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Level 4: High Intermediate English Audio Lessons


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Here is your DailyStep on Monday, 14 April 2014

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John: My counterpart from one of the overseas branches of our company is coming over a week on Thursday. Heíll be staying for a little over three weeks, so as heís my direct counterpart, itís up to me to make sure heís well looked after during his stay.

Judy: Thatís a bit of a pain, isnít it? Youíve already got a full workload without having to babysit someone from overseas.

John: I donít mind. After all, itís all part of the job and besides, Iím sure Eduardo Arias and I will get on like a house on fire. It will all be paid for by my expenses account.

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Situation: John tells Judy that he will be taking care of a business visitor from abroad.

Style: general

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Functions:

  1. Giving a reason: as heís my direct counterpartÖ
  2. Expressing your responsibility: itís up to me to make sure heís well looked after during his stay. (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  3. Empathising with a problem: Thatís a bit of a pain, isnít it? (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  4. Expressing a lack of concern: I donít mind.
  5. Emphasising: After all, itís all part of the job (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  6. Adding an extra point: and besides, Iím sure Eduardo Arias and I will get on like a house on fire (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)

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Notes:

  1. My counterpart = A person with the same job as my job
  2. one of the overseas branches of our company = one of our companyís offices in another country
  3. coming over (phrasal verb) = coming to visit, usually from another country
  4. a week on Thursday = exactly one week after this coming Thursday
  5. a little over three weeks = a bit more than three weeks
  6. as heís my direct counterpart, = since he is my direct counterpart / because he is my direct counterpart
  7. my direct counterpart = the person with exactly the same job as me in the other branch
  8. itís up to (phrasal verb) me = it is my responsibility
  9. to make sure = to ensure (more formal)
  10. heís well looked after (phrasal verb) = he is well cared for
  11. during his stay = while he is here
  12. Thatís a bit of a pain, isnít it? = You must find it rather annoying (more formal)
  13. Youíve already got a full workload = you are very busy at work even without having to look after Mr Arias
  14. having to babysit someone = needing to look after (phrasal verb) somebody very carefully
  15. someone from overseas = a foreigner
  16. I donít mind = It does not worry me
  17. After all = All things considered
  18. itís all part of the job = it is something I have to do as part of my job
  19. besides = and additionally
  20. Eduardo Arias and I will get on (phrasal verb) like a house on fire (idiom) = Eduardo Arias and I will like each other very much and have a good time
  21. paid for by my expenses account = paid for by my company

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Audio file name: DailyStep-4_business-visitors-007_01

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Here is your DailyStep on Tuesday, 15 April 2014

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John: Any ideas as to where I should take Mr Arias on the first night of his visit?

Judy: Whatís he like? How much do you know about him?

John: Not much really. Iíve only ever spoken to him on the phone but he seems to have a good sense of humour. So, I can see us getting along just fine.

Judy: Well, a safe bet for the first night out would be somewhere traditional. Has he ever been to England before?

John: He made a flying visit to London for a business meeting once but I donít think he had any time to go out.

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Situation: John asks Judy for advice on where to take his business visitor.

Style: general

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Functions:

  1. Asking for suggestions: Any ideas as to where I should take Mr AriasÖ? (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  2. Asking for a description: Whatís he like? (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  3. Emphasising: Iíve only ever spoken to him on the phone.
  4. Talking about the future: I can see us getting along just fine.
  5. Recommending: Well, a safe bet for the first night out would be somewhere traditional. (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  6. Asking about experiences: Has he ever been to England before? (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)

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Notes:

  1. Any ideas as toÖ? = Have you got any ideas aboutÖ? (more formal)
  2. Whatís he like? = What kind of person is he? / What is he like?
  3. Not much really. = I donít know very much about him really.
  4. really = in fact (more formal)
  5. Iíve only ever spoken to him on the phone = I have only spoken to him on the telephone (and have not met him in person)
  6. he seems to have a good sense of humour = he seems to understand and say funny things
  7. I can see us getting along (phrasal verb) just fine = I imagine we will become friends very easily
  8. a safe bet (idiom) = a choice which is very unlikely to be wrong
  9. the first night out = the first night that is spent out of the house or hotel
  10. a flying visit (idiom) = a very brief visit
  11. I donít think he had any time to go out (phrasal verb) = I think it is unlikely that he had the opportunity to do anything other than work (more formal)

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Here is your DailyStep on Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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John: Iíve decided to go for somewhere traditional to take my colleague for dinner on his first night in London. But the thing is, I canít think of any traditionally British restaurants! My mind is a complete blank. Any suggestions?

Judy: Well, you could try Rules in Covent Garden. Itís famous for serving British food. In fact Iíd go as far as to say itís one of the best British restaurants that Iíve ever been to. Iím sure heíll be impressed with the food and the quality of the service.

John: But will my expense account stretch that far? Itís pretty pricey.

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Situation: John asks Judy for advice on where to take his business visitor, and she makes a recommendation.

