Business skills part 3
I’m happy to travel because the weather in my country is not fun now there’s no real common answer so it takes a lot of practicing but there are some easy answers along the lines of it’s very good right now or no it’s too cold in my country things like that are fine okay let’s look at the last question okay we’re onto the last question the last question it’s a comparative okay we have to think about that and it goes like this is the weather different from here that just means is the weather different in your country from Korea so
we have to use the ER here and I’ll explain don’t worry so we think it is hotter than here or it is colder than here now there’s other ways of doing it too we could just say it is raining more than here okay or it is more windy than here these are all fine as well now let’s think about all three questions and look at examples of them okay let’s now review the questions question one how is the weather over there sample answers it’s not as hot as Korea or usually very cold or nothing special hot in the summer and cold in the winter question
two is the weather good in your country this time of year can say yes it is very enjoyable or it’s a lot like Korea or no it’s not good this time of year question three is the weather different from here can say it’s colder than here it’s more wyndi than here or it’s snowing more than here alright so those are three small talk questions you can ask a foreign visitor about the weather in their home country and maybe you’ll be surprised how they answer I know for me Korea in the summer is much hotter than where I’m from in America ok
I’m from Michigan where it rains a lot it gets hot in the summer but not as hot as Korea so in the summertime while I live here in Korea I’m very uncomfortable sometimes just because of the heat that’s just my feeling so ask other foreign visitors about the weather in their countries and enjoy the small talk have a good time hello I’m bill and what I have for you
here is small talk conversation okay now this is a great way to start a conversation with small talk because it’s really it’s all about current events and things that are happening right now so if you’re having trouble starting a conversation you can use these to get things going okay now the phrases are we’ll start with this one I hear that now you can say
I hear that or I heard that you can use present tense or past tense both are fine okay but now you would use I hear that something I hear that the election will start soon now you say I hear that when you’re listening to other people or maybe the radio in your car or a podcast on your smartphone that’s when it when you’re listening to something and you get news when you listen that’s when you say I hear that the election will start soon because my podcast told me that that’s a good way now the other one would be here I read that the economy is getting better now
I read that because I was on the internet reading news on the internet or maybe a newspaper if you read that but anyway mostly internet or an email from someone who’s talking about something going on that’s fine so it’s just I read that the economy is getting better you read about it now you want to talk about it with someone that’s fine then
we have I saw that now you use this when you’re watching TV and you see something on TV tells you news of what’s happening now good example here I saw that my favorite actor has a new movie coming ok so that’s good news right there and maybe you want to talk about your co-worker or friend about that news so again look at one more time
I hear that the election will start soon so can we talk about the election or I read that the economy is getting better let’s talk about the economy now or I saw that my favorite actor is making a new movie is he your favorite do you like the new movie small talk let’s look at some sample dialogues of these things being used dialogue 1 I hear that there is a music festival this weekend yes I’m thinking about going who are you going with dialogue –
I read that Samsung stock will go down soon really where did you read that I read it on my internet newsfeed dialog 3 I saw that height Jinro is coming out with a new beer where did you see that on the news last night ok so that’s some great ways to start a small talk conversation ok it’s all about current events and what did you hear about what did you read about and what did you see and take that information and go start a conversation I hope it works out for you and you should try it very soon all right good luck see you next time.
