A business interview

Listen to the business interview to practise and improve your listening skills.

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Presenter: Welcome to today's show. We're very happy to have Anna Oliveira as our guest today. Anna is the creator and founder of HomeworX – spelled with an 'x' we should note – an app which helps teenagers with their homework. Thanks for coming in, Anna.

Anna: Thanks for having me.

Presenter: So, tell us about your app. How does it work?

Anna: Well, teenagers and their parents have numerous challenges when it comes to homework these days. In many families both parents work and don't have much available time to help their kids with their homework. And even if they do have time to help, they may not be able to offer support with the content. What I mean is, they may not know, or at least remember, enough in any given subject to support.

Presenter: You mean they might not be able to remember complex maths or might have never studied certain subjects, such as biology or economics, themselves?

Anna: Exactly. So they might want to support their children with their homework, but have neither the time nor the knowledge to do so.

Presenter: I see. So the app helps solve this problem?

Anna: Yes, and more. The next issue is that tutors can be expensive, and there may be long waiting lists for specialist tutors in the town or region you live in. Our HomeworX app brings students and tutors together online. Students can search a database of pre-approved tutors and sign up for live online support. They don't need to be in the same town or city.

Presenter: That sounds really great.

Anna: It is. And this approach also enables us to offer the tutoring services at lower prices because there's no travelling time involved for the tutor to get to the student's home. And tutors who live in remote areas are happy to get access to more students, and be able to work from home, even at lower rates.

Presenter: This all sounds great. So, how did you come up with the idea?

Anna: Well, as you might guess, I was one of those parents I described earlier. I really wanted to help my son with his homework, but I was either too busy with work or I didn't actually know anything about the subjects he was having difficulty with. Also, we live in an area where there aren't many tutors and the ones that are there are either very expensive or have long waiting lists.

Presenter: Yes. I can understand your predicament. Well, it sounds like a very useful app that is clearly meeting a need. And its popularity obviously speaks for itself.

Anna: Thank you.

Presenter: So, do you have plans for the future?

Anna: We've just secured some funding and hope to expand the range of services we offer using the app.

Presenter: We wish you the best of luck. Thanks again for coming in. That was Anna Oliveira, founder of the tutoring app HomeworX (with an 'x', don't forget!), which is available for both Apple and Android devices. Join us again next week for another business interview. Have a great week, everyone. 

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B2 English level (upper intermediate)

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Hello lio_2028

Thanks very much for your kind words -- we're really happy that you find our work helpful.

Best wishes


The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by Irina07 on Sun, 13/10/2019 - 10:31

Thank you for this listening lesson! I have just learned a new word which is the predicament ( a difficult or challenging situation). As a beginner Learning English language was a predicament. Did I correctly use this word in this context?

Hello Irina07

I'm glad you found this page useful!

Although I understand what you mean, that sentence sounds a little strange because a predicament is also usually a situation that is difficult to get out of, which doesn't seem appropriate here.

I'd suggest you look up 'predicament' in an online dictionary to read the example sentences there.

All the best


The LearnEnglish

Submitted by nikisyazwani on Mon, 30/09/2019 - 05:51

I have completed the lesson for A Business Interview. The level I chose was Upper Intermediate B2.
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Submitted by Magedelabd on Sun, 15/09/2019 - 18:56

My favorite app for learning is the Facebook. Because it is very wide and popular and has too many things to read and watch .
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Submitted by kamicounciler on Sun, 15/09/2019 - 13:39

i have not used a lot of learning apps,but i use british council podcasts app.its podcasts are useful and free although it has some ad contents which is not something that bothers. however after reading "Aisha na Shadee" ,s comment, i am interested to give that "IELTS speaking vocubularies" app a try.

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Submitted by Peter M. on Fri, 13/09/2019 - 07:23

In reply to by Catalina Pazmiño


Hi Catalina,

Thank you for the lovely comment! It's good to know we're helping people. Good luck with your plans!



