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March Madness

“March Madness” is not a disease that people get every Spring – it's the name of a the yearly college basketball tournament. Learn about this cultural phenomenon with this lesson....

Host: Spencer, Adam
Grammar: wait

Published: April 02, 2015

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Setting Priorities

Most jobs these days require you to be doing lots of different things at once. But how do you organize those tasks and your time to get them done efficiently? Learn how to effectively set work priorities with this lesson....

Host: Jenny, Chris
Grammar: work_up_to

Published: March 31, 2015

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Employee Reference Check

Many employers will ask for a list of references when you apply. But what do they actually do with that list? Well, sometimes they go ahead and call them. Learn about the sort of questions your references may be asked about you in this lesson....

Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: March 26, 2015

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Going through Customs

The only thing we have to declare is that this is a great lesson for travelers, business people, or just about anyone who ever has to go through customs....

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: March 24, 2015

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Building Smarter Teams

We're working more than ever in teams. What makes a team 'smart'? Is it the collective intelligence of its members or is there more to it? Two prominent business professors from the United States recently published their research findings on the New York Times. Today we listen to their thoughts on how to build a smarter team as well as some counterarguments. Credit: today's lesson takes parts of recordings of 'On Point', a daily news analysis program produced by WBUR Boston and NPR. Full episode of the show could be found here. ...

Function: explaining, debating
Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: March 19, 2015

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Maternity Leave

The baby is coming! The mom-to-be is taking some time off of work. Find out in today’s lesson what to say before a fellow co-worker goes on maternity leave. ...

Host: Spencer, Adam
Grammar: Up_to

Published: March 17, 2015

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Nice Jeans

Those new premium jeans might have cost a week’s salary, but they sure do make your butt look good.  Find out how to talk about jeans in today’s lesson....

Host: Spencer, Adam
Grammar: bring

Published: March 12, 2015

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Studying a MOOC Course

Are MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) the future of education, or another passing tech phase we’ll all have forgotten about in 5 years? Find out what everyone is talking about in today’s lesson....

Host: Chris, Adam
Grammar: d_out

Published: March 10, 2015

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Ordering Desserts

We hope you saved room for dessert, because in today’s lesson we’re going to learn how to talk about this amazing part of dinner....

Host: Chris, Adam
Grammar: heard

Published: March 05, 2015

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Checking Project Status

The boss just showed up looking for an update on your project status? What do you tell her? Find out...

Host: Chris, Adam
Grammar: why_not

Published: March 03, 2015

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Buying Cheese

Cheese is much more than what you find on a McDonald’s cheeseburger. Find out how to talk about different types of cheeses in today’s lesson....

Grammar: much
Host: Chris, Adam

Published: February 27, 2015

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Making Business Introductions

Many of us are regularly trying to network ourselves, but sometimes it's our friends that we need to help with the networking. How do you introduce two acquaintances when you think they should know eachother? Check out this lesson to find out....

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: February 25, 2015

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Intellectual Property Rights Trouble

If your job involves working on the internet, as most jobs do these days, then you're probably going to have to deal with intellectual property rights. Do you know how to navigate the legal issues surrounding these to make sure you don't get in trouble?...

Host: Chris, Adam
Grammar: using_names

Published: February 23, 2015

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Manager vs. Leader

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.In today’s lesson, a company is looking for a new leader that can see beyond the spreadsheets and offer a new vision....

Host: Spencer, Adam
Grammar: quite

Published: February 20, 2015

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Chinese New Year Plans

It’s one of the most important annual events in the biggest country in the world. In today’s lesson, find out what 1.4 billion people will be doing this February....

Host: Chris, Adam
Grammar: expect

Published: February 16, 2015

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Valentine's Day Dinner

Valentine's Day is coming up! There's lots of traditions for the day, but none is more classic than taking out that special someone to a meal at a restaurant. P.S. our lesson today is a classic dinner with a twist. Listen in to find out why. ...

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: February 13, 2015

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Break a Leg

Got a test tomorrow? About to give a performance? Have an important interview? Make sure to...break a leg? Learn about this idiom and others with this lesson....

Host: Jenny, Adam
Grammar: Idioms

Published: February 10, 2015

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A Tough Job Interview

Job interviews are always difficult. But sometimes your interviewer really is not trying to make your life easy. Check out this lesson to learn how to navigate difficult job interviews...

Grammar: as_long_as
Host: Chris, Adam

Published: February 04, 2015

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