The Meaning of ‘Upflation’

The Meaning of ‘Upflation’

Improve your pronunciation and expand your vocabulary with the new “Economists in Action” video course. Four hours of instruction for anyone who wants to improve their ability to speak about the economy in English. Find it now on Udemy, or at Englishforeconomists.com....
‘Raking in’ the Profits

‘Raking in’ the Profits

Today we are going to unpack not one, but two useful expressions, and by ‘unpack’, I mean that we will break them down in order to understand their meaning. Listen closely. This first headline comes from CNN News. It reads: “Why oil companies are ‘raking in’...
The 996 Culture

The 996 Culture

What is the 996 culture? This refers to a work schedule that has been making waves in the tech industry, particularly in China. Yes, the “996” culture. It’s a practice that’s been both supported and criticized for its impact on employees and...
A ‘Blowout’ Financial Quarter’

A ‘Blowout’ Financial Quarter’

Today, we’re going to teach some key terms that are essential for understanding recent trends in the tech industry: blowout, ride-hailing, gig workers, and algorithms Let’s dive into our lesson, inspired by recent financial news involving Uber Technologies...
‘White Swan’ and ‘Black Swan’ Events

‘White Swan’ and ‘Black Swan’ Events

Today, we’re exploring a fascinating topic that has attracted a lot of attention in financial circles: the concept of Black Swan and White Swan events. Our discussion and English class today was inspired by a recent Bloomberg article from January 30th titled,...
Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) is Booming

Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) is Booming

In Episode 85,  we delve into a fascinating headline from early December published by CNN: ‘It’s lending on steroids’: How Buy Now, Pay Later companies are meeting an influx of demand despite higher costs. What does “Lending on steroids” mean? In economic...
What Is a ‘Windfall’?

What Is a ‘Windfall’?

Today, we dissect an intriguing headline from The Guardian newspaper, published earlier this week. We’ll unravel the vocabulary and concepts it presents. Our primary focus today revolves around the term “windfall.” The headline is: “Autumn...
What is Economic Swagger?

What is Economic Swagger?

Today, we’re focusing on a headline that’s making waves from CNN Economic Marketplace Asia: “India regains its economic swagger as China stumbles.” The term ‘economic swagger’ here is a colorful way to describe how India is showing...
The Meaning of U-Turn

The Meaning of U-Turn

In this podcast, you will learn a few different ways to describe a sudden reversal in policy. Hi everyone. Welcome to English for Economists, the only podcast that focuses on the English needs of anyone who has to speak, read, or even write about the economy in...
Slashing Forecasts and Feeling the Pinch

Slashing Forecasts and Feeling the Pinch

Today’s episode touches on trade, trends, and forecasts. Join me and learn 3 new words, and one useful expression. Hello all you happy economists out there. This is Alan Robert, back with episode 81 of English for Economists. Here is today’s headline. “WTO...
Europe Chooses New Banknote Design

Europe Chooses New Banknote Design

Money, and specifically banknotes, is the theme of today’s English vocabulary lesson for economists. We will look at how the Eurozone is redesigning its paper money. It turns out that it is harder than you might think. Welcome to English for Economists, the podcast...
Recession or Soft Landing?

Recession or Soft Landing?

In today’s episode, we’ll examine an opinion article that talks about the possibilities of a recession that was published in the New York Times on July 24th, 2023.  In this podcast, I will introduce some really useful vocabulary that will help you discuss...
Copper Prices

Copper Prices

In today’s episode, we’ll examine an article titled ‘Copper is unexpectedly getting cheaper’, published in the Economist magazine on July 6th, 2023. We will see why copper is getting cheaper, and you’ll learn some useful vocabulary along the...
What Are Carbon-Linked Bonds?

What Are Carbon-Linked Bonds?

Welcome to episode 76 of English for Economists. Today, we will be looking once again at an issue related to climate change, and the role economics can play in reducing air pollution. We’ll be diving into these terms: ‘Carbon pricing’,...
Ireland’s Fishing Industry

Ireland’s Fishing Industry

[Music Break] Today, in our 74th podcast, we’re examining a significant economic news piece while learning four key vocabulary words: “Death by a thousand cuts,” “Fleets,” “Quotas,” and “Scrap.” Let’s take a...
The Debt Ceiling Crisis

The Debt Ceiling Crisis

Today, our topic is the debt-ceiling debate currently going on in the USA. Let’s dive right in! In this episode, we’ll focus on three key vocabulary words: brace, debt-ceiling, and default. These words are essential for understanding the headline and sub...
In Its Face and Breathing Down Its Neck

In Its Face and Breathing Down Its Neck

Hello and welcome to “English for Economists,” episode 72. Today, I’m going to talk about a recent article published earlier this week by the Economist Magazine, which highlights the delicate position of South Korea as it tries to balance its...