The LearnEnglish Team

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I usually don't use English learning apps. But I try to learn the British council's podcast app. I learn English lessons on the British council's website today. It is a very nice lesson and actually enjoy. I will try the best. Thank you so much.
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Submitted by Steve Zarv on Tue, 27/08/2019 - 16:46

Currently I've been really into an app called "Tandem", it's an app of social media, specially to talk with strangers from all over the world. There are many apps like that, however, what makes it different than the others is that this one allows you to access different functions and options that the other apps ask you to pay for. Not to mention its accurance and the stylish user interface.(This is not sponsored xD)
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Submitted by Aisha na Shadee on Wed, 21/08/2019 - 11:41

My favourite app is IELTS speaking vocubularies, I prefer the app because it helps me to learn English by speaking, reading, listening and writing. Since I started using the app I'v improved my English in all mentioned categories. Everyday I get at least one or more new vocubularies. Self speaking practise has boosted my confidence in speaking. Listening TED talk has helped me to strengthern my ability of listening english words and to be familiar with engnglish pronunciations. I believe in more days to come I'll master the language effectively.

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There are so many apps available on the phone but my favorite app is "IELTS Prep". I am using it on my Andriod phone from some time. It's not only easy to use but also good to practice IETLS exams, as online exams are available on it. Other than that, I am using it for listening and grammar mistakes.
Dear Barno, That's very great and me too, I'm using the same App and found very helpful :) Wish you all the best. Yours Truly

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I already have tried to use some apps to improve my English, but i did not get any benefit. This website helps me now to do that.

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My English is a work in progress. I´m not find the app for the study or practise the listening. Does anyone have ann app tip?

Hello Mi.m.ferreira

I'm sure other people will have some good recommendations, but I also wanted to mention that we have several apps for learning English in our Apps section. Good luck finding something!

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

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I don't use any apps for learning, but I would like to. I am searching the right one.

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I use several apps to improve my English, but undoubtedly Hello talk is my favourite since I made new friends around the world who help me a lot.

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The app that assists listening skills because listening is basic for other skill
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Submitted by Shamas Saeed on Tue, 14/05/2019 - 10:18

There are so many apps available on the phone but my favorite app is "IELTS Prep". I am using it on my Andriod phone from some time. It's not only easy to use but also good to practice IETLS exams, as online exams are available on it. Other than that, I am using it for listening and grammar mistakes.

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This is my favourite app for learning, because, i have many resources to improve my English

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An interesting resource to learn English, wich I use, is the Facebook group 'Learn English-British Council". I'm interested in downloading the app 'Learn English Grammar (UK edition) from this web as well.

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My Favourite app is duolingo. It is a language learning app. Method of studying In this app is little bit different to any other learning apps. Every learning parts are realistic and you can directly apply these sentence in your day-to-day life and every word are comprehensible.Speaking Practice also possible in this app .That's why I Like this Application

Submitted by Gus2019 on Thu, 25/04/2019 - 23:17

Interesting reading. In the course of the years I used many resources for learning diferents things such as internet, classroom courses, on-line courses and among others. However the most impotart is how determinated you are to learn something new and how useful is in your life. In these day I use a lot of apps and websites like this to learning english. I wish you the best of luck to all you! Sincerely, Gustavo
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Submitted by josedaniel33 on Sat, 20/04/2019 - 19:29

I don´t use ant app, but I use other way my favorites are British Council page and TED AX

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ı can't remember my favorite app, because ı lost my phone 2 weeks ago but ı think the snap-tube is the best app ı have ever seen in terms of downloading videos and music

Submitted by Mélissa84 on Wed, 10/04/2019 - 09:33

I don't have a favourite app for learning. I want to improve my english and I'm always searching for a good way to do it. I was using Duolingo and after some research, I found the british council site. A friend already told me about the site a long time ago but I forgot. And finally, recently I found the site.

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I use a german site englisch-hilfen.de for practice some subjects in English. You can choose what you want to practice and you can find lots of tests to do with answers at the end. Also, there are crosswords and other type of resources.

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My favoriye app is Engilsh Radio in which we can find different sections. There are many station radios options from divers English speaking countries. However, there is a section about ietls essays and you can chat with people worldwide. So, English radio app come out a excelent tool to learn English.

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Babbel is my favourite app for learning. It's very popular and useful.