Friday, October 17, 2014

Free Online Test Targets English Learners


VOA Learning English: Free Online Test Targets English Learners

A private company has just launched what it calls “the world’s first free standardized English test.” Anyone with an Internet connection can take the test for free. The test can be found at efset.org.(read more) (listen)

Words in this Story
  • launch – v. to offer or sell (something) for the first time
  • prohibitive – adj. so high that people are prevented from using or buying something
  • pilot – v. done as a test to see if a larger program, study, should be done
  • intriguing – adj. extremely interesting
  • game changer – n. an event, idea, or procedure that effects a significant shift in the current manner of doing or thinking about something.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

White House Whiteboard Shorts: #RaiseTheWag



wh.gov: White House Whiteboard Shorts: #RaiseTheWag

Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour is good for American businesses, American workers, and the American economy. Share your story at http://www.whitehouse.gov/Raise-The-Wage

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Business English - How to talk about your career



Learn English with Rebecca [engVid RebeccaESL]: Business English - How to talk about your career

http://www.engvid.com/ Have you just been recruited, promoted, or retrenched? I'll teach you 24 essential business English expressions to talk about your working life and career, from hiring to retiring, and everything in between. You'll learn key vocabulary for job interviews, resumes, and work performance, as well as the TOEFL, IELTS and TOEIC exams. Next, take a quiz on this lesson: http://www.engvid.com/business-english-how-to-talk-about-your-career/

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Let's Talk: Business Idioms in Use 3



Let's Talk: Business Idioms in Use 3

Business Idioms in use Part 03 - Business English / Vocabulary Lesson


1. I need it yesterday : this is an idiom that means you need something urgently and can't afford to waste time. The word 'yesterday' is used as an exaggeration to express urgency.
Eg. When do you need the survey? I need it yesterday.

2. Get your foot in the door : this idiom means to get a start or an opportunity. It's a way of expressing you need a small chance or an opportunity.
Eg. I'm having a hard time getting my foot in the door. I can't even get a job interview with someone.

3. Downtime
: A time during a workshift when an employee is not working or a machine is not in use/operation.
Informal way of saying it's the time when you relax and do not do much.
Eg. The company intends to have back-up machines at another location to minimize service downtime in the evnt of server failure.

4. Savvy : have complete knowledge in a particular field, to understand and comprehend without any difficulty.
Eg. Maria's an excellent scholar of political science, but lacks the kind of savvy needed to work for a public office.

5. Put on the map
: to make something well-known, prominent or famous.
Eg. The good food served at this new cafe will really pu this place on the map.

6. Jump through hoops : to do a lot of extra things so you can have or do something you want/complete a lot of tasks before being permitted to do somehing.
Eg. The insurance company made me jump through hoops before they'd give me a health insurance. I had to do a lot of medical tests.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Let's Talk: Business Idioms in Use 2



Let's Talk: Business Idioms in Use 2

The lion's share

Meaning: You can say something is the lion's share if it's the biggest share or portion of something.

For example:

The lion's share of the government's budget goes to the military, when it could be spent on useful things like education, health care and looking after the environment.

The company executives decided to give the lion's share of the company's profits to themselves, in the form of very high salaries, huge bonuses and very generous expense accounts. Not much was left over for staff wages and the shareholders.


A pipe dream

Meaning: A pipe dream is a plan or a dream for the future that could never come true or be achieved.

For example:

The idea of a perfect world in which everyone lives in peace and harmony is just a pipe dream.

Pipe dreams only ever come true in the movies.


play hardball (with someone)

Meaning : to act strong and aggressive about an issue with someone.

For example:

Things are getting a little tough. The Boss has decided to play hardball on this issue.

If he wants to play hardball with us, we can play that way, too.


Power Lunch

A lunch during which business people discuss important plans, ideas, or decisions:

For example:

The City is still full of people out on power lunches despite the freeze on expense accounts.


Push the envelope

Meaning: To expand the definition, categorization, dimensions, or perimeters of something.

