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Bogota Business English Conversation Club Preview for October 17th: Movies!

Hello friends! Have you been looking for somewhere to practice your English? Do you want REAL conversations in English? Come join Bogota Business English this Wednesday, October 17th at Authors Bookstore (Cll 70 #5-23) from 6pm to 8pm! This week we will talk about MOVIES! What is your favorite movie?

Every week Bogota Business English hosts a Conversation Club at Authors Bookstore! BBE wants to help you use your English! Come have real English conversation with us and bring your friends and family.

This week’s topic is movies! Who are some of your favorite actors? What was the last movie you saw in the theater? These are some of the things that we will be talking about this week at the conversation club. So make sure to bring your friends, family and colleagues who also want to improve and practice their English. We look forward to seeing you there!

Do you know what a movie trailer is? Check out this movie trailer for ‘Cloud Atlas’, a movie coming out soon!

 

BBE Conversation Club for October 3rd: Space Exploration

Hello! Are you looking for somewhere to practice your English? Would you like to have REAL conversations in English? Come join Bogota Business English this Wednesday, October 3rd at Authors Bookstore (Cll 70 #5-23) from 6pm to 8pm! This week we will talk about SPACE EXPLORATION!

Every week Bogota Business English hosts a Conversation Club at Authors Bookstore! BBE wants to help you use your English! Come have real English conversation with us and bring your friends and family.

This week’s topic is ‘space exploration’. What do you know about space? Would you like to go to space? Why or why not? These are some of the things that we will be talking about this week at the conversation club.

Check out this YouTube video about the first man to walk on the Moon, Neil Armstrong:

BBE Conversation Club preview for September 29th; Movies!

Looking for a place to practice your English? Want to find some cool books in English? Join BBE’s conversation club @ Authors Bookstore (Cll 70 #5-23) at 6 pm! We will be talking about movies this week!

What’s your favorite movie?

What is a subtitle? Do you use subtitles?

These are some things that we will talk about at the Bogota Business English conversation club. Bring your friends and family for a cool place to practice English!

Have you ever seen a movie trailer in English? Check out this trailer from the movie Cool Runnings!

BBE Conversation Club for September 4th: FOOD!

Hey Everyone!

Please come to the conversation club this week at Authors Bookstore! We are going to talk about FOOD! Authors will also be providing VIP passes to the food event at Corferias…WOW!! This is going to be a great event to learn English related to FOOD, everyone’s favorite subject.

Bogota Business English  is proud to offer you the Conversation Club FREE! Each week at 6pm at Calle 70 # 5-23 we begin the conversation club. This is a great opportunity to practice English, meet new friends and network with other professionals.

This week we are also going to be talking a little bit about organic food. Check out this video to get familiar with the subject!

Bogota Business English Conversation Club Preview: August 29th!

Hello friends of Bogota Business English!

Everyone likes to travel right? Travelling, whether for business of for pleasure, allows us to learn more about other parts of the world. Sometimes we even get to have an adventure or two!

Bogota Business English and Authors Bookstore want to help you improve your English for the next time you have an international trip! Join us on August 29th from 6 to 8 pm at Calle 70 #5-23 in the Zona G. There will be lots of books about travel and friends to share your travel stories with!

A grreat way to prepare for the conversation club this week is to watch this interesting video clip about Colombia. If you don’t know who Anthony Bourdain is, you won’t want to miss this! See you soon!

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…”

ILLNESSES,

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!

 DISEASES & THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE

*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…”

SOCCER!

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?
CHECK OUT THIS COOL VIDEO ON THE HISTORY OF SOCCER!

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”.

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