19 de noviembre de 2011
13 de noviembre de 2011
Something people often ask me is how do you properly give an introduction in a business setting.
So here is my two - step golden rule to proper introductions.
First, always remember the first person's name out of your mouth should be the most important person's name.
Thereafter, everyone else is introduced to that most important person.
But actually, rank and status are the primary determinants to who takes precedence over whom.
When introducing someone, never use the word "meet".
For example, Jane Doe is the CEO of a company and John Smith is a new staff person.
You would never want to say, "Jane Doe, I would like you to meet John Smith."
...because it actually throws the emphasis off the most important person on to that second person, John Smith.
Rather, if you want an informal introduction, how about using the word, "This is."
Example, "Jane Doe, this is John Smith."
When using the more traditional word "introduce," be careful not to get too wordy.
For instance, which of these three sentences is correct?
b) Ms. Doe, may I introduce to you Mr. Smith.
or c) Jane Doe, may I introduce you to John Smith.
If you chose a or b, you would be correct.
However, a is the best answer because it uses the fewest words.
So here are a few other tips to keep in mind when introducing someone.
Always keep the honorifics even.
If you use Ms. Doe, you must use Mr. Smith.
However, you can use first names such as Jane or John,...
...but in this case you must include their last name as well.
And lastly, do share some information about each person you're introducing...
...so that they can springboard their conversation and you can exit to meet some other people.
So there you have it, some quick tips on proper introductions.
9 de octubre de 2011
25 de septiembre de 2011
And now, we leave you an Amtrak TV commercial. Amtrak is the National Railroad Passenger system from the United States whcih serves Penn Station along with other bus companies.
14 de septiembre de 2011
...but what have you got?
Sausage pattie, fried egg, ham, bacon, baked beans.
Instead of the beans I got grits and ...
What are grits?
Grits? That’s a very good question. It’s oatmeal, couscous, you know a type of grain
It’s a type of grain
That doesn’t look grainy it looks mushy.
Yeah well they cook it for like I don’t know, 20 minutes. Yeah it’s kind of like porridge.
This is Eggs Benedict. It is egg, ham on English muffins with Hollandaise sauce. This is fruit and baked beans.
But you are a US citizen, so you voted or?
I voted absentee for Illinois.
And how did you vote in the election?
Democrat. Democrat for Obama.
Maybe you could just tell me what your breakfast is there.
Belgian waffles and coffee.
And this is a typical breakfast for you?
If I’m eating out…yes. I’ll have cereal at home, but I like waffles.
How about the election? Are you excited?
I’m nervous, nervous yes. Pro Obama, so it’s looking good for him right now. He’s intelligent, he’s thoughtful.
Can you see the result from there?
I think it’s 102 -34.
Who would you vote for?
I think he’s Obama. He looks quite decent and gentleman.
What did you have for your breakfast?
I started off with a fluffy pancake and some maple syrup. Then I had some crispy bacon, scrambled eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes.
Is that what you usually have when you come in here?
I usually have it on election days …yes. I’d definitely vote for Obama – OBAMA! America is very important and it’s crucial that we have a decent guy in there. It’s very emotional that he’s black and that’s powerful. I don’t think a lot of people who are in their forties and fifties thought there was ever going to be a black man in the White House. So that’s fantastic. So all those things are good, they will make a difference, they will matter. I’m going to cry when he wins, I am because for me it’s deeply moving.
Can you tell me, is it because he’s sexy?
He’s sexier than John McCain…definitely. But erm no because I like his politics. He’s gonna develop green technology, he’s a bigger supporter of education. All those things. Bagels and lox, with tomato, onion, capers, sour cream.
Wow that looks great actually. I’m waiting for lemon.
She got a sandwich that’s already assembled. Mine is just not assembled which I prefer. Thin layer of cream cheese, tomato, couple of capers, onion, salmon, salt and pepper.
So it is in fact almost exactly the same?
Yes, but he got eggs too. And one key difference is she has two, the whole bagel whereas I only have half.