For example:

The engineers wanted to completely redesign the product, but couldn't push the envelope because of a very restricted budget.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Vietnam Seeks to Build High-Tech Exports

VOA Learning English: Vietnam Seeks to Build High-Tech Exports

Vietnam may not have its own center for high-tech businesses like Silicon Valley in the U.S. state of California, but the country is becoming more important in the worldwide manufacturing system. The country has even attracted major technology companies like Microsoft, Samsung, and Intel.
  • export. – n. something sent to another country, usually for sale.
  • high tech – n. (short for high-technology) advanced technological development, especially in electronics.
  • manufacture – v. the process of making products especially with machines in factories
  • tech-savvy – adj. knowing and understanding technology

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

China Approves Sale of Newest iPhones

VOANews: China Approves Sale of Newest iPhones

Apple also promised it never established any so-called 'back door' that allows governments to access user data

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Let's Talk: Business English - Idioms, and Phrases



Let's Talk: English Grammar Lessons - Business English - Idioms, and Phrases - Vocabulary Lesson ( ESL )


Whether we like it or not, the English speaking workplace is overflowing with idioms and phrases, you often get confused when you colleagues speak with those tricky idioms and everything seems bouncing off your head, isn't it ?

In this lesson Ceema brings out some of the common work place idioms and phrases those you would probably use while speaking to your office mates.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Microsoft Offers First Look at New Windows

Microsoft Offers First Look at New Windows

Tech giant will unveil a new name for its best-known product Tuesday when it offers first official glimpse of latest operating system

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

US Economy Rebounds Faster Than Expected in Second Quarter



VOAVideo: US Economy Rebounds Faster Than Expected in Second Quarter

The Commerce Department says the U.S. economy expanded at its fastest pace in more than two years - growing at an annualized rate of 4.6 percent from April through June. That’s a positive sign for the rest of the year, after a disastrous first quarter saw the country’s domestic output shrink by more than two percent. Some economists say it’s a sure sign the U.S. economy is on the mend, but others say it’s too soon to celebrate. Mil Arcega has more. Originially published at http://www.voanews.com/media/video/united-states-economy-rebounds-second-quarter/2464050.html

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Call It A Day



VOA Learning English in a Minute: Call It A Day
Published 09/19/2014
What does it mean when someone says "call it a day"? Watch this program and find out the meaning o this phrase in American English.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Alibaba Shares Soar in First Day of Trading



VOAVideo: Alibaba Shares Soar in First Day of Trading

China's biggest online retailer hit the market Friday -- with its share price soaring on the New York Stock Exchange. The shares were priced at $68, but trading stalled at the opening, as sellers held onto their shares, waiting for buyers to bid up the price. More on the world's biggest initial public offering from VOA’s Bernard Shusman in New York.
Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/alibaba-shares-ipo-first-day-of-trading-stock/2456131.html

Monday, September 15, 2014

How to change Basic English into Business English



Learn English with Rebecca [engVid RebeccaESL]: How to change Basic English into Business English

EngVid: Want to get that job? Improve your image? Sound more professional? Learn how to transform simple English words to business English vocabulary and watch your career take off! I'll show you how to change "get" to "receive", " make sure" to "ensure", "give more information" to "elaborate", and more. These small vocabulary changes will make a huge difference in your English level. Test yourself on this lesson a http://www.engvid.com/how-to-change-basic-english-into-business-english/

Sunday, September 14, 2014

What's Next? Mobile Apps for College Prep and Getting a Job

What's Next" and "Words4U" Apps Available for Free

The Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN), a state leadership project at the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) that supports adult educators throughout California, has developed a series of free apps. The software helps users prepare for college, enter the workforce, and improve English language skills.

