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Writing a follow up email

It's a pretty busy world that we all live in, and not everybody has time to read all of the emails that are sent their way. If you've sent a business email but haven't got a response, never fear! OpenLanguage's lesson on follow-up emails is here!...

Host: Spencer, Adam
Grammar: reach

Published: April 26, 2016

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Asking Someone Out Part 2

So you've successfully asked the girl out. What happens on the actual date?  Listen in and find out! ...

Host: Spencer, Adam
Grammar: go_with

Published: April 15, 2016

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Why is Trump so popular?

Hate him? Love him? You can't ignore him. Today we break down the secrets behind Donald Trump's popularity. ...

Host: Spencer, Adam
Grammar: tap_into

Published: April 14, 2016

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Reviewing Numbers and Stats

Numbers, numbers and numbers! One of the most challenging parts of learning English. Learn how to talk about big numbers and talk about changes in numbers. ...

Host: Spencer, Adam
Grammar: big_numbers

Published: April 06, 2016

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Asking Someone Out Part 1

How do you ask someone out? We begin our two part series of a budding romance with today's lesson. ...

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: April 02, 2016

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April Fools

Did you fall for any April Fools' prank this year? Listen in as we discuss the pros and cons of this special day....

Function: explaining
Host: Spencer, Adam
Grammar: known_to

Published: April 01, 2016

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Buying Snacks

Do you snack? Chips, crackers, cookies, nuts and candy...Today we'll go snack shopping! ...

Host: Spencer, Adam
Grammar: giving_advice

Published: March 24, 2016

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Getting a Client Buy-in Part 2

In Part Two of a two-part series on client buy-in, we’re looking at just how to get your client to see your vision, and agree to your strategy....

Host: Spencer, Adam
Grammar: Sold

Published: March 22, 2016

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Getting a Client Buy-In Part I

You’ve managed to get the client’s attention, even managed to get a face-to-face meeting, but how do you finally convince them to go with your idea? In today’s lesson we’ll talk about how to get the client buy-in....

Host: Spencer, Adam
Grammar: suffixes

Published: March 10, 2016

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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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Designing a New Sales Deck

The new year always brings an old expression:” Out with the old and in with the new”. In today’s lesson, we’ll look at a visionary who wants to bring his company up to date....

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: February 18, 2016

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A Post-Valentine's Day Surprise

Valentine’s Day has passed for another year. In today’s lesson, a young girl received much more than flowers, cards or chocolates (Hint: someone got down on one knee, and there is now a ring on her finger!)...

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: February 16, 2016

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The Year of the Monkey

The Chinese New Year has almost arrived! Grab your bananas, because today we’re talking about The Year of the Monkey....

Host: Spencer, Adam
Grammar: Tend_to

Published: February 04, 2016

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Buying Sports Wear

At the start of a new year, many people decide to start exercising more. But you can’t exercise without the right clothes! So, in today’s lesson, we’re buying some new sportswear....

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: February 02, 2016

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Fine Dining

Calling all foodie! Today’s lesson will take you to a Michelin-starred restaurant. Bon appetit!...

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: January 28, 2016

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Understanding Customer Pain Points

There’s an old saying, “no pain no gain”. Customer pain points are what drives businesses, and what lead to big financial gains. We’ll talk about how to identify these pain points in today’s lesson....

Host: Spencer, Adam
Grammar: Quotes

Published: January 26, 2016

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Life-Changing Technologies in 2016

Technology has been making our lives easier since our ancestors created the wheel. Find out how the coolest new products using Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and voice recognition will improve our lives in 2016 in today's lesson....

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: January 21, 2016

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Buying Organic Food

Organic food has become more popular across the world. Today we'll take you grocery shopping in America's largest organic supermarket. ...

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: January 18, 2016

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The Star Wars Magic

Have you seen the latest episode of Star Wars? Do you get why Star Wars movies are such a huge deal? In today’s lesson, we’ll take a look at why Star Wars is such a cultural phenomenon. May the force be with you!...

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: January 14, 2016

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Project Kickoff Meeting

The new year always brings new beginnings: not just in our personal lives, but at work as well. In today’s lesson, we’ll take a look at a new office project, and just how the company will start it....

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: January 12, 2016

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Returning Christmas Gifts

Every year for Christmas we all get gifts that we just don’t like, or that we just can’t use. In today’s lesson, we’ll talk about how to return them to the store....

Host: Chris, Spencer

Published: January 07, 2016

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Back to Work

All good things must end. In today’s lesson, we’ll take a look at someone returning to work after a nice long vacation....

Host: Chris, Spencer

Published: January 05, 2016

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A Romantic New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve is a time to be around the people you love. And if they don’t know you that you love them, it’s a great time to let them know! Don’t wait any longer, the countdown is about to start!...

Host: Chris, Spencer
Grammar: As_though

Published: December 31, 2015

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Zuckerberg's $45 Billion Donation

In a letter to his newborn baby Max, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that he will be giving 99% of his Facebook shares to philanthropic causes. Today we listen to two CNN journalists' take on Zuckerberg’s decision. ...

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: December 29, 2015

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Celebrity Christmas Special

This year on December 24, Netflix is giving its viewers the best Christmas present ever! They will be airing a Christmas special called “A Very Murray Christmas”, directed by Sofia Coppola, and starring famous actor Bill Murray. In today’s lesson, we’ll listen as he and his celebrity guests start to...

