BEP 310 – English Idioms for Describing Innovation (Part 2)

BEP 310 English Idioms for Describing Innovation and Ideas 2

Welcome back to Business English Pod for today’s lesson on English idioms we use to describe innovation.

The world is changing at a faster rate than at any other time in history. The way we work and the tools we use today were hardly imaginable 25 years ago. At that time, the average worker didn’t even use a laptop, let alone a smartphone. And somehow most people lived without email.

But now, with new ways of working, communicating, planning, and selling, this truly is the age of innovation. And “innovation” is a very common topic of discussion at all levels of an organization. In English, we have many idioms to describe innovation, and in this lesson we’ll learn some of these expressions.

In today’s dialog, we’ll rejoin Kristina, Kevin, and Fran, three colleagues at a telecommunications company. They have been discussing recent and upcoming innovations in their company. In their discussion, they use lots of different idioms. As you listen, see if you can pick out these idioms and we’ll talk about them later in the debrief.

Listening Questions

1. What does Kristina say about the work being done in the Analytics division?
2. According to Kevin, what was the purpose of the recent meeting about the Analytics division?
3. What does Fran think about the idea of a company incubator?

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