College and workforce preparation apps include:
  • What's Next? Success in School—how to prepare for college, including tips about study skills and goal setting. [iPhone | iPad | Web/Flash]
  • What's Next? Getting a Job—an informative and entertaining way to learn what it takes to make a good impression in a job interview. [iPhone | iPad | Web/Flash]
For English learners, two additional OTAN apps help students increase their vocabulary:
  • Words4U—provides practice with words associated with getting ready to go to college or preparing for the world of work. [iPhone]
  • Words4U2—features vocabulary building exercises focused on technology, government, law, health, and the human body. [iPhone | iPad | Android]

Saturday, September 13, 2014

US Economy Adds Fewer Jobs Than Expected, Unemployment Falls to 6.1 Percent



VOANews: US Economy Adds Fewer Jobs Than Expected, Unemployment Falls to 6.1 Percent

U.S. job growth slowed sharply last month with employers adding only 142,000 jobs in August. That’s well below analyst expectations of more than 200,000 new hires. But the disappointing job numbers had little impact on investors. Wall Street largely ignored the monthly employment data. Others saw it as just another blip on the long road to recovery. Mil Arcega reports
Originally published at -http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2440475.html

Friday, September 12, 2014

China Misses Out on First Wave of New iPhone Releases

VOANews: China Misses Out on First Wave of New iPhone Releases

China Mobile sales rep tells Reuters staff-wide memo Thursday morning informed them that phones would not be shipped until 'the end of the year'

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Authorities Allege LA Fashion Industry-Cartel Ties



VOAVideo: Authorities Allege LA Fashion Industry-Cartel Ties

U.S. officials say they have broken up crime rings that funneled tens of millions of dollars from Mexican drug cartels through fashion businesses in Los Angeles. Mike O'Sullivan reports that authorities announced nine arrests, as 1,000 law enforcement agents fanned out through the city on Wednesday.  Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/authorities-allege-la-fashion-industry-cartel-ties/2446019.html

Read more at VOANews: US Police Seize $65 Million in Money Laundering Bust

Authorities say they have broken a crime ring that laundered large sums of money from drug cartels through businesses in Los Angeles, California (read more)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Vietnam Seeks a New Identity: Global Friend

VOANews: Vietnam Seeks a New Identity: Global Friend

Vietnam hopes to move beyond its economic relationship with China and claim a larger role in the global marketplace

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Apple's New iPhone Set to Launch Sept. 9



VPOAVideo: Apple's New iPhone Set to Launch Sept. 9

Apple’s next big thing is just around the corner with Tuesday's launch of its newest products. One of the most anticipated products is the newest iteration of the company's flagship smartphone. Like Apple’s previous product launches, details about the new iPhone 6 are cloaked in secrecy. But thanks to the Internet, there is no shortage of speculation and leaked information on what the new iPhone will look like. Mil Arcega has more.
Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2443202.html

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Chinese Publisher Profits From Growth of Houston’s Asian Population



VOAVideo: Chinese Publisher Profits From Growth of Houston’s Asian Population

The rapid growth of the Asian population in and around Houston, Texas, has helped make the fourth largest city in the United States one of the country’s most diverse cities. Many Asians come to Houston to fill high-paying jobs in the city’s energy and medical sectors. But many also come to start businesses in a relatively inexpensive city. And, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, the Asian influx has helped one Chinese immigrant build an empire. Originally published at http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2437793.html

Friday, September 5, 2014

US Workers, Politicians Debate Low Wages



VOAVideo US Workers, Politicians Debate Low Wages

Thousands of protesters gathered at fast food restaurants around the United States on Thursday to demand a higher minimum wage for American workers. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles that in the absence of action by Congress, the debate over raising the minimum wage is taking place city by city and state by state. Originally posted at http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2439210.html

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BusinessEnglishSite.com

BusinessEnglishSite.com

BusinessEnglishSite.com is one of the best (and most popular) places online to learn and practice modern Business English. Our content was created by people with many years of corporate experience, people who actually use Business English on an everyday basis, so you know that you'll get the best, most accurate business vocabulary, phrases, expressions, and jargon.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Why do Americans and Canadians celebrate Labor Day? - Kenneth C. Davis



TED-ED: Why do Americans and Canadians celebrate Labor Day? - Kenneth C. Davis

View full lesson: http://bit.ly/1yZVuly

In the United States and Canada, the first Monday of September is a federal holiday, Labor Day. Originally celebrated in New York City's Union Square in 1882, Labor Day was organized by unions as a rare day of rest for the overworked during the Industrial Revolution. Kenneth C. Davis illustrates the history of Labor Day from Union Square to today.