Category: Strictly Business

New Businesses in New York (Business Vocab and Conversation)

Viewpoint: Why New York City is best for small businesses   Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18020624   Words & Phrases: to draw ( 3 meanings) vitality a blueprint to access to assess pro-bono to enrol the red tape obstacle to fill out (paperwork) to streamline to oversee to thrive     A recent study commissioned by Citigroup, and […]

Mobile World Congress 2012 – Modern Tech Language

Mobile World Congress: Will this be the year for NFC? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9701830.stm Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has been host to over 1,500 companies hoping to have the idea that will take the mobile industry by storm. Spencer Kelly takes a tour round the conference floor and reveals the show’s big themes.   1. NFC: Near […]

Spain and the Blame Game

Spain and the Blame Game http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carles-boix/spain-economy-catalonia_b_1297516.html?     Do you have a deficit with the bank? Do you always comply to the rules or sometimes break them? Do you have any debt on your credit card? Could you help me to shift all my stuff to my new apartment this weekend? Who do you blame […]

Labour Market Reforms – The language of strikes

BBC News – 19 February 2012 Huge Spain rallies against labour market reforms The main unions – CCOO and UGT – mobilised people across Spain   Vocab & Phrases mass protests reforms The trade unions the turnout severance pay flexibility the motto inefficient useless for jobs to lay off sector-wide collective bargaining arrangements job-seekers   […]

IMM Sound – It’s Immersive (Barcelona based technology company)

  IMM Sound – It’s Immersive   This is an article about 3D sound in the cinema. Before we start let me ask you some questions.   When I went skiing last season I had to get kitted out with loads of new things. What did I buy? I bought a new computer last week […]

Baltasar Garzón: judge on trial

Baltasar Garzón: judge on trial The Guardian What is your understanding of the Garzón case? What do you think about Garzón? Do the Spanish media present him as a hero or a villain? Words & Phrases: Discuss the meaning of the following words: on trial, to allege, wire taps, to ban, to twist, polemic, wilful, […]

Volkswagen : Cars, ads & technology

Volkswagen’s 800-Vehicle Car Towers in Germany Source: http://twistedsifter.com/2012/01/volkswagen-car-towers-in-germany/   The Autostadt is a visitor attraction adjacent to the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, with a prime focus on automobiles. It features a museum, pavilions for the Volkswagen Group’s major brands (VW owns Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti) and two incredible Car Towers.   Each tower […]

New Tech – voice and gesture controlled TV

BBC.com Samsung’s ‘future-proof’ voice-controlled television A “smart” internet-connected television that has the ability to have its hardware upgraded every year has been unveiled by Samsung. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16480712 Samsung was one of many companies that unveiled new connected TV facilities at CES Q: There is always a lot of unveiling at trade shows. What does unveil […]

Business English with Bloomberg TV

Rosell Says Rajoy Can Manage Spanish Economic Overhaul from Bloomberg TV What is an overhaul? Intro: Dec. 2, 2011 (Bloomberg) — Juan Rosell, chairman of Confederacion Espanola de Organizaciones Empresariales, Spain’s main business group, talks about Prime Minister-elect Mariano Rajoy’s plans to overhaul the Spanish economy. He speaks from Madrid with Owen Thomas on Bloomberg […]