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BEP 150 – Làm việc trong các nhóm đa văn hóa (Phần 2)

This is the the second of a two-part Business English Pod series on working in multicultural teams.

Những ngày này, working with people from different cultures is quite common. You might be meeting with colleagues in another country or on another continent. Business practices vary all over the world. Some cultures are more formal than others. Some have distinct customs regarding greetings, gender roles, and food. So it’s helpful to know as much as possible about other business cultures before you meet your team.

But even if you’ve done your research carefully, problems can still arise, especially in face-to-face meetings. There can be miscommunications, points that need clarification, and different ideas of what’s acceptable in a business environment.

Hôm nay, we’ll look at issues like slang and idioms, concepts of time, forms of address, and misunderstandings due to culture. We’ll also discuss opening interactions and explaining different business customs.

Trong tập cuối, we met Cao Ming a U.S.-based manager at a multinational company. Originally from China, Ming has worked in New York for many years and is now headed to Brazil where he’ll lead a research team. He did some background reading and discussed Brazilian culture with a colleague before he left. Hiện nay, he’s heading his first meeting with his new Brazilian team.

Câu hỏi nghe

1. What are two idioms Ming needs to explain?
2. What suggestion does Carla make at the beginning of the meeting?
3. Why does Felipe mispronounce Ming’s name?

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BEP 149 – Làm việc trong các nhóm đa văn hóa (Phần 1)

This is the first in a two-part Business English Pod series on working in multicultural teams.

Trong thế giới ngày nay, it’s common to work with people from different cultures. And since effective business depends on clear communication, it’s important to consider different aspects of culture. Your colleagues may do business differently than you do. Vì thế, knowing more about intercultural communication can help your work go more smoothly and avoid any misunderstandings.

Trong tập này, we’ll go over some points to consider for working in a multicultural team. We’ll look at general business culture, specific business customs, levels of formality, and local cultural awareness. And since food is often served in business settings, we’ll talk about that, too.

We’ll be listening to, a manager at a biotechnology company based in the United States. Although Ming is originally from China, he has worked for many years at the head office in New York and is now heading to Brazil to manage a team of international researchers. Trong tập này, Ming is preparing for his trip by talking to a colleague, Tanya, who lived and worked in Brazil for 3 năm.

Câu hỏi nghe:

1. What has Ming heard about Curitiba?
2. What does Tanya say about relationships in Brazil?
3. What honorary title does Ming ask about?

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BEP 61 – Thành ngữ thể thao Mỹ trong một cuộc họp kinh doanh

This is the first in a series of Business English Practice Pods that review and extend the language that is covered in the regular podcast. Practice pod dialogs will revise key language but in different situations. Cũng thế, they give you more opportunities to practice what you’ve learned.

We’ll hear several idioms from Thành ngữ thể thao 1 (BEP 57) Và 2 (BEP 58) being used in a new context in today’s dialog:

to play ball
to stall for time
to keep/have one’s eye on the ball
to step up to the plate

We’ll see how these idioms are useful in a different context, a business meeting. After the dialog, we’ll hear some further example phrases and then have a chance to practice using these idioms. Jen, Ken and Ryan of Ambient are in a marketing meeting discussing Accent’s recent buyout of Telstar.

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BEP 58 – Chitchat nước mát: Thành ngữ thể thao (2)

Thành ngữ thể thao 2, là một phần của loạt bài tập trung vào cuộc trò chuyện không chính thức hoặc cuộc nói chuyện nhỏ – chitchat nước mát. Chúng tôi tiếp tục nơi chúng tôi rời đi lần trước BEP 57. Jan và Jen, nhân viên của công ty viễn thông lớn của Mỹ Ambient, đang trò chuyện về một sự kiện gần đây trong ngành: Dấu, một công ty viễn thông châu Âu, đã tiếp quản Telstar, một trong những đối thủ cạnh tranh của Ambient.

Lần cuối cùng, Jen vừa thảo luận làm thế nào cô ấy ngạc nhiên khi Telstar quyết định chơi bóng, đó là hợp tác, với Accent vì các cổ đông đã “đình trệ thời gian,” hoặc trì hoãn, trong nhiều tháng. Jan trả lời thế nào?

Câu hỏi nghe

1) McConnel là ai và Jan và Jen nghĩ gì về anh ta?
2) Jen và Jan nói gì về tương lai của Accent tại thị trường Mỹ?

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BEP 57 – Chitchat nước mát: Thành ngữ thể thao (1)

This Business English Podcast lesson is the first in an ongoing series where we’ll listen in on some typical chitchat around the office water cooler. You’ll find a water cooler in offices around the worldusually in the break room where employees gather to drink a cup of coffee or tea and take a rest from work.

And during these breaks, you might meet with a colleague and exchange words about life, your jobs, your company, các môn thể thao, politics or whatever. Vì thế “water cooler chichathas come to refer to all types of informal communication that take place at the office.

We’ll be listening in on Jan and Jen, who work in the same office of Ambient, an American telecoms company, gossiping around the water cooler. They are discussing the latest industry news: Dấu, a major European player in the market, has just announced the takeover or buy out of Ambient’s main competitor,TelStar.

Câu hỏi nghe

1) Do Jan and Jen think Accent’s takeover of TelStar was a good idea?
2) Why was there a delay in the takeover?

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