English at Work - The Crisis

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Do you think that Anna will get along with Denise? Give some reasons why she might and some reasons why she might not.

Anna is having an interview for a job as a sales executive at Tip Top Trading. Denise interrupts them to say she has lost an important memory stick
Listen to the extract below. You may find it difficult, so play back as many times as you wish before looking at the transcript

Here are some of the words and phrases you will hear:

Can I make a suggestion? Why don't you...? Have you tried...? Maybe we could...? How about...? I have an idea!

Here are some questions about the program.

Click on the question for the answer


More on making suggestions. [BBC Learning English]

people talking

This is more advanced work and considers formal grammar points

Someone is leaving to go and work somewhere else. So her colleagues are planning a party for her. We'll hear people making suggestions about what the party could involve.

You can download a transcript and some questions for this
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Language for making suggestions
Question opener+subject+infinitive without 'to'
Why don't I
you
we
they
buy..?

go..?

meet..?
Why doesn'the/she
Shall I
we
Question opener+infinitive without 'to'
I, you, he, she, we should
could
say..
arrange..
talk..
eat..
Let's
Why not
Note:Perhaps and maybe can both be used before 'could' and 'should' if you want to sound more polite.
Examples:
Perhaps we could phone them.
Maybe we should have a big party.