As you may know, traditionally, our episodes cover a wide range of topics like negotiating, networking, and customer service. However, Episode 50 is designed to provide a comprehensive listening challenge across these subjects. It includes five answerphone messages, each from a different business context. The episode is crafted to test your understanding of idioms, phrasal verbs, and conditionals in Business English.
And that's not all. We've transformed the questions from the podcast into an interactive quiz that you can find right here on our website! So, after listening, you can immediately assess how well you understood each segment.
Why is Listening So Crucial in Business?
Listening is often the overlooked skill in language learning, yet it’s incredibly vital, especially in business. It's not just about understanding the words; it's about catching nuances, comprehending idiomatic expressions, and interpreting implicit meanings. Effective listening can help you:
Understand project requirements
Resolve conflicts and customer complaints
Negotiate favorable deals
Foster better relationships with colleagues and clients
Key Takeaways from Episode 50
1. Being at the Airport
Idioms: "Up in the air," "Catch up"
Phrasal Verbs: "Check in," "Pick up"
Conditionals: "If you're free, could you..."
2. Arranging a Meeting
Idioms: "Touch base," "Put something in the calendar"
Phrasal Verbs: "Set up," "Move on"
Conditionals: "If we can't, then..."
3. Following up after Networking
Idioms: "Break the ice," "Play one's cards right"
Phrasal Verbs: "Reach out," "Follow up"
Conditionals: "If it works for you, let's..."
4. Resolving a Customer Complaint
Idioms: "Get to the bottom of," "Pull out all the stops"
Phrasal Verbs: "Get in touch," "Roll back"
Conditionals: "If all else fails, we'll..."
5. Negotiating a Business Deal
Idioms: "Meet halfway," "The sky is the limit"
Phrasal Verbs: "Hammer out," "Hash things out"
Conditionals: "If our visions align, then..."
How to Use This Episode for Maximum Benefit
Listen: Go through the entire episode with the quiz (below) in front of you and answer the questions as they come up.
Use the Quiz: Use the quiz to help you guide you as it is segmented inline with the episode itself - so this will help provide you with some structure.
Review: Listen to the segments where you faced difficulties and review the idioms, phrasal verbs, and conditionals with the help of the answers at the end of the quiz.
Episode 50 of our Business English Podcast offers an excellent opportunity for professionals to fine-tune their listening skills in diverse business scenarios. So if you're keen on climbing up the corporate ladder and sealing those crucial deals, effective communication starts with effective listening. And what better way to improve than by challenging yourself?
Take the interactive quiz now and see how well you fare! And as always, if you find our content valuable, please consider sharing it with your network.
Happy listening and here's to another 50 episodes!