Click on the link below to listen to the dialogue “Making a hotel reservation”.
Click on the link below to listen to the dialogue “Making a hotel reservation”.
Click on the link belowÂ to listen to the dialogue “Checking in at the airport” and other key check-in agentÂŽs and passengerÂŽs phrases.
Click on the link belowÂ to listen to the dialogue and then answer the questions.
1. What are the main qualities of an entrepreneur in DonÂŽs opinion?
2. Does luck play any role at all in turning a company into a successful business according to Don?
3. Does Alan plan to start his own company some day? How does he feel about it?
4. What advice does Don give Alan about starting his own business?
Now find words or expressions in the dialogue with the following similar meanings:
a- a small business that has just been started: _________________
b- try hard; make a lot of effort: _____________________
c – become weaker or less important:_________________
d- make neither profit nor loss: _______________________
e- manage a company; control a company: ________________
f- have a big influence on; be very important: ____________________
g- determined; hardworking and ambitious: _____________________
h- talent; natural ability to do something: ________________________
i- become frightened to do something you had planned to do: ________________
j- an attempt to do something: ________ÂÂÂ___________
k- influential person or organization, esp. in business or politics: ______________
l- the point where a company neither makes a profit nor a loss: ______________
m- become successful: __________________________
n- lucrative: ______________________
Give someone a heads-up: warn someone of something (avisar alguĂ©m de algo; alertar alguĂ©m a respeito de algo)
âI just wanted to give you a heads-up that Mike might show up later today,â said Jill.
âEu sĂł queria te avisar que o Mike talvez apareĂ§a por aqui mais tardeâ, disse Jill.
They gave us a heads-up that Mr. Hampton might give up signing the contract.
Eles nos alertaram de que o sr. Hampton poderia desistir de assinar o contrato.
Howard: Hi Damon, howÂŽs it going? I havenÂŽt seen you around much lately.
Damon: IÂŽve been pretty busy with the new project. ThatÂŽs why! By the way, do you think you could e-mail me the last version of the financial spreadsheet?
Howard: Sure, IÂŽll do that first thing when I get back to the office.
Howard: Remember that company we talked about the other day?
Damon: You mean the office equipment company?
Howard: Yeah, I googled them and guess what I found out?
Damon: I donÂŽt have a clue. What did you find out?
Howard: They supply office equipment to many companies in this region, including some of our competitors.
Damon: Really? It might be a good idea to find out more about their services and prices.
Howard: Sure, I was thinking, maybe we should set up a meeting with one of their sales reps, what do you think?
Damon: Definitely. LetÂŽs do that. Sorry, I gotta run now. The head honcho wants the sales report on his desk ASAP.Â IÂŽve been working on it for two days now and I gotta wrap it up.
Howard: Sure Damon, I was going to invite you out for lunch today. Do you think you can make it?
Damon: Not today, IÂŽm swamped with work so IÂŽll probably just grab a bite at the company cafeteria. IÂŽll take a rain check though.
Howard: Sure Damon, maybe some other time.
Damon: Thanks anyway. IÂŽll see you around. Bye.
Dialogue comprehension – True, False or I donÂŽt know?
1. Damon canÂŽt go out for lunch with Howard today.
2. Howard doesnÂŽt like eating at the company cafeteria.
3. Damon has been working on the sales report for about a week now.
4. Both Howard and Damon think they should find out more about the office equipment supplier.
Focus on words & expressions – Find words or expressions in the dialogue that mean the same as:
1. The top boss; the most important person in an organization: _______________
2. Schedule a meeting: ______________________________________________
3. I have no idea: ___________________________________________________
4. Send an e-mail or e-mails to someone: ________________________________
5. Finish it: ________________________________________________________
6. A company that sells the same products or services as another company: ____
7. Sales representatives: _____________________________________________
8. A computer program for financial calculations: __________________________
9. Eat something: ___________________________________________________
10. As soon as possible: ______________________________________________
11. Search for information on the Web, normally using the Google search engine: _
12. A self-service restaurant, often in a factory or an office building where people select their food and drink at a counter and take it to a table to eat: __________________
13. Postpone until a later time: _________________________________________
14. Overburdened with work: __________________________________________
Click on the link below to listen to the dialogue “What a cultural schock!” and then do the activity Language Check.
Find words in the dialogue that mean the same as:
a- Angry: _____________
b- Force someone to leave; expel someone: _______________
c- Surprised: ______________
d- Foolish or embarrassing mistake; blunder: _____________
e- Tear into pieces: __________________
f- Something that serves as a protection; a defense: _______
g- Bend your body as a greeting: _____________________
h- Get used to: _______________________
i- Eat or drink with a loud sucking sound: __________________
j- Bottoms of a shoe: ______________________
k- Disgusting; rude; offensive; unpleasant: __________________
l- Social blunder; mistake: ________________________
m- Smell badly: ______________________
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; difficultÂ
Fireplace = a place in a room where a fire burns
Cozy = comfortable
to visit a person or place briefly (visitar uma pessoa ou um lugar rapidamente; âpassar porâ; âdar um puloâ)
âCan you swing by my office later today?â, Bart asked Nick.
VocĂȘ pode dar um pulo no meu escritĂłrio mais tarde?â, Bart perguntou ao Nick.
âYou can tell your brother I will swing by his school after work to pick him up from soccer practice.â, DougÂŽs father told him.
âFala para o seu irmĂŁo que eu passo na escola depois do trabalho para pegĂĄ-lo apĂłs o treino de futebol.â, o pai de Doug disse a ele.
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. âIâm all set. Letâs go!â, 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. âSo, is everything running smoothly at the plant?â, Mr. Barns asked the plant manager.
Pay off = have profitable results; be worth doing
Ex. âI hope all this hard work pays off eventually!â, said Greg to a coworker.
Expansion = the process of making a business grow
Ex. âThanks to our rapid expansion across the country our company has been offering many jobs in several departments,â explained Mr. Jones at the meeting.
Franchise = a right to sell a companyâs products or services in a particular area using the companyâs name
Ex.There are good business opportunities in the franchise world.
Profitable = yielding a profit
Ex. âIt sounds like a profitable investment. Tell me more about it,â said Ray to a friend.
Franchisee = someone who is granted a franchise to market a companyâs products or services in a particular area
Ex. âDo you know if that company is looking for franchisees in other areas of the country?â, 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?
Click on the link below to listen to theÂ interview “Career in Manufacturing”Â …