Business cards

Listen to four people talk about their jobs to practise and improve your listening skills.

Instructions

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.

Transcript

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A: Hello, Doctor Miller. It's nice to meet you.  

B: Please call me Peter.

A: OK. Are you a medical doctor? It must be helpful when you sell medical equipment.

B: Actually, no. My doctorate was in electronic engineering, but it's still helpful for me when I sell our equipment.


B

Good morning, everyone. I'm happy to be here today to tell you about our new project. My name is Alessandro Rossi. I'm the project leader on the Starlight programming project.


C

Pleased to meet you. Here's my card. My real name is Megumi Tanaka, but people who are not from my country think it's difficult to say my name, so I use another name, Meg, when I'm working internationally.


D

Hello, everyone. My name's Andres Mulligan. I'm very happy to be joining this team for the next few months and learning more about research and development.

Reading text

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DX Medical Equipment Ltd
Dr Peter Miller
Sales Director

2

*Space10 Designs*
Alessandro Rossi
Lead Programmer

3

Global Engineering Consults
Megumi Tanaka
Product Manager

4

MaXtin Ltd
Andres Mulligan Jr
Intern, R&D team

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Average: 4.5 (4 votes)

Hi amylee,

This is called a continuous infinitive. It's made of "to be" + an -ing verb form. The continuous infinitive presents the action (joining) as something ongoing and already in progress at the moment of speaking. For example, a person might say this on their first day at a new job, when they are in the middle of meeting people, getting familiar with the workplace, etc.

The simple infinitive can also be used ("I'm very happy to join this team") but this is not necessarily an "ongoing" action. For example, a person might say this now if they accept an offer to join the team, but they will only join the team several weeks later.

I hope that helps.

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by ivtrrx98 on Mon, 11/07/2022 - 16:48

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People in my country 🇩🇿 Algeria have on their business cards all important information like name, address, number phone, company name and job.

Submitted by Mm1111 on Mon, 13/06/2022 - 10:30

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In my country, spain, the people put on their business card their name and surname, their telephone and their email.

Submitted by najib.oulhouch on Sun, 05/06/2022 - 19:52

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in our country, most of the bussiness man put their name , email , job title and phone number on their bussiness cards.

İn our country most people who are bussiness men write their names ,adress and job title inclusing phone number and business hours on bussiness card

Submitted by SABAD MOHAMED on Thu, 02/06/2022 - 16:16

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the information of the people on their business card is a Company name, name of a person, content, and title of the person.

Submitted by Daii Saad on Thu, 02/06/2022 - 15:31

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most people in my country have on their business card information like "name"," e-mail address", and "telephone number"

Submitted by diego_s on Mon, 23/05/2022 - 01:21

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Mostly they have a telephone number, an e-mail address, and the address of their offices.

Submitted by josselyngal on Thu, 19/05/2022 - 03:44

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they have stuff like the title of their business and their number or whatsapp

Submitted by Waleed kasem on Wed, 18/05/2022 - 19:11

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when we talk about the business card, we must mention how is important to have one so you can use it for your company.