A business interview

Listen to the business interview to practise and improve your listening skills.

Instructions

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

Transcript

Presenter: Welcome to today's show. We're very happy to have Anna Oliveira as our guest today. Anna is the creator and founder of HomeworX – spelled with an 'x' we should note – an app which helps teenagers with their homework. Thanks for coming in, Anna.

Anna: Thanks for having me.

Presenter: So, tell us about your app. How does it work?

Anna: Well, teenagers and their parents have numerous challenges when it comes to homework these days. In many families both parents work and don't have much available time to help their kids with their homework. And even if they do have time to help, they may not be able to offer support with the content. What I mean is, they may not know, or at least remember, enough in any given subject to support.

Presenter: You mean they might not be able to remember complex maths or might have never studied certain subjects, such as biology or economics, themselves?

Anna: Exactly. So they might want to support their children with their homework, but have neither the time nor the knowledge to do so.

Presenter: I see. So the app helps solve this problem?

Anna: Yes, and more. The next issue is that tutors can be expensive, and there may be long waiting lists for specialist tutors in the town or region you live in. Our HomeworX app brings students and tutors together online. Students can search a database of pre-approved tutors and sign up for live online support. They don't need to be in the same town or city.

Presenter: That sounds really great.

Anna: It is. And this approach also enables us to offer the tutoring services at lower prices because there's no travelling time involved for the tutor to get to the student's home. And tutors who live in remote areas are happy to get access to more students, and be able to work from home, even at lower rates.

Presenter: This all sounds great. So, how did you come up with the idea?

Anna: Well, as you might guess, I was one of those parents I described earlier. I really wanted to help my son with his homework, but I was either too busy with work or I didn't actually know anything about the subjects he was having difficulty with. Also, we live in an area where there aren't many tutors and the ones that are there are either very expensive or have long waiting lists.

Presenter: Yes. I can understand your predicament. Well, it sounds like a very useful app that is clearly meeting a need. And its popularity obviously speaks for itself.

Anna: Thank you.

Presenter: So, do you have plans for the future?

Anna: We've just secured some funding and hope to expand the range of services we offer using the app.

Presenter: We wish you the best of luck. Thanks again for coming in. That was Anna Oliveira, founder of the tutoring app HomeworX (with an 'x', don't forget!), which is available for both Apple and Android devices. Join us again next week for another business interview. Have a great week, everyone. 

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Submitted by Mayatamer on Fri, 26/08/2022 - 19:31

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I am unable to listen to the audio of this lesson. Please help me.

Hello Mayatamer,

I'm sorry to hear you've been having problems with the audio. I've checked the page and it appears to be working correctly so it must be a local issue. It could be related to your browser or security settings, or something related to your service provider or local regulations. Obviously these are beyond our control.

One thing you could try is downloading the audio file to your device. To do this, right-click on the play icon (the triangle) on the control bar between the Preparation task and the Transcript. Choose Save as... and the location. If you can download it then you should be able to play it from your device.

 

I hope that helps.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Mayatamer,

I'm sorry to hear you've been having problems with the audio. I've checked the page and it appears to be working correctly so it must be a local issue. It could be related to your browser or security settings, or something related to your service provider or local regulations. Obviously these are beyond our control.

One thing you could try is downloading the audio file to your device. To do this, right-click on the play icon (the triangle) on the control bar between the Preparation task and the Transcript. Choose Save as... and the location. If you can download it then you should be able to play it from your device.

 

I hope that helps.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Mayatamer,

I'm sorry to hear you've been having problems with the audio. I've checked the page and it appears to be working correctly so it must be a local issue. It could be related to your browser or security settings, or something related to your service provider or local regulations. Obviously these are beyond our control.

One thing you could try is downloading the audio file to your device. To do this, right-click on the play icon (the triangle) on the control bar between the Preparation task and the Transcript. Choose Save as... and the location. If you can download it then you should be able to play it from your device.

 

I hope that helps.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Andresp9 on Wed, 24/08/2022 - 09:53

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Hi there!

Currently, my favorite learning English app is Duolingo, I have been using it for the last 4 years, and I think that it is very useful because you can practice daily with different exercises, but if you want to improve your skills in speaking maybe you must try with other options like British council app.

Submitted by Hima180 on Mon, 22/08/2022 - 19:56

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I don't use many learning apps, but I think I like an app that is called "duolingo", What I really liked about that app was the funny characters and the rank list, Ranking List makes people more competitive which encourages them to learn more

the only thing I noticed is that this app isn't enough, one way or another you will need to find another app or site with more resources, and of course that's why I am here

Submitted by chandler02 on Mon, 22/08/2022 - 00:11

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My favorite app for learning english is BBC Learning English.
The reason why I like this is..
1. more easily access even anywhere and any device.
2. useful contents (mp3 for podcast, some videos for drama, and news review)
3. systematic program.
So, if wanting to learn english, recommend this app or web site.
Also, british council's app is good, too^^

Submitted by Kotten on Tue, 09/08/2022 - 16:46

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My favorit app to learn is Ielts Prep. It is very useful since I am preparing for Ielts exam but it could be more useful and valuable if we have access to more practice tests.

Submitted by Mondy on Sat, 06/08/2022 - 02:00

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My favorite app for learning is BBC learning english because contents are well organised, and very attractive. It's easier to navigate on this app...