Style: general

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Functions:

  1. Emphasising: But the thing is, I canít think of any traditionally British restaurants! (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  2. Saying you have no ideas: My mind is a complete blank. (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  3. Asking for suggestions: Any suggestions? (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  4. Suggesting: You could try Rules in Covent Garden. (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  5. Venturing a strong opinion: In fact, Iíd go as far as to say itís one of the best British restaurants (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  6. Making an assumption: Iím sure heíll be impressed with the food (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)

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Notes:

  1. Iíve decided to go forÖ = I have made the decision to go forÖ (more formal)
  2. to go for (phrasal verb) = to choose (more formal)
  3. somewhere traditional = a traditional place
  4. But the thing is, = But the problem is thatÖ (more formal)
  5. My mind is a complete blank (idiom) = I have no ideas at all on this subject
  6. Any suggestions? = Do you have any suggestions? (more formal)
  7. Covent Garden = an area in central London famous for its theatres and shops
  8. it is famous for serving British food (note: famous for Ö+ ing) = it is well known as a place that serves British food
  9. Iíd go as far as to say (stronger) = I would go as far as to say / I would even say
  10. Iím sure heíll be impressed with = I expect he will admire
  11. the quality of the service = the high standard of service / the way in which customers are treated by the restaurant staff
  12. will my expense account stretch that far? = will my company be happy to pay that much money for the meal? (note: an expense account is paid by a company for food and other necessary items for employees when they are on business.)
  13. Itís pretty pricey (informal) = it is rather expensive

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Audio file name: DailyStep-4_business-visitors-007_03

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Here is your DailyStep on Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Restaurant manager:   Hello, Rules.

John:    Hello, I wonder if you can help me. Iím entertaining a business colleague and I want to take him somewhere traditionally British. Iíve never been to Rules, so I was wondering if you could you email me a copy of your menu.

Restaurant manager:   Certainly, Sir. Iíll do so right away. Iíd also like to inform you of a special offer that we are running at the moment. As you may know, weíre Londonís oldest restaurant. Weíve been in business since 1798 and itís our anniversary on Wednesday so weíre providing the kind of feast that a well-off gentleman would have been likely to eat all those years ago.

John:     Sounds fantastic!

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Situation:  John calls a restaurant to enquire about their menu, and is pleased to hear that there is a special menu at the moment.

Style: quite formal

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Functions:

  1. Asking for help (very polite):  I wonder if you can help me.  (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  2. Requesting (very polite): I was wondering if you could email me a copy of your menu. (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  3. Agreeing to help: Certainly, Sir. Iíll do so right away.(note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  4. Giving useful information: Iíd also like to inform you of a special offer .(note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  5. Giving information that might already be familiar: As you may know, weíre Londonís oldest restaurant (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  6. Showing enthusiasm for something in the future: Sounds fantastic!  (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)

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Notes:

  1. I wonder if you can help me. (more polite and less direct) = could you help me please? (less formal)
  2. I was wondering if you couldÖ (more polite and less direct) = Please could youÖ? (less formal)
  3. email me a copy of your menu. =  send me a copy of your menu by email
  4. Certainly  = Of course  (less formal)
  5. Iíll do so  = I will do it (less formal)
  6. right away = immediately / straightaway
  7. Iíd also like to inform you of (formal) = I would also like to tell you about
  8. a special offer weíre running = a special deal we can offer you
  9. at the moment = now
  10. As you may know = As I expect you already know
  11. weíre Londonís oldest restaurant = Rules is the oldest restaurant in London (note: here the speaker on the phone uses ďweĒ to mean the restaurant where he works)
  12. weíve been in business since 1798 = the restaurant has been open since 1798 / the restaurant  first opened in 1798
  13. the kind of feast = the sort of extravagant meal
  14. a well-off gentleman = a rich gentleman
  15. would have been likely to eat = would probably have eaten
  16. all those years ago = many years ago, when we opened / at that time
  17. Sounds fantastic! (informal) = I think that would be excellent!

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Here is your DailyStep on Friday, 18 April 2014

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John:    Having received a copy of the menu at Rules, Iíd say it sounds ideal for entertaining a visitor to London. Mr Arias doesnít arrive in London until late afternoon. Heíll just have enough time to go to his hotel and freshen up before dinner.

Judy:   I wish I could come with you. Iíve never been to Rules but Iíve heard great things about it.

John:    Iíd love to be able to invite you but as you can imagine my expenses budget just wouldnít cover it and it would be unethical to let someone unconnected to the company dine out on its expense account. Sorry, but itís a frozen pizza for you!

Judy:   Oh, not again.

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Situation:  John tells Judy that he has booked the restaurant called Rules, and she wishes that she could go there too.

Style: informal

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Functions:

  1. Giving opinions: Iíd say it sounds ideal for entertaining a visitor to London. (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  2. Emphasising: Mr Arias doesnít arrive in London until late afternoon,
  3. Emphasising: heíll have just enough time to go to his hotel (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  4. Expressing a wish: I wish that I could come with you (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  5. Showing regret for something that cannot happen: Iíd love to be able to invite you, but (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  6. Explaining something: As you can imagine, my expenses budget just wouldnít cover it (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)
  7. Complaining about a repeated event: Oh, not again (note: please copy the tone and emphasis carefully here.)

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Notes:

  1. Having received Ö = After receivingÖ
  2. Iíd say  = I would say / I think
  3. it sounds ideal = it sounds perfect
  4. late afternoon = late in the afternoon
  5. heíll have just enough time = he will have enough time but no time to spare
  6. freshen up (phrasal verb) = refresh himself
  7. Iíve heard great things about it = People have told me that it is very good
  8. Iíd love to be able to invite you = I would really like it if you could come to the restaurant with us
  9. my expenses budget just wouldnít cover it = my company cannot pay for your dinner as well
  10. unethical = wrong / immoral
  11. to let someone unconnected to the company dine out = to allow someone unconnected to the company to dine out
  12. unconnected to the company = not employed by the company
  13. dine out (phrasal verb) on its expense account = have restaurant bills paid by my company
  14. itís a frozen pizza for you! (the speaker is joking a little here)= you will have to eat a frozen pizza for dinner!

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Audio file name: DailyStep-4_business-visitors-007_05

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