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


Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.

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Hey seems I have problems downloading the podcast...It just tells me the page was not found. Can somebody help me or tell me what to do. Maybe the problem comes from my computer?

Hello Niniposs,
Other people seem to be downloading it OK. I've just tried to download it on two different computers (one running Windows XP and IE7, the other running Vista and Chrome) and both of them worked. So I'm not sure what's causing your problem.
I clicked on 'Download Audio' to do this - is that what you're doing?
Are you able to download other podcasts from our site or do you get the same problem with all of them?
Let me know the answers and I'll try to help you some more.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I was impressed with the exercises provided here. thank you very much.

its interested and very useful to improve language i admire with this site regards
Mokhloss i khadem Romania

Hi Jack. I don't think it's right to say that "through" is always a preposition. In many cases when it's used in phrasal verbs it's an adverb as you can see in many dictionaries. Thanks anyway for the useful podcasts.

Hi Rdogliani

Thanks for your comment. I'm not a linguist and so I'm quite happy to be contradicted. What I wrote was what I would tell my students - in other words, what I think would best help them use the word. I have just checked a few online dictionaries and they all list 'through' as a preposition first, an adverb second and an adjective third so you and Gmappa are quite right in what you say.

Thanks again

Jack Radford

The LearnEnglish Team

I knew this websites via iTunes Podcasts, and i find the professional podcasts reall helpful in both listening and speaking topic developing.
The question i have is where  the previous professional podcasts is. Here i can only find the podcasts in 2010, but in iTunes, i also downloaded the podcasts in 2008 and 2009 in which the topic such as "teamworking","Diversity at work" but i cant find them on their orignal palce: here!  i really want their audioscripts.
Could anybody tell me where i can find them? Thanks a lot!

Hello Louis

All of the materials from the old site are still online and we are moving them across. We are quite a small team and so it is taking some time but they will get here eventually. In the short term, you can still find the "team working" professional podcast here:

If you want to find any of the other older podcasts, you can always find them by searching google for learnenglish podcast and the topic you remember.

I hope this helps.

Jack Radford

The LearnEnglish Team

The third exercise is a little difficult for me. Still, it's funny.

I didn't find the third exercise very meaningful. Besides there is a mistake in it. In the expression "to fall through", "through" is an adverb not a preposition. One does not expect to find mistakes like this in material produced by the British Council.