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1. Asking about work experience

  • bank > banker
  • design > designer
  • act > actor
  • direct > director
  • supervise > supervisor
  • illustrate > illustrator [‘ɪləstreɪtə]
  • firefighter

Dialog 1
[SIMON] hi, how do your job?
[KELLY] I love it! I’m so happy I got it.
[SIMON] good.
[KELLY] The pay’s higher than my last job. My boss is really nice.
[SIMON] Where were you before?
[KELLY] Sunset Computer Systems.
[SIMON] How was it there?
[KELLY] It was terrible. The pay was low. My boss was horrible. Business was really bad.
[SIMON] How long were you there for?
[KELLY] I was there for eight months. Long enough. But I’m much happier at Nuway Networks.
Dialog 2
MAN: I’m very happy in my new job at Tomorrow Computers. I’m a programmer. My last boss was awful. I wasn’t happy there.
WOMAN: Where were you before ?
MAN: I was at Dyno Systems. I was an engineer.
WOMAN: Was that your first job?
MAN: No. Before that , I was at LM Computers.
WOMAN: Well, I’m happy that you like your new job.
MAN: Me, too. Thanks.

1.2 expressions

  • Where were you last night?
  • She was a waiter before she was a supervisor.
  • She was a supervisor. After that, she was the manager.

1.3 talkig about your job

  • How was your last job?
  • What was your last job like?
  • I like my job, but I work too many hours.
  • The pay is really good in my new job.
  • My boss is OK, but sometimes he’s difficult.
  • My last job was easier than this job.
  • My pay is better now, but I work longer hours.

2. Introducing a new employee

  • He worked in Paris for three years.
  • I moved to a new apartment last week.
  • We played tennis last weekend.
  • We didn’t study last night.
  • He didn’t work in London.
  • Did you study last night?
  • Where did you work before?
  • We lived in Beijing for two years.
  • The weekend was very busy. I didn’t relax for a minute!

Dialog 1
[JOAN]: I'd like to introduce Simon, our new director of engineering - a new employee
[JOAN]: Simon comes to us from Dyna-Tek Systems. He was the engineering manager there three years.
[JOAN]: He was the engineering manager.
[JOAN]: a master’s degree in computer science [‘saɪəns]
[JOAN]: He speaks fluent French.
[JOAN]: Simon is married and has one kids.
[JOAN]: Let’s welcome Simon to his new company!
[Simon]: Thanks, everyone, for the warm welcome. I'm excited to be here.

2. simple verbs

  • What did you do last night?
  • I relaxed and played computer games.
  • How long did you work there?
  • I worked there for three years.
Dialog 2
[BOSS]: Julie, I’d like to introduce Ken Stevens. Ken is our new director of engineering.
[JULIE]: It’s a pleasure to meet you, Ken. Welcome. I work in sales here.
[KEN]: Oh, thanks, Julie. Nice to meet you, too.
[BOSS]: Ken comes to us from XYZ Systems. He was the engineering manager for five years.
[JULIE]: Oh, nice. How was it?
[KEN]: It was good, but I’m happy to be here now.
[JULIE]: This is a great place to work.
[BOSS]: Good answer, Julie!

3. Understanding company structure

  • Human Resources (HR)
  • Operations
  • Finance [faɪ’næns; fɪ-; ‘faɪnæns]
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer Service
  • Purchasing [ˈpɜ:rtʃəsɪŋ]
  • Research and Development (R&D)
  • chief executive officer (CEO)
  • vice president – VP
  • chief financial officer (CFO)
  • chief operations officer (COO)
  • chief technology officer (CTO)
  • She is the director of IT.
  • buy - bought

Company departments and job titles
[JOAN] So, did you meet anyone good last night?
[TODD] I got 20 business cards. I talked to a lot of people. A few of them, very interesting
[JOAN] How about for the Finance Department?
[TODD] Take a look at this one. I wrote some notes on the back.
[TODD] She has an MBA from Harvard. Right now, she’s working at Network Tek as the CFO.
[JOAN] Interesting. Is she available?
[TODD] She wants to talk to us.
[JOAN] Great! How about for HR?
[TODD] Umm, This guy looks good.
[TODD] He’s an HR manager in a small company in Springdale. He has a BA in HR management.
[JOAN] It’s not a problem. Thanks for going last night.

Use did + subject + base verb

  • Did you see him last night?
  • Did they have dinner at the hotel?

4. Describing a job

Describing a job
[TODD] Oh,Joan. Do you have a minute?
[TODD] I found someone good for production manager.
[JOAN] Great. Let’s have a look.
[TODD] She worked at Parmatek for three years as a project manager. She was responsible for the production schedule.
[TODD] And she reported to the vice president of production.
[JOAN] Where is she working now?
[TODD] She’s at Blue Sky Tech.
[JOAN] What’s her job title ?
[TODD] Production manager. She got her BS in computer engineering in 2007.
[JOAN] She does sound good.
[TODD] Shall I call her for an interview?
[JOAN] Yes, call her. send me her resume.
  • I worked there from 2009 to 2012.
  • I am responsible for marketing new products.
  • I reported to the vice president of production.

My job now is at a restaurant. I’m a supervisor. I’m responsible for around 12 servers. It’s difficult work, but I like it. Before this job, I worked in a different restaurant as a server. I worked there for about 15 months. I wasn’t very happy there. I didn’t like my boss. She was very unfriendly. Before that, I was a student.