Did you vote?
Of course, of course.
Everybody here voted or everyone we talked to, everyone professes to be pro Obama.
But no this is a pro Obama outlet….hence the blue. No…
Oh yes woo, yes
He’s just got to keep up his end of the bargain.
Change baby change!
Who’d like a bloody Mary on the house?
16 de agosto de 2011
Man: Hey! Nice pants!
Woman: Excuse me?
Man: I said nice pants.
Woman: You can’t see my pants, can you?
Man: Of course I can.
Woman: How can you see my pants?
Man: They’re on your legs!
Woman: Ha. You haven’t been to America recently, have you?
Man: Oh I er …I er actually just got back from LA! That’s “Los Angeles” by the way....
Woman: I know.
Man: Yeah, I picked up some of the American words, and now I forget which ones to use! So confusing!
Woman: We call these “trousers” in Britain.
Man: Of course we do...you know there are so many things …that’s it’s exactly a completely different language sometimes!
Woman: Would you like a crisp?
Man: Crisps? In the States, they’re “chips”!
Woman: Oh. So if I want to order our chips in America, what do I ask for?
Man: French fries!
Woman: I see.
Man: And you know what that is, don’t you?
Woman: A fizzy drink.
Man: That’s a “soda”!
Man: You know the lift over there?
Man: That’s an elevator.
Woman: Oh really?
Man: You know in the States, you don’t go to watch a film...
Woman: You “watch a movie”!
Man: Exactly! And you don’t walk on the pavement…
Woman: You walk on the “sidewalk”!
Man: You got it!
Woman: I’ve watched a lot of films...oops...movies!
9 de julio de 2011
How to order a round in a pubGet it right when ordering drinks in pubs!
Woman: Excuse me! …Excuse me!...No...
Man: Always busy here on a Friday night!
Woman: (to barman) Sorry! Could I just have a...
Man: Patience and persistence!
Woman: Ahh, finally. Yes, erm ok, I’d like a beer, please! Sorry? what kind? (Man rolls eyes) A beer? Erm, lager, please. Yeah, that will do. Sorry, what? Half pint or a pint? (To man) How big is a pint?
Man: (gestures with hands, size of a pint)
Woman: Yes. OK. A pint.
Man: Ok, great, I’d like a...
Woman: Oh, sorry. Two pints of lager, please.
Man: OK great, I’ll have...
Woman: Oh…and a packet of crisps. (To man) Sorry. (To barman) What flavour? Erm, let me just check. (Turns round and shouts) What flavour? (Turns back) Cheese and onion.
Man: OK give me...
Woman: And a glass of wine. Red, please. Yes, I’m sure that’s it. Thank you. How much is that? (starts to look for wallet) Let me just check my wallet. I’ve got five, and that’s another six.
Man: (with note already in hand) OK great, I’d like a pint of bitter and two halves of lager please. Cheers. Keep the change. (To woman) That’s how it is done!
How to turn down an invitation
Have you ever been invited to a party that you didn't want to go? Find out how to turn down unwanted invitations in the future.
Man: Oh no!
Woman: What is it?
Man: “Josh and Henrietta would like to have the pleasure of your company at a drinks party, next Saturday evening...”
Woman: Oh no, Josh and Henrietta... they’re not that couple who...?
Man: Yeah exactly! And it gets worse...
Man: “Formal dress...”
Woman: Argh.... it means you’ve got to wear a suit....
Man: At the bottom it says “RSVP”. What does it mean?
Woman: You’ve got to reply.
Man: But I don’t want to go, so what can I say?
Woman: Tell them you’ve got a dentist’s appointment.
Man: Josh is my dentist!
Woman: Tell them it’s your grandmother’s 100th birthday party.
Man: But they know my granny died ages ago.
Woman: Tell them your dog’s sick and you’ve got to take him to see the vet.
Man: It’s no use – I’m just going to have to tell them the truth...
Woman: The truth? “I’m not coming to your birthday party because I think you’re boring and stupid?”
Man: Maybe not then...
