BBC News Review: Cyber-attack: What is ransomware?

source: BBC Learning English     2017年5月16日
Neil and Dan teach you how to use the language the world's media is using to discuss this story: A virus has locked thousands of government, company and public service employees out of their computers. The global cyber-attack started on Friday and continued across the weekend.


surge: a sudden increase
ransomware: a virus designed to stop a computer working unless money is paid
stopped in its tracks: stop moving or doing something suddenly
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CNN 10 | May 18, 2017 | Trump and the former director ...

source: Daily Listening    2017年5月17日
CNN 10 | May 18, 2017 | Trump and the former director of FBI | Daily Listening hightlights: We have a lot of news to explain this Thursday, starting with a controversy concerning something President Trump allegedly told the former director of the FBI. Afterward, we're taking you to a plateau in the Middle East where Israel is keeping a close watch on events in neighboring Syria. And warnings about caffeine detail some dangers associated with the legal drug.
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Weather Idioms

source: Maple Leaf ESL     2015年11月30日
In this lesson, we take a look at the following idioms that use weather-related expressions: dry spell, get wind of, steal someone's thunder, take by storm, hit a rough patch, and throw caution to the wind.
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Connected Speech - SCHWA Sound (British Pronunciation)

source: ETJ English    2017年3月15日
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Connected speech is a very important part of sounding like a native English speaker. Even just to sound clearer and more professional in conversational / speaking English; you will need to start practicing this technique! This is the basics of connected speech (using the SCHWA)


source: Rachel's English    2017年1月31日
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10 Business English Slang Words used in daily Spoken English – US/Americ...

source: Learn English with Let's Talk    2017年4月23日
In this Business English lesson, you’re learning Business English slang words with me, Michelle. Let’s look at an English speaking conversation between me and my friend Patrick whom I met last Saturday. Practice these English slang phrases, as they are generally used by native English speakers in their spoken English and improve your English speaking.

Michelle: What happened? Why that long face?

Patrick told me that he was called on the carpet by some of the big wigs for missing his deadlines and they told him if he doesn’t start pulling his weight around here, they’re going to demote him to a paper-pusher. Not only that they warned him that they might make him work graveyard too, I told him.

Michelle: Well, Patrick you better get cracking or these slave drivers are going to can you for sure. I’m sure you’ll hate to pound the pavement again.

Let’s look at the conversation again with the meaning of each “slang/idiom”:

Called on the carpet/ rack over the coals –
To reprimanded i.e. spoken to angrily or seriously for doing something wrong, usually by a person in authority.
Example: can also be used for your teacher/ parent –
I was called on the carpet by the teacher for talking in the corridor.
I was called on the carpet by my parents for sneaking out last night.

Bigwigs / big shot/ top brass/ higher ups (plural)
Meaning: executive i.e. a person in charge of the business, one is at an authoritative position, for example, the CEO of a firm or the Principal of a school.
Example: If you want to use it for somebody you know who was at a lower position in the beginning but now they are one of the higher ups, you could say: Maria’s first job was as a secretary. Now she’s a bigwig in her company.

Deadlines –
Meaning: completion dates

Pulling one’s weight –
Meaning: doing his share of work
Example: My friend Patrick never does his share of work that’s why the bosses told him to pull his weight around.

Paper-pusher –
Meaning: clerical desk worker i.e. someone who does boring admin tasks that require large amounts of paper work.
Example: If you are currently doing a boring job you can say that “I’ve been a paper pusher in a law firm for two years. I need to find a job that’s more interesting and fun”.

Work graveyard –
To work the late night shift from midnight to 8:00 A.M.
Example: If you like to work late night then you can legally say- “I prefer working graveyard because I can do errands early in the day.”

Get cracking/ get the ball rolling
To start working
Example: If you plan on finishing your assignment before you leave on vacation, you’d better get cracking.

Slave drivers – relentlessly demanding bosses
Example: If your boss demands excessive work– “Our new boss is a slave driver.”

To can – to fire
Meaning: Literally it means preserved food, here as an idiom it means “to fire someone from a job”
Example: You might get canned for wasting time at work.

Pound the pavement – look for employment
Example: Have you been looking for a job for a long time and haven’t found one? then you could say- “I’ve been pounding the pavement for three weeks and I still can’t find a job.

