In this unit you will learn how to introduce yourself in business situations, exchange basic information and use the titles and names in different cultures.
This is what business people may say when they meet for the first time. Listen to the audio and check the expressions you hear.
I’m/My name’s (name).
It’s nice to meet you/Pleased to meet you.
Now listen again and repeat. Then, practice introducing yourself and send the audio to you teacher and to your colleagues using as many variations as you like.
Listen to the conversation and check the words and expressions you hear from the section above. The new ones will be FOLLOW ME/THIS WAY and ALL RIGHT/OK. Can you understand their meaning?
Now listen again and do yourself the visitor’s part as many times as necessary for a good performance. Then, record it and send the audio to your teacher.
Listen to the audio and take notes of the names, addresses and phone numbers you hear. Then, click the answer key and check your answers.
What name do you use with a title?
In most Western countries, the order of names is first name, then last name. So we use Mr. plus the last name for men and Ms. plus the last name for women. This way, Katherine Williams is Ms. Williams.
People use the family names with titles in China, Japan and Korea, too. But the order of names is different. It’s family name first, then given name. So Chen Jihai is Mr. Chen and not Mr. Jihai.
What about first names?
In the USA and Canada, first names are OK when you first meet. If someone says, “Please, call me John”, use the firt name. It’s polite and friendly.
Listen to the audio and take notes of the phone numbers you hear. Then, check your answers with your colleagues.
What’s your name?
Do you use your first name when you first meet someone?
What’s your telephone number?
What’s your email address?
Can you spell that?
Can you spell that?
Follow me/This way
Nice/Glad/Pleased to meet you
Please, call me
What’s your name/telephone number/email address?