Archive | July 2012

Bogota Business English Conversation Club: Preview for August 1st- Reference Materials!

Hello friends and English learners of Bogota!

Did you know that there is a FREE English conversation club each week in la Zona G? Join us at 6pm on August 1st at Authors Bookstore (Calle 70 #5-23). This is an excellent opportunity to practice your English and meet new people!!

This week we will be talking about REFERENCE MATERIALS: all of the books and guides that you need to learn English! We will have recommendations and suggestions for you to improve your English.

At Bogota Business English, we want to do EVERYTHING to make sure you are learning English effectively! To promote this idea, we will be giving a way a FREE glass of wine to the first 2 people who come prepared with the preparation assignment!!

PREP WORK FOR THE CONVERSATION CLUB: Bring your written answers with you for a FREE GLASS OF WINE!:

1) What is a thesaurus? What function does it serve? Have you ever used a thesaurus?

2) Write out the past, present and future tense conjugations of the verb “To Be”.

3) What is the most effective way to learn English?

Make sure to come early and bring your written answers for a FREE GLASS OF WINE!

At the conversation club we will be talking about the following materials:




Make sure to bring some extra cash$$$ with you to the conversation club, you DO NOT want to miss this opportunity to purchase these excellent books!

You will meet lots of new people at the conversation club, so watch this video to make sure you are prepared to meet new people!!!




Bogota Business English Conversation Club topic preview for July 25th: Financial Problems

Hey everyone!

This week at the conversation club we are going to talk about the financial crisis in Europe. We will learn some new vocabulary about banking and finances; this may be good knowledge for you at your work! As always we will have beverages, music and good friends/networking. Come to Authors Bookstore on Calle 70 #5-23 tonight at 6pm for the Bogota Business English Conversation Club!

Before you come tonight, spend some time reviewing the following information. This way you will be prepared to participate in the conversation!

Wikipedia: Simple English article on ‘Finance and Banking’.

Here’s an interesting YouTube video on the European Economic Crisis:

We hope to see all of you there this evening!


Bogota Business English Conversation Club – Conversatorio Preview for July 18

Hey everyone,

Last week we had a great conversation about the new Pico y Placa system here in Bogota. This week we are going to talk about getting sick, how to get better and also about visiting the doctor’s office. It should be a great opportunity for you to learn some great new vocabulary.

Here’s a peek at some of the things we are going to be talking about at the Conversation Club Wednesday night at 6:00 pm at Authors Bookstore in La Zona G. Make sure to bring your friends who need to improve their English!

Before we get started though, take a look at this YouTube Video about remedies for the common cold.

Let’s Talk About…”


Vocabulary Bank

n. illness / disease / sickness v. to get sick


v. to be cured

adj. sick

(i.e. I’m sick; OR I’m not feeling well)

n. healthcare v. to go through adj. under the weather

(i.e. I have a cold and am a bit under the weather.)

n. Waiting room v. to despise v. to feel (good, well, sick, bad)

i.e. I feel good. I feel sick. Etc.


n. Doctor’s office v. to pass the time


adj.  ‘…like hell’

à(slang, don’t use at the office)

i.e. I feel like hell! =  I feel really sick!


*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’s the difference between an illness and a disease?
  2. Talk about everything you despise about going to the doctor’s office!
  3. Talk about the worst sickness you’ve ever had to go through.
  4. Talk about the things you do to pass the time in the waiting room at your doctor’s office.
  5. What are some good ways to prevent yourself from getting sick?
  6. Give your opinions on Colombia’s healthcare system. Do you think it is good, bad, mediocre? Support your opinions with facts.
  7. Tell us about your favorite remedy that helps cure common sicknesses.

Bogota Business English and Authors Conversation Club Preview: July 11th

Hey friends,

We’ve changed the topic for tonight’s conversation club at the last minute. We are going to be talking about the Pico y Placa system. So bring all of your thoughts, opinions and/or complaints tonight. We’re going to figure out how to say all of that stuff in English!

The Conversation Club is held at Authors Bookstore on Calle 70 #5-23 at 6pm. Bring some friend to enjoy this cool environment.

Here’s a bit of a preview for tonight’s club so that you can get familiar with the vocabulary:


Check out this GREAT YouTube video!


“Let’s Talk About…”

Pica y Placa


Vocabulary Bank

n. Traffic control system v. to fight traffic adj. effective / ineffective
n. license plate; or

license plate number.

v. to have patience


adj. patient
n. even number; or odd number. v. to end with adj.  delayed

i.e. I’m delayed in traffic so I’ll arrive late.

n. rush hour n. commute v. to carpool adj. congested or adj. jammed

i.e.  The streets are really congested (or jammed) during rush hour.

*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. Pico y placa? What do you think, good or bad? Effective or ineffective? How does this traffic control system work?
  2. What number does your license plate end with? Would prefer your license plate to end with an even or odd number?
  3. How long does rush hour last in Bogota? What do you do while you’re stuck in traffic?
  4. Name 5 things you think could help improve traffic in our city. What can you do to promote these things?
  5. How long is your commute to the office and/or school? If you drive a car, have you ever tried to organize a carpool with your friends, colleagues or neighbors?

BBE & Authors Bookstore Conversation Club Review: June 20th!

Hello Everyone! Last week we were not able to host the Conversation Club due to unforeseen circumstances! The good news is that we will start the Club again tonight at 6 pm to talk about JULY 4TH or U.S. INDEPENDENCE DAY! This will be a great opportunity to learn about an important aspect of American culture. You can also compare U.S. Independence Day with Colombian Independence Day. So bring your friends and come check out the Bogota Business English conversation club at Author’s Bookstore (Calle 70 #5-23) tonight at 6:00 pm.

If you did not attend on June 20th 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, July 4thto talk about INDEPENDENCE DAY with us! We are going to learn a lot of really cool things and new vocabulary.

Here’s what we talked about during the last Conversation Club…

“Let’s Talk About…”


Vocabulary Bank

n. goal n. referee adj. riveting
n. pitch v. to score adj. challenging
n. team captain v. to root (for a team or player) n. home team / opponent
n. the score n. soccer fan v. to kick adj. entertaining

*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. In general, there are 11 players on the pitch for each team during a match. They fall into four categories: goalkeepers, strikers, midfielders and defenders. What do each of these do?
  2. What was the final score of the last soccer match you watched? Were you at the stadium or did you watch the game on TV? Did the team that you were rooting for win?
  3. What was the most riveting soccer match you have ever watched?
  4. Do you have a favorite soccer team or player? Which one or who?
  5. Trivia: Which company has manufactured the official soccer ball for the World Cup tournaments since 1970?

Quotes of the week…

“The trouble with referees is that they know the rules, but they do not know the game.”


Did you know?

-Soccer is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. At the turn of the 21st century, the game was played by over 250 million players in over 200 countries, making it the world’s most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field of grass or green artificial turf, with a goal in the middle of each of the short ends. The object of the game is to score by driving the ball into the opposing goal.

-The term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford “-er” abbreviation of the word “association”.