Finding out about objects and places - BULATS Speaking Part Three Part One - Describing objects Your partner works for a manufacturer of office equipment and stationery. You are a retailer who is thinking of selling one of their products in your shops. Ask them about at least three of the things below, leading the conversation. Price Payment terms Dimensions Weight Appearance Functions Power consumption Guarantee/ Warrantee Servicing/ After sales service Green?/ Ecologically friendly? Reliability Special features/ Unique selling points/ USPs Choose one of the objects below to ask questions about: A hole punch Post its A ruler A notice board A paper clip Thumbtacks A laptop A wastepaper basket A stapler A drinks machine A box of staples A vending machine A calculator A ballpoint (pen) = A biro A pair of scissors A fountain pen An A4 ring binder Bookends A ream of photocopy paper Bookshelves A diary A cubicle A date stamp An intercom An address book A mobile phone A photocopier A fax (machine) A mouse A monitor An answer machine Sellotape An eraser Blinds A rubber band An electronic dictionary A printer An instruction manual An envelope A clipboard A (postage) stamp A desk calendar A desk lamp A business card holder A filing cabinet A key ring A cupboard A partition Some drawers A board room table A tube of glue A swivel chair A water cooler A notepad A fire extinguisher A first aid box

A Dictaphone (= voice recorder) A headset An ashtray A mouse pad A fire alarm A smoke detector Pot plants Lockers A coat rack A projector screen An umbrella stand An automatic pencil A (permanent) marker A picture frame A projector A video cabinet A glue stick (= a Pritt stick) A box of tissues A whiteboard marker A briefcase A light switch A plug A socket A security badge A coat hangar A button A bulb A fluorescent light

Do the same, but this time without knowing what product they are talking about. When you have finished the conversation, try to guess what thing they were thinking of. What could the questions for each of the things at the top be? Try to think of at least two options for each type of question, including one not using the words above. Now discuss this question together: What are the most important factors when choosing office equipment and stationery?

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Part Two - Describing places Your partner is someone from the trade promotion agency of a city. You are thinking of setting up a new R&D facility somewhere. Ask about at least three of the things below, leading the conversation. Population/ Size Availability of suitable staff Quality of life/ Standard of living Available premises Transport connections

Economic growth Other businesses, including R&D Prices/ Costs USPs Location of city

Choose one of the places below to answer questions about: Cologne

Munich

Bruges

Brussels

Florence

Geneva

Venice

Rome

Paris

Athens

Naples

Turin

Milan

Moscow

Beijing

The Hague

Prague

Seville

Kiev

Warsaw

Belgrade

Guangzhou/Canton Shenzhen

Leicester

Hamburg

Antwerp

Chernobyl

Copenhagen

Porto

St Petersburg

Sarajevo

Strasbourg

Stuttgart

Tbilisi

Valencia

Vatican City

Versailles

Vienna

LA

Yogyakarta

The Big Apple

Havana

Quebec City

Seattle

Vancouver

Edinburgh

Jakarta

Jerusalem

Kolkata/ Calcutta

Kyoto

Tokyo

Osaka

Kuala Lumpur

Mumbai/ Bombay

Singapore

Do the same again, but this time without knowing which city they are talking about. When you have finished, try to guess what place they were thinking of. What could the questions for each of the things above be? Try to think of at least two options for each type of question, including one not using the words above. Now discuss this question together: What are the most important factors when choosing the location for a business premises? Where are the places above? What are the differences in pronunciation between English and your language?

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2011

Suggested answers Describing objects Price – How much does it cost?/ What is its usual price? Payment terms – What are the payment terms?/ When do we have to pay?/ Can I get credit to buy this? Dimensions – How thick/ long/ high/ tall/ wide is it?/ What are its dimensions? Weight – How much does it weigh?/ What is its weight?/ How heavy is it? Appearance – What does it look like?/ What colour is it? Functions – What can it do?/ What are its functions?/ How can I operate it? Power consumption – How much power does it use?/ Is it power efficient? Guarantee/ Warrantee – How long is it guaranteed for?/ Does it come with a warrantee? Servicing/ After sales service – How can I get it fixed if it breaks down?/ Is there a service plan available? Green?/ Ecologically friendly? – Is it good for the environment?/ How is it greener than other products? Reliability – Is it likely to break down?/ Can anything go wrong when I use it? Special features/ Unique selling points/ USPs – How is it different from similar products? Describing places Population/ Size – Is it a big city?/ How many people live there?/ What is the population? Economic growth – Is the local economy doing well?/ Are local businesses doing well?/ What’s the local economy like? Availability of suitable staff – Can we recruit from local universities?/ Are there lots of qualified people?/ What’s the unemployment rate? Other businesses, including R&D – What are the largest local companies?/ Are there any similar companies in that area? Quality of life/ Standard of living – Is it a good place to live?/ Are there many green spaces?/ Is it a good place to bring up a family? Prices/ Costs – What is the cost of living?/ What are rents like?/ How much would it cost to…? Available premises – Is there much empty office space?/ Is there an industrial estate? USPs – Is there anything special about this place?/ How is this city different from others? Transport connections – Is there an international airport nearby?/ Is it easy to get to…? Location of city – Where is it?/ How far is it from the capital?

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