A few of you have wondered what are the differences between some English accents.

Wonder no more! Here are some great links to hear different English accents from around the UK and The USA

A Tour of the British Isles

Practice your own British Accent with Amy Walker

21 Different Accents from around the World by Amy Walker

How to have an American Accent

Finally, an Intelevator! What would you do?

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First off, let’s look at some key words to help you understand negotiations:

To Afford Something:  to have enough money to pay for something
A Bargain/To Bargain: is an agreement between two or more people or groups as to what each will do for the other
A Proposal: A plan or suggestion presented to a group of people to consider.
A Commitment vs. A Compromise: This is a common mistake Spanish speakers make.  A commitment is an obligation to do or deliver something while a compromise is when you get less than you wanted, but you also give less than you had expected.
Intermediary: Is a person who communicates between two parties during a negotiation process
To make or close the deal:  agree to the contract and be signed by both parties
Party: Either side in a negotiation is known as a party
Tentative Solution:  an agreement that depends on some conditions, so that it might not be a final agreement
The Terms of the Deal: What are the conditions of the contract
Trade-Off: an exchange process in which one side gives up partly on some issues in order to gain on other issues


And here are some useful expressions to keep in mind:

When you want to show you understand and or agree with someone:
I agree with you on that point.
That’s a fair suggestion.
You have a strong point there.
I think we can both agree that…
I don’t see any problem with/harm in that

When you want to politely disagree with someone:
I understand where you’re coming from; however,…
I’m prepared to compromise, but…
I’m afraid I had something different in mind.
From my perspective…
I can see why you say that, but I’d have to disagree with you there.
Could we consider another offer?
Bear in mind/Keep in mind that…

And when you are ready to make that deal or think it over (consider) the agreement:              
Let’s leave it this way for now.
I’m willing to work with that.
I think we could both agree to these terms.
I think we should get this in writing.
If you don’t mind, I’d like to stop and think about this for a little while.
You’ve given me a lot to think about/consider.
Let’s meet again once we’ve had some time to think.

Finally, it is very important to consider who you are negotiating with. Each country/culture has their own technique and it is highly suggested you are prepared to expect different reactions. Take a look at this fascinating link on how to negotiate with people around the world:


 And a short video on negotiating:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3muOFrLaxQ&list=PLwh2W4PrDw1kzEziZTGhXt1cZroAfLw0g        (Level B1)


Photo Source: http://philadelphia.corenetglobal.org/events/new-item?ssopc=1Some tips on how to be good at negotiating and getting what you want.