Listen to this speech given at a party being held for the retirement of an employee, James Dawson. The managing director of the company delivers a speech outlining James's achievements.

Professionals Podcasts - Achievement


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in this sentence (James and his superb presenting and negotiating skills was one of the key factors to our success) can we use negotiation instead of negotiating

Hello ahmed mohamed salem,

Grammatically that is perfectly fine, but stylistically I think the pattern should be consistent. I would suggested either of these:

James and his superb presenting and negotiating skills.

James and his superb presentation and negotiation skills.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you. I listened twice to understand the words

Isn't that an Irish accent?

Hello Abdelkadir khgellaf,

The accent here sounds Scottish to me but some Scottish and Irish regional dialects are quite similar to one another, so it can be hard for an English person such as myself to be sure!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

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The task "Achievement" is good listening practice to improve vocabulary..
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