B1 Dialog #77 Talking about work

Today we are going to talk about work in English. As always you can read the text in the PDF which you can find in the description. Follow our podcasts on iTunes and Yandex Music. For more new dialogs subscribe to our channel.

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  1. Listen to the dialog and read the PDF transcript. Turn on subtitles if necessary.
  2. Listen to the dialog again, repeating the questions and answers aloud (!!!).
  3. Come up with your own answers to the questions. Use PDF vocabulary if needed.
  4. Listen to the questions and answer them aloud (!!!), with a correct intonation, pronunciation and rhythm.
  5. Go back to the video from time to time and repeat the exercise.

Talking about work

(1) What images spring to mind when you hear the word ‘work’?

I think about my job and about what I am doing during my workday. I am lucky enough to have a good job and awesome colleagues. 

(2) Are you interested in working?

Yes I am. Work is important for me, because I need to pay my bills!? Of course I am interested in that!

(3) Someone said work is for horses and idiots. Do you agree?

No I don’t! Work is a good thing that develops this world. If nobody worked, we would have nothing to eat. It’s simple.

(4) What would life be like if we did not have to work?

I can’t imagine this. All we have now is a result of the work of a lot of people. Work is something that makes us human actually. 

(5) Would you like to work in your own business?

No I wouldn’t. I am not a businessman and I understand it very well. Not everyone can run his own business. It’s a hard job that needs specific abilities and a lot of luck!

(6) Would you like to work in another country?

If you asked me about that ten years ago I would say “yes I would”. Now it would be a difficult decision for me. I have a good job here in my country and can’t just quit it. It would be stuped.

(7) What are working conditions like in your country?

It’s different and depends a lot on the company. But in general it could be better I think. Russia is still quite a poor country with low salaries. Unfortunately!

(8) What is the best job in your country?

I don’t know. There are a lot of interesting jobs. I think being a pilot is quite interesting and well paid. But it’s a specific job and not for everyone of course.

(9) What do you want to do for work?

I am an engineer and work a lot with boilers and heating systems providing technical support to our customers. I enjoy what I am doing!

(10) Would you like to work as a youtuber or blogger?

If it brings me enough money, maybe. But it’s better to combine your real job with your hobby of blogging I think.

Rinat —-> Anya

(1) Why do we have to work?

Because we need something to eat! No money no honey!?

(2) What is a workaholic?

It’s people who work a lot and really like it. I am not a workaholic! That’s for sure!

(3) Would you like to work the night shift, day shift or afternoon shift?

I am not a night person. So I would like to work the day shift of course. 

(4) Do people work long hours in your country?

It depends on the job. Some people do work long hours like in any other country. It’s obvious!

(5) Is work a  dirty word?

It depends on work. I don’t think it’s a dirty word. At least for me.

(6) Will you ever become a millionaire by working?

Who knows! Everything is possible. But I don’t want to have a lot of money, I just want to have enough!

(7) Is housework really work?

Yes it is. I like keeping my house neat and clean. So of course housework is really work.

(8) Is raising a family hard work?

Absolutely! It’s hard work, but a pleasant one. 

(9) Is looking after a pet hard work?

It depends on the pet! I have a cat and it’s not difficult for me to look after her. She makes me happy everyday!

(10) What is it like to be out of work?

It’s awesome if you have a working husband! And some hobbies!?