How to Interview for a Job in American English, part 1/5

{“en”:”Youu2019re hired! Two words everybody loves to hear. But before we hear these words comes (dun dun duuuuhn!) the interview. Todayu2019s video is part one in a series thatu2019s all about preparing for a job interview. This is part one of a five part series on preparing for an interview. Interviewing for a new job can be a huge source of stress and anxiety. And if youu2019re interviewing for a job in a non-native language, the stress can be even higher. In this video youu2019ll see me interview for a job. Throughout the interview, weu2019ll discuss some of the most common interview questions and how to answer them. Youu2019ll also learn some basic information to get you started on creating your own answers to these questions. Letu2019s begin. TK: Hello Ms. Smith, Iu2019m Tom Kelley. Thanks so much for coming in. RS: Itu2019s my pleasure, thanks so much for meeting with me. TK: Of course. Did you have any trouble finding the office? Small Talk. Most interviews will start out with a handshake and some small talk u2013 this may include questions about how youu2019re doing, your travel to the interview, the weather, how your weekend went, and more.

All you need to do is be polite and friendly. Keep your answers short. You can also feel free to turn the question back to the interviewer. For instance, if the interviewer asks you how your weekend was, you might respond, u201cIt was great, we celebrated my Momu2019s birthday. How was your weekend?u201d Small talk is used to build a more comfortable environment before the interview begins. It may seem silly, but you can practice small talk on your own by asking yourself simple, easy-to-answer, non-personal questions. You could also practice with a friend. Here is an example of small talk: >> How are you doing? >> Iu2019m great, thank you, and you? >> How are you doing? >> Iu2019m doing really well.

Itu2019s such a nice day out there. >> It is! It was perfect weather all weekend. >> It was. >> Did you do anything interesting over the weekend? >> Yes, I went to the park with my family for a picnic. >> That sounds nice. >> It was. And you? >> I worked this weekend, but I got a lot done, so that was good. >> It does feel good to get work done! You can see we havenu2019t said much of importance, but the conversation is friendly and open, and can make two people feel more comfortable in each otheru2019s presence. TK: Hello Ms. Smith, Iu2019m Tom Kelley. Thanks so much for coming in. RS: Itu2019s my pleasure, thanks so much for meeting with me.

TK: Of course. Did you have any trouble finding the office? RS: Nope. The directions on the website were great. TK: Good. Would you like some coffee or water before we begin? RS: Iu2019m okay, thank you. TK: Alright. So, to get started, why donu2019t you tell me a little bit about yourself. RS: Sure. Common Question: Tell me a little bit about yourself. Itu2019s very common for interviewers to simply ask you to tell them about yourself. That can feel overwhelming! But donu2019t worry; what they really want you to focus on is your education and work history.

You can also let them know what areas you have a lot of experience in, or what your interests are when answering this question. Here are a few different ways to begin your answer. I studied at Harvard University and graduated 2012 with a degree in business. Iu2019ve been working at Smith Incorporated for 10 years as a manager. I have 12 years of experience in graphic design. Because of my time at Verizon, I have a lot of experience in providing customer service. If you’re preparing for an interview, practice talking about yourself and your work history. Record yourself with a video camera if possible.

Make sure it’s not too long, maybe around a minute. Go back and listen or watch, and write down phrases that worked well to use again. If there was anything you stumbled over or left out, write down some possible phrases you could have used. The next day, do the same exercise. It’s important that you don’t just write a paragraph and memorize it, but simply practice free-talking with some key phrases. The more you practice before the interview, the more comfortable youu2019ll feel answering the questions during the interview. TK: So, to get started, why donu2019t you tell me a little bit about yourself. RS: Sure. I studied at the University of Florida and graduated in 2010 with a Masters Degree in Toy Design. After graduation, I was hired at Happy Kidu2019s Creative. Iu2019ve been there for the past five years and am currently the Director of Toy Production. During that time sales have grown steadily. Itu2019s been a great experience, but Iu2019ve run out of room to grow with HKC and Iu2019m looking for new opportunities. I have a lot of experience leading teams in the creative process and finding new markets for the products that we create.

