing.): a situation in which two or more people disagree, often angrily; controversy; dispute.
Empathetic: able to understand other people’s feelings and problems.
To ease/eased/eased: to relieve from distress; to lessen the tension of; to make easier.
Break: a period of time when you stop working in order to rest, eat, etc; an interruption; a short period of rest. Veja “pausa; intervalo” p. xx
RSI: Repetitive Strain Injury. Veja “LER: lesão por esforço repetitivo” p. xx
Strengths (pl.) / strength (sing.): a positive quality that makes you more effective. Veja “pontos fortes e pontos fracos” p. xx
Keeping track of overhead: maintaining a record of general business expenses.

Referência: “English for Job Interviews” – José Roberto A. Igreja e Robert C. Young Disal Editora. Clique aqui para conhecer este livro.




Freaking: euphemism for “fucking” used as an intensifier (eufemismo de “fucking”, usado para enfatizar)

“That guy is freaking weird! I’d stay away from him if I were you,” Bob advised a friend.
“Aquele cara é muito estranho! Eu manteria distância dele se fosse você”, Bob aconselhou um amigo.

“Tom thinks he’s so freaking smart, but honestly I think he’s a bit of a retard,” said Larry to his friends.
“O Tom se acha tão esperto, mas sinceramente eu acho ele meio retardado”, disse Larry para os amigos.

Referência: Inglês de Rua – American Slang  José Roberto A. Igreja e Robert C. Young, Disal Editora.  

Seems like you’re a real fitness freak!

Mick: Hi Sheila, I haven’t seen you in a long time. How’ve you been?
Sheila: Pretty good! Hey, you look like you’re in great shape. Have you been pumping iron?
Mick: As a mater of fact I’m just coming from the gym. I had an amazing workout session under the supervision of my personal trainer and I must say, I feel like a million bucks!
Sheila: My congrats! You do look well-toned! What do you do to keep fit?
Mick: A little of everything I guess. Push-ups, sit-ups, you name it. I also run on the treadmill for about twenty minutes after every workout session.
Sheila: Wow, seems like you’re a real fitness freak, aren’t you? How often do you go to the gym?
Mick: I try to go every day, but you know, sometimes I’m too busy and I can’t make it. I do miss it though. What about you? Don’t you work out at all?
Sheila: No, not really. I know I should. I’m starting to put on a little weight and I think doing some physical exercise would really do me good.
Mick: Sure Sheila, you will feel a lot healthier once you start working out regularly. You can take my word for it! Well, I gotta take off now, I’m late for work.
Sheila: Thanks for the tip Mick! You might see me at the gym sometime soon!
Mick: That’d be great! See you around, take care!
Sheila: Bye!

Referência: “Guia Prático para a comunicação em inglês
José Roberto A. Igreja, Disal Editora. 


You must have paid top dollar for those tickets!

I – Fill in the blanks in the dialogue below with a word or expression from the box and then listen to the dialogue to check your answers.




Ryan:(1) _______________
Dave: What´re you talking about?
Ryan: I got tickets for the (2) _______________ on Saturday.
Dave: You´re (3) _______________, right? Tickets have long been (4) ___________ at the(5) _______________.
Ryan: You´re right! I bought them from a (6) _______________.
Dave: Wow, you must´ve (7) _______________for those tickets.
Ryan: Yeah, they nearly (8) _______________, but I think we deserve it.
Ryan: So, how many did you get?
Dave: Four. That´s all that he had left. I can´t wait to tell Jeff and Bill.
Ryan: Man, they´re (9) _______________ (10) _______________when they hear it. Listen, why don´t we all go to our favorite (11) _______________ and have (12) ____________ beers to celebrate?
Dave: Sounds like a great idea! I´ll call Jeff and tell him the good news.

II – Now find words or expressions in the dialogue with the same meaning as:
1.Paid a lot of money for something: ____________
2. A few: __________________________________
3. Teasing me by trying to make me believe something that´s not true: ____________
4. Go crazy: ________________________
5. Used before telling someone something interesting or surprising: ___________
6. Someone who buys tickets to entertainment events in advance and resells them at inflated prices: _________________________________
7. Was very expensive; cost a lot: ____________________________________
8. Going to: ______________________________________________
9. A final game played to decide the winner: _____________________________
10.The office where tickets are sold: ____________________________________
11. A establishment that primarily serves hamburgers: _______________________
12. Completely sold, with no more tickets remaining: ___________________________

Referência: FALE TUDO EM INGLÊS AVANÇADO – José Roberto A. Igreja / Disal Editora


The new gadget – A paradigm shift!

