Banks and Banking – The Bank Page

Have you ever worked in a bank?

[audio:bank.mp3]

Tell us about your experience?

Banking Profile

What are the largest banks in your country?

[audio:largestbanks.mp3]

Vocabulary

monopoly
an oligopoly – oligopolies
a local bank – local banks
a regional bank – regional banks
a national bank – national banks
a corporation – corporations
a foreign bank – foreign banks

Bank Fees

Do you have any thoughts about bank fees?
Do you think bank fees are too high.

[audio:toohigh.mp3]

Do you think they’re too high?

Tell us what you think. Post your answer in the “comments” section at the bottom of this page.

Trouble with the Bank

In France the Government recently prosecuted four large banks for conspiring to artificially inflate fees.

Have you ever had any trouble with the bank?

[audio:banktrouble.mp3]

Tell us about it in the “comments” section below.

Youtube Videos about Banks and Banking

Read the questions, click the links and listen. Write your answers in the comments section below.

A Report from a Former Employee
When and where did she work and what was the name of the bank?

Write your answer in the comments section at the bottom of this page.
A Frustrated Customer

When you watch the video, take note of this vocabulary:

“I reached a boiling point with Bank of America the other day … “.

It means:

“I was very angry”.

“Boiling point” refers to “the boiling point of water”.

It is a metaphor.

What is the man frustrated about?

Write your answer in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

The Overdraft Scam

Was this woman an employee of the bank?
Is she a current employee of the bank?
What is she frustrated about?

Write your answer in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Vocabulary

I would like to make a deposit please

I would like to make a withdrawal please.

I would like to open an account please.

I would like to close my account please.

I would like to speak to the manager please.
I would like to speak to your supervisor, please.

Job Titles

Cashier
Teller
Manager
Regional Manager
Housing Officer
Mortgage and Loans Officer

Automatic Teller Machines – ATMs

Nationalise the Banks! – IELTS Practice

Mastering the Art of the Relative Clause – Relative Clauses II (coming link)

You work for money but how are you paid and how much is everything?

Clearings Up Ambiguities

Disambiguation means “clearing something out” or “sorting out some confusion”. You will see this word often if you read wikipedia regularly.

Look at these words:

ambiguous; His message was ambiguous.

ambiguity; There is an ambiguity here.

Wikipedia uses the term “disambiguation” to mark words that have several meanings.

The term “bank” has two separate meanings:

A Geographical Feature (coming link to river page)

A Financial Institution (coming link to List of World’s Largest Banks)

Other Coming Links

“The Independent” Article about the Banking System
The Economics Page
The Business Page
The Currency Page
The Money Page
Passive Voice

World English Course

There are lots of things you can learn in the World English Course. There is a place where you can talk about work and there is also a place where you can find a job and a place where you can find staff. There is a place where you can have fun and there is a place where you can talk about food or family. There is also a place where you can talk about money or love or philosophy. You can study anything you want anytime you want. You can do it once a week or every day or any time you like. Have fun! Work hard! Tell your friends and family members! Enjoy!

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