Hello and welcome to Mansion Interviews, a podcast created to improve your English, while at the same time giving me an excuse to talk to interesting people.
And this episode’s interesting person is Paul Urwin, who I was lucky to meet in person at New Media Expo in April. NMX was very busy and hectic and full of stuff to do. I didn’t get the chance to spend as much time with Paul as I would have liked, so we decided to get on a Skype call and have an interview, which was great. Paul and I have several things in common; we are both originally from the UK, we both moved to Spanish speaking countries, we both have a background in business and we both now work as English teachers. And we both…….well, why not listen to the interview to find out more.
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Which of the following does Paul NOT give as a specific problem that students might have in English?Correct
Why does Paul think that intermediate-level students become more motivated when they begin to study their particular area of interest?Correct
What did Paul do in London before he moved to Colombia?Correct
When Paul first arrived in Colombia heCorrect
How long has Paul been living in Colombia?Correct
What does Paul mean when he says, “…paying $50-$100 more (for me) is neither here nor there…”?Correct
How does Paul describe the people who live in Bogatá?Correct
What is a ‘blended learning approach’?Correct
Paul’s new pronunciation course isCorrect
to tackle (a problem) = abordar, afrontar
fine line = delgada línea
to fall into the trap = caer en la ratonera, caer en la trampa
human resources = recursos humanos
to kill two birds with one stone = matar dos pájaros de un tiro
set up = instalar, fundar (to set up in business = establecerse en un negocio)
it didn’t work out = no tenia exito (to work out = resolver, solucionar, salir bien)
fussy = quisquilloso , exigente
aware = consciente, darse cuenta de
range = gama, variedad
commodity = producto, lujo
end up = acabar en , terminar en
brochure = folleto, panfleto
to have ties = tener vínculos, lazos
to rush around = ir a toda mecha, ir deprisa y corriendo
to track down = ubicar, localizar
check out = mirar, diquelar
Thank you very much to Paul for taking the time to talk to us. I have a strong feeling that I, and you, will be hearing more from Paul in the near future.
If you are interested in Business English why not visit Paul’s site at 100%BusinessEnglish.com and listen to his podcast. And if you would like to take a full business English course go to
As usual there will be links to all of this information at inglespodcast.com.
Cheers then! Until next time take care and keep studying English.