Professionals Podcasts - Achievement

Listen to this speech given at a party being held for the retirement of an employee, James Dawson. The managing director of the company delivers a speech outlining James's achievements.

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.


Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Hi sir
Could you please explain about the policy of your web and app in the podcast and listening skill?cause in podcast app the voice and transcript play at the same time but in web the transcript is hidden.
As I know the policy of your web page is more common and better than your app in learning English

All the best

Hello Behruz

I'm sorry you're not happy about this. Have I understood you correctly -- would you prefer not to see the transcript as you listen in the app? If so, could you please leave a comment on our Apps page? That is where we keep track of suggestions and complaints and it would be really useful to have this there. Once your comment is there, I can ask our Apps developers about whether there is a way to change this feature of the app.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Best wishes


The LearnEnglish Team

thank you so mu ch i got it .

Hello I want to know why I can't download
I am using mobile and computer also
but I can't download the audio from both.

Hello Abdul Rahman

Have you tried right-clicking on the audio player with your computer? When I do that, one of the options I have is 'Save link as', which lets me save the mp3 to my computer. I believe the same thing should happen on your mobile if you hold your finger on top of the player for a few seconds.

You could also try following this link (which I got by right-clicking on the audio player) and then seeing if you can save it from there -- on a Windows computer, for example, if you press Ctrl+S, it should save to your computer.

Hope this helps you.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

How can I download Mp3 or audio for listening test preparation ?

Hello Abdul Rahman

If you're using a computer, you should be able to download the audio by right-clicking on the audio player and then selecting 'Save as'. I just tried it and it worked for me. If you're on a tablet or phone, it should also be possible -- try holding your finger down on the player and see if you get an option to save the file.

Best wishes


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi LearnEnglish Team!
I'd like to ask some questions about passive voice, because I have been confusing for a long time:
1/ The bus fare has gone up
2/ Her English has improved
"Her English" and " the bus fare" are not a subject to do the actions but why that's acceptable here?
3/ In the context when I make some documents with customer: "Your details verified" or "your details have been verified"
I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks

Hello victorchan2410,

Your examples are not passsive voice [be + past participle], but rather present perfect [have/has + past participle]

'The bus fare has gone up' has no passive form as 'go up' is an intransitive verb (no object). You could say 'The bus fare has been raised (by the bus company)'.

'Her English has improved' can be made into a passive form: 'Her English has been improved by her hard work'.


'You details have been verified' is the correct form, I expect, though it is hard to be entirely sure without knowing the full context.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter M
Wow... I finally understand, that's why I was confused because I didn't know intransitive.
- For the 3rd example, the context is: after I speak and verify some kind of details with a customer, I make a report to Supervisor.
- In my report, I write down: "Customer's details have been verified, please release his request".
This is the correct form but using like this quite long. If I write "details verified, please..." , is it acceptable?
We know that, details are verified by me, details can not verify itself. But grammatically, it's probably incorrect, right?
I want to avoid broken English and planning to improve writing skills. Thanks for your explanation.