Monthly Archives: julio 2018

Ellen Found the Funniest Commercials

This is an excerpt from the popular tv show Ellen. She and her team have selected some funny videos for commentary.

Ellen is quite easy to follow for all English speaking levels and always has something pleasant and fun to say. Remember, it’s never important to understand every word being said (but that is a completely different lesson!).

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    Part 5, Final Part of Netflix Series of Articles… and the Aftermath?

Part 5, Final Part of Netflix Series of Articles… and the Aftermath?

Closing our series of articles commenting on how Netflix reinvented HR.  This is an interview asking about the aftermath of the strategic changes implemented in the company.  I find it easy reading with interesting vocabulary, with nothing much else to add.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to actually be able to make such changes and see how things panned out […]

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    Managers Own the Job of Creating Great Teams How Netflix reinvented HR, bit by bit. PART FOUR.

Managers Own the Job of Creating Great Teams How Netflix reinvented HR, bit by bit. PART FOUR.

This time, before while you are reading, try and replace the words in bold.  Any questions? Remember, the purpose of these articles is to practice usefull language, in an environment where it’s ok to make mistakes. We want to practice, practice, practice.  So… send us your work, and we will correct it!


How Netflix reinvented HR, bit by bit. […]

Jamie Oliver’s hints as to how not to waste food

Do you already follow any of these practices?

Anything surprise you?

Go to original video by clicking here (to see English subtitles!)

This is a little gem for vocabulary… so, let’s start the competition.

Try naming the different foods as he goes along.  Too many?  Too easy? Too difficult?

Change the challenge… tell me… what VERBS does he use?

I realise that we’re doing a […]

Everybody has an ongoing say vs. PIPs

How does your annual review change your working habits? This is the thought behind this article, and NETFLIX set out to save time and uncomfortable situations.  I think they did it, and it makes sense.  Enjoy this part of the article, below.  Remember, you can access the complete original article here.

Look at how this vocabulary is used, can you […]

An Honour Policy for Time-off? Really?

How Netflix reinvented HR, bit by bit. PART TWO.

You can catch up on PART ONE and read the beginning of this article.  I believe it’s worth it.

Link to the original article.

Vocabulary to investigate before reading (links with meaning and pronunciation):

To rely on
Instead of
To hire
High-performance workplace
To deal with
To let go
To talk openly
Time off
To […]

Is Stress Real?


I love this website, making the viewer see the world through comedy and with a less or more critical eye.  Sarcasm is indeed a very powerful tool.

Questions for thought:

What do you do to deal with stress?
Do you think that these thoughts are common?
What would your recommendation be, if it varies from that of the presenter?
Care […]

The continuous HR puzzle

How Netflix reinvented HR – bit by bit. Part 1.

Link to original article

This article is huge, and it’s from 2014! I believe that there are so many excellent points here that we can take it on in small parts… Mini topics for mini-discussions.
If you want to read the original article and see the slides, I invite you to go […]

Modern Offices

Sometimes the best way to advance in your English is to think new thoughts with similar vocabulary. So… why don’t you share your first impressions of these modern offices?
Ask yourself some questions first:
Is this very productive?
What was the client’s reaction?
Can you describe the offices and the motivation behind the concept?