How to use the word 'mind' in polite requests

source: Simple English Videos    2017年4月21日
'Would you mind...?' and 'Do you mind if...?' are great ways to ask for things politely in English but how do we use them correctly in conversation? In this ESL English lesson we explore they're used in requests along with the meaning of the verb 'mind', and we check some grammar as well.
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Card Game | Where Is My ... ? | At School | English Speaking Practice |...

source: Mark Kulek     2017年4月17日

Business English 68 (sales projections)

source: TeacherPhilEnglish     2010年2月1日
Projections, sales projections $60m (million) 2014 sales projections. 5-year sales projections.

Business English 67 (Dedication, attitude and interpersonal communication)

source: TeacherPhilEnglish      2010年2月1日
Dedication, attitude and interpersonal communication.

Business English/Telephone English - Customer service vocabulary

source: Learn English with Papa Teach Me    2012年3月31日
Telephone English, Customer Service situations, all in this lesson!
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Talking About Your Job

source: Oxford Online English     2016年11月25日
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In this lesson, you can learn how to talk about your job in English. Where do you work? What do you have to do in your job? What kind of company do you work for? In this class, you can learn how to answer questions like this in clear, detailed English.

Topics covered in this lesson:
- How to describe your job.
- How to talk about your job in detail.
- How to describe the company you work for.
- How to say what you like or don't like about your job.

Renting a Car - Interactive English Lesson

source: Twominute English    2013年6月24日
When you go out of town to a new city, you often need to rent a car to travel around town. If you can drive and possess a valid driving license, it's always better to rent a car then to hire expensive taxis. Specially now when you can never lose the way thanks to GPS.
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0:06 In this lesson we will listen to some people renting a car.
0:16 Hello there. I need to rent a car.
0:18 Hi! What size are you thinking?
0:20 Well, err…this is my first rental. What sizes do you have?
0:24 We have compact, medium, and full size, the compact being the cheapest.
0:28 I’m traveling with my wife and little daughter, so a compact will be fine. What are your daily rates?
0:34 For the compact, it’s $29,90 per day, but if you’re renting it for more than seven days, you get a price break.
0:40 Not bad! I’m going to rent it for 10 days.
0:44 In that case, you’ll be paying $19,90 per day.
0:47 Wow! That’s a great discount! I’ll take the compact, then.
0:50 Good choice. May I see your driver’s license and a credit card, please?
1:00 Ok, Mr. Patterson, let’s see…will your wife also drive the car?
1:03 Yes. Since we’re going to Boston for my brother’s wedding, we’ll take turns driving.
1:08 By the way, can I return the car there, or are there extra charges?
1:13 There are no extra charges for that. Where will you return the car in Boston?
1:17 At the Boston airport.
1:19 Very good, Mr. Patterson. You’re all set. Have a safe trip.
1:22 Oh! What about the mileage?
1:25 There is no extra charge for miles, but you must return the car with a full tank of gas, or else they’ll charge you for that.
1:31 Fair enough. Thanks for your help.
1:40 Hello, is it Time Travels?
1:43 Yes. This is Beth, how can I help you?
1:46 I would like to rent a car to take me to the Hotel Shangri-La from Las Vegas airport.
1:52 Sure. May I know your name and your schedule please?
1:56 It’s Suzie Thatcher. I’ll need it at 12 noon today, and I prefer a white limousine.
2:03 That’s not a problem, Ms. Thatcher. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it.
2:07 Very good. How much is the rental?
2:10 Our rates are $45,00 an hour.
2:13 Okay, that’s fine.
2:16 In case of delays, or any problem, please call us at this number, Ms. Thatcher.
2:21 All right. Thanks for your help.
2:29 Hello. I’d like to rent a limo to take me to the Hotel Shangri-La.
2:35 We have the Luxury Sedan, for 1-4 passengers, and the Stretch Limousine, which fits 1-8 passengers.
2:42 Ok. I’ll go with the Luxury Sedan. What are your rates?
2:47 Well, they’re based on a three-hour rental. The luxury Sedan goes for $55,00 per hour, plus gratuity.
2:54 I just need it to drop me off at the Shangri-La, at Echelon Place.
2:59 That won’t be a problem.
3:01 Will it take long?
3:03 It will just take a moment for the driver to bring the car around. You can have a seat, if you like.
3:08 Thank you.
3:13 Hello there. I need to rent a car.
3:19 What sizes do you have?
3:23 What are your daily rates?
3:26 Can I return the car there, or are there extra charges?
3:35 What about the mileage?
3:39 I’ll need it at 12 noon today, and I prefer a white limousine.
3:50 I’d like to rent a limo to take me to the Hotel Shangri-La.
4:00 I’ll go with the Luxury Sedan. What are your rates?