Dealing with presentation questions

Dealing with presentation questions video

Do you need to give presentations in English?

Do people in the audience often want to ask questions?

Our latest video shows some ways of dealing with audience questions.

If this was interesting, why not look at Starting a presentation, and Describing upward and downward trends?

 

Video by Barney with the voices of Joy, Simon and Stephen.

 

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Words making the Headlines – Brexit

Brexit dotted-line

Reading the news is a good way to build your vocabulary. This is the first of an occasional series about words that appear in the headlines of English-language news stories.

It won’t surprise you that today’s word is Brexit. This term is used to talk about the end of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.

Brexit is two words merged together*: British and exit. It’s always written with a capital B because the first part comes from British.

Brexit is a noun but it’s often used to modify another noun, for example this article from the Guardian newspaper contains:

GB in the EU car stickerBrexit terms [the details of a future agreement with the other members of the EU]

Brexit bill [the amount of money the UK might have to pay for leaving the EU]

Brexit promises [commitments by both sides of the negotiations]

Brexit minister [a member of the UK government responsible for managing the UK’s exit from the EU]

There are also different types of Brexit. A hard Brexit means a situation where the UK gives up all the commitments and benefits of EU membership. A soft Brexit means a situation where the UK keeps some of those commitments and benefits.

Supporters of Brexit are often referred to as Brexiteers. People who do not agree with the plan to leave the EU are called Remainers. It’s important to note that British people only use these terms to talk about other people. We never use them to describe our own position in the debate.

If you would like to suggest a word from the news for future blog posts, please use the comment box.


 

Practise your listening. Click on play to hear Barney reading this text.

 


* The technical term for this is a portmanteau word.

 

by Barney

 

The Rules of Small Talk

The Rules of Making Small talk in English video

Making small talk in a foreign language can be a challenge.

Our video has five simple rules you can follow. These will help you start and develop conversations in social situations.

Video by Barney with the voices of Linda, Joy and Simon.

 

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Saying small numbers

SAying small numbers in English video

After last week’s video about saying large numbers, we now have a video that focuses on saying small numbers.

Did you know there is more than one way to say the number 0? What are the important pronunciation points to consider when you say fractions like 3/4? Watch the video to find out.

by Barney

 

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Saying large numbers

Saying large numbers video screengrab

In English, how many zeros does a billion have?

When we write large numbers, do we use a comma (,) or a full-stop (.) to separate the thousands from the millions?

Is it the British or the Americans who say “and” after the hundreds?

Our video on saying large numbers answers all these questions and gives lots of examples of those large numbers in context.

by Barney

 

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Describing trends – downward trends

trends - downward arrowThis is our latest video on the language of presentations.

Business presentations often include charts showing trends.

This video gives you some common verbs for describing downward trends.

After you watch the video, try the short quiz.

Try this short quiz.

Complete these sentences. Put the verb in brackets into the correct form. Watch the video to see the different forms.

  1. I expect that interest rates _____ (go down) slightly this year.
  2. Our revenues _____ (decrease) considerably last year.
  3. Stock levels _____ (shrink) since we introduced the warehousing system.
  4. Sales _____ (fall) steadily at the moment.

Come back on Monday to see the answers.

Your can also see our video about upward trends.

 

By Barney

 

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Describing trends – upward trends

Upwards trend arrow

Business presentations often include charts showing trends.

This video gives you some common verbs for describing upward trends.

After you watch the video, try the short quiz.

 

Now try the quiz.

Complete these sentences. Put the verb in brackets into the correct form. Watch the video to see the different forms.

  1. Inflation _____ (increase) steadily since June.
  2. Our production output _____ (rise) by 15% in the last quarter of last year.
  3. According to our forecast, sales _____ (go up) considerably this year.
  4. The number of visits to our website _____ (grow) rapidly after the product launch.

Come back on Monday to see the answers.

For more language for presentations watch Starting a presentation.

By Barney

 

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Make or do 2

Make or do video 2

Here is our second video and quiz on word partnerships that use make or do.

Like the first video, all the words are common business vocabulary that you can hear every day in office and meeting rooms around the world.

Now test yourself. The answers are at the bottom of the page.

Quiz 1

Choose the correct verb for each noun.

1. _____ an offer

  1. make
  2. do
  3. make / do

2. _____ improvements

  1. make
  2. do
  3. make / do

3. _____ a job

  1. make
  2. do
  3. make / do

4. _____ a decision

  1. make
  2. do
  3. make / do

5. _____ an analysis

  1. make
  2. do
  3. make / do

6. _____ an effort

  1. make
  2. do
  3. make / do

Quiz 2

Choose the correct noun to complete each sentence.

1. It’s very frustrating working with Daphne. She takes so long to make _____.

  1. decisions
  2. efforts
  3. jobs

2. I work in customer services but I sometimes do small _____ for the Sale Department.

  1. improvements
  2. jobs
  3. analyses

3. Can you do an _____ of our sales figures? I need a breakdown by region.

  1. effort
  2. improvement
  3. analysis

4. We made a huge _____ to meet the deadline but, in the end, we ran out of time.

  1. effort
  2. job
  3. offer

5. The new boss says she’s going to make lots of  _____.

  1. improvements
  2. efforts
  3. jobs

6. They made a new _____ but the price is still too high for us.

  1. analysis
  2. improvement
  3. offer

By Barney and Joy

 

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Answers:

Quiz 1: 1. a, 2. a, 3. b, 4. a, 5. c, 6. a

Quiz 2: 1. a, 2. b, 3. c, 4. a, 5. a, 6. c

Make or Do 1

Make or do screengrab

Do you know which words go with make and which go with do?

We call these combinations collocations or word partnerships

Our latest video focuses some of the most common business make and do word partnerships.

Now test yourself. The answers are at the bottom of the page.

Quiz 1

Choose the correct verb for each noun.

1. _____ a suggestion

  1. make
  2. do
  3. make / do

2. _____ a profit

  1. make
  2. do
  3. make / do

3. _____ a presentation

  1. make
  2. do
  3. make / do

4. _____ a mistake

  1. make
  2. do
  3. make / do

5. _____ business

  1. make
  2. do
  3. make / do

6. _____ a loss

  1. make
  2. do
  3. make / do

Quiz 2

Choose the correct noun to complete each sentence.

1. The new office in Brazil made a _____, which is great!

  1. loss
  2. business
  3. profit

2. Sorry, I made a _____ with the price: it’s £40, not £14.

  1. mistake
  2. presentation
  3. loss

3. We don’t do a lot of _____ in South America.

  1. presentation
  2. loss
  3. business

4. Unfortunately, our costs were higher than we expected, so we made a _____.

  1. profit
  2. loss
  3. mistake

5. I have to make a _____ tomorrow and I haven’t prepared it yet!

  1. mistake
  2. business
  3. presentation

6. Our new scheme allows anyone to make a _____ about things they want to change in the company.

  1. suggestion
  2. profit
  3. business

7. David did a really good _____on our new research for the shareholders.

  1. business
  2. presentation
  3. profit

This is the first of two videos on make and do. Come back later this month to see the second.

by Barney and Joy

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Answers:

Quiz 1: 1. a, 2. a, 3. c, 4. a, 5. b, 6. a

Quiz 2: 1. c, 2. a, 3. c, 4. b, 5. c, 6. a, 7. b

The Vocabulary Learning Process

The most common question language teachers hear is:

“What’s the best way to learn vocabulary?”

In their latest Prezi, Louise and Barney explain a reliable process for learning new vocabulary.

Vocabulary Learning Process Prezi
The Vocabulary Learning Process. Click on the image to view the Prezi.

Barney and Louise

 

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