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Professionals Podcasts - Motivation in the workplace


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Hello Kirk,
I am Ahmed from Egypt ... may I ask you how much time tacking to talk English like americans people?
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Hello Ahmed,

I wish I could give you an answer, but it really depends on too many things. First of all, each learner is different: some learn more quickly, some more slowly; some are able to pick up on pronunciation quickly, while others cannot. Some people have more time available to study and practise, and some people are more motivated to keep going when progress seems slow. I'm afraid there is no one answer to this, but I can tell you that I have never met a single person who was not able to succeed in this, provided they persevere. After all, we have all already successfully learned at least one language!

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Hi to All, joined learn English few minutes ago. am eager to better my English Language. Thanks to British Council.

Please explain to me the follow questions: 1. "...the manager's job is to get the job done...manager's job has to motivate their works". So when we use "be to+infinitive " and "have/has+infinitive". What is different?
2. "... the manager started to taking an interested in their workers....the manager started to talk to the worker and encouraged them to get involved in decision-making". So why in the same passive situation and all of the things were worked but you use "started +v-ing" and "started + to + infinitive"?
3. "...turn to a 15 million dollar loss into a 100 million dollar profit..." I don't understand whey you didn't use dollar with "s" (dollars) and why you have to use "a" before 15 million and 100 million.

Thank you for your response.

Nguyen thi Binh