Archive | April 2012

Conversation Club Review-Europe!

Hey there all you English learners! Did you miss Bogota Business English’s Conversation Club last Wednesday, April 25th? Shame on you! Just kidding, no worries if you did not attend because on this blog you will be able to review the conversation topics, vocabulary and trivia that we discussed. We sincerely hope to see you there this Wednesday, May 2nd to talk about THE WEATHER with us! We are going to learn a lot of really cool things and new vocabulary. Make sure to bring your friends, family and colleagues to share knowledge, beverages and candy with  us!

Here’s what we talked about last week…

“Let’s Talk About…”

EUROPE

Vocabulary Bank

The Euro (€) Cuisine To Cross a Border
Eastern/Western Europe Treaty To Stamp a Passport
The Iron Curtain Customs Union Colonization
The European Union Rail Network Culture Shock

*Do you know what all of these words mean? Discuss with your group or ask a native speaker if you need clarification! Try to figure them out!

Conversation topics…

  1. How many European capitals can you name? Have you been to any European capitals?
  2. What is your favorite European cuisine?
  3. Do you have a passport? How many stamps do you have? Are any of them from a European country?
  4. In what ways was European colonization a good/bad thing?
  5. If you’ve been to Europe, did you experience any culture shock? What surprised you about the country you visited?

Quotes of the week…

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” ~St. Ambrose

DID YOU KNOW? When St. Augustine arrived in Milan, he observed that the Church did not fast on Saturday as did the Church at Rome. He consulted St. Ambrose, bishop of Milan, who replied: “When I am at Rome, I fast on a Saturday; when I am at Milan, I do not. Follow the custom of the Church where you are.” The comment was changed to “When they are at Rome, they do there as they see done” by Robert Burton in his Anatomy of Melancholy. Eventually it became “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

VIDEO BREAK!!!

Europe Trivia…

  1. What is the smallest country in Europe? The largest?
  2. What is the TOTAL population of Europe?
    1. 450,000,000   b.   950,000,000   c.  730,000,000   d.  1,050,000,000
    2. Who was the first European to travel to the Americas?
      1. Christopher Columbus   b.  Leif Erikkson   c. Magellan

Homework…

Find and interesting fact about Europe IN ENGLISH and share it with the Conversation Club next week! Make sure to bring your friends, family and colleagues to the Club!

BBE Conversation Club Review!

Hey there friends of Bogota Business English! Did you miss the BBE Conversation Club on Wednesday, April 18th? We talked about the 25th International Bogota Bookfair. Bogota Business English will be hosting fairs of the Book Fair next weekend, you can find all of the information here! Take a look at our conversation sheet from the Wednesday to brush up on the vocabulary!

Here´s a video from a previous Book Fair that you can check out!

“Let’s Talk About…”

 The Bogota International Book Fair!

“See you there THIS WEEKEND for BBE’s awesome “WALK-ABOUT Tours!!!!!!!!”

Vocabulary Bank

v. To hold (an event) v. To last v. To give away
n. “Walk-About” n. booth v. To attend
adj. awesome n. vendors n. Hard cover books
v. To browse n. walking shoes n. Paperback books

*Do you know what all of these words mean? Discuss with your group or ask a native speaker if you need clarification! Try to figure them out!

Book Fair Trivia Questions: FIRST PERSON TO TURN IN THE CORRECT ANSWERS TO CARL WINS A HOT NEW BBE T-SHIRT!!!!

  1. 1.       This book fair is Bogota’s ________ International Book Fair.

(a)   1st    (b) 17th    (c) 32nd    (d) 25th

  1. 2.       For how long does the Bogota International Book Fair last?

(a)   1 month  (b) 3 days    (c) Forever   (d) 2 weeks

  1. 3.       Where will the Bogota International Book Fair be held?

(a)   Medellin  (b) The Bogota Chamber of Commerce    (c) CorFerias  

  1. 4.       In what city does the world’s largest book fair take place?

(b)    Bogota (b) Washington D.C. (c) Frankfurt  (d) Shanghai

  1. 5.       What will Bogota Business English be doing at the book fair?

(a)   Hosting awesome “walk-about” conversational tours

(b)   Giving away prizes

(c)    Helping you to improve your English

(d)   Having fun

(e)   Browse book titles in English and Spanish

(f)     All of the above

  1. 6.       Will you attend?!

(a)   YES J   (b) NO L

Quote of the week…

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
― Groucho Marx

 

Interesting facts about book fairs…

  • The Frankfurt Book Fair was the first book fair to have occurred. The annual book fair in Frankfurt began more than 500 years ago, shortly after Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. The Frankfurt Book Fair is now considered the largest and most important book fair in the world!

Homework…

Join one of BBE’s “Walk-About” tour groups at the International Book Fair! Bring your friends and family!

Conversation Club: COLOMBIA Theme

The following is the vocabulary sheet from one of the February 2012 conversation club events that Bogota Business English holds.  Interested in attending? Follow us on Facebook or find out more here.

“Let’s Talk About…” Conversation Club

TOPIC: COLOMBIA

Colombia Flag

Colombia Flag

*Always remember, Bogota Business English is always here for your English learning needs! Talk to one of our representatives if you are interested in personalized English courses!

Vocabulary Bank

  • Fashion trends
  • Popular cuisine
  • Weather patterns
  • National products
  • Biodiversity
  • Geographic regions
  • Democracy
  • Poverty
  • Competitiveness
  • Natural resources
  • Coffee
  • Civil strife

*Do you know what all of these words mean?  Try to figure them out! We give the definitions out in the conversation club.

Conversation topics…

1. How would you describe the current fashion trends in Colombia? What type of apparel is popular?

2. What are some of Colombia’s natural resources? Are there any resources that you think are being underutilized or overexploited?

3. What makes Colombia competitive in the global economy? Is it the people, industry, technology, resources?

4. Which country has the best coffee on the planet?

5. What are some of Colombia’s biggest problems right now? How might these problems be alleviated?

Bogota Business English infobit: Did you know fewer than 5% of high school graduates in Colombia can speak English?

6. Do you think tourism is a good or a bad thing for Colombia? What are the pros and cons of tourism?

7. If you could change one thing about Colombia for the better, what would it be?

Quotes of the week…

*Don’t forget to browse the wide selection of English books offered by Authors Bookstore. There are lots of interesting titles that you can read to improve your English.

“Art is a spiritual, immaterial respite from the hardships of life”
~Fernando Botero

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
~Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Questions or comments? Let us know!