Business English Travel Lessons

Learn travel English with Business English Pod lessons on English for travel.

Business English Pod offers English for travel lessons that cover various travel English topics, such as airport check-in, hotel reservations, ordering food, and making small talk with locals. These lessons provide practical vocabulary and phrases for different situations, helping learners communicate effectively while traveling.

Our travel English lessons are listed by published date with the newest lessons first.

BEP 295 – Viagem de negócios 4: Inspeção de Fábrica


Welcome back to Business English Pod for today’s lesson on conducting a factory inspection in English.

In the global economy, a company might have its headquarters in Germany, but outsource production to China and technical support to India. Or you might find a Korean company that contracts out to one factory in Malaysia and another in Vietnam. Em qualquer caso, to make the right decision on production facilities, you’ll most likely need to conduct a factory inspection.

So if you’re flying halfway around the world to tour a factory or another facility, what kind of questions should you ask? And how can you make sure the factory is the right fit for your needs? Bem, you’ll definitely want to ask questions about quality control to make sure the factory can meet your expectations. You might also ask about production capacity so you know they can handle the work properly. And you might ask about their approach to standards, to make sure they’re in line with your values.

Claro, talk is cheap. You might find a factory manager makes claims that are a bit unbelievable. In these situations, you’ll want to show skepticism, or doubt, and ask for evidence. This is all part of the due diligence necessary to make sure you’re making the right choice.

Na caixa de diálogo de hoje, we’ll hear Cam and Vanessa, who work for an American clothing company. They want to find a new production facility, so they’re touring a factory in China. You’ll also hear Chen, a factory manager who’s giving Cam and Vanessa a tour of the facility. Cam and Vanessa want to find out if Chen’s factory is a good fit for their company.

Perguntas de escuta

1. How does Vanessa react to Chen’s claim that they have a .25% defect rate?
2. What important issue does Cam say their company is very serious about?
3. What kind of proof does Vanessa want to see of the factory managerstraining?

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BEP 294 – Viagem de negócios 3: Discussão Confidencial

BEP 294 - Holding a Confidential Discussion in English

Welcome back to Business English Pod for today’s lesson on having a confidential discussion during a business trip.

If you’ve got colleagues or clients in other parts of the world, you probably rely a lot on email and the phone. But meeting in person continues to be important for building relationships and trust, and for discussing important issues. That’s one reason, claro, why the overseas business trip remains important.

And there’s one type of discussion that can be especially difficult: discussing a confidential matter. Perhaps you need to deliver bad news, or share sensitive information or tell someone about an important change. Meeting face-to-face in these types of situations is often the best way to break the news.

So what’s the best way to go about this? Bem, to begin, it’s important to set a positive tone to put the other person at ease. Próximo, you might want to ask him or her how things are going. Isso pode ajudar a quebrar o gelo, and the other person might actually mention the topic you want to discuss. Once you’ve started this way, you can introduce the sensitive information you want to deliver. And because the information is sensitive, you need to ask for discretion. Finalmente, depending on the nature of the discussion, you might also have to provide reassurances. Afinal, after we hear important information, we might wonder how it will impact us.

Na caixa de diálogo de hoje, we’ll hear Cam, who works for an American clothing company. He’s visiting the head of the company’s Chinese office, David. The company manufactures some of its clothing in China, and has been considering how to expand their retail activities in Asia. Cam needs to have a confidential discussion with David to share some important news.

Perguntas de escuta

1. How does Cam ask for David’s perspective on the current situation?
2. Cam needs to tell David about a decision regarding retail in China. What point does Cam mention to introduce this decision?
3. How does Cam reassure David near the end of the conversation?

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BEP 284 – Viagem de negócios 2: Dar instruções e se locomover

BEP 284 - Giving Directions in English

Welcome back to Business English Pod for today’s lesson on giving directions and getting around a city. This lesson is part of a larger series that looks at the Inglês de negócios you need for a successful overseas business trip.

Getting from point A to point B in a city isn’t always simple. Even with a map, there are lots of opportunities for confusion. First of all, a map doesn’t include the names of every little shop or house. And even though a map might show you where some major things are, it won’t tell you how to get there. Por estas razões, we still rely on people for advice on getting around. And whether you’re traveling and need to understand someone’s directions, or whether someone asks you for directions, you need the right language.

