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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 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 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

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-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!

How to Form The Past Continuous

How can we make the past continuous? Firstly, check that you know how to make the past simple to be. If not, contact us and let us help you.

Here’s the positive form:

  • I was sleeping
  • you were working
  • he was coming
  • she was reading ‘War and Peace’
  • it was raining
  • we were shopping
  • they were watching a film

Next, here’s the negative – it’s very easy, just add ‘not’:

  • I was not (wasn’t) sleeping
  • you were not (weren’t) working
  • he was not (wasn’t) coming
  • she was not (wasn’t) reading ‘War and Peace’
  • it was not (wasn’t) raining
  • we were not (weren’t) shopping
  • they were not (weren’t) watching a film

Why don’t you try some exercises here. 

And, just like the past simple, to make a ‘yes / no’ question, put ‘was / were’ in front of the subject:

  • Was I listening?
  • Were you working?
  • Was she working?
  • Was he living in Paris at the time?
  • Was it snowing when you arrived?
  • Were we eating?
  • Were they studying?

To make a ‘wh’ question (of course) put the question word at the beginning:

  • Why was I working?
  • Where were you living?
  • How was she travelling?
  • Where was he going?
  • Why was it snowing in the summer?
  • What were we eating?
  • Why were they studying?

Can BBE help you?