Asking for help – 21 – English at Work gets you the help you need

source: BBC Learning English    2016年11月22日
Anna is taking the lead on the company's new stock management system. But she needs some help! She gets some advice from an unlikely member of the team. Find out what it is!
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Narrator: Hello, welcome back to Tip Top Trading where everyone is gossiping about Paul’s announcement. Anna is to lead the company’s new stock management system for the new laser-curved fruit.
(Denise on phone)
Denise: Yes Anna…the new girl…she’s done really well although I don’t know what experience she’s got….anyway, about the hairdresser you mentioned, oh I loved his aftershave…
Tom: I can’t understand it. I’ve got all the experience and all the ideas…she’s just such a…
Anna: Tom. Sorry to interrupt, I just wanted to check you’re ok with me leading this strategy for stock management.
Tom: Oh of course. Yeah, you deserve it.
Narrator: That was a nice touch Anna.
Anna: But Tom, now you must help me.
Tom: Eh?!
Narrator: Anna! That’s not the best way to ask for help. Remember what I’ve always told you about politeness?
Anna: Be polite – yes you keep telling me that.
Narrator: And if you want someone to help you, ask them, don’t tell them – even if it is Tom!
Anna: Oh right. I’m in a bit of a panic. I’ve never done this before. I don’t know where to begin.
Narrator: Well start by asking your colleagues for help like this:
I would be most grateful if you could give me some help
Please could I ask you for some advice?
I know you’re busy but could you spare me a few minutes of your time please?
Go on, give it a try!
Anna: Right, thanks. I'll try. Erm, excuse me Tom. Sorry about earlier. I’m a little nervous about leading this strategy thing and I would be most grateful if you could give me some help… please?
Tom: Of course Anna. Why didn’t you say, I’d be delighted. I’ve lost count of the number of projects I’ve lead over the years.
Anna: Great, thanks. So… where do you think I should begin?
Tom: Give me a few minutes and I’ll find some of the excellent work I did last year. You’ll just need to copy it really. Hold on…
Paul: Ah Anna… just popping out for some biscuits… err, how’s the stock management strategy coming along?
Anna: Oh very good Paul… actually, please could I ask you for some advice?
Paul: Yes of course… although I don’t know if I’ll be much use!
Tom: … now where did I save those damn documents?…
Anna: I’m very grateful for this opportunity but I’m a little unsure of where to start. Tom is looking for some his old work but…
Paul: Really?! To be honest, this isn’t Tom’s speciality. At a time like this I would ask Denise.
Anna: Denise!?
Paul: Yes… she may only be the office assistant but she always has words of wisdom. Right… custard creams of chocolate digestives?
Anna: What?
Paul: Biscuits?
Anna: Oh… custard creams please. Err, Denise, I know you’re busy but could you spare a few minutes of your time please?
Denise: Of course Anna, always happy to help you.
Anna: Well you know the stock management control system?
Denise: The one you’ve now got to work out… well done for getting that!
Anna: Thanks. I really don’t know where to begin. It was OK writing it down for Paul but how do I put it in to practice? There’s just too much to do!
Denise: Calm down Anna. You’ll be fine. The first thing you need to do is to look at our current system.
Anna: Look at our current system. How do I do that?
Denise: Easy! Just take the lift down to the warehouse and speak to Mr Ingle and then write down what you find – and draw up an action plan of tasks you need to do – like a shopping list – I’m very good at those.
Anna: Go and see Mr Ingle? Oh do I have to.
Denise: He’s ok really Anna. If you approach him in the right way he won’t bite your head off!
Anna: What? Bite my head off! Oh… well, if he won’t bite me… then I suppose I should go and see him. Thanks for your advice Denise, I could kiss you. Right, I’m going to go and see him right now.
Narrator: Make an action plan! A good idea. Well done Denise, you’re smarter than you look! And well done Anna, you eventually got the help you needed by using these phrases:
I would be most grateful if you could give me some help
Please could I ask you for some advice?
I know you’re busy but could you spare me a few minutes of your time please?
Remember, if you’re stuck for ideas just ask for help…but maybe not Tom, I wonder how he’s getting on?
Tom: (shouting across room) Here Anna, I’ve got them. Look, all my ideas from my last stock control project…pages and pages of them. Just copy these, they’re brilliant. Anna? Anna!
Paul: …too late, I’ve just seen her in the lift. Fancy a custard cream Tom?
Narrator: So Anna is off to speak to the prickly Mr Ingle. Let’s hope she uses those phrases to ask for help, otherwise she might get her head bitten off – and it could get very messy! See you next time.