T: Thatu2019s great. To be continued! Weu2019ll pick it up from here in the next video in this series. In the next video, weu2019ll go over three more common interview questions: u2018How did you hear about this positionu2019, u2018what attracted you to our company?u2019 and u2018whatu2019s your greatest strength?u2019 I hope this video on job interviews has been helpful. Thereu2019s nothing better than walking out of an interview feeling that you were fully prepared! If you have interview-related questions or stories, please post them in the comments below.

Iu2019d love to hear them. Are you signed up for my mailing list? If so, you get free weekly emails in your inbox with English videos and lessons, as well stories of American culture and my own life. Click here or in the description to sign up. Thatu2019s it, and thanks so much for using Rachelu2019s English.. “}

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English – Parent Teacher Interviews (Elementary School)

{“en”:”Going to school, it’s an exciting time. Yes, free field trip. What about a fraction? There’s so much to do… Who can give me an example of a… So much to learn. Richard. So much for a child to try and cope with in a new country. This video is about one of the important ways that parents can help their child succeed in school. Okay, so, boys and girls, I have a letter here that I’d like you to take home to your parents please. It invites your parents to come to our next parent teacher interview, okay? And it’s really important and I’d like to see each and every one of them, all right? Now, parent teacher interviews… Once or twice a year you will be asked to come to your child’s school to talk with the teacher.

The letter will suggest the time but it can be changed if it isn’t convenient for you. Watch for the invitation to what is called the parent teacher interview. Mom, dad, well, the teachers u2013 I don’t know but there’s a letter he gave me. What is it we’re going to? Parent teacher interview. What’s that? What’s wrong? It might be u2013 it might be a teacher wants to meet with us. Okay. What date? Okay, December 2nd. Oh, let me write it down. December 2nd. Hello, welcome to Clark School. It’s nice that you could come tonight. We’ll just check the list. Oh, yes, you’re with our interpreter and you’re down in room four. Thank you. Nice to meet you. Nice to meet you. I am Melissa. Thank you. Meeting the teacher to talk about how your child is progressing may be a new experience for you but it is very important for your child’s success. Most parents are glad to come and hear how they’re child is getting along. And you’re in room ten. Okay. Down this way. Thank you. Thank you. Jennifer will reread words and her sentences… The interview only takes a few minutes and you can bring a friend to help with English if you wish.

Your next step should be… does it sound, right? Some schools can even provide an interpreter. Jennifer [foreign language] Mm-hmm. Welcome to the parent teacher interview. I just wanted to say that I’m very glad that you can make it here this evening. Now, Richard is a very strong student. You must be encouraging him quite a bit at home. That’s okay. Thank you very much. Just to give you an idea of what he’s been doing. Here’s an example of some of his earlier work. And if you take a look at what he’s been writing just recently you can see that he’s progressed quite a reasonable amount. Now, as you can see his sentences are fair but longer. His spelling and grammar are much improved too. Mm. In China, Richard loved to write stories.

Yeah. It’s funny that you mentioned that because actually when he first came here I asked him to write something in his first language. He put some English words there. Yeah. That’s interesting. No, but that’s good… Yeah. …you know, I mean he put in what he knew and then everything else that he didn’t he worked on, you know. The teacher will tell you about your child’s progress and explain how you can help at home. That’s great. That’s good. And we’re happy to hear that but we have a concern about the homework. Oh, okay. So, uh, compared being back in China we didn’t see Richard bring home a lot of homework. Right. Right, that is understandable.

What we normally like to do here is we’ll… …start something off in class. That gives the students a chance to basically if they have any questions that they wish to ask, you know, they can ask myself… Teachers also want to know about your child’s first language skills and the things he likes to do at home. The teacher will also answer your questions about school work, homework and relationships with other students. We are worried about that if Richard is making new friends here. You know, I understand that’s a great concern to a lot of parents especially, you know, when u2013 since Richard’s new to the school but I guarantee you have nothing to worry about.

