EnglishPod - What Do You Do?

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M: Hello English learners and welcome back to another great lesson with EnglishPod! My name is Marco.

E: And I'm Erica.

M: And today we're bringing you a great intermediate lesson with some really useful vocabulary.

E: Some vocabulary you can use to describe your job.

M: Yes, this is a really common situation when yousomeone asks you what you do and you have to tell them.

E: Exactly, so, today's lesson is all about that.

M: So, before we jump into our dialogue, let's start with ourvocabulary preview”.

Voice: Vocabulary preview.

E: We have two simple phrases today that you'll hear in our dialogue for our vocabulary preview. The first one is VP.

M: VP.

E: VP.

M: So, the VP of a company is

E: The Vice-President.

M: The Vice-President, exactly.

E: Yeah, simple little acronym.

M: Right.

E: And the next word is Fortune 500 (five hundred) company.

M: Fortune Five 500 company.

E: Fortune Five 500 company.

M: So, a Fortune 500 company is

E: I'll let you explain.

M: Hehe. Well, Fortune Magazine ranks the five hundred biggest companies in the U.S.

E: So, a Fortune 500 company basically is

M: One of the five hundred biggest companies in the U.S.

E: Okay, that's simple.

M: Yep.

E: Alright, well, with those words it sounds like we're going to be talking to some important people today.

M: Yes, we are gonna be talking to some important people, so, let's listen to our dialogue for the first time. Now, it's gonna be a little bit fast, but you don't have to worry about it.

E: Cause we'll come back and explain all of the important vocabulary.

DIALOGUE, FIRST TIME

M: Alright, great music for our dialogue again, ha?

E: Chosen by

M: By moi. Hehe.

E: Of course.

M: Yeah, Top Gun is one of my old time favorite movies and Top Gun pilot, what a cool profession?

E: An excellent profession, much cooler than being like a VP.

M: A VP.

E: Yeah.

M: How boring is it?

E: Yeah, anyway, this guy was a bit of a jerk, don't you think?

M: Yeah, you can tell a little bit of, uh, the sarcastic tone he had in his voice.

E: Definitely, but he did use some interesting phrases and we can talk about those now.

M: Right, so, let's take a look atlanguage takeaway”.

Voice: Language takeaway.

E: Our first word for language takeaway is implement.

M: Implement.

E: Implement.

M: Implement.

E: Let's listen to some examples of this word to help us understand its meaning.

Voice: Example one.

A: Our company has to implement this sales strategy.

Voice: Example two.

B: Sarah will be responsible for implementing the plan.

Voice: Example three.

C: I implemented several new policies.

M: Okay, great examples, and just in case to implement means to

E: Put into action

M: To put into action, great.

E: Exactly.

M: Our second word for language takeawaypolicies.

E: Policies.

M: Policies.

E: Policies.

M: So, policies are basically rules and regulations.

E: Exactly, formal rules.

M: For a company or an organization.

E: Exactly.

M: Policies, great.

E: Third word

M: Oversee.

E: Oversee.

M: Oversee.

E: Oversee.

M: So, when you oversee operations, it means

E: Like you watch it to make sure it's okay.

M: You supervise it.

E: This is an excellent word to use when you wanna talk about your job responsibilities.

M: Right.

E: Oversee.

M: Uhu, great. And our last word for language takeaway. It's kind of tricky, so, let's listen to how it was used in our dialogue.

Example: That alone means I have fifteen hundred employees under me. Hehe. That alone means I have fifteen hundred employees under me. Hehe.

E: So, this guy has fifteen hundred (1500) employees under him meaning he supervises fifteen hundred employees.

M: Right, he manages fifteen hundred employees.

E: He must be a busy man.

M: Yes! For fifteen hundred employeesHow many employees do you have under you, Erica?

E: Uh, two.

M: Yeah, not quite as much as fifteen hundred.

E: Yeah, because I'm not a VP ???… for yet, hey?

M: Hehe. Not yet, but you will.

E: Okay.

M: Alright, so, with this in mind, we are ready to listen to our dialogue for a second time and this time it's gonna be slower.

DIALOGUE, SECOND TIME (slow)

M: Okay, great stuff! With this, now we can start with ourfluency builderfor today.

Voice: Fluency builder.

E: We heard some excellent phrases in this dialogue, some phrases that sound really natural, hey?

M: Yes! Especially the first one that we have today isWhenever someone talks and talks and talks and justand continuously talks without stopping, you would say

Phrase 1: She's always going on about him at the office. She's always going on about him at the office.

E: This is a really natural way of sayingkeeps talking about”.

M: Right, keeps talking about him.

E: Yep, so, we have a few examples of how this phrase works. Let's listen.

Voice: Example one.

A: My boss is always going on about how we need to save money; it's all he talks about.

Voice: Example two.

B: Gary is always going on about his kids; he's always talking about how smart they are.

Voice: Example three.

C: My mom is always going on about how I should get married.

M: Okay, excellent! It's clear now.

E: Yes.

M: Okay, so, let's move on to our second phrase for today and this is a great one to use whenever you meet someone for the first time.

E: Or when you start to talk to someone for the first time.

M: Great.

Phrase 2: Hey, how's it going? Hello. Hey, how's it going? Hello.

E: So, this is a really relaxed and natural way of sayingHow are you”.

M: How are you?

E: Yeah.

M: So, yeah, you can just sayHey, how's it going?”

E: Yep!

M: Great.

E: Really natural sounding.

M: Now, our third phrase is the most important one of our dialogue.

E: Yes!

M: And it's a really common situation.

E: When someone asks you about your job, they might say this.

Phrase 3: Arthur, what do you do for a living? Arthur, what do you do for a living?

M: So, this is a really great way of askingWhat work do you do?” orWhat is your job?”

E: Yes, and nowI know a lot of students sometimes sayWhat is your job?”

M: Yeah, and that iswell, it's kind of correct, but not really.

E: It doesn't sound very natural.

M: Right.

E: So, you wanna useWhat do you do?” or

M: “What do you do for a living?”

E: Sounds great.

M: That's the way you ask someone what is their job.

E: And that's how you sound supper natural.

M: Hehe. Okay, so, we're ready now to listen to our dialogue a last time and now you are ready to understand everything.

DIALOGUE, THIRD TIME

M: Okay, so, I have a little challenge for our listeners today. I have

E: What is it?

M: Two challenges, actually.

E: Okay.

M: The first onewho performs the song that you heard and what is the song called?

E: Okay, I don't know the answer, so, I'm looking forward to seeing what users do.

M: And the second one is what is the number one company in the Fortune 500?

E: Oh, I also don't know this answer.

M: Hehe. Two great questions, so, I expect to see your answers on the comments page, but also we want to know about your profession.

E: Yes! Tell us about your job, tell us what you do and use some of the great phrases you learned today to describe your answer.

M: Great! So, we hope to see you there, but we're out of time now. So, we'll see everyone at englishpod.com, leave all your questions and, of course, all the comments.

E: And Marco and I are always around to answer your questions.

M: Well, until then it's

E: Good bye!

M: Bye!

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