Business English Course – Lesson 2: Making Suggestions in English | Business English Conversation

{“en”:”You’re listening to business English Pod The Business English podcast for Professionals On the move Welcome back to business English Pod! Today’s Show is part of a two-part series on making, rejecting and accepting suggestions. Reject means to say no and accept means to say yes In this English lesson, we’re focusing on making suggestions in the next lesson, we’ll look at accepting and rejecting suggestions. This dialogue takes place and a sports shoe company called Stratos. You’ll be listening to Karen, a marketing manager, meet with three members of her team Charles, Sven, and Miguel. They are choosing a celebrity spokesperson for new product. Celebrity means a famous person. Here, spokesperson is someone who gets paid to be in an advertisement for product In the dialogue, target market is the place where you want to sell your product and target consumer is the type of customer you want to sell your product to.

In this case the product is a special kind of new sports shoe made especially for overweight people. Overweight is a nice way of saying too heavy or not fit. okay let’s listen as you listen pay attention to the language the speakers used to make suggestions to each other okay now let’s talk about who we want to use as a spokesperson for this product let’s go around the table show uses sports to or someone else spend what do you think well look possibility would be to use a famous overweight business executives all CEO someone who is really successful sorry can I come in here yes go ahead Miguel that’s a good idea but I’m not sure it would work why not well for one thing our customers want to be fit not back well then what do you suggest perhaps we should just use a famous sports star like we usually do if it isn’t broken don’t fix it you know what I mean we could try getting Rooney weren’t at all good suggestion but I can see one or two problems with that to be honest Boeing first of a target market are in the UK and the US we need someone people with Americans and Britain’s really like secondly a target customer is kind of special I’ve got a suggestion go ahead child it’s just an idea but how about choosing someone from a sport wheres normal to be happy american football for example heavy but agile overweight but strong and fast you know what I mean Rai I can see what you doing what do others think yes that might be worth trying okay the what about the UK who we get to use on this side of the Atlantic mmm let me think about the youth show we try to find someone in Golf that’s popular in the US and in the UK and that way we can kill two birds with one stone I’m that’s an idea that idea you know I think this work to run karen’s team had a lot of ideas didn’t what language do they use to make their suggestions first listen to us then well look possibility would be to use a famous overweight business executives all CEO someone who is really successful houseman make a suggestion he says one possibility would be to instead will he uses would the use of wood here means it’s just a suggestion past moreover should could might and would are often use like this in suggestions now listen to Miguel making a suggestion perhaps we should just use a famous sports star like we usually do if it isn’t broken don’t fix it you know what I mean perhaps we should is another polite way making a suggestion notice the you served just perhaps we should just use a famous pornstar this shows that what he’s suggesting is no change from the normal way of doing things that’s why he says if it isn’t broken don’t fix it this is an idiom it means don’t change something if it’s already working fine in informal American world English you can say if it ain’t broke don’t fix it so far we have two ways of making suggestions one possibility would be to and perhaps we should now let’s look at a couple more ways to make suggestions listener charles I’ve got a suggestion go ahead child it’s just an idea but how about choosing someone from a sport worse normal to be happy first Charles shows that he has a suggestion I’ve got a suggestion then since he’s talking to his boss and perhaps since he’s not sure everyone will agree with him he uses a careful polite way to introduce the suggestion is just an idea by how Barack how bout is a normal way of making a suggestion is just an idea but makes it extra polite instead a Powerball you can also say what about how bout and what about are followed by a ver plus being I N G how about washing the dishes it’s just an idea but what about eating lunch together these are sometimes followed by a phrase or sentence this is more common with how about how about you wash the dishes and I dry how bout we have lunch together finally let’s look at a couple more ways making a suggestion listen to how Karen makes her suggestion show we try to find someone in Gulf you can also say wanna for example what if we cut costs by finding a new office now with Karen steam practice the ways and making suggestions that we’ve learned so far well one possibility would be to I am will star perhaps should have more vacation just an idea n but how about leaving a little bit early today shall we try to look at this from another point of view well what if we try to open a new store in Germany now it’s your turn to talk in a moment you’ll hear a series of Q’s followed by a bee after each be use the information supplied in the queue to make a suggestion for example if you hear get back on to sponsor the product you can say well one possibility would be to get back come to sponsor the product are you ready let’s give it a try launched a new product in q1 next year they’ve been a grant in Slovenia give employees larger bonuses hold English training scheduled weekly meetings to check on progress how did you do listen to the examples to check your answers remember there are many possible ways to respond to each question launch the new product in q1 next year and soon perhaps you should launch the new product in q1 next year they’ve been a branch in Slovenia answer it’s just an idea but what if we open a branch in Slovenia give employees larger bonuses sir well what if we try to give employees legend bonuses hold English training answer well one possibility would be to hold English training scheduled weekly meetings to check on progress answer let’s schedule weekly meetings to check on progress now that you’ve heard some examples go back in practice again substitute different phrases to build fluency that’s all for this unit we’ve covered many useful expressions for making suggestions in the next unit will use the same dialogue to cover rejecting and accepting suggestions will also look closely at some idioms that were used in the dialogue thanks for listening”}

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