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Apple Pay in China

Apple recently jumped into a fiercely competitive landscape: mobile payment in China. Today we listen to a CNBC news clip and find out how Apple Pay is doing in the Middle Kingdom. ...

Host: Jenny, Spencer
Grammar: Run

Published: March 02, 2016

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Credit Card Declined

You try to use your credit card, but the shop assistant says that there is a problem. Learn about one of life’s more embarrassing moments in today’s lesson....

Host: Jenny, Adam

Published: November 10, 2015

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Changing a Flight

In life, things happen and plans change. In today’s lesson, we’ll talk about changing your travel plans....

Host: Jenny, Adam

Published: October 20, 2015

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Allergies

Ah…ah…ahh…AH-CHOO! Sorry, just my allergies again. In today’s lesson, we’ll learn about the things that make us sneeze....

Host: Jenny, Adam

Published: July 28, 2015

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Introducing the Speakers

Ladies and gentlemen, today’s lesson is all about taking the microphone and showing everybody your public speaking skills....

Host: Jenny, Adam
Grammar: Have_no_idea

Published: July 21, 2015

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Boutique Hotels

Got any vacation plans this summer? If you do, make sure you study this lesson as we show you why boutique hotels are worth exploring. ...

Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: June 23, 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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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 h...

Function: explaining, debating
Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: March 19, 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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Ordering Cocktails

What do you drink says a lot about who you are.Are you sweet like a Cosmopolitan, or are you bitter like an Old Fashioned? In today’s lesson, we’ll take a look at these famous cocktails as well as a few others....

Grammar: actually
Host: Jenny, Adam

Published: January 26, 2015

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Morning Meetings

Do you have a lot of meetings? Make sure you have your coffee, because in this lesson our meeting is starting early....

Host: Jenny, Spencer
Grammar: on_your_plate

Published: January 19, 2015

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Software Upgrade

You have no idea why your computer seems to get slower and slower every day.  Well, how long has it been since you’ve upgraded the software? In today’s lesson we’ll look at speeding up your computer by installing new software....

Host: Jenny, Spencer
Grammar: running

Published: January 14, 2015

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Jetlag

More people are flying than ever, which means that more people are learning about jetlag. Find out what's making everybody so tired in today's lesson....

Host: Jenny, Spencer
Grammar: Ahead

Published: January 12, 2015

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Personality and Leadership

The history of the businessworld is the history of larger-than-life personalities.  Think Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, etc. In this lesson, we’ll explore the relationship between leadership and personality....

Host: Jenny, Spencer

Published: January 07, 2015

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Wedding Anniversary

Good job for not forgetting your wedding anniversary! Now, you have to actually figure out what to do. What sort of gift do you get? Do you go on a trip? And what do you do if you don’t have too much money for either of these things?...

Host: Jenny, Spencer
Grammar: “co-”

Published: January 05, 2015

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What's your New Year's Resolution?

2015 is just around the corner. What are your plans for the New Year? Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions? Check out today’s lesson as we listen in to some resolutions and count down to the New Year! ...

Host: Jenny, Spencer
Grammar: “spend”

Published: December 31, 2014

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Marketing Proposal

Marketing is serious business. Every corporation puts huge amounts of money into this quickly expanding field. But when it comes down to marketing a product, a proposal must first and foremost be made. What does this process look like?...

Host: Jason, Jenny
Grammar: “to hold”

Published: December 29, 2014

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Boxing Day

Never heard of Boxing Day? Well, neither have most Americans. But if you go to Canada, England, or Australia, it’s a different story. What’s the deal with this post-Christmas holiday?...

Host: Jason, Jenny

Published: December 26, 2014

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Buying Christmas Presents

Getting Christmas gifts can be a huge pain in the butt. Who do you get gifts for? And more importantly, what gifts do you get them?...

Host: Jason, Jenny
Grammar: “to get”

Published: December 24, 2014

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Santa is Coming to Town

Santa Clause is coming to town! And for kids that ones but one thing: presents. What do your kids want this year? And how do you make sure they don’t get too carried away?...

Host: Jason, Jenny
Grammar: “enough”

Published: December 22, 2014

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End of Year Performance Evaluation

Giving and receiving feedback at any job is important. At many American companies, this takes on formality in the shape of an end of year performance evaluation. What can you expect from one of these evaluations and how do you participate in one?...

Host: Jason, Jenny

Published: December 19, 2014

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Outlet Mall Shopping

Yes, you can shop at the normal store. But why would you when you can go to the outlet instead and save lots of money? Learn what this very special type of store is all about in this lesson....

Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: December 15, 2014

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Ordering Beer

Yes, you can always say “give me a beer”. But especially these days in the United States, there are lots of different types of beers out there. Which will you order? And did you bring your card?...

Host: Jenny, Chris
Function: Ordering a beer

Published: December 10, 2014

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Missing the Deadline

At the end of the day, we’re all human and sometimes make mistakes. When this happens at your job and you miss a deadline, how do you apologize to your boss? And more importantly, what do you do to make it up?...