Hi I’m Robin and in this blog we’re gonna talk about the difference between branch chain and franchise okay so for some of my students this is a little bit confusing so I hope to clear up all the confusion now the first word we’re gonna talk about is branch okay you can call it a branch or a branch office alright so a company will have a headquarters the central company and a branch office is just an office okay now a good example of branch office are banks okay banks have a lot of branches alright they’ll have the main bank the central bank and then they’ll have different branches in the same city or another city alright now let’s take a look at my example sentence we set up a new branch or branch office in Hong Kong we set up a new branch in Hong Kong
so maybe our business is in America and we set up a branch office in Hong Kong so that branch office is just an office to help us do business in Hong Kong it helps the headquarters alright that’s branch let’s move on to chain okay so a chain is a store that has one owner okay so there might be the parent company or the headquarters and they have other stores around the world, okay those are chains but the parent company the headquarters owns all the chains, okay a chain does not have a private owner or a private investor okay all the stores are owned by the same company one company let’s take a look at Walmart
now Walmart is the biggest retail store in the world they tried to come to Korea a few years ago but they failed so they’re gone now but there’s still the largest in the world let’s take a look at the example sentence Walmart is the largest chain in the world, okay so we see chain which means the Walmart
headquarters they own all the thousands of Walmart’s in the world all right those Walmart’s do not have a private investor or a private person buying and operating a Walmart just as one owner let’s move on to franchise all right the last word we’re gonna look at is franchise now you can contact the corporation and give them money and you can open up one of their stores okay that’s a franchise again it’s different than a chain for example Starbucks there’s thousands of Starbucks around the world but they’re all owned by the corporation but on the other hand McDonald’s
there’s thousands of McDonald’s around the world but these a lot of these McDonald’s have private investors all right they contacted the corporation and they had a lot of money to invest and they opened up their own McDonald’s that’s their franchise all right now I want to talk about Subway not the underground transportation system that’s a different subway this subway is Subway restaurants okay they make Subway sandwiches and they’re very popular around the world but not so popular in Korea although there are some Subway’s in Korea
all right subway is the largest franchise in the world okay subway is the largest franchise in the world there are over 37,000 franchises of Subway all right so a lot of people they invest and open up their own Subway franchise, okay so that’s the difference between a branch a chain and a franchise all right I hope you learned a lot in this blog see next time.
hi I’m Robin and in this blog, I’m going to teach you some verbs to describe upward movement okay upward movement what does that mean well that means things are going up, for example, your sales your profits or your stock maybe they’re going up and you want to express that in English
I want to use these verbs to describe the upward movement alright so the first one go up if you said sales are going up, of course, that’s a good thing increase profits are increasing good thing gain our stock has some gain good climb our sales are climbing climb climbing you could also use that as an upward movement and the last one here strengthen our stocks are strengthening our sales are strengthening that means getting better
all right let’s move on to some more the first group of verbs describing upward movement we’re great but these ones are better why are these ones better because they’re showing a higher and quicker upward movement there you go you’re going up faster and higher really quick so the first to jump and leap they mean the same thing so if you say my stock jumped or my stock leaped yet your stock went up very quick very high soar is a verb we use to describe the bird flying high in the sky the bird source so
if your profits soar yeah they’re going up high to the sky that’s a good thing search very fast going up a search so our sales surged during the Christmas time okay rocket like a rocket going straight up very fast our profits rocketed this year skyrocket same as rocket going up very fast to the sky our profits skyrocketed this year and the last one take off sales are really starting to take off okay jump right up go up alright so these are good verbs to describe a very quick and fast upward movement let’s take a look at some examples alright let’s look at the first example our sales are going up and the next
one our profits increased by 200% this quarter our profits increased by 200% this quarter and the next one my stock is gaining a lot my stock is gaining a lot and the next one our profits continue to climb with no end in sight our profits continue to climb with no end in sight alright the next one this company is really starting to strengthen its profits this company is really starting to strengthen its profits and the next one sales jumped a lot since last year sales jumped a lot since last year the next one our company stock leaped twelve percent today our company stock leaped twelve percent today and the next one
the stock is soaring after the quarter results were released the stock is soaring after the quarter results were released and the next one we always see a surge in sales over the Christmas holidays we always see a surge in sales over the Christmas holidays the next one since we released our new product our profits have skyrocketed since we released our new product our profits have skyrocketed and the last one when the advertising started the sales took off when the advertising started the sales took off you just saw some good examples and in my examples
I used stocks profits and sales a lot now these verbs don’t have to be only used with profits and stocks and sales they can be used with many other things to describe upward movement so for example another example would be attendance so if you have an exhibition the attendance at this exhibition skyrocketed okay it went up very fast or another example is just a restaurant oK we’ve seen a lot of gain in customers at our restaurant this year all right so it can be used to describe money situations but it can also be used to describe other situations – alright that’s it for this blog see you next time thankyou.