Today’s picture: Duck and sculpture in New Plymouth
Part 1: Today's word
When two people, or two sides of an argument are reconciled, they found common ground between them so that they are no longer in dispute or conflict. If there has been a long dispute, the two sides may enter a reconciliation process, where they discuss their differences, as well as areas they can agree on and they find a way of living together without conflict. Reconciliation doesn’t necessarily mean complete agreement – sometimes even when the two sides can’t agree on everything, they can still dbe reconciled if they ‘agree to disagree’ and end their conflict.
Click <here for interactive exercises
Part 2: Test
Here are FOUR sentences with the word of the day. But only THREE are correct. Which is the Odd One Out?
It is difficult to reconcile these two opposing interpretations of the event.
It was hard to reconcile his calm and easy-going personality with the hard-headed business strategy he had developed.
The negotiations were long and sometimes bitter, but in the end both sides reconciled and agree to stop the fighting.
In setting interest rates, the central bank attempts to reconcile the needs of borrowers and those of lenders.
Part 3: Practice Questions:
Do you know of any successful cases where two bitter enemies have achieved reconciliation and resolved a long-standing conflict?
Part 4: The Phrasal Five
stand someone up
not arrive for a date
He arranged to meet her outside the station, but she got cold feet and stood him up. Of course, she felt guilty about it afterwards.
begin in business
They only started up last year, but already have a customer base of thousands.
step up (the pressure etc)
The Government is stepping up the pressure on the oil companies to cut their prices.
be taken aback by something
I was taken aback by the news ! He seemed such an ordinary man. How could he have been a spy?
take after someone
look or behave like your parents, grandparents etc
Our older son takes after his dad, but the baby takes after me.
Part 5: Kiwi Quiz Question
Which of these approaches to offending is related to reconciliation?
Part 6: Today's online listening or reading
This is another episode in Charles Handy’s series on Management Gurus. In today’s presentation, he discusses the theories of the European partnership of Trompenaars and Hampden Turner.
Vocabulary for the presentation:
testify under oath
Questions for the article:
How did Trompenaars and Hampden Turner research cultural differences?
What’s the difference between universalist and particularist cultures?
How does management differ in these two kinds of culture?
Which mistake did Handy make with the Chinese dealer?
How many different dimensions does their cultural model have?
What are the main strengths and weaknesses of individualistic cultures?
What are the main strengths and weaknesses of communitarian cultures?
How did IBM manage to reconcile the two cultures in their reward scheme for salespeople?
Today’s musical suggestion: from the UK
Hello Goodbye by The Beatles