In this episode we have a chat with Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat from English with a Twist. Shanthi has been teaching business English to professionals for over 6 years now, and has a long history of working in the business and finance world.
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Words you will learn
- one to one – when a teacher works directly with a student.
- freelancing – offering your services, not working for a company.
- affiliate – to have a close relationship with someone for business purposes.
- to be brutally honest – to be truthful, even if it’s really bad news.
- a full immersion experience – a learning experience of living with a family, and being totally surrounded by the culture.
- to get loose – to be very relaxed and less self conscious.
- cornflakes – common breakfast cereal eaten by kids.
- to water – to give plants water.
- strictly professional – to avoid social or intimate situations when working with someone.
- storyline – the series of events in a story, the plot.
- spark a curiosity – to initiate someone’s interest in something.
- monkey brain – the part of your brain that continuously thinks and doesn’t stop.
- gosh – used to express surprise.
- handwriting – the style in which you write.
- journal – a notebook used to write down your thoughts.
- brown nose – to try really hard to please someone so you can benefit from them.
- teacher’s pet – a student that treats their teacher really well to get better grades.
- with a twist – to have an extra element of flavor.
- to twist someone’s arm – to forcefully make someone do something (often used sarcastically)
- your background – the history of your life (work background is important to get a good job)
- convoluted – when someone explains something in a very difficult way.
- rambling – to talk a lot without having a real direction with what you are saying.
- to go out of the window – to get disregarded, not exist anymore.
- elevator pitch – a short explanation yourself, or your business used to persuade people.
- cocktail party – a formal party with alcohol, usually early in the evening.
- tailor – a professional that measures and fits clothes for men.
- a mock interview – a fake interview used to practice.
- jeopardize – to put in risk.
- dual – an old western gun fight where two cowboys count to 10 then turn around and shoot each other.
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