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INTRODUCTION
Becky: Planning an English Business Meeting. Becky here.
John: Hi, I'm John.
Becky: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to set up a meeting. The conversation takes place at an office.
John: It's between Linda and John Sullivan.
Becky: The speakers are co-workers, therefore, they will speak informal English. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Linda: Mrs. Smith wants to check the PR team's ongoing projects. Can we set up a meeting by Friday?
John Sullivan: Sure!
Linda: Does the team have any events that cannot be extended?
John Sullivan: Not this week.
Linda: Do you need time to get ready for the meeting?
John Sullivan: Yes, at least half a day.
Linda: Okay, so what about the day after tomorrow at ten a.m.?
John Sullivan: That sounds good.
Becky: Listen to the conversation one more time, slowly.
Linda: Mrs. Smith wants to check the PR team's ongoing projects. Can we set up a meeting by Friday?
John Sullivan: Sure!
Linda: Does the team have any events that cannot be extended?
John Sullivan: Not this week.
Linda: Do you need time to get ready for the meeting?
John Sullivan: Yes, at least half a day.
Linda: Okay, so what about the day after tomorrow at ten a.m.?
John Sullivan: That sounds good.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Becky: In this dialogue, Linda wanted to set up a meeting.
John: There are always meetings to set up in American businesses!
Becky: For what kinds of reasons do these meetings happen?
John: Things like performance reviews.
Becky: Oh, to discuss company performance?
John: Also staff performance. If they’re for company or team performance reviews, they could be daily meetings.
Becky: I think it’d be unusual to have one-to-one meetings daily though.
John: Yeah, I think so too.
Becky: What about an employee who has a problem with something at work? Would that lead to a meeting too?
John: Maybe. The employee should speak to their manager first about any problems.
Becky: How about trade unions?
John: They exist in America, but membership is low, with only 11% of the US workforce belonging to one.
Becky: Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Becky: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is...
John: PR [natural native speed]
Becky: public relations - the image of a company
John: PR [slowly - broken down by syllable]
John: PR [natural native speed]
Becky: Next, we have...
John: ongoing [natural native speed]
Becky: continuing, not yet ended
John: ongoing [slowly - broken down by syllable]
John: ongoing [natural native speed]
Becky: Next, there’s...
John: to set up [natural native speed]
Becky: to prepare, to arrange
John: to set up [slowly - broken down by syllable]
John: to set up [natural native speed]
Becky: Next up is...
John: to be extended [natural native speed]
Becky: to be lengthened
John: to be extended [slowly - broken down by syllable]
John: to be extended [natural native speed]
Becky: Next, we have...
John: to get ready for [natural native speed]
Becky: to prepare for
John: to get ready for[slowly - broken down by syllable]
John: to get ready for [natural native speed]
Becky: Then, there’s...
John: at least [natural native speed]
Becky: the minimum amount
John: at least [slowly - broken down by syllable]
John: at least [natural native speed]
Becky: And lastly...
John: to sound [natural native speed]
Becky: used to talk about your opinion or impression
John: to sound [slowly - broken down by syllable]
John: to sound [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Becky: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word is...
John: PR team
Becky: ...meaning "the group of people that manages a company’s image."
Becky: First, is an acronym. What do the letters “PR” stand for?
John: “Public relations.”
Becky: And a “team” is a group of people, usually a group working towards a common goal.
John: So the “PR team” refers to the people responsible for the company image, and its relations with its customers.
Becky: You can use this pattern to talk about other groups in a company.
John: Right, such as a “sales team” or “marketing team.”
Becky: Can you give us an example using this word?
John: Sure. For example, you can say “The PR team arranged several interviews to promote the new movie.”
Becky: ...which is like saying "The people responsible for the company’s image arranged several interviews to promote the new movie"
Becky: Okay, what's the next word?
John: ongoing
Becky: ...meaning "continuing, not yet ended."
Becky: This word is an adjective.
John: It can be used to describe things that are continuing.
Becky: So, if you have some work that you are doing and it isn’t yet finished...
John: ...you can say that it is “ongoing.”
Becky: Can you give us an example using this word?
John: Sure. For example, you can say “The investigation is ongoing.”
Becky: Okay, what's the next word?
John: meeting
Becky: ...meaning "a planned time when people discuss things."
Becky: This is a noun.
John: It’s used to refer to anytime when people come together to discuss things.
Becky: Yes, it doesn’t matter if it’s planned several days in advance or just a few minutes before.
John: It’s used a lot in the business world.
Becky: Can you give us an example using this word?
John: Sure. For example, you can say “We have a meeting every day at ten a.m.”
Becky: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Becky: In this lesson, you'll learn about how to set up a meeting. Let’s start at the beginning of setting up a meeting. If we’re going to have a meeting, we need a space to hold it!
John: Yes, if it’s an informal meeting this isn’t so important, but for formal meetings you need a room.
Becky: Let’s hear some sentence patterns that we can use to ask about rooms.
John: You can say “Is the meeting room free…” or “Is the meeting room available…”
Becky: And then say the date or time that you want to use it.
John: Remember, when talking about days, we use the preposition “on” - “on Monday.”
Becky: For times, we use a different preposition.
John: Yes, we use “at” - “at three o’clock.”
Becky: Let’s hear all of that together in a sentence.
John: “Is the meeting room free on Tuesday at four p.m.?”
Becky: Now we have a room, we need to ask people if they can attend.
John: We can use the same sentence patterns, only change “meeting room” to “you” or a name.
Becky: We also need to change the “be” verb from “is” to “are” if you are using “you.”
John: Right. “Are you free on Wednesday afternoon?”
Becky: Sometimes you don’t have a set time, or the time you decided on doesn’t work. So, you have to ask about time. You can ask your co-workers with phrases like these.
John: “When are you available?”
Becky: “What time is good for you?” If the time they give you isn’t good for you, you can say...
John: “I’m busy then” or “I’ll be out of the office.”
Becky: If the time is good, then you can say something simple.
John: Yeah, just a “That’s fine” or “That works for me too.”
Becky: It might take a bit of talking to find a time and day that works for everyone.
John: You can keep using the same sentence patterns, though, until you find something that works.
Becky: Yes, you can!

Outro

Becky: Okay, that’s all for this lesson. Thank you for listening, everyone, and we’ll see you next time! Bye!
John: See you!

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What would you say to set up a meeting?

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That works for me too

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