unsupportive

The unsupportive co-worker English conversation

Here’s an English conversation about an unsupportive co-worker. In fact they’re not just unsupportive. They’re actually stabbing their colleague in the back.


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Unsupportive Co-worker Conversation

Oh, hi Kathy
Hi. Where’s the Boston report? I haven’t seen it yet.
Oh, weren’t you writing it Jay?
Err yes.
Good, then can I have it?
I’m afraid it’s not ready.
Haven’t you finished it?
No. I couldn’t find the figures I needed.
But Kathy gave you the figures, Jay.
Yes, didn’t I give you a thumb drive with all of the information?
Sorry. I lost it.
Oh Jay.
Erm. Was it this thumb drive?
Oh you found it!
Yes. It was on the floor in the break room.
Oh well done Vicki.
Thank you.
Good. Finish the report. I want it on my desk this afternoon.
Yes Kathy. I’ve been looking everywhere for this.
Yes, I found it a week ago.
Then why didn’t you give it to me?

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Eavesdropping Conversation – Let Me Hear

Eavesdropping Conversation – Let Me Hear

If someone is eavesdropping, it means they are listening secretly to what other people are saying. Jay is trying to hear Kathy’s conversation when Vicki comes by and takes over. This video is part of a larger project we worked on about the verbs ‘listen’ and ‘hear’.

What are you doing?
Shhh. Kathy’s on the phone with the head office.
Really?
Yeah, she’s talking about our bonuses.
Ooo. What’s she saying?
I really can’t hear very well.
Give me that.
But I want it.
No, let me listen.
What are you doing?
Oh, this is Jay’s.

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do you have the receipt

Do You Have the Receipt? An English Shopping Conversation

Have you ever bought something and then had to take it back to the store? Did you need the receipt? A receipt is a document that shows you have paid for something.

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English shopping conversation script

Yes?
I’d like to return this sweater.
Do you have the receipt?
No, I’m sorry. I lost it.
Did you pay by credit card?
No, I paid cash.
Then I’m sorry. I can’t help you.
But I just bought it this morning.

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shut up

Shut up – an English workplace conversation

When you’re trying to work, it can be annoying when a co-worker is messing around and telling jokes. Watch how two workers make their colleague be quiet.
Note that ‘Shut up’ is an informal phrase. ‘Be quiet’ is a more formal way to say the same thing.

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Shut up – English conversation script

What’s orange and sounds like parrot? Carrot. A carrot rhymes with parrot. Ha! Come on.
Jay, we’re trying to work.
What’s red and smells like blue paint? Red paint. Get it? Red paint. Ha!
Jay, I’ve got one for you.
Yeah?
What’s loud and sounds like ‘shut up’?
I don’t know, what?
Shut up!

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dog has no nose

‘My Dog Has No Nose’ An old English joke

This is a very old joke, but a good one. It plays on the two meanings that the word ‘smell’ has in English. One meaning is to sense and odour and the other meaning is to give off an odour. Watch the video and see if you get the joke.

Kathy, my dog has no nose.
Really? How does he smell?
Terrible!

The joke plays of two different meanings of smell. One meaning is to sense an odour and the other meaning is to give off an odour.

My dog has no nose.
Really? How does he smell?
Terrible!

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embarrassing

You’re not fat! Greeting someone who’s pregnant

Sometimes Jay can be so embarrassing! Here’s what you shouldn’t say when you greet someone who’s pregnant.

Knock on door
Rachel.
Hi Rachel.
Come in sit down. How are you?
Fine thanks.
Have you put on weight?
Don’t be silly Jay. Rachel’s expecting
You’re going to have a baby
Yes.
Oh congratulations! So you’re not fat.

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Waiting for ages – English conversation

Waiting for ages – English conversation

When Vicki goes to the loo and Jay has to wait, he sometimes gets impatient. Jay is American so he calls the loo the ladies room. ‘Ages’ is an informal way of saying a very long time.

Waiting for ages script

Jay, hold this for me.
Do I have to?
I’m just going to the loo.
Where have you been?
To the loo.
The ladies room?
Yeah.
I’ve been waiting for ages.

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nagging

Nagging – complaining in an annoying way

When we nag we complain about someone’s behaviour in an annoying way. You probably want to avoid nagging if you can. Here’s an example of how me might use this word in English:

Oh, your desk’s a mess. Aren’t you going to put that in the bin?
Oh yeah.
Why don’t you tidy these papers and wash those glasses up?
Oh stop nagging.
I’m not nagging. I just thought you’d want to clear up before Kathy comes.
Kathy’s coming here?
Yes, did I forget to tell you?
Good morning. Oh Jay, your desk’s a mess!
Sorry Kathy.

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‘He’s Avoiding Me’ Conversation

‘He’s Avoiding Me’ Conversation

When you don’t want to talk to someone, you might hide so you can avoid them.

Oh Jay! It’s like he’s avoiding me.
Did you manage to get a new car, Jay?
Yes, it’s fantastic. It’s a Lamborghini
Really?
Yeah. It can go over 200 miles an hour.
I’m surprised. I thought Vicki wanted a small family car.
Yeah, but this car’s amazing. It’s a convertible.
How much did it cost?
Uh oh. Gotta go.
Hi Kathy
Hey Vicki
Was that Jay?
He said he had to go.
I’ve been trying to talk to him all morning. There’s this sports car parked in our drive way and I don’t know whose it is.
Ah…. I think he’s trying to avoid you.

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small talk

Small Talk about the Weather – a Funny Elevator Conversation

Do you find small talk hard in English? Would you talk to a stranger who asked you questions an elevator? Here’s a funny English elevator conversation. It’s based on a story my dentist told me about something that happened to him.

Video transcript

Hello Kathy. I can’t believe it’s still raining.
Yeah, it’s terrible. Really bad.
When’s it going to stop?
The forecast is not good.
Is it going to affect your plans?
Well, I was thinking of going ot the shore this weekend, but now I think I won’t.
There was a really strange man answering all my questions.

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