07 Colour Idioms | Niharika

source: Learn English with Let's Talk      2017年3月12日

1) Born with a silver spoon - Someone who is born into a rich family. Has all the wealth and privilege.
Example - John can afford to go to the medical college, he was born with a silver spoon.

2) To catch someone red handed - To catch someone doing something wrong or illegal or private.
Example - I boyfriend is cheating on, so she is planning to follow him and catch him red handed.

3) White lie - Innocent lie to protect another person's feelings.
Example - We told Sharon that her chicken pie was delicious, which was actually a white lie.

4) Tickled pink - To be very pleased or delighted by someone or something.
Example - I was tickled pink to receive flowers from my husband.

5) Yellow-bellied - Someone who is extremely timid or coward
Ron is yellow bellied and is never willing to fight for what is right.

6) Talk a blue streak - To talk too much and rapidly
Example - She talked a blue streak all night long.

7) Black sheep of a family - A person who is a disgrace to a family or a group.
Example - Sam is a black sheep of the family. He's always in trouble with the cops.

Learn English with a bad newspaper!

source: Benjamin's English Classes (engVid)     2015年9月11日
It's a great idea to read newspapers to improve your English. But it's also fun to learn expressions that are mostly used in celebrity gossip magazines. These are called "tabloids". Did you know that they sometimes invent new words that become part of regular speech? Stay in the know about celeb culture and learn new words at the same time. You don't want to miss this funny lesson!

Interesting FACTS about the English language

source: Crown Academy of English     2017年3月13日
Speaking practice with a native English teacher:
Here is a sample of the questions that I answer in this lesson:
What is the longest word in English?
What is the shortest possible sentence?
What is the most commonly used letter of the alphabet?
What is the most commonly used consonant in English?
What is the most common letter as the first letter of a word?
What is the longest word without a real vowel?
and other questions.
We sometimes call these facts "trivia".
There are subtitles on the screen to help you understand. The accent is British English.
Business expressions:
Sleep vocabulary:
General advice:
Listening practice:

STOP talking like a baby! (Ronnie)

source: Learn English with Ronnie!     2017年3月13日
Do you know what baby talk is? It's a cute way of saying things, usually used by young children. Sometimes English learners use baby talk without knowing it, and this can be very embarrassing! Don't worry -- I'll tell you what the most common baby talk words and phrases you might be saying are. I'll also explain some common ways baby talk is used by children, so you can understand English-speaking children and know how to speak to them. Take the quiz on this lesson here:

Slang Words Starting With L

source: EnglishAnyone     2012年11月12日
Just remember that slang is CASUAL English! Use slang with your friends and people you know well! Don't use slang with your boss, with the police if you get arrested or when meeting your girlfriend or boyfriend's parents for the first time!

A laid-back person is physically relaxed or mentally calm. Just imagine a person laying back in a chair and taking a nap. Laid-back people don't get too excited about things and are generally happy anywhere.
My dad's really laid-back. He lets me stay up late and play video games on school nights.

When something's lame, it's boring or uncool. If you're a teenager, going to a party with your mom and dad would probably be pretty lame.
This movie's lame. Put something else on.

Legit is the shortened form of legitimate. Something legit is official, legal and generally OK. This slang is often used to talk about anything that could be fake, like an ID used by a minor when trying to get into a bar, or a purse sold off the back of a truck.
Are you sure this watch is legit? It says Calvin Klean.