Host: Jenny, Chris
Grammar: “ASAP”

Published: December 08, 2014

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Strategic Consulting

Business is pretty cut-throat these days. With so many economies across the world creating both new opportunities and new sources of competition, how do you make sure that your company stays afloat? Hiring strategy consultants is increasingly a popular option. But is it really worth it?...

Host: Jenny, Chris
Grammar: near-

Published: December 05, 2014

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Interior Design

It’s the home of your dreams! Or least the house itself is, because the interior looks dreadful. Time to bring in an interior designer to make it look just as you want. But what style are you going to go for?...

Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: December 03, 2014

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Window or Aisle Seat?

When checking in for a flight, choosing between a window or aisle seat is a big decision. Are you going to go with comfort or views? Check out this lesson to make sure you make the right decision....

Host: Jenny, Chris
Grammar: To_check

Published: December 01, 2014

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Black Friday

Black Friday is coming up! But why do some Americans get so crazy about shopping on this one day a year?...

Host: Jenny, Chris
Grammar: “-ism”

Published: November 28, 2014

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Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is one of the biggest days of the year in the United States. What is this holiday all about? What do people eat? What are normal customs for Americans on this day?...

Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: November 26, 2014

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Annual Leave

It's time for a vacation! But before you buy your plane ticket, you need to make sure it's ok with your work. But how do you ask your boss if you can take annual leave?...

Host: Jenny, Chris
Grammar: will_do

Published: November 24, 2014

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Using LinkedIn

LinkedIn has become a central part of finding a job for people everywhere. But do you know how to use it correctly? And is your profile filled out well?...

Host: Jenny, Chris
Grammar: “Bent”

Published: November 21, 2014

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Baby Shower

Before the baby is finally born, there's one last thing to do – have a baby shower of course! And no, that's not a special shower that a baby takes. Learn more about this special type of party in this lesson....

Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: November 19, 2014

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Smart Casual

“Smart casual” is probably the most common dress code for offices in the United States these days. But what does this term actually mean? And can you wear jeans?...

Host: Jenny, Chris
Grammar: “do_____”

Published: November 17, 2014

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Environmental Protests

Climate change is here and only getting worse. And around the world, people are pushing for action. Recently there was a large demonstration in New York to make the United Nations take action, but did anything happen?...

Host: Jenny, Chris
Grammar: -est-ever

Published: November 14, 2014

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Internet Security

We all use the internet everyday for all sorts of things. But is your information safe? Recent news of surveillance, hackers and leaks shows that it may not be. Is there anything we can do to be safer?...

Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: November 12, 2014

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Let's Yelp!

It's time to eat and you don't know what to get. Well, worry not! If you're in the United States, you can use Yelp to help you find the best restaurant near you. But what type of food are you going to get?...

Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: November 10, 2014

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Working Out

It's good for you and it feels good...or at least it feels good after you're done. Working out is extremely popular in the United States. What sort of exercise do you like to do?...

Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: November 07, 2014

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College Reunion

In today’s lesson, we’ll hear a few friends catch up with each other at a college reunion....

Host: Jenny, Chris
Grammar: third_person

Published: November 05, 2014

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Private Equity

In today’s lesson, you’ll learn what private equity is, and how it is used as a means of investment....

Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: November 03, 2014

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Trick or Treat

Trick or treating is a key part of Halloween. But do you know the correct way to do it? ...

Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: October 31, 2014

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Attending a Wedding

It may not be your special day, but going to a wedding can be pretty darn fun. But who is who in the ceremony? What did you bring as a gift? And when does that reception start?...

Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: October 29, 2014

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The Alibaba IPO

Alibaba is the engine that can't be stopped! With one of the biggest IPOs ever only a few days ago, what's next for this Chinese e-commerce giant?...

Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: October 27, 2014

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iPhone 6

The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are out! But what's so new about these versions, and are they worth the price tag?...

Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: October 24, 2014

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The W9 Form

Have you ever heard of a W9 form? Has a client from the US ever asked you to provide them with one? In today’s lesson, you’ll learn all about what this form is, and it’s use in doing business with US clients....

Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: October 22, 2014

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Favorite TV Shows

Everyone loves a little TV. With lots of new shows set to start this Fall, which are you excited to see?...

Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: October 20, 2014

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Antitrust Crackdown

In today’s lesson, we’ll learn some of the basics about antitrust law, and some recent cases where it is being used in China....

Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: October 17, 2014

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Using Frequent Flier Miles

You've been traveling a lot and now have lots of Frequent Flier Miles. Now to use them. But how? And what will you get?...

Host: Jenny, Chris
Grammar: to_seem

Published: October 15, 2014

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Hiring a Project Manager

In today's lesson, we will hear a conversation between an HR manager and a candidate for a Project Manager position....

Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: October 13, 2014

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What's your Sign?

What's your sign? Horoscope signs are a popular way to understand one's personality in the United States. Just make sure you're not dating someone you're not compatible with......

Host: Jenny, Elliott

Published: October 10, 2014

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