CT 04 English Grammar – Conditionals

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Chalk ‘n’ Talk is a new series of video lessons exploring advanced English grammar topics.

In this lesson, Brian reviews the three basic conditionals: first (probable) conditional, second (improbable) conditional and third (past improbable) conditional. In the second part of the video, Brian looks at some common errors native speakers make with the third conditional.

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CT 01 Advanced English Grammar – Perfect Tenses

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Chalk ‘n’ Talk is a new series of video lessons exploring advanced English grammar topics.

This lesson examines the use of perfect tenses in both the simple and continuous aspect – past, present and future forms. In grammatical terms, perfect tenses are used to refer to completed or finished events.

These videos were made by Brian Rhodes, an English teacher from Canada. As Brian said, “These lessons are dedicated to my past and present students who enjoy analyzing and studying English grammar. Lots of students would rather just ‘use’ the language, but some like to know the why’s and how’s of English.” Our thanks to Brian for allowing BEP to share this excellent series of videos with our audience.

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BEP 71 – Mergers: Office Gossip and Reported Speech

This is the second in a two-part Business English Podcast lesson that follows some of the internal discussions that take place in a company going through a merger.

Today’s episode focuses on casual office conversation and gossip. Office gossip is a type of informal conversation in which we tell secrets or rumors about other people or other departments. Gossip is often called water cooler chitchat, since the water cooler is where colleagues meet by chance and discuss things that are happening in the office. You might also want to review some of our previous shows on socializing for more language to use in these types of conversations.

For the listening today, we rejoin Jack at the guitar manufacturer headquarters, after his short but difficult chat with his boss Jim. Jack is in the cafeteria when a co-worker meets him there by chance.

Listening Questions

1) What did Frances hear from Joanna?
2) Who did Michelle take off with?
3) Where does Frances tell Jack she has to go?

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