Richard’s a great sociable child. He’s very involved in the school community. Mm-hmm. Now, do you have any other questions or concerns about Richard at school? Uh, are there any, uh, program for Richard after school? Definitely, there are lots of after school programs, you know, that you can take advantage of. There’s the soccer program, you know, I know that you said… Mm-hmm. Yeah. …Richard likes soccer. Meeting the teacher like this is a good opportunity to learn how well your child is doing. As a parent, it’s always wonderful to hear of your child’s progress but you should also listen carefully for suggestions on how your child can improve and how you can help at home. Okay, as you can see from Richard’s reading mark it would benefit Richard to read a little bit more at home. Do you read… Mm-hmm. …with him often? Yes, we u2013 we read with Richard every evening but sometimes we read in Chinese. Yeah. You know what? That’s u2013 that’s all right. That’s actually a great thing, you know, if… Mm-hmm. …if that’s something that Richard’s more comfortable by all means let him read in Chinese, you know, and then we can gradually get him, you know, um, into exploring, you know…

…certain English language books, you know, but that’s great. So… The teacher may also review their report card and explain how well your child is learning to speak, write and read in English. Can I ask a question? Please, by all means. No, I u2013 I think I understand about this part. Okay. But I have a question here. So, I understand that you grade the students according to different subjects but here, what does… Okay. …this part mean? What the learning skills are is actually u2013 it’s an area where we comment on u2013 not specifically on grading students on academics. More about some of the work habits or study habits that we’d like to see students… Mm-hmm. develop. These are more areas of personal growth that we want to encourage. Well. Thank you very much for coming both of you tonight.

It’s been a pleasure having you here. You know, um, if you have any further questions, comments or concerns, you know, about Richard or anything else that you’d like to ask please feel free to contact me. Many parents do. Mm-hmm. Okay. Meeting once or twice a year like this, you and the teacher can discuss any difficulties before they even begin. Thanks. Good evening. Good evening. How are you doing? Oh, I’m great. How are you doing? Not bad at all. Please come on in. Thank you. I’ve returned grandma. I’m back home. It was great to meet your teacher. What did the teacher say? The teacher said that you did very well in your school. The teacher also said you have made a lot of friends at school… So, the parent teacher interview has many benefits. You get to know the teacher. You see how your child is doing. You learn how you can help your child do even better but one of the greatest benefits is the support your child feels when you come to the school because meeting the teacher connects the most important people in his or her life.

We are very proud of you. So, find out about your child’s parent teacher interviews. Look for the letter that invites you to come. There’s no better way to help your child do well in school.. “}

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Why I Left the U.K. for Poland [Kult America]

Poland is a V sign, Poland is the leader, Poland is freedom, Poland is hope, Poland is future, my home, my country, my family. Poland is pride and dignity. Poland is us. Estimations suggest that nearly one million Polish citizens currently reside in the United Kingdom, yet very few Brits have immigrated to Poland. There’s one exception however and he goes by the name of Patrick Ney. Not only has he immigrated from the United Kingdom to Poland, but he actively takes to Social Media to encourage the national pride of his new home. On today’s episode of Kult America we’re going to find out why Patrick left his home in Great Britain for Poland. If there were a hypothetical war between Great Britain and Poland which side would you fight for? Oh that’s a good question, I would just run away to Switzerland. I’d have to. In that situation I couldn’t take a side between those two. What I can tell you, is that even if anything did happen here in this country I would fight to defend this country because there’s something about these people, you know, they are so divided, they are so angry at each other but you know that the minute an invader came knocking they would come together like they have done for so many hundreds of years and I feel very strongly about this country, so I can tell you that if something, if someone, anyone else other than the UK invaded Poland you’d see me there in a front rank, trying to do something about it, helping to defend this country.

What team do you support? I’m not entirely sure what’re you asking but when it comes to football than I support Legia Warszawa if it comes to football in England I support the Ipswich Town. Now I’ve been living and working in Warsaw, in Poland since 2010. I’m a writer, I love writing, creating content, and just talking to people, it’s just a way to have interaction with people. And the biggest exposure I have in my life is my 8 month year old daughter, Zosia, she is just the source of such joy.