Loco is a borrowed word from Spanish, and it can mean crazy in both positive and dangerous ways as English slang. You can call someone loco or call a situation loco.
Don't mess with that dog over there. It's loco and will try to bite you.

Lingo is just short for language and we often use it casually when talking about anything from particular dialects to computer code.
Can you stop with all the scientific lingo and just use plain English?

To give someone lip means to talk back to them. Children often give their parents lip, but anyone can give lip to an authority figure when they say something they shouldn't.
I don't care what mom said! Do your homework and don't give me any lip.

To "load" something basically means to fill it up, the way you load a truck with boxes. There are two main slang meanings of loaded, though. The first means to have a lot of money. A millionaire would be loaded. You can also say that someone's loaded when they've had too much to drink.
That millionaire over there is really drunk! He's doubly loaded!

A looker is an attractive man or woman. It's someone you really want to look at. This slang is often used to describe clean and polished sports cars.
That car's a real looker! I bet she drives like a dream.

A loudmouth is a person who speaks with a loud voice generally and is often obnoxious. These people usually think they know everything and are happy to tell the world about it.
Why don't you shut up already? You're such a loudmouth!

Ladies' Man
A ladies man is good with the ladies. He's loved by women and usually enjoys spending time around women. Used in a joking way, you could call a man that's not good with women and can never get a date a ladies' man in a sarcastic way.
My friend's a real ladies' man and he's always got a date.

My Day | Past Tense | English Speaking Practice

source: Mark Kulek     2017年1月30日

Phrasal Verbs - LOOK UP TO

source: Espresso English    2017年2月17日
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The green-eyed monster - Shakespeare Speaks

source: BBC Learning English     2016年4月1日
Thomas Swann discovers the dangers of the green-eyed monster! Learn this colourful idiom.
For activities and extra materials connected to this episode:
Shakespeare Speaks is a co-production by BBC Learning English and The Open University.

Narrator: It was late afternoon. William Shakespeare has just arrived at his favourite pub, The Duck and Whistle. His actor friend Thomas Swann is already there.

Barmaid: Mr Will. Can you do something about that Mr Thomas? He's been drinking and shouting all afternoon. If you can't shut him up, I'm going to throw him out.

Thomas Swann: I'm a wonderful husband. I give the woman everything and this is how she treats me!

Barmaid: Be quiet, you silly old fool. See, Mr Will? His head's full of jealous nonsense about his wife. That Robert Harley said he saw her talking to Henry Darcy, and now he's all in a rage…

Thomas: That filthy toad… I'll burn his house down… and when I get my hands on her…

Will: Oh dear. The green-eyed monster attacks again!

Hmm. Jealousy: the green-eyed monster. You're right Mr Will, jealousy is a monster: it gets inside people, eats them up. Makes them think the worst, like Mr Thomas here, makes them say and do terrible things.

Will: The green-eyed monster. It's rather clever, isn’t it Bess? It's in my play, Othello. The evil Iago warns his friend, Othello, about the dangers of jealousy. He says: Beware, my lord, of jealousy…

Robert Harley as Iago
Beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.

Barmaid: Beware the green-eyed monster… that's good advice!

Will: It is good advice indeed, but Iago's true plan is to make Othello believe that Desdemona, his wife, is cheating on him.

Barmaid: And is she?

Will: No, but Iago knows jealousy makes people do crazy things, and his plan works. Othello murders Desdemona!

Barmaid: That's terrible. Poor Desdemona! We'd better keep an eye on that Mr Thomas!

Narrator: We'll leave them there for now. In Shakespeare's day, the man was the head of the household, and an unfaithful wife was a great dishonour. The phrase the green-eyed monster is still used today to describe the dangers of uncontrolled jealousy in relationships. For example, Irish pop singer Ronan Keating said of his marriage:

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Will: Now tell me, daughter, did you understand anything Old Mother Howard said?

Daughter: Yes! She talked about you, father. She said that you're going to be the most famous Englishman of all time! …but I think she was making it up.

Will: Oh no, no, no… I'm sure she's absolutely right about that … She's obviously a very gifted woman. What shall we look at now, daughter?