Woman: Tell them this: “I’m unable to attend because I have a prior engagement.”
Man: “Prior engagement”?! And… they won’t be offended?
Woman: Absolutely not.
20 de junio de 2011
In any new country, the roads can be dangerous for pedestrians … so …
Even for those not driving it is important to be aware that traffic may be approaching from unexpected directions.
Although, apart from motorways, it’s not illegal to cross the road at any point it is advisable to use crossings, some of them controlled by traffic lights, whenever you can.You may cross the road when the green man is showing but, if the light is flashing, don’t start to cross.
There are crossing points known as Zebra crossings which have black and white road markings and orange flashing beacons at each side of the road. Drivers should give way to pedestrians on the crossing, but you should be careful as there are no red traffic lights instructing drivers to stop.
Don’t forget, pedestrians are not allowed to walk along or cross any motorway at any time.
15 de junio de 2011
A British man, born on the Falkland Islands has become the first person from there to chose Argentine citizenship.
James Peck was handed his national identity card by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, during a ceremony to mark the 29th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War.
Peck's father fought for the British during the conflict.
10 de junio de 2011
Cats are the most popular pets among Americans. So it is not surprising that there are many expressions about cats. Some cats like to catch small birds, like canaries. If someone looks very proud or satisfied with himself, we say he looks like the cat that ate the canary.
Sometimes, a cat likes to play with a small animal it catches.
So if you play cat and mouse with someone, you change between different kinds of behavior when dealing with another person. For example, a child might offer something sweet to her little brother and then take it away when he reaches for it.
A cat will often catch a small animal and present it to its owner. The saying that looks like something the cat dragged in describes something in bad condition.
Two old and funny expressions describe something that is the best or finest. Americans might say that something is the cat's meow and the cat's pajamas.
Children might call a child who is easily frightened a fraidy cat or a scaredy cat. A copycat is someone who acts just like someone else or copies another person's work. A fat cat is a person with a lot of money.
You may have known that cats spend most of their time sleeping. Sometimes people sleep for a short time during the day. This is called a cat nap.
If you tell about something that was supposed to be a secret, we say you let the cat out of the bag. If you are not able to speak or answer a question someone might ask if the cat has got your tongue.
Have you ever watched children in a classroom when their teacher leaves for a few minutes? When the cat's away, the mice will play means people sometimes misbehave when there is no supervision.
You may have heard this expression: curiosity killed the cat. This means being too concerned about things that are not your business might cause problems.
If your home is very small, you might say there is not enough room to swing a cat. But you probably should not try this at home!
If you ever had cats as pets, you know it is difficult to train them or to get them to do something. Cats are not like sheep or cows that can be moved in a group. So we say a difficult or impossible job is like herding cats.
We leave you with a song from the musical play, "Cats."
A cat so clever as magical Mr. Mistoffelees!
He is quiet and small
He is black
From the ears to the tip of his tail
He can creep through the tiniest crack
He can walk on the narrowest rail
He can pick any card from a pack
He is equally cunning with dice
He is always decieving you into believing
That he's only hunting for mice
26 de mayo de 2011
18 de mayo de 2011
Across1. I like coffee, ___ I don't like tea.
3. Past of come.
6. Let's ___ to the club.
8. There's a vase ___ the table.
9. I didn't ___ the lesson.
10. ___, he isn't my brother.
11. ___ love our parents.
12. Watch out! This is a ___ -way street.
14. If you shut your eyes, you can't ___.
15. He needs ___ umbrella.
16. What's ___ over here?
18. I ___ a bad dream.
19. Do you ___ brothers and sisters?
Down1. Opposite of small.
2. He went ___ Hawaii.
3. He ___ cook Japanese food.
4. These shoes are ___ in Italy.
5. Pour some milk ___ the pan.
7. He took his shoes ___.
8. We finished ___ chores five minutes ago.
11. ___ were you born? In March or April?
13. I did ___ break the vase.
14. Who ___ those words?
17. My sister knows that ___ is a good student.