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  • 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.

    • Aleksandra Lobova

      1. Here is the deal Spencer, Friday’s close was at 56.
      2. One of the most active stocks traded.
      3. My point is this.
      4. The bottom line after all, is money.
      5 A toast to competitiveness, good management, profit, and honesty.

      6. We’ve been using that for years and we are looking for a new image.
      7. Are you familiar with high qualities products.

      8. I think it’s sacks.

      9. But then again I like really greasy food.
      10. How do you insult our product.

      • LOIEnglish

        Aleksandra, Good work!
        A few corrections:

        Question #8: I think it’s outrageous. (The word that you are hearing is sucks. Spencer uses this repeatedly to describe the different foods. It is informal and somewhat profane however, it is used in everyday language quite often.)

        Question #9: How DARE you insult our product. (dare-to defy or challenge, to take a big risk.) I dared to go on a blind date.

        Good listening skills!

    • Ilka

      1. Now here’s the deal Spencer, Friday’s close was at 56.
      2. One of the most _______ stocks traded.
      3. My point is this.
      4. The border line after all, is money.
      5 A toast to competitiveness, good management, profit, and honesty.
      6. We’ve been using that for years and we are looking for a new image.
      7. Are you familiar with high qualities products.
      8. I think it’s __________.
      9. But then again I like really greasy stuff.
      10. How dare you insult our products.

      • LOIEnglish

        Ilka…

        Question #2: active

        Question #4: bottom line (the final total of an account, balance sheet, or other financial document. The underlying or ultimate outcome or criterion: the bottom line is I’m still married to Denny | the bottom line is, does it work?)

        Question #8: I think it’s outrageous.

        Good work Ilka.

    • Sean Hwang

      Now here is the deal
      active
      point
      bottom line
      good management, honesty
      using, image
      familiar
      outrageous
      dare product

      I have had business meetings both in the office and at restaurants. The meetings in the office are more comfortable for me since I just need to focus on business related topics, meanwhile at the meeting at restaurants, more colorful topics are required to facilitate the meeting. Meeting in English is still challenging for me, given my limited proficiency. However, I hope it will be better trying to practice many useful phrases presented here.

      • LOIEnglish

        Sean…Good listening!

        A few notes on your writing: meanwhile-this isn’t the correct choice here. Meanwhile is used as a time reference to signify something is happening at the same time. Julie has meanwhile, found herself another dance partner. A better choice for this sentence is ‘on the other hand’

        MeetingS in English ARE still challenging for me, given my limited proficiency. However, I hope it will GET better BECAUSE I CAN practice many useful phrases presented here.

        Thank you for answering!