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Talking about rumours

Listen to two people talking about a colleague to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


A good boss must be decent, gentleman, and he must respect his workers, if our boss respects all of us we will also respect him. Attention calls should not be made in front of classmates, I think you should call the person who made the mistake and speak privately with him.

I think that the boss need to have authority at some point, but to give democratic atmosphere - to listen everyone and vaule them as a person, and everyone have to participate during project, and bring ideas, reaching throughout the their goal and achive it.

What makes good boss is , he is a quit man , kind , fair and gentleman. What makes bad boss is nervous , unfair .

I think that a good boss is who knows how to give feedback to his employees,recognize the work of his employees,also is important that he listen to his workers's complaints,otherwise,they will to have to deal with people like jhon and that is a huge problem because the others will not feel like giving their opinion or ideas which help to improve the business

A good boss is who when you are wrong do not annoying with you, instead he teach you with the final pourpouse of you to develop better and in that way the company or the team group can reach the final aim.

I have completed the lesson for 'Talking about rumours'. The level I chose was Upper Intermediate B2.

the least thing a good boss has is acting according to accepted laws and his commitments.also if he or she has a close relationship with others and a good understanding of their situation,that ll make him/her much better boss.

on the other hand a bad boss is one that ignores his workers rights or worst, behave them inappropriately because he/she knows that they need the job and cant leave.

What makes whether a good or a bad boss is regarding to the approach given in the work atmosphere that developes either with interpersonal relationships and its success at its business, now, arguably, there is sometimes a common misconception which considers a boss as someone who should always be willing to get along with the staff, which is partly true but which is also relegated to people susceptibility to ignore (due to their own problems) that such possition comprises a requirement of several skills that the majority may not agree with as for instance being rude and strict.


"then when the project actually got started – it was that cars one – Susanne was moved to something else."

What does 'it was that cars one' mean?

Thanks in advance.

Hello corflz

I'd say the speaker is specifying which project got started, i.e. it was the car project that got started just when Susanne was moved.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team