Business English Course – Lesson 2: Making Suggestions in English | Business English Conversation


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Today’s Show is part of a two-part series on making, rejecting and accepting suggestions. Reject means to say no and accept means to say yes In this English lesson, we’re focusing on making suggestions in the next lesson, we’ll look at accepting and rejecting suggestions. This dialogue
takes place and a sports shoe company called Stratos. You’ll be listening to
Karen, a marketing manager, meet with three members of her team Charles, Sven, and Miguel. They are
choosing a celebrity spokesperson for new product. Celebrity means a famous person. Here, spokesperson is someone who gets paid to be in an
advertisement for product In the dialogue, target market is the
place where you want to sell your product and target consumer is the type of customer you want to sell
your product to. In this case the product is a special
kind of new sports shoe made especially for overweight people. Overweight is a nice way of saying too heavy or not fit. okay let’s listen as you listen pay attention to the language the
speakers used to make suggestions to each other okay now let’s talk about who we want to
use as a spokesperson for this product let’s go around the table show uses
sports to or someone else spend what do you think well look possibility would be to use a
famous overweight business executives all CEO
someone who is really successful sorry can I come in here yes go ahead
Miguel that’s a good idea but I’m not sure it
would work why not well for one thing our customers
want to be fit not back well then what do you suggest perhaps we should just use a famous
sports star like we usually do if it isn’t broken
don’t fix it you know what I mean we could try
getting Rooney weren’t at all good suggestion but I can
see one or two problems with that to be honest Boeing first of a target
market are in the UK and the US we need someone people with Americans and
Britain’s really like secondly a target customer is kind of
special I’ve got a suggestion go ahead child
it’s just an idea but how about choosing someone from a
sport wheres normal to be happy american football for
example heavy but agile overweight but strong and fast you know what I mean
Rai I can see what you doing what do others
think yes that might be worth trying okay the what about the UK who we get to use
on this side of the Atlantic mmm let me think about the youth show we
try to find someone in Golf that’s popular in the US and in the UK
and that way we can kill two birds with one stone I’m that’s an idea that idea you know I
think this work to run karen’s team had a lot of ideas didn’t
what language do they use to make their suggestions first listen to us then well look possibility would be to use a
famous overweight business executives all CEO someone who is really successful
houseman make a suggestion he says one
possibility would be to instead will he uses would the use of wood here means it’s
just a suggestion past moreover should could might and would are often use like
this in suggestions now listen to Miguel making a suggestion perhaps we should
just use a famous sports star like we usually do if it isn’t broken
don’t fix it you know what I mean perhaps we should is another polite way making a
suggestion notice the you served just perhaps we should just use a famous
pornstar this shows that what he’s suggesting is
no change from the normal way of doing things
that’s why he says if it isn’t broken don’t fix it this is
an idiom it means don’t change something if it’s
already working fine in informal American world English you
can say if it ain’t broke don’t fix it so far we have two ways of making suggestions
one possibility would be to and perhaps we should now let’s look at a couple more ways to make
suggestions listener charles I’ve got a suggestion go ahead child
it’s just an idea but how about choosing someone from a
sport worse normal to be happy first Charles shows that he has a suggestion I’ve got a
suggestion then since he’s talking to his boss and perhaps since he’s not sure everyone
will agree with him he uses a careful polite way to
introduce the suggestion is just an idea by how Barack how bout is a normal way of making a suggestion
is just an idea but makes it extra polite instead a
Powerball you can also say what about how bout and what about are followed by a ver
plus being I N G how about washing the dishes it’s just an idea but what about eating
lunch together these are sometimes followed by a phrase
or sentence this is more common with how about how about you wash the dishes and I dry how bout we have lunch together finally let’s look at a couple more ways making a suggestion listen to how Karen makes her suggestion show we try to find
someone in Gulf you can also say wanna for example what if we cut costs by finding a new
office now with Karen steam practice the ways and making suggestions
that we’ve learned so far well one possibility would be to I am will star perhaps should have more vacation just an idea n but how about leaving a little bit
early today shall we try to look at this from
another point of view well what if we try to open a new store in Germany now it’s your turn to talk in a moment you’ll hear a series of Q’s followed by
a bee after each be use the information
supplied in the queue to make a suggestion for
example if you hear get back on to sponsor the
product you can say well one possibility would be to get back come to sponsor the
product are you ready let’s give it a try launched a new product in q1 next year they’ve been a grant in Slovenia give employees larger bonuses hold English training scheduled weekly meetings to check on
progress how did you do listen to the examples to
check your answers remember there are many possible ways to
respond to each question launch the new product in q1 next year and soon perhaps you should launch the
new product in q1 next year they’ve been a branch in Slovenia answer it’s just an idea but what if we
open a branch in Slovenia give employees larger bonuses sir well what if we try to give
employees legend bonuses hold English training answer well one possibility would be to hold English training scheduled weekly meetings to check on
progress answer let’s schedule weekly meetings to
check on progress now that you’ve heard some examples go
back in practice again substitute different phrases to build
fluency that’s all for this unit we’ve covered
many useful expressions for making suggestions in the next unit will use the same
dialogue to cover rejecting and accepting
suggestions will also look closely at some idioms that were used in the
dialogue thanks for listening

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