Roger: I have the feeling we´re on to something big. This new digital watch combines some of the best features available today. I´m sure it will be a hit with the young crowd.
Brian: You can say that again! I´m really excited about the prospects. I´m sure this new gadget will appeal to a large number of people. Besides its state-of-the-art technology it´s got a great design to it.
Roger: Sure! Do you think we´ll have it ready to be launched at the next tech fair?Brian: I´m not sure, I think it might take a while before we have a final version up and running. The next fair is coming up soon and the clock is ticking you know.  I´d really rather not rush it, you know the saying, haste makes waste!
Roger: Right! I guess you have a point there Brian. Ok, let´s schedule a meeting with the tech team and find out what would be a feasible timeline for this new product. I can´t wait to see it hitting the shelves of stores across the country. I think we´ll be sending a new message to the market.
Brian: Really? What would that message be?
Roger: A paradigm shift!
Brian: Wow Roger, I think you nailed it! That´s right. A paradigm shift! It feels great to work for a company at the cutting-edge of digital technology like ours.
Roger: It sure does pal!

Dialogue comprehension – True, False or I don´t know?

  1. Brian is the CTO of the company. True ___ False ___ I don´t know ___
  2. Roger doesn´t sound very excited about their new product. True ___ False ___ I don´t know ___
  3. Their new product is not quite ready yet. True ___ False ___ I don´t know _
  4. The company Roger and Brian work for is at the forefront of digital technology. True ___ False ___ I don´t know ___

Focus on words & expressions – Find words or expressions in the dialogue that mean the same as:
a- Viable; capable of being done: _______________________________
b- At the most advanced stage of something: ____________________________
c- Interest or attract someone: __________________________
d- Time is going by quickly: __________________________
e- A plan that shows when something should happen and how long it will take: _____
f- Important aspects of something: _______________________________
g- The possibility of future success: __________________________________
h- Actively working; functioning: ______________________________
i- Small electronic device or appliance: ______________________________
j- Something very successful: ____________________________
k- You got it right!; that´s exactly it: __________________________
l- Very modern; at the highest level of development: ___________________________
m- You are right; that’s true (to agree with a statement): _______________________
n- Hurrying can cause people to make mistakes: _____________________________
o- Your idea is right: _____________________________
p- Close friend; buddy: ______________________________
q- Arrive in the stores; be available for sale: __________________________
r- The time when the usual way of doing something changes completely; a radical change in ideas or beliefs: ____________________

Talking Business – José Roberto A. Igreja / DISAL EDITORA


Helping our students move up the corporate ladder

The first time I read the phrase in bold below was some twenty odd years ago. I was teaching English in a company in São Paulo and the framed picture hanging on my student´s office wall had caught my eye.

“You can´t do today´s job
with yesterday´s methods
and be in business tomorrow” Anonymous

It made perfect sense to me, and indeed I used it when I wrote my very first Business English book, Fale Tudo em Inglês nos Negócios, back in 2011. Since then there have been others, Fluent Business English, a book I co-wrote with Robert C. Young in 2012; Fale Tudo em Inglês nos Negócios – Livro de Atividades (2013) and now, “just fresh out of the oven”, my most recent brainchild: Talking Business.

Like all my previous Business English books, Talking Business portrays the corporate lingo you are likely to hear in companies across the U.S.A. The 20 units of the book cover in a comprehensive way the most usual business idioms used by American executives, which are introduced in a lively fashion through articulate corporate dialogues. With sections such as “usual phrases and questions in the business world” and “corporate acronyms and abbreviations” the book also provides plenty of practice and includes an audio CD with dialogues and exercises recorded by native speakers of English.

Check out below for some of the topics and dialogues featured in this new book.

A hectic schedule – Working overtime to meet deadlines
A new supplier – I googled them and guess what I found out?
The board meeting – Have you been eavesdropping on them?
Technology – Heading towards another big revolution yet!
Innovation – Thinking out of the box
The new gadget – A paradigm shift!
Trade shows – Is everything all set for the Houston fair?
Online advertising – They seem to be interested in our online campaigns
A dream job – What is it like?
Making presentations – I was wondering if you could give me a few useful tips
The merger deal – Scenarios
Corporate scandal – How could a respectful and clever executive get into this?

Hopefully all the carefully selected business jargon and varied activities present in Talking Business will help students move up the corporate ladder.

Keep up the good work!

Talking Business – José Roberto A. Igreja / DISAL EDITORA