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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Submitted by cesarasg on Thu, 15/09/2022 - 00:53

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Which information do people have on their business cards in your country?
In my country, Colombia, usually people have on their business cards the degree, their phone number, and their email.

Submitted by ugurtt60 on Tue, 13/09/2022 - 05:38

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Hi, in my country generally people put their phone number, e mail adress, work phone number.

Submitted by joao.glozer on Wed, 07/09/2022 - 06:24

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In Brazil people use in their cards the company's name, complete name, phone number and the email.

Submitted by Sofía02 on Thu, 25/08/2022 - 02:50

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In my country Venezuela we have business cards that include the name of the person or company, their number, email address and where to locate them

Submitted by Noval on Sat, 06/08/2022 - 15:29

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In my country, China, the business cards have the below information:Name of person,Position of the role,Phone number,Email,Address of company,Name of company

Submitted by mamalirezaenglish on Wed, 03/08/2022 - 14:39

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In my country Iran, people usually put their phone number, name and surname, phone number and their profession on their business card.

Submitted by amal3535 on Sun, 24/07/2022 - 16:33

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In my country, Saudi Arabia, we put the phone number, the email, and the full name, I think

Submitted by amylee on Fri, 22/07/2022 - 04:00

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Hello. Could you please tell my what the grammar is used in this sentence "I'm very happy to be joining this team..". I want to ask about the "to be joining" part.Is it must be to be + Vpp/ ?.Thanks in advanced!

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