BEP 78 – Socializing: Discussing Politics

In this podcast lesson we look at the language you can use to discuss politics with your English speaking colleagues.

There’s a trick to talking about politics in business. In international business culture, it’s usually better not to express strong opinions. The focus is generally on the exchange of information rather than on debate, because the main goal is to maintain harmonious relations. To avoid conflict, we are often non-committal in stating our opinions. That means we don’t voice a strong view one way or the other. Instead, we prefer to be vague, or ambiguous. This strategy helps avoid conflict.

In addition to covering some useful phrases and vocabulary for discussing politics, we’ll be studying how to soften your questions and be non-committal when necessary.

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Study Notes

Phrases & Practice
BEP 78 INT – Discussing Politics – Quiz

BEP 78 INT – Discussing Politics – Gap-fill

BEP 78 INT – Discussing Politics – Dialog & Vocabulary

BEP 78 INT – Discussing Politics – Language 1

BEP 78 INT – Discussing Politics – Language 2

BEP 78 INT – Discussing Politics – Language 3

BEP 78 INT – Discussing Politics – Language 4

BEP 78 INT – Discussing Politics – Flashcards

Listening Questions: BEP 78 INT – Socializing: Discussing Politics

1) Ricardo says he has heard that the Danish government is pretty far “right,” that is, conservative. But Lars seems to think that this has a good side. What is it?

2) Lars mentions that Brazil has won its bid to host the World Cup. Ricardo says that Brazil has a lot of work to do in which areas?

3) Lars talks about a certain kind of problem that has “cropped up,” that is, appeared or occurred during Brazilian President Lula’s presidency. What is it?

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