• Taking Care of Business – English Listening Exercise

    Looking for a good video for an English listening exercise I found this clip from the movie “Taking Care of Business.” I’m sure I’ve seen the movie at some point, but I can’t remember it.

    I was looking for a video that would help our students in a ‘real’ work meeting in English; I wanted the language to be fast paced to challenge our English learning students.  I am slightly offended by the video, and I don’t recommend watching it if you’re easily offended, but I do think it is funny. The video isn’t the best quality either, but I think the language they use in the video is important and most of the English in the video could be heard during a business meeting (although I hope you never hear some of this in a meeting!).

    Pay close attention to the transitional words. These are when we change subjects, introduce ideas, and ask for opinions. They are slightly more formal and sophisticated than our everyday English but they are important in business settings.

    Listening Exercise: Fill in the gaps below from the video. Write your answers in comments and we’ll respond.

    1. ____ _____ ___ ____ Spencer, Friday’s close was at 56.
    2. One of the most _______ stocks traded.
    3. My ________ is this.
    4. The ______ ______ after all, is money.
    5 A toast to competitiveness, ____ _______, profit, and _______.
    6. We’ve been ______ that for years and we are looking for a new ____.
    7. Are you ______ with high qualities products.
    8. I think it’s __________.
    9. But then again I like really greasy stuff.
    10. How _____ you insult our _______.

    Writing Assignment:
    Tell me about a business meeting that you have attended. Do you conduct your meetings in the office or do you sometimes have meetings at restaurants? Which do you think is more productive? Have you attended a meeting in English? If yes, was it difficult? Why? Use your transitional words to introduce your opinion, and change topic: Here is the deal, after all, my point is, the bottom line, I’m sure you’re familiar with.

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