Podcast Ideas: What the people Want

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Re: Podcast Ideas: What the people Want

Postby bigpig » Tue May 17, 2011 6:06 am

Well ill start of this thread by requesting a podcast that will teach use how to say "I like.." and "I don't like..." i would suggest using food when talking about this... after all its easy to both dislike and like food(lol). This would also give us a small peek into the arabic culture

thanks keep up the good work,
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Re: Podcast Ideas: What the people Want

Postby mrs_dravid » Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:58 pm

Hello,
I listen to your beginner's level lessons regularly and I absolutely love them. I usually listen to them on my way to work and people in the street stare at me when I start laughing or talking to myself (btw., "Bursting for toilet" sound was definitely #1 on the list of sounds that made me laugh aloud; it was sooooo funny :) )

Anyway, I had this idea for a beginner's lesson: about dissatisfied guest at the hotel reception desk. A dialogue that I made out goes like this:

[Guest] Hello, I live in room 214 and I would like to change it. My room is smelly and there's blood under the bed.
[Receptionist] Very well, no problem. Would you like a room with a balcony? Single or double bed?
[Guest] Double bed
[Receptionist] Excellent! I have something just perfect for you. Room 214 has just been made available.

Maybe these words are a little complicated for a beginner but I would really not mind learning that.
Regards!
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Re: Podcast Ideas: What the people Want

Postby Moshaya » Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:24 pm

Ahlan mrs_dravid,

Very good dialogue for a podcast. We'll definitely base a lesson around your dialogue. It would probably be a lower intermediate lesson. Keep an eye out :wink:
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Re: Podcast Ideas: What the people Want

Postby squareshoulders » Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:55 am

Guys, how about a lesson involving lawyers/law? E.g.:

A: Thanks for returning my call. Do you know how I find a good corporate lawyer in Qatar?

B: There are many types of business lawyers here. What kind do you need?

A: I need one who can help me with franchise licensing and other issues. My hotel franchising client wants to establish a few hotels there.

B: I think your client needs a contract and licensing specialist.

A: Probably so, at least to start. Do you think the franchise contracts can specify that New York law applies?

B: I'm not sure that would be legal in Qatar. I can find a lawyer who can help you.
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Re: Podcast Ideas: What the people Want

Postby Moshaya » Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:24 am

Good dialogue squareshoulders, Keep an eye out for a podcast based on your dialogue
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Re: Podcast Ideas: What the people Want

Postby squareshoulders » Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:08 am

All right. Here's one about needing a a complaint served:

A: Hello, Arabian agency for service of process.

B: Hello. I'm a lawyer from the U.S. We just filed a lawsuit against a Saudi national and we need to serve him with the papers.

A: We can do that. Do you have an address?

B: Yes. And, by the way, I think he may try to avoid service.

A: No problem. We will track him down. And our cost is guaranteed - no service, no pay. Any other service we can provide?

B: Yes, we also need to get some documents translated.

A: Sure. We have a translator on our staff. I will connect you.

B: That would be much appreciated.

A: Okay. Hold on.
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Re: Podcast Ideas: What the people Want

Postby squareshoulders » Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:52 pm

Woke up today to see my dialogue translated! Thank you and great job with all of the detail and extra vocab! Speaking of legal issues - I also much enjoyed the recent podcast on the BBC reporting of the patent dispute. The more advanced words are just kind of dead on the page (actually on John Mace's business vocabulary book) -- but when you hear them they come alive. Spurred on by these podcasts, I'll try to think of some appropriate dialogues with additional vocab. Many thanks.
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Re: Podcast Ideas: What the people Want

Postby Moshaya » Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:30 pm

Thanks squareshoulders, your idea helped us create a good lesson. Let us know if you have other ideas :)
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Re: Podcast Ideas: What the people Want

Postby squareshoulders » Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:52 pm

Ok, here's another one, spinning from the franchising idea:

Let's assume Fatema (according to dictionary - faatima - one sucking her mother's milk) is a New York franchisor of falafel restaurants under the name "Kabeer Apple Falafel."

Falafel franchising is in fact currently popular in the U.S. and elsewhere (see for example http://franchisetalk.net/2011/02/01/jus ... -globally/ and http://nrn.com/article/i-dream-falafel )

Also assume Haidar (according to dictionary - lion) is the owner of a recently franchised restaurant in Chicago, in the U.S. Fatema is talking to Haidar.

A (Fatema): Your franchising fees are months overdue.

B (Haidar): I know. We expect to close on a loan, then we'll pay up the arrears immediately.

A: Your KAF failed the last quality assurance inspection. The failure was silly.

B: True. But we scored highly on cleanliness, appearance, ambiance, and food quality.

A: You only need to purchase and display our standard trademarked signs. People need to associate "Kabeer Apple Falafel" with a consistently high and uniform quality.

B: Understood. We'll buy them and get them up as soon as possible.

A: Haidar, we have an application from a competitor of yours just down your street.

B: We'll pay the fees and get the signs up within three weeks, I promise.

A; I'm getting pressure from my partners to terminate your franchise contract. If that happens, your investment will be lost.

B: I want to start another KAF restaurant in Milwaukee. I already have some investors lined up.

A: We have nothing in Wisconsin yet. Can they pay the initial fee and start-up costs?

B: Immediately. They bought a facility and have interviewed an architect for a standard KAF renovation.

A: Splendid. Send me the completed application and I'll talk to my partners about your arrears. If we receive initial fees for the Milwaukee application, perhaps I can get them to forgive some of your other debt. No guarantees!
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Re: Podcast Ideas: What the people Want

Postby Moshaya » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:23 pm

Not bad squareshoulders. Sounds like a decent intermediate lesson. I think we can use it, so keep an eye for it in the future :wink:
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Re: Podcast Ideas: What the people Want

Postby squareshoulders » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:26 am

Great - I forgot to work those names into the podcast.

Feel free to change it, of course. The little script identifies some of the common issues in franchising, but it is a big chunk of vocabulary.

Milwaukee, in the U.S. State of Wisconsin, is a nice medium sized city. It is about two hours north of Chicago.
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Re: Podcast Ideas: What the people Want

Postby squareshoulders » Thu May 03, 2012 3:32 pm

Just a couple of additional notes for clarification and on the genesis of the ideas.

Locally, New York City has the nickname "the Big Apple" -- hence "Kabeer Apple" for the fictional name.

In addition, New York falafel street vendors, from carts, serve delicious food and can have quite a customer following. And carts are, I think, common.

Also, as to franchising, a key is to have a common appearance for the franchised locations. The individual location is owned and operated by the franchisee. The franchisor is the owner of the trade and service marks (the logos, name, etc.).

But typically under the franchisor-franchisee contracts it is the franchisees (the owners of the individual shops) which have to pay for the signs. Sometimes, they would rather not spend the money.

The franchisor owns the trade marks and under the contracts, the franchisee gets the right to use them for payments.

Under the contracts, also, the franchisor can terminate the relationship for specified types of breaches.

Typically the franchisor seeks to terminate because the franchisee has either not paid or has not fulfilled quality assurance requirements.

So that's what this dialogue is all about.
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Re: Podcast Ideas: What the people Want

Postby Climacus » Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:09 am

We are about to have a election here in Oz...and voting is compulsory here: you're fined if you do not at least turn up and get your name ticked off which seems to shock many people outside.

My possible suggestion for a future lesson would be some terminology around voting, government, opposition, etc. Just a thought.
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Re: Podcast Ideas: What the people Want

Postby Christina123 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:44 am

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Re: Podcast Ideas: What the people Want

Postby wtfsoso1989 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:49 am

i want what ? money :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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