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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I really loved listening to this audio. I hope I will learn a lot. I have written some new vocabulary words in my diary and I will be repeating it. I heard and read the task three together to pronounce in a better way.
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I am sure I will be better with these classes. I could understand that James was been celebrated for his hardwork and achievements. He had his job secured when some staff were retrenched. Also, he does appreciate other workers like.
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Kindly help me to correct my comments grammatically.

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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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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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