Three idioms that include the word mile

source: BBC Learning English    2011年7月26日
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1. It sticks out a mile.
2. I'd run a mile.
3. Give them an inch and they'll take a mile.

How to start a phone conversation in English

source: Benjamin's English Classes (engVid)    2017年4月24日
If you are anxious about speaking over the phone, you are not alone! Phone conversations are something all language learners struggle with. If you are shy or very self-conscious, you may have trouble with phone conversations even if English is your first language. Well, I have some tips to help make it easier, which I will show you in this lesson. Get the attention of the person you are talking to with highly effective phrases, and learn how to introduce yourself over the phone. No matter which stage of learning you are at, this lesson is for all you nervous callers!

Colour Idioms, Part 1

source: Maple Leaf ESL    2016年11月15日
In this lesson, we focus on the following colour idioms: grey area, once in a blue moon, blacklist someone, a golden opportunity, the green light, black sheep of the family, catch someone red-handed, and with flying colours.
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Speak English Naturally: My pronunciation secret for difficult words

source: Learn English with Rebecca    2017年4月6日
Learn the important pronunciation technique called BACKCHAINING, used by actors, singers, and public speakers to sound more natural and authentic in any language. Backchaining will retrain your ears to hear and your mouth to pronounce English words more easily and successfully. It is especially useful for those long, difficult English words, but it is also helpful with any word you are struggling with. Most English teachers do not have time to teach you this simple strategy, but you can apply it immediately after watching this lesson. Famous language courses are based on this powerful pronunciation technique; watch, listen, and solve your pronunciation problems today!

Casual and Professional English for 5 Common Situations

source: EnglishAnyone    2017年3月22日
In this video, you'll learn how to use the right expression, whether the situation is professional or casual, for 5 common situations. :)
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Business proposals - 42 - English at Work helps you make the perfect pro...

source: BBC Learning English     2017年4月19日
Anna and Tom are at a pizza restaurant for their dinner date, but Anna has work on her mind. She needs to put together a proposal for her new business idea!
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Would you like to see the menu?

Oh yes please.

I was asking the lady actually.

Oh, right.

Hello again. Anna and Tom are finally on their dinner date at a pizza restaurant. Eating could be difficult for Tom because he's sprained his arm after that accident in the office. He might still have romance on his mind but Anna is thinking about something else. Are you feeling nervous Anna?

Nervous? Why?

Being out on your own with Tom. What are you going to talk about?

Don't worry. I can handle this, besides I want Tom's ideas about developing a new plastic vegetable.

A plastic vegetable! Oh right. Well, good luck.

So this is nice. Finally, us together, on our own, me and you, pizza, red wine… expensive red wine, actually.

Lovely Tom. You know Tom, Paul wants me to develop a new idea – plastic vegetables – I thought, maybe, you might like to help me?

Come on Anna, we're not here to talk business. Tell me about you – the real Anna. Have you had many… err, many boyfriends before?

That's a bit personal. What do you think about plastic peas?

Err? Can you not switch off from work for one minute?

Tom. I think you and me are very similar – we're a good team. If we could come up with a great idea for Paul then who knows… we may get to travel the world selling it together?

Oh, I see. I hadn't thought of it like that. Right well…

Your pizzas… madam… sir.

Thanks. Tom, I think you'll need some help cutting that.

Thanks. Mmm, you smell nice… or is that the pizza?

I've got it!


Plastic aubergines!

Plastic aubergines?

Yes. Plastic aubergines. They would look great on this table – a sort of decoration.

Yeah! And you could put sauces inside… or salt and pepper. You could be on to something here.

We need to put a proposal together, to give it to Paul. But what should we say?

Anna, your proposal needs to be brief but clear. Use positive language to propose your idea to Paul. Use words like 'exceptional', 'fantastic', 'quality', and talk about how it would benefit the business by using words like 'profit', 'efficiency', and 'value for money'. Good luck!

Are you OK Anna?

Yes. Just writing some things down.

OK, well write down how we could target restaurants and cafes. They'll be begging for our vegetables. Oh this is so exciting… let's drink to our… succ… Oh!

Tom! What have you done? You've knocked red wine all over me… and my notebook.

Ermm, sorry. We had better get you out of that dress.

Hmm, what a mess and what a date! But what may be lacking in romance is made up for in a potentially successful business deal. Let's find out how it's going much much later at Tom's flat…

…this exceptional product has fantastic potential…

Say 'demand for this plastic aubergine will reach melting point!' My little joke.

…by making the production more efficient, our customers will get value for money and our profits will increase. There, done.

Great. We can pitch this to Paul first thing on Monday morning. So now, maybe we can get back to our date? Look I saved some of that pizza.

