Archive | June 2012

Conversation Club Review for June 20th: Latin America!

Are you looking for a place to practice your English in a cool environment? Come check out the Bogota Business English conversation club at Author’s Bookstore (Calle 70 #5-23)  on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm.

If you did not attend last week you don’t have to worry 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, June 27th to talk about Soccer 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 with  us!

Here’s what we talked about last week…

“Let’s Talk About…”

LATIN AMERICA

Vocabulary Bank

n. Central America / South America / The Caribbean v. To include adj. Central AmericanSouth AmericanCaribbean
n. Colonization / Independence v. To colonize / To claim independence adj. Colonized / Independent
n. Ethnic groups v. To be comprised of adj.  ethnic
n. Living standards / Income inequality n. Economy / resources v. To improve / To worsen adj. Wide

*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. Latin America includes many different regions. What are these different regions? Have you or anyone you know ever travelled to other regions of Latin America? What are some similarities and differences between other Latin countries and Colombia?
  2. When was Colombia colonized and when did it achieve independence?
  3. Latin America is comprised of many different ethnic groups. Can you name a few different ethnic groups in Colombia or other parts of Latin America? What are their defining characteristics?
  4. Many Latin American societies have a large degree of income inequality  or wide income gaps. Why do you think this is? What can be done to improve this situation? Is there anything going on right now that is worsening this situation?
  5. What are some languages other than Spanish that are spoken in Latin America? Can you speak any of them? What are some differences between the Spanish spoken in the different regions of Latin America?

Quotes of the week…

“Latin America is very fond of the word “hope.” We like to be called the “continent of hope.” Candidates for deputy, senator, president, call themselves “candidates of hope.” This hope is really something like a promise of heaven, an IOU whose payment is always being put off. It is put off until the next legislative campaign, until next year, until the next century.”   —Pablo Neruda

Conversation Club Summary for June 13th – THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE!

Hey there friends! Did you miss Bogota Business English’s Conversation Club last Wednesday, June 13th? We really had a great time! We made new friends and created new business contacts. Come join us on on Wednesday, June 20th at 6:00 at Authors Bookstore on Calle 72 #5-23 for great English practice!

If you did not attend last week you don’t have to worry 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, June 20th to talk about LATIN AMERICA 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…”

THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

Vocabulary Bank

n. medal v. To award adj. admirable
n. award v. To win adj. remarkable
n. winner / laureate v. To bestow adj.  astonishing
n. committee n. accomplishment v. To present adj. amazing

*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. What is the Nobel Peace Prize? Why is it important?
  2. Can you name and Nobel Peace Prize laureates? What did they do to earn the prize? Do you admire their achievements?
  3. Who was Alfred Nobel? Why was he so famous? HINT: look below at the “interesting facts and information section”

Interesting facts and information…

Alfred Nobel was a chemist, engineer, and inventor. In 1894 Nobel purchased an iron and steel mill, which he made into a major weapons factory. Nobel amassed a fortune during his lifetime. Most of his wealth was from his 355 inventions, of which dynamite is the most famous.

Nobel was concerned about how he would be remembered when he died, so in his will he left the majority of his wealth to establish the Nobel Peace Prize.

VIDEO BREAK!

NOTABLE LAUREATES:

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Maria Skłodowska-Curie

Kofi Annan

Nelson Mandela

Oscar Arias Sanchez

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Homework:

Research some famous people who have one the Nobel Peace Prize. Try using Wikipedia to find a complete list of winners.

Bring your friends, family and colleagues to next week’s conversation club!!!

Conversation Club Review for June 6th – BUSINESS MODELS!

Hey there friends! Did you miss Bogota Business English’s Conversation Club last Wednesday, June 6th? We really had a great time! We made new friends and created new business contacts. Come join us on on Wednesday, June 13th at 6:00 at Authors Bookstore on Calle 72 #5-23 for great English practice!

If you did not attend last week you don’t have to worry 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, June 13th to talk about THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE 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…”

BUSINESS MODELS!

Vocabulary Bank

n. organogram v. to design adj. efficient / inefficient
n. planning v. to map out adj. profitable / unprofitable
n. growth v. to expand adj.  expandable
n. structure n. strategy v. to strategize adj. innovative

*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. Do you know how the following business models operate? How are the efficient or inefficient in your opinion?
    1. “Bricks and Clicks” business model (Company that has physical stores and an online presence)
    2. Franchise business model
    3. “Freemium” business model. (offerins basic Web services, or a basic downloadable digital product, for free, while charging a premium for advanced or special features)
    4. What are some real-world examples in Colombia of the types of business models discussed in #1?
    5. Can you think of any other types of business models?
    6. If you could start your own business, what would it be? Do you already have your own business? If so, how and why did you begin it?
    7. What makes businesses successful?
VIDEO BREAK! Check out this great YouTube video on Business Models

Quotes of the week…

“A budget tells us what we can’t afford, but it doesn’t keep us from buying it.”

“Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing… layout, processes, and procedures.”

Homework: 

Are there any tools or resources that you have found helpful to learn English? Bring them to next week’s conversation club to share with your new friends. We are all interested in improving our language skills!

Conversation Club Review for May 30th – Architecture!

Hey there all you English learners! Did you miss Bogota Business English’s Conversation Club last Wednesday, May 30th? 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, June 6th to talk about BUSINESS MODELS 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…”

ARCHITECTURE

Vocabulary Bank

n. design v. to design adj. urban
n. architect v. to build / to construct adj. modern
n. blue prints v. to maintain adj.  classical
n. form n. function v. to appreciate adj. functional

*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. What are the most important examples of Colombian architecture and/or design?
  2. Are there any specific buildings or neighborhoods in Bogota whose architecture you admire?
  3. One key concept of architecture is that a building’s form should meet its function. Do you think the architecture of your home or office agrees with this concept? If you could, how would you improve it?
  4. Eco-friendly and ‘green’ architecture is starting to gain notoriety. Does Bogota have any examples of this type of architecture? What are some examples of ‘green’ architecture?
  5. Describe your ideal home with you group? Do any of you have similar architectural tastes?
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Did you know…?

Architecture is both the process and product of planningdesigning and construction. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements.

 

Homework:

 

Who are the most important Colombian architects? Find out who they are and what they did using Wikipedia in English.

 

Visits www.NPR.org for great news stories and audio files to practice your English.

 

Bring your friends to the next conversation club!