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: December 24, 2015

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Ski Trip

If you thought that ski trips were just for skiing, then today’s lesson is just for you. We’ll talk about some other things you can do the next time you’re on top of a mountain....

Host: Spencer, Adam
Grammar: While

Published: December 22, 2015

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Christmas Plans

Ho-Ho-Ho. With the holidays just around the corner, nearly everyone is already talking about their Christmas plans....

Host: Chris, Spencer

Published: December 17, 2015

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Winter Gear

Brrr….it’s cold out there! In today’s lesson, we’re going to make sure all of our listeners are protected from the cold weather. Remember: you can’t enjoy winter until you’ve got the right gear....

Grammar: as_long_as
Host: Chris, Spencer

Published: December 15, 2015

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Evaluation and Mentoring

December brings to mind Christmas, New Year’s, and winter vacation. But it’s not all fun and games in the workplace. The end of the year means it’s time for the end of year evaluation. Let’s find out what is causing so many employees’ grief in today’s lesson....

Host: Chris, Spencer

Published: December 10, 2015

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The Paris Terrorist Attacks

Tragedy struck the City of Lights this November when terrorists killed hundreds of innocent civilians in a series of attacks. In today’s lesson, we’ll hear President Obama’s response to this heinous act of terror....

Host: Spencer

Published: December 08, 2015

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to be with your family and loved ones. But today we'll see how someone who can't be with his family celebrates Thanksgiving....

Host: Chris, Spencer

Published: November 24, 2015

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Dealing with Difficult People at Work Part I

Can’t we all just get along? In Part I of a two-part series, we’ll take a look at a difficult person that is making the office a nightmare for her co-workers....

Host: Chris, Spencer

Published: November 19, 2015

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Buying a Watch

Even though these days we all have clocks on our phones, there is something special about being able to carry the time on your wrist. We’ll take a look at this stylish accessory in today’s lesson....

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: November 17, 2015

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Planning a Product Launch Part II

In the second part of a two-part series on planning a product launch, we see our corporate friends focusing on more specific aspects of this crucial event....

Host: Chris, Spencer

Published: November 05, 2015

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Housewarming Party

You’ve just moved into a new apartment, but it still feels a little strange and cold. What’s the best way to warm it up? Having a housewarming party of course!...

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: November 03, 2015

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Halloween Party

Besides dressing up in costumes and trick or treating, going to parties is one of the main reasons why so many people love Halloween. Many people, but not everyone. In today’s lesson, we’ll meet one person who isn’t getting to the Halloween spirit....

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: October 29, 2015

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Looking for a Web Developer

In today’s lesson, we’re looking for someone to fill a job. While, the lesson is about finding someone from the world of technology, this lesson can also apply to finding just about any kind of employee. ...

Host: Spencer, Adam
Grammar: Got_the_gist?

Published: October 27, 2015

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Starting a Conference Call

Today’s dialogue takes place right before an office conference call. We’ll hear a few speakers make small talk while preparing to start their meeting....

Function: small_talk
Host: Chris, Spencer

Published: September 22, 2015

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Bedtime Story

This lesson is for any parent who has ever heard: “I’m not going to sleep until you tell me a story…about a princess…no, about a superhero…no, about a superhero princess…”...

Function: Telling_stories
Host: Chris, Spencer
Grammar: Made_of

Published: September 17, 2015

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Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

Recently the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that legislation banning Same-Sex Marriage is unconstitutional. In today’s lesson, we’ll take a look at some common perspectives about the landmark decision....

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: September 15, 2015

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Running Late

We can’t be on time every day. This lesson is for those of us who sometimes are a little late....

Host: Chris, Spencer

Published: September 10, 2015

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Help with Excel

How are your Excel skills? In today’s lesson, we’ll learn the most important terminologies associated with this piece of software. ...

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: September 08, 2015

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Asking for a Deadline Extension

One of the most powerful words in the English language: deadline. Today we'll look at what happens when an employee tries to ask for a deadline extension and how her boss responds....

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: September 03, 2015

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Orientation Day

September 1st is when most students begin their new semesters. Today we take you to an orientation day at an American college. ...

Host: Spencer, Adam
Grammar: Used_to

Published: September 01, 2015

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On-Demand Economy

These days it seems like there is an Uber for everything. In today’s lesson, we’ll look at a few different perspectives on this new economic trend....

Function: debating
Host: Spencer, Adam
Grammar: The_Uber_of_x

Published: August 27, 2015

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Just Browsing

Sometimes when you are shopping, you just want to have a look at something with no strings attached. Here’s a useful lesson about how to tell the staff that you really aren’t that interested in buying anything....

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: August 25, 2015

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Introducing yourself at an Event

What is more important than being able to introduce yourself? In today lesson, we’ll look at some different ways to say who you are and what you do....

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: July 07, 2015

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Confirming an Order

There are a million things that could go wrong when you place an order.  In today’s lesson, we’ll take a look at some ways to make sure that your order is just how you want it....

Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: June 18, 2015

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Politely Ending a Conversation

Are you the type of person who finds saying goodbye difficult? Fear not, in today’s lesson, we’ll go over some friendly ways to say goodbye....

Function: being_polite
Host: Spencer, Adam

Published: June 02, 2015

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Dog Lovers

If you're a dog lover, you're going to love this lesson on different breeds of dogs and their characteristics....

Host: Spencer, Adam
Grammar: As_they_say

Published: May 28, 2015

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