It's all cold! Anyway, I had better go. It's late and I want to tidy up this proposal. But it's been great. I can't wait till next time.


Next time?

Well, that went well! The pizza may be cold but Anna and Tom have developed a red hot proposal. Here's a reminder of some of the words you might want to use to make your business proposal stand out…






Value for money.

So with the proposal written, Tom and Anna just need to convince Paul – and that means pitching their idea. Find out how they get on next time. Bye for now.

How to Say ... in American English! (with Rachel)

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source: Rachel's English      2013年5月13日

Business English 42 (innovation, creativity, latest technology, consistency)

source: TeacherPhilEnglish    2010年1月31日
This free lesson helps you learn new words: innovation, creativity, latest technology, consistency.

Business English 41 (competitive, competition, vital, marketplace and specialist)

source: TeacherPhilEnglish    2010年1月31日
This lesson helps you learn new words: competitive, competition, vital, marketplace and specialist.

BBC News Review: Floppy disks control US weapons

source: BBC Learning English    2016年6月21日
US nuclear force still uses floppy disks. Neil and Finn look at how the world's media is reacting and pick out the words and phrases you need to talk about the story. For more, visit our website:

Asking Permission/Making Requests

source: Oxford Online English    2014年2月19日
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Asking permission means that you want to do something, but you need someone else to say that you can. Making a request means you want someone else to do something. We use similar words and phrases to do both of these things, so we'll look at them together in this lesson.

Phrasal Verbs in Daily English Conversations - Lesson 10

source: Anglo-Link   2014年4月16日
This is the tenth lesson in our series 'Phrasal Verbs in English Conversation'. You will first listen to and repeat a dialogue with examples of phrasal expressions, and then practise these in a gap filling exercise. This lesson will improve both your listening and speaking skills.
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Shopping Questions about Size and Color

source: Shaw English Online   2014年1月26日
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Business English: Branch vs Chain vs Franchise

source: Shaw English Online    2014年1月28日
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A Jungle Safari - Traveling English Lesson

source: Twominute English    2013年6月1日
Are you fascinated with the idea of visiting a Jungle Safari? In this lesson you will see and hear some people talking about a visit to a Jungle Safari. Watch this lesson and learn the words and phrases you can use on your next safari trip.
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0:06 In this lesson, we will see some words and phrases you can use when talking about a jungle safari.
0:06 In this lesson, we will see some words and phrases you can use when talking about a jungle safari.
0:25 Hey Stephanie, I need some help. Are you free this weekend?
0:31 Oh! Didn’t I tell you? I’m going on a jungle safari with Mark.
0:35 What?! That is so cool! Where are you traveling to? Africa?
0:40 Yeah! We are going to the Mundulea Reserve in Namibia. I’m really anxious.
0:45 I can imagine. Even I always wanted to go on a jungle safari.
0:50 I have never even been to a zoo! And now I’m going to observe animals in their habitat.
0:54 Zebras, lions, antelopes, rhinos...Gosh... It’ll be thrilling!
0:59 I’m sure it will. Have a great trip and tell me all about it when you come back.
1:12 Mark, I’m really scared.
1:14 What? This is so exciting. Why are you scared?
1:19 Why?! What if a lion attacks our jeep or something?
1:23 Oh, c’mon! Stop being such a kid. We are on a jungle safari for tourists. Nothing is attacking us.
1:31 But what if it does?
1:33 Well, don’t forget we are in a jeep which was prepared for the tour.
1:38 There are push bars all around it. The guide is also here for our safety.
1:44 Are you sure we are safe?
1:46 Yes Stephanie, I am.
1:54 Hey Jack, how’s everything?
1:57 I’m great. Where have you been?
2:00 Well, Stephanie and I went on a jungle safari. It was so exciting.
2:06 Really? What did you see out there?
2:09 We saw a lot of wild animals. There were many antelopes and zebras.
2:14 Did you see a tiger or a lion?
2:17 No, we did not. It was better this way though.
2:21 Why’s that, man? Tigers are beautiful! I think it would’ve been great to see one.
2:26 Stephanie was really scared. I think she would have freaked out.
2:31 Poor girl. Truth is I don’t know if I can blame her. I think I’d rather see one at the zoo.
2:40 I’m going on a jungle safari with Mark.
2:45 Where are you traveling to?
2:49 We are going to the Mundulea Reserve in Namibia.
2:55 I have never even been to a zoo!
3:00 And now I’m going to observe animals in their habitat.
3:07 I’m really scared.
3:11 Are you sure we are safe?
3:16 Stephanie and I went on a jungle safari. It was so exciting.
3:25 What did you see out there?
3:29 We saw a lot of wild animals.