This is what we’ll look at in today’s lesson. We’ll learn language and techniques for describing a location, suggesting the best travel option, and describing distance. We’ll also look at how to give basic directions, how to explain a change of course, and how to ask a stranger for help on the street.

Na caixa de diálogo, we’ll rejoin Cam and Vanessa, who have traveled to Shanghai on business. They’re talking to the concierge at their hotel, who is explaining to them how to get to a specific coffee shop in the city’s Pudong business district.

Perguntas de escuta

1. What does the concierge recommend as the best travel option?
2. How does the concierge describe the distance to Hengshan Lu Station?
3. When Cam approaches a stranger in the street, what is the first question he asks?

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BEP 283 – Viagem de negócios 1: Pegando um táxi

BEP 283 - Inglês para viagens - Pegando um táxi

Welcome back to Business English Pod for today’s lesson on taking a taxi. This will be part of a larger series that looks at the Inglês de negócios you need for a successful overseas business trip.

When you travel to another city for business, what’s the easiest way to get around? Usually by taxi. You don’t have to interpret a subway map or a bus schedule. And you can be delivered directly to your destination with little confusion, though it will cost you more of course.

Sim, I said “with little confusion,” though that’s not always the case. Taxi drivers might not always understand what you want, or what you’re saying. You’ve still got to communicate clearly, directly, and politely with the taxi driver. Your fate is in hisor her – mãos, and so you need to make sure you’re understood.

This is exactly what we’ll learn today. We’ll cover some important types of requests during a taxi ride, including asking for a destination, requesting a specific route, and asking for a change of course. We’ll also learn how to ask to be let out and request a receipt.

Nesta lição, we’ll hear Cam and Vanessa, who have just arrived in Shanghai on a business trip. They’ve passed through immigration and collected their bags, and now they want to take a taxi to their hotel.

Perguntas de escuta

1. What is the travelersdestination, and where is it located?
2. Vanessa asks for a change of course to get to a bank. How does she describe how to get there?
3. How does Vanessa ask to be let out of the taxi?

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BEP 26c – Viagem: Lidando com problemas

BEP 26 - Inglês para viagens: Lidando com problemas

Bem-vindo de volta ao Pod de Inglês para Negócios para a lição de hoje sobre como lidar com problemas que você pode enfrentar ao viajar de avião.

este Aula de inglês para negócios faz parte de nossa nova série de novas interpretações de algumas de nossas lições mais antigas. Mantivemos o mesmo diálogo, mas temos novas explicações e práticas para nossos alunos de nível inferior.

Quando você está viajando a negócios, você já teve problemas que parecem estar além do seu controle? Como quando você aparece no aeroporto e seu voo é cancelado. Ou quando seu voo está atrasado e você não pode chegar ao seu destino a tempo? Essas situações podem ser frustrantes e difíceis de lidar. Mas existem algumas técnicas de linguagem que você pode aprender para ajudá-lo a resolver seus problemas.

Nesta lição, veremos algumas dessas técnicas, como chamar a atenção de alguém, usando perguntas negativas para pedidos, e concordando relutantemente. Também abordaremos as recusas educadas, corrigindo-se, e perguntando sobre o pagamento. Estas são todas as coisas que você pode ter que fazer ou entender ao resolver um problema de viagem.

Na caixa de diálogo, você ouvirá um viajante chamado Robert. Se você ouviu nossa última lição, você deve se lembrar que Robert estava viajando para Nice, mas primeiro parou em Paris. Nesta lição, você ouvirá Robert no aeroporto de Paris. Ele perdeu seu voo de conexão para Nice e agora está tentando encontrar uma maneira de chegar ao seu destino a tempo para uma reunião no dia seguinte.

Perguntas de escuta

1. Quando é o próximo voo disponível para Nice??
2. Por que o próximo voo disponível não é aceitável para Robert?
3. O que Robert quer em vez do próximo voo disponível para Nice?
4. Que tipo de assento o agente diz ser o único disponível?

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