A lot of people might imagine that if you moved from Great Britain to Poland, a country where Poles are just flocking to that something may have been wrong with your life. I was 27, I’ve been working and living in London for 6 years, I’ve done a very high pressing job working in a Prime Minister’s Cabinet office during the global crisis. And the whole experience of just being there, and experiencing through that storm just chewed me up literally, so I was emotionally, physically and mentally exhausted when I moved over here, but I was also 27 I didn’t have any obligations, I had no kids, all the thing that tie me down here now to Poland and it was more of the sense of “I’m 27 and it’s about time I did something more interesting than just living and working in London”. And nothing is more dangerous than a 27 years old man with the thirst for adventure, I tell you that Ryan. The British passport is one of the best passports a human being could obtain on this little planet of ours and I suppose you could’ve chosen any country.

What was it about Poland that made you choose to come here? I’ll tell this in brief. I’ve been to Sierra Leon I’d unfortunately eaten a falafel kebab on Siaka Stevens Street in the centre of Freetown. Over the next two days before my flight back I’ve had some unfortunate uncomfortable experiences and I’ve haven’t eaten in three days. And I went, as a traditional British person would do rather than go to the nearest tropical disease hospital, I decided I would try and cure it by drinking as much Guinness as possible. And I went to a little pub in the Angel in North London and had about 6 pints of Guinness, which on an empty stomach after three days what I’ve been through was a dangerous experience. My friend then said “Let’s go to this pizza restaurant around the corner.” I was sitting in this restaurant, and there was that beautiful blonde girl dancing like a ballerina around the tables. And she was a Pole, and we started to date each other, and very quickly I traveled to Poland, and very quickly, yeah, fell in love.

It was an emotional reaction to the country, but of course you as a tourist see the best parts of the country. And after about three years of having being together she then move back to Warsaw and it was one of that s**t or bust moments when it’s like are we going to stay together or not, so as I said, 27, no obligations, whether or not, I had no plan whatsoever, I did not had a clue what I was even for at all, literally so disorganized, I can’t believe it. It’s been a hell of the experience. Would I be accurate in assuming that you were kind of a party guy at the time? You know it’s a good question because the society that you live in really does define your behaviour. In Britain we have a big drinking culture, it’s different to the one that’s here, a very different to an American drinking culture, it’s quite unique and it’s not unusual for someone at 12 o’clock on a Thursday afternoon to be in a pub, having two quick pints in their lunch break. Living in Poland had completely changed my behaviour.

I find it interesting because you go, you oscillate between one very different culture with many similarities and another. And these things, you know, there are lots of things that divide you. And I act and talk and maybe even think slightly different in those two cultures when I’m there. It’s uncomfortable going between one and the other, because I’m mostly used to living, working, thinking, and kind of acting in Polish. I know that there was an incident with you here in Poland which is why I wanted to ask about your take on the safety and it involved football hooliganism. I was trying to get a ticket to the Puchar Polski between Legia Warszawa and Lech Poznań. I got that ticket, I also I did what I always do which was I went to the pub with my mates. I was just on the corner of one of the busiest streets in Warsaw and I was attacked.

I had a fractured skull and a very large hematoma inside my brain. Lying in a hospital bed, realising that I could very well not be on this planet or suddenly with very serious mental problems, memory problems, speech problems. I thought a lot about what was important to me. And I realize you don’t think about work, or all those kinda stuff from day to day.

When you’re facing your own death you think about the people who you love, the people who are close to you, and just want to be close to them. Having being saved with the hands of Polish doctors, what can you honestly say about medical care here? Budget of the Polish National Health Service is about 5 times smaller than the British National Health Service, massive injection of European Union funding. I was in an old military hospital, in fact my fiance’s father had stayed there when he had yellow fever in 1980s. My wing hadn’t changed very much, but a lot of the rest of the hospital was completely modernized. And both that hospital and the hospital where my baby was born were as good if not better, much better, than the average British National Health Hospital in terms of the quality of the equipment. I would agree with you, I think Polish people have an unfair understanding of many of their public institutions and how they work and that says a lot about how they see themselves in their country. Did you have any epiphany of regret that you might be dying in a place where your mother and your immediate family were not? Every decision in life has it’s cons and benefits.

