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Hi, everyone! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.
In this episode:
I will talk about video conferencing apps and the most common vocabulary and expressions used in English.
Then, with a short point of view lesson, you will practice grammar in context. There’s no need to memorize anything, don’t worry.
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As you know, the Internet allows us to communicate very easily.
With the current situation, working from home has become customary. Teleworking is when you work from an off-site location using the Internet.
Let’s see some vocabulary related to apps for video conferences. I will use the expressions from the Zoom app, but they are more or less similar to any platform:
Well, to use the Zoom app, you need an account. Usually, you visit the website and create a new account. Then you download the app to your computer or smartphone. You install it and run it. All you have to do is follow the instructions. Usually, you enter your username and password and follow the instructions. Sometimes it is necessary to select the audio and camera, but only the first time.
The environment where people meet is usually called a videoconference room, or simply a room. Sometimes it’s also called a meeting.
Okay, now you have everything set up. You need to join a meeting, but before that, you need an invitation. The invitation is only a link, and when you click on it, you can join the meeting. Other times the host will give you a number and password instead of a link.
By the way, we call the people who attend Zoom meetings attendees or participants.
You also have the option to host a meeting. This implies that you create the meeting and that you invite people to access the room. As a host, you have special permissions to control the other attendees. We can say that the host controls everything. The host usually sends an invitation to the others by email.
Okay, so imagine you are in a meeting. You have to take into account two very important options. First, you have to learn how to turn audio and video on or off. It is very common to start talking and have the audio turned off. An even worse situation is to leave the audio on and make noises or say something inappropriate.
You also have the option of typing text in the chat. If you are shy, this is the best option.
Well, finally, when we want to leave, don’t forget to exit the meeting!
So, we’ve learned quite a bit of specific vocabulary. You are now an expert in group videoconferencing 🙂
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