BEP 67 – Socializing with Colleagues at Work

This is the fourth in a series of intermediate business ESL podcasts that focus on business travel. In this series we’re following a group of trainees who work for the telecommunications company Ambient as they visit their head office in Michigan in the U.S.

How do you make friendly chat with your colleagues? What kinds of topics can you talk about? We’ll be looking at some answers. In particular, we’ll cover informal greetings and how to chat about movies. As almost everyone loves to go to the cinema, movies are usually a good topic for small talk.

As our listening begins, it’s Monday morning. Honesto, a trainee from the Philippines, says hello to his American colleague Brenda as she comes in to the office.

Listening Questions:
1) What does Brenda mean when she says “veg out”?
2) What are critics and what did they think about Rush Hour 3?
3) How does Brenda like her coffee?

Transcript & Study Notes.

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3 thoughts on “BEP 67 – Socializing with Colleagues at Work”

  1. Pingback: Podcast: How to chit-chat about movies? « Watersmeet English Group

  2. 1) What does Brenda mean when she says “veg out”?
    –> “veg” is short for vegetabf so “veg out” means to relax.
    2) What are critics and what did they think about Rush Hour 3?
    –> “critics” are professional film watchers.
    they didn’t pan it but they didn’t rave it.
    3) How does Brenda like her coffee?
    –> Brenda drinks coffee with no cream and some sugar, but sugar have no calories.

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