Student’s Review: ‘Revenge’ by Patricia

Can you imagine a story similar to The Count of Monte Cristo but with the glamour of The Hamptons as a backdrop?
If you like drama series combined with intrigue, glamour and the possibility of bringing The Hamptons into your home … then REVENGE is the series for you!

Revenge

THE PLOT
When the main character, Amanda Jones, was a child, her father took the fall for a crime he did not commit. The same people who destroyed her father ensured that she was sent to a juvenile detention center in order to never see him again.

Once she is an adult and abandons that center, she finds out that she is the heir to a fortune her father had and decides to come back to The Hamptons as her alter ego, Emily Thorne, to get revenge on those who destroyed her family and caused his death.

“Revenge” is the story of a revenge that takes place in the glamorous and cosmopolitan Hamptons, the most famous residential seaside resort of New York State where celebrities and rich people come together.

The Hamptons

The Hamptons

WHY IS THIS SERIES GOOD FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS?
Not only because watching Revenge is a way to improve your English while you are enjoying watching a series but also because of the different characters and accents that appear in Revenge! You can start watching it with subtitles and as your confidence grows and you get familiar with the characters, challenge yourself and take them off!

CONCLUSION
Revenge can be summed up as a sort of Count of Monte Cristo in our modern world! Once you start watching it, you will be hooked!

We want to thank Patricia for this great contribution to our blog!

Business English in Reality TV (Part 1)

It’s hard to switch on the TV nowadays without seeing some kind of reality show. But can they help you improve your English? Here is one recommendation for you if you have an upper-intermediate (B2) level of English or above and need to improve your English communication skills in a business context. This series can be found on You Tube. I have given you information about the UK version as last month we recommended mostly US English series.

Dragon’s Den UK   
In this series, budding entrepreneurs have to pitch their business ideas to five UK multi-millionaires, the Dragons, who may be willing to invest their own cash in exchange for equity. After the pitch, the Dragons ask the entrepreneurs a series of questions and if they are interested, a deal is sealed. If not, they are “out” and the entrepreneur leaves the Den with nothing.

Each episode of the series contains several pitches. Choose a pitch and watch it a few times. Don’t try to understand every word but focus on:

  1. Name of entrepreneur(s)
  2. Name of the business
  3. Amount of investment needed
  4. Amount of equity offered in exchange for investment 
  5. Brief description of product / service

As you gain more confidence with your listening, try listening to the Q&A session which follows the pitch and to the final agreement reached.

GLOSSARY
Budding
(adj.) – beginning and showing signs of promise
To pitch / pitched / pitched – to aim to sell something to an audience
A pitch (n) – a persuasive sales talk
To be willing (adj.) to do something – to be ready or prepared to do something
Equity – percentage of ownership of a company
To seal / sealed / sealed a deal – reach a business agreement
Q&A – question and answer

A Ziggurat student’s experience 
«I really enjoy Dragon’s Den. As a sales manager, it’s very useful for me to know how to pitch a product (and sometimes how not to pitch it!) in English and if you take your time to try to understand the Dragon’s opinions and comments, you will be able to learn a lot of useful tips about how to manage your own business or even how to improve your performance in your company! Although I sometimes struggle to understand some people’s accents, by watching it on a regular basis, I can perceive real progress in my listening skills!». By Santiago Dacuña