Business English Lesson 1 – Business English for Meetings | Business English Conversation

Business English Lesson 1 – Business English for Meetings | Business English Conversation


you’re listening to Business English Pod the Business English podcast for professionals on the move in this business English Pod episode
will be looking at ways to give and ask for opinion. We’ll be looking
both more formal or careful language as well as more
informal or direct language. Giving and asking for
opinions is a very important part of meetings and
discussions of all types. first let’s listen to more formal
situation we’ll be listening to part of a meeting
at Digi Soft a multinational software company. Sheila, a vice president, is talking to wall George and Bruce, 3 software engineers,
about the deadline for the new software release. Release here means “Launch” that is bring the product onto the
market so let’s move on to the topic of release date.Gentleman when do you think we’ll be able to launch this product? Walt? Well, I tend to feel that we should probably be able to start
testing the product EN April that means that if all goes
well we can happen this release the me all June I say thank you walt what’s your reaction to that group May
or June well from my point of view that sounds
about right excuse me may I come in here I wonder if I could
say something go ahead george what would you like to add well it seems
to me that may is much much too early actually we are still having some pretty
major problems with bugs in the update engine and I just don’t see how we will be able
to fix those books okay now let’s listen to george Bruce on wall walk into the break room
right after the meeting Sheila their boss is not here this is a more informal situation hey guys did you see the Chelsea Liverpool game
last night what did you think all quite I gave her Chelsea look pretty
good cue always have to rub it in turns you
bruise you know unlivable fan have that you
jewish actually that was one of the greatest
games ever see but the way you guys keep telling the
boss we can finish the product by May numbers are going to have time to watch
in world football games we’re all going to be working overtime
every night burning the midnight oil so now you’ve heard both formal and
informal conversations first let’s look at the form
conversation how to Sheila ass for her employees
opinions Sheila is in charge she is the boss and the chairperson of the meeting one
way for her to ask for an employee’s opinion is simply to say his name with the
rising intonation work home gentleman when do you think we
will be able to launch this product what she’ll also use some other ways to ask firm place opinions all these
ways are relatively formal the signal that this is a formal meeting she says I say thank you walt what’s your reaction to that Bruce and go ahead george what would you like to
add together with the speakers try some
other form of races for asking for an opinion how do you
feel about that Cecilia could you please share your thoughts on
that fair what’s your view on this Richard Tony what’s your feelings on the 8th now let’s look at the language wall
Bruce and George use to express their opinions informal
situation lot says well I tend to feel that we should be
able to start testing the product EN April this language I tend to feel that shows careful formal tone what uses the stone because he is talking to his boss and
perhaps because he’s not sure whether or not the others will agree
with them let’s keep listening I say thank you walt what’s your reaction to that group May
or June well from my point of view that sounds
about right Bruce likewise uses more formal careful
language well from my point of view this makes
him some more polite since he’s talking to his boss in
addition begins in time to think giving yourself
time to think is another reason to use these phrases
haha George how did he offer his opinion excuse me may I come in here I wonder if I could
say something go ahead george what would you like to add well it seems
to me that may is much much too early think about the ways to George users to
express his opinion I wonder if I could say something and well it seems to me that these ways expression are quite careful George
has a good reason to be careful doesn t he disagrees with his colleagues now
let’s practice some further formal were careful phrases for
expressing your opinion I have the impression that he didn’t really want to come don’t you think that that’s a little
early I tend to feel it’s a bit too early to
start next let’s turn a more informal discussion between will
Bruce and George remember there in the breakroom right after the meeting Bruce ass
georgian Walt hey guys did you see the Chelsea luv
all-gay last night what the debate will quiet
gave her Chelsea look for a ticket this is an
informal relaxed discussion among colleagues you can tell it’s informal because Bruce
uses the informal word guys to address george wall also he says what do you think this is an
informal way to ask for an opinion what says cue always have to read the
tendency to bruise you know am a Liverpool fan to rub
something in is an Indian it means to remind someone
on purpose something that is uncomfortable or
painful here it’s done as a joke it sounds like Walt
is a Liverpool fan and he’s unhappy because Chelsea won the
game let’s keep listening how bad you jewish
actually that was one of the greatest games ever
see how about you is another direct way to ask for an
opinion next notice how George start a sentence with
actually actually is a direct or informal way to
state an opinion it shows us the George has something new were surprising decide with George practice more direct ways to state an
opinion the point ease we doing very well in this market the way I see it we’re heading for
trouble obviously his only one choice basically I think we have two options finally let’s listen to the and the
dialogue again have that you jewish actually that was
one of the greatest games ever see but the way you guys keep telling the
boss we can finish the product by May numbers are going to have time to watch
him win football games George means that Bruce on wall keep
telling the boss that they can meet the may deadline
everyone is going to have to work very hard in fact they’re going to have to work so hard
that they won’t have any time to watch football games

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38 Comments

  1. Thanks for the 720 version. Do you think it could be possible to upload those other videos with the sophisticated vocabulary in Hi-Res?

  2. I would like to conversation with anybody to practice English. my Skype is Sergiosergionni. You are welcome!

  3. Correct me if I'm wrong: I heard "Let's me go on the topic…" at 1:06, but the text shown "Let's me move on…"!

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