Posted by: Idioma Extra | September 7, 2010

Tuesday´s News

Telefonica Confirms It Will Bid To Enter Costa Rica’s Cellular Market

Telefonica, Spain’s largest telephone company says it will not let the opportunity to expand into Costa Rica’s cellular market pass by, confirming it will be one of the companies bidding for one of the three available licenses.

Also expected to tender their bid are America Movíl, Millicom (Amnet), Cable & Wirless and Digicel.

Each of three winners will be required to ante up US$70 million dollars to Costa Rica and compete with the state telecom, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE).

The winning bids will be announced in November and operators are required to be up and running by September 2011.

Word of the Day

Middle English, from Anglo-French licence, from Latin licentia, from licent-, licens, present participle of licēre to be permitted
First Known Use: 14th century
1. a: permission to act b: freedom of action
2 a: a permission granted by competent authority to engage in a business or occupation or in an activity otherwise unlawful b: a document, plate, or tag evidencing a license granted c: a grant by the holder of a copyright or patent to another of any of the rights embodied in the copyright or patent short of an assignment of all rights
3 a: freedom that allows or is used with irresponsibility b: disregard for standards of personal conduct :licentiousness
4 :deviation from fact, form, or rule by an artist or writer for the sake of the effect gained
— licensed adjective

More Vocabulary

Ante (up): v. pay up

Bid: v. to make a bid

Tender: v. to present formally for acceptance

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Pass by: miss an opportunity
I will take my chance with the new product, I cannot let this opportunity pass by because then I will regret it.

Below are some common phrases used when speaking on the phone in English. To learn more, consider Idioma Internacional’s AFD 550 Telephoning and Business Communication Course!

Hello/Good morning/Good afternoon,
My name is John Brown and I’m calling from ABC incorporated.
Could I speak to…?
I’d like to speak to …, please.
I’m trying to contact….

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