Daughter: Can we go to the gold stall father? Pleeeeeease???

Will: I didn't need a fortune teller to predict that! To gold, or not to gold: that is the question.

Watch out for the green-eyed monster - Shakespeare Speaks

source: BBC Learning English     2016年3月31日
The dangers of the green-eyed monster - jealousy! For more about this phrase, visit our Shakespeare Speaks pages on BBC Learning English: There's more about our Shakespeare Speaks course at The Open University website, here:

Talking About Your Free Time and Hobbies

source: Oxford Online English    2016年3月17日
See the full lesson (with text) here:
What do you like doing in your free time? Do you have any interesting hobbies? Talking about free time is a good way to start a conversation in English, or find things in common when you speak to others in English.
You can learn:
- English vocabulary to talk about hobbies and free time activities.
- How to say what you like or dislike doing.
- How to make your speaking more natural and interesting by adding details.
- How to make longer answers when talking about your free time in English.
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Eye Candy (English Slang / Idioms)

source: Shaw English Online    2014年1月28日
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If you see a sexy girl or handsome guy, they are eye candy! Robin will teach this funny English idiom. He shows many helpful examples and gives practical advice in his lesson.

English Expressions Using 'Free'

source: Shaw English Online     2014年1月27日
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Sugar-free, caffeine-free, etc... The word 'free' is important English vocabulary to understand. Bill will teach many common and useful English expressions to help you learn and use 'free'.

Scuba Diving (Learn English 57)

source: EF podEnglish    2007年11月28日
Learn how to use some common English idioms and expressions in everyday life. In this intermediate English lesson you will see two people a a gym talking about their fitness routines and some unusual sports. They use some common expressions during their conversation.

Learn the Difference between Confusing Questions in English

source: Go Natural English    2013年10月10日
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Get Dressed & Dress Up

source: Twominute English    2013年4月29日
'Get dressed' means to put clothes on, while 'dress up' usually means wearing some particular clothes. So are you getting dressed or dressed up for today's occasion? In this lesson we will learn how to use the phrases 'get dressed' and 'dress up.'
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0:17 ‘Get dressed’ means to put clothes on, while ‘dress up’ usually means wearing some particular clothes.
0:24 When we say ‘get dressed’, we are saying ‘put clothes on’. For example: We get dressed every day after bathing.
0:32 That’s right. We do not specify the type of clothes when we use it. However we may specify the occasion.
0:39 For example: “John is getting dressed for the wedding.” .
0:43 When we speak of ‘dressing up’ it means to put on some specific clothes. For example:
0:49 “He dressed up like a ghost last Halloween.”
0:52 Yes, if I say that someone usually dresses up, it means that this person always dresses in fancy dress.
1:00 My mother always dresses up in her finest!
1:03 I think it’s safe to say that people get dressed every day but don’t dress up every day.
1:09 That is true. Unless this person is my mother! But let’s go now through some conversations.
1:21 You looked great when you were dressed up like a bride.
1:25 Thank you Judy. Everybody looks great in that dress.
1:29 Why do brides dress up in white anyway? I want to wear black in my wedding!
1:35 Oh, please! Okay, it’s not a rule for brides to dress up in white. Some say that white is actually a symbol of wealth.
1:44 I really don’t know. But black?!
1:47 Well, truth is I never saw a bride dressed up in black.
1:51 Black is a colour for mourning, Judy. Now hurry! We are late. Get dressed soon!
1:57 Alrite, alrite!
2:05 Why does it take Paul such a long time to get dressed?
2:09 He does that every day. He says he needs to dress up properly.
2:14 Would you tell him to get dressed fast, please?
2:18 Usually it doesn’t take him so much time, I must say.
2:21 It seems he is dressing up in his best today then, huh?
2:25 Okay, I’ll tell him to hurry.
2:30 We get dressed every day after bathing.
2:38 He dressed up like a ghost last Halloween.
2:45 You looked great when you were dressed up like a bride.
2:53 Why does it take Paul such a long time to get dressed?
3:02 He does that every day. He says he needs to dress up properly.