Fun English Lessons
This ESL podcast is a comedy style talk show done by two Canadian brothers living in Shanghai, China. Fun to listen to and a great way to improve English.
125 - Business Secrets Part 1

This ESL podcast is about learning new business ideas and improving your life.

Dialog:

A:  Who do you think will be the big winners in business over the next couple of years?

B:  I don’t have a crystal ball but I really believe that people who are adaptable, can speak English and another language well, people who understand the internet, and people who can network well will be at a huge advantage.  Moreso now than ever before.

A:  What is it about the current landscape of the global economy that values these skillsets?

B:  Rapid technological change and a massive transfer of wealth from rich to poor countries are two major trends that will continue well into the foreseeable future.  People who take advantage of these trends will be ahead of the game and become rich, while those who sit around hoping that change won’t happen will be left in the dust.

A:  Can you give any specific examples?

B:  Take education for example.  Because of technology, it’s now possible for a professor to give a high quality video lecture to anyone around the world who has an Internet connection.  That was unheard of less than 20 years ago.  There is so much untapped business potential it’s ridiculous.
 
A:  Why is learning English more important now than ever before? 

B:  There are many reasons but one is that English is the international language.  The majority of new cutting edge ideas will be talked or written about either first or second in English.  People with a decent understanding of English as well as business, will be able to stay ahead of the curve and apply these new ideas to make a fortune in their own country.

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Direct download: 125_business_secrets1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:10am EST

124 - Getting a Job

In this ESL podcast we talk about getting a job and networking.  Learn English vocabulary for daily life and the workplace

A:  What are you up to later?

B:  I’m going to ask Scott for a job at his company.

A:  Are you serious?

B:  Ya, why not?

A:  I think you are barking up the wrong tree.

B:  What are you talking about?

A:  I think you blew your chances when you offended his girlfriend last week.  She was really upset.

B:  I apologized the next and and we’re good nowIt’s all water under the bridge.

A:  Well, I don’t know…

B:  You don’t know about what?

A:  Umm.  Where was I?

B:  You were trying to explain why I couldn’t get a job at Scott’s company.

A:  Sorry.  I forget.  I lost my train of thought.

B:  Thanks for the advice.

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A:  Don’t mention it.

Direct download: 124_asking_for_job.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:51am EST

123 - Down Low

This ESL podcast is about keeping a conversation private.  Learn great phrases for your daily English conversations!

Dialog:

A:  Well, I’ve gotta hand it to you Add, This place is really something.

B:  I hate to say I told you so but…  To be honest I wasn’t sure this place would be your cup of tea.

A:  Are you kidding?  I love it!  I heard this place sucked.  I wonder why anyone would say that.

B:  I started that rumor.

A:  What possessed you to do that?

B:  I wanted to keep it on the D.L.  If everyone knew about it, this place would be a zoo.

A:  You’ve got issues.

B:  Whatever.  You’d do the same thing if you were in my shoes.

A:  Ya, probably.

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Direct download: 123_down_low.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:26pm EST

122 - Giving a Presentation

This ESL podcast is about giving a presentation and how to relax while giving one.

Dialog:

A:  You look like you saw a ghostWhat’s up with that?

B:  I’ve got to give a huge presentation for work today in front of 20 top execs from the company.

A:  What’s the big deal?  You know your stuff.

B:  Ya but I have bigtime stagefright.  At the end of my presentation the execs will asking me all kinds of questions.  I freeze up when I have to think on my feet

A:  Don’t psych yourself out.  You’ll be fine.

B:  That’s easy for you to say.  You’re not the one who has to give the speech.

A:  If you get nervous just picture the audience in their underwear.  Aparantly that helps.

B:  I’ll do that only as a last resort.

A:  Why?

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B:  The execs are mostly men in their 50′s..

Direct download: 122_presentation.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:05am EST

121 - China232 Story

This ESL podcast is about China232 changing business models.  Learn English for daily conversation and learn about us.

Dialog:

A:  Add, I’m glad we finally decided to take our heads out of the sand and go ahead with the VIP section.

B:  Me too.  I know you wanted to keep everything free and were on the fence for quite a while about switching business models

A:  I guess part of me didn’t want to face reality. 

B:  I think it’s better now anyway.  Now we have more time to make the site way better.  Anyone who is really serious about improving their English will only have to cough up $75 per year to get full access to the new and improved site. Anyone who signs up won’t regret it.

A:  Ya. When you put it that way it’s actually a pretty sick deal.

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Direct download: 121_china232_story.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:19am EST

120 - MBA

This ESL Podcast is about going back to school and getting your MBA.  Also, we discuss the new VIP section at china232.com

Dialog:

A:  What are you doing tomorrow?

B:  I’m starting my MBA.

A:  I thought you hated business.  What changed your mind?

B:  I do hate it, but I need to start making more money.

A:  MBA’s are a dime a dozen these days.  Are you sure that is the best route to take?

B:  I want to ask my boss for a big pay raise.  I don’t think I’ll be able to get much of a pay raise without an MBA.

A:  Why not?

B:  An MBA will justify my request.

A:  Don’t sell yourself short.  Your boss knows how valuable you are to the company.  You’ve been there for years.  You don’t need a piece of paper to prove anything.  It’s all in your head.

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B:  I think

Direct download: 120_mba.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:20pm EST

116 - Buying a Gift

This English learning podcast is about shopping for someone and buying them a gift.

Dialog:

A:  What are you getting dad for his birthday?

B:  I don’t know yet.  He’s really hard to shop for.  He seems to already have everything he wants.

A:  How about we get him a joint gift.  I saw these really cool noise cancellation headphones that I think he’ll like for the airplane or to use when mom is cleaning the house.

B:  A joint gift is a good idea, but isn’t that noise cancellation thing a gimmick?

A:  No.  I tried them on in the store and they really work.  I checked into it though and I saw that they had the same ones for much cheaper on amazon.  If we order them now they will arrive before dad’s birthday. 

B:   Are they the ear buds or the big ones that cover the whole ear?

A:   I think we should get the big ones.  Dad’s weird about putting things in his ears.

B:  Sounds good.  How about you put them on your credit card and I’ll give you the cash for them.

A:  Ok. 

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Direct download: 116_buying_a_gift.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:51pm EST