It’s certainly a painful one to realise that you can’t wake up and see that your mother can be with your granddaughter, you know it hurts, it does. But on the other hand that’s the way the cookie crumbles and if you’ve looked at the train times between the Edinburg and where my parents live it’s twice as long as between where I live now and where they live so in fact I’m closer here than certain parts of the UK. You actively put out videos on Facebook and YouTube to encourage Polish national pride, at least that’s how I’ve perceived it. What is your motivation in doing that? Originally my blog and my Facebook profile were all about communicating with the group of people in Polish about my views of the country. And on 11 of November, Poland’s Independence Day I released a poem that I’d written about Poland two years before that it got a great reaction. “What is Poland? Tradition, history, unity, respect for elders, hostility, combining, complaining, dealing, pushing, registering, baking.

We’re celebrating or being festive, are we gossiping and fighting. We remember.” People literally saying, and that’s when you send to yourself congratulates when you know that it made them cry, it made them laugh literally in a space of two or three sentences, that they’ve never seen anyone talk about Poland in that way. I am someone, I think I do have a voice of unique perspective like everybody does in that country I live in. I want to help Poles to understand the country they live in better than they do today. I know that it sounds like a noble ambition, but I want to help to bring Poles together and just like you Ryan I also feel that Poles don’t quite understand what a wonderful country they live in.

I work in Polish, think in Polish, speak in Polish, read Polish watch Polish, listen to Polish podcasts and the foreign country for me now is the UK What is your favourite thing about Poland? I love walking down the street in the summer and picking up half a kilo of the freshest fruit you can possibly imagine and paying peanuts for it and literally just scoffing down black hearts and raspberries and strawberries that are so seasonal, you know and you pay four times as much for a half as much in the UK. And it’s just full of vitamins and goodness. And I love the fact that when the Pole says that you’re his friend, he really really means it. Tell me what are the differences between British women and Polish women and which do you prefer? I’m probably telling everyone what I already know which is that Polish women are some of the most beautiful women in the world but what makes them super attractive is that they’re super intelligent.

Do I think that British women are particularly attractive, I can’t lie to you don’t think they do. But not many people have ever told me that they are more attractive than Polish women so I think I’m in the majority in that opinion. Oh I think they have attractive accents. Are you finding my accent attractive right now? Oh I love the british accent. Actually I’ve always aspired to learn it. But it’s been a while. Thank you! Oh my God, that’s creepy. I’ve never heard someone doing the american accent like this. Really? What are you favourite foods in Poland? I just like to eat sandwiches. Bread in Poland’s really nice. I like bigos that my father in law makes, he does really really nice hunter’s stew and he just makes the bomb. Top 3 favorite cities in Poland. Warsaw, Wroclaw, I don’t think I have a third. The hardest question of the whole interview. Question everyone wants to know. How the f**k did you learn to speak Polish as well as you do? Funny you should say that Ryan because I have actually produced a video on YouTube which is “12 steps for learning Polish”. I think that’s how it goes, I should probably remember the titles of my own videos.

“Oh hello, what a coincidence! I am reading very big biography of Piłsudski, really nice book. Listen, today I would like to give you 11 ways to learn the language”. You find it on YouTube if you type in my name, Patrick Ney, it’s my channel there, it’s also on my Facebook. Or if you click the card in this video. Man, these guys are good, aren’t they good? About ten years ago, when I started my life in Poland I thought if only I could say at least a few words in Polish, it would be nice. And if i meet another foreigner, he also could. Today we have the opportunity to make my dream come true. But I have to admit I am very jealous. Stop it. Seven years? Six years summing up. I’ve been here for 10 years, but your Polish is twice as good. You know, everyone has his own road, so I can only say that I’m very sorry that I cannot speak on the level I want to.

I would like to speak like a true Pole, I still have an accent, I still make mistakes. But the most important thing is that I can communicate and I know you do well in Poland. I think that comparing you to the others, you are really good at Polish, and damn it, we have a long road ahead. Patrick, thank you so much for joining us on the interview, everyone check out his channel, he actually speaks Polish publicly and consistently, and all the time, so if you want to hear how a foreigner speaks Polish, Patrick is your lad. Thank you, see you. Thanks a lot. Socash, you’re a hot interviewer man, you ask hard questions, I like it, that’s something new. This is actually, like I told you, this is a soft Pole interview. Yeah, when I work on the radio I was. F**k no..

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