Breakthrough at Talks Spurs Concessions

Breakthrough at Talks Spurs Concessions

Listen to this headline that was published in a newspaper called The Business Standard. Listen closely because this headline is tricky to understand and it contains a lot of information. Breakthrough in Venezuela Talks Spurs US to Ease Embargo Listen again:...
Counterfeit Jewelry

Counterfeit Jewelry

The headline we will use for this class was published in the New York Times on November 21st, 2022. Jewelry Counterfeits: The Age-Old Problem Just Keeps Growing Jewelry counterfeits. What’s that? Jewelry ‘are’ those items that you might wear around your...
Collapse of the FTX Crypto Exchange

Collapse of the FTX Crypto Exchange

Welcome to English for Economists, the podcast meant for people working in economics who want to improve their English using real-world, contemporary examples. In this English lesson, we will look at some vocabulary surrounding the recent collapse of FTX, a large...
Windfall Taxes

Windfall Taxes

To understand the word ‘windfall’, it’s useful to break it into two parts ‘wind’ and ‘fall’. The wind is the natural movement of air. Wind blows. If the wind blows hard enough, it can make things fall. For example, the word windfall ––which was first used back...
Fintech Financing Slump

Fintech Financing Slump

We draw our English lesson today from the Economist Magazine once again, which published an excellent article on October 13th, 2022, titled: Who will survive the fintech bloodbath? Bloodbath! That sounds serious, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not a literal bath of blood, but...
Are Bailouts the ‘New Normal’?

Are Bailouts the ‘New Normal’?

Hi friends. In this lesson, you will see what the word ‘bailout’ means, and you will also learn the expressions ‘to dole out’ and ‘to turn on the fiscal taps’. Before I get underway, I do want to mention that I was traveling in...
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

A recent headline in the Economist magazine states “In the world of greenery, no good deed goes unpunished”.   This headline is a great place for an English lesson. Let’s start with the word ‘greenery’. In this case, the word ‘greenery’ refers to the future shift...
Turkey Becomes Türkiye

Turkey Becomes Türkiye

This podcast lesson deals with the recent name change of the Middle Eastern country that forms a bridge between Asia and Europe, Turkey.  In this podcast lesson, you’ll learn all about Turkey’s new name and how to pronounce it in English. So, what’s going on? In June...
Hiring Spree

Hiring Spree

What does ‘hiring spree’ mean? See how it is used in this headline:Good News on Jobs May Mean Bad News Later as Hiring Spree Defies Fed(nytimes.com: August 5, 2022)Hiring Spree: a sustained, energetic period of hiring a lot of people. Es un ‘boom’ de...
Friend-shoring

Friend-shoring

In this English vocabulary lesson, you’ll learn a fairly new expression in English: ‘friend-shoring’. Headline: Yellen says the U.S. and its allies should use ‘friend-shoring’ to give supply chains a boost Three words to highlight here: ‘allies’,...