Listen to part of a conference call organised by a company called Softcell Incorporated.

Listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.


Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


and this one please
SoftTalk software and an updated SoftPro
I really thanks the team for the efforts . good luck

Hi nicky62,

All of the names you ask about in this and your other comment are names that were made up for this web page. 'SoftTalk' software, for example, is a program ('software') for a computer, but it is not real software – it is used only in this text.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

hi team
what is the meaning of softcel incorporated?

Hello everyone,
I'm really enjoy these series of professional podcasts. They are not only very useful for my English language, but also they are very great and informative on various field such as differences of financial approaches between my country (Iran) and other countries. The thing that I would like to point out and I learnt it on/with/by/from (I don't know the correct preposition here!) this episode. was the 'financial quarters'. As far as I know in my country most companies usually assess their financial progress on an Annual basis rather than seasonal one. This episode persuaded me to look up about other periodical financial assessments. I learnt that on most countries there are four financial quarters; Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 which each one consist of the three months and they name it by the name of each quarter's last month.
Q1 = March quarter
Q2 = June quarter
Q3 = September quarter
Q4 = December qarter
I really appreciate all LearnEnglish team efforts and I look forward to hearing about establishment of your branch in Iran.

Thanks so much.

Hi, thanks for the causes
In this lesson , I still don't understand some points , can you explain them for me?thx
1、'the floor will be open', what's exact the 'floor' mean?
2、Peter, is it too early to offer a little more colour on the..., what's exact the 'offer a little more colour ' mean?
thx for your help.

Hello snow_cui,

Great questions! In 1, 'the floor will be open' basically means that anyone will be able to ask questions - see the 'open space' definition of 'floor' in the Cambridge Dictionary, where you'll see an example sentence that is similar.

In 2, 'a little more colour' means 'more details' - see 'colour' (second definition).

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

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Hi Thank you this lesson is very useful...

Hello. Actually is really useful podcast. A lot of new words for me. Thanks to authors!