Listen to a conversation between a human resources officer and an employee who is unhappy with the way he is treated by his boss.

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.

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Upper intermediate: B2

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Dear,
I don't really understand this sentence, the structure and meaning:
"If nothing else, showing that you’ve tried to solve the problem yourself, before you take it further, makes it clear that you’re not just a complainer and can boost your credibility."
Can you explain for me please?
Thank you.

Hello qtn03,

It would be helpful if you could highlight which part of the sentence is confusing for you.

The phrase 'if nothing else' means 'even if there is no other benefit'.

The speaker is saying that trying to find your own solution before looking for help (before you take it further) shows (makes it clear) that the person is attempting to find a positive path and not simply be negative (not just a complainer).

The phrase 'boost your credibility' means 'make people more likely to believe you/trust you'.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Mr. Peter M,
I did not understand the meaning of the sentence, but now I do with your help.
All the best,
Q.

HRO Well, at this stage it would be better if you approached him directly. If nothing else, showing that you’ve tried to solve the problem yourself, before you take it further, makes it clear that you’re not just a complainer and can boost your credibility. Why don’t you send an email requesting a meeting with him in private?

In this paragraph above, why are we using 'approached' instead of approach?

Hi Peter,

Thanks for your prompt reply. Will read more to have a better understanding.

Wei Juen
Myclass's student

hello kirk
in the following sentence ,
Mr J Yes, but I feel like I’m being singled out
I listened it several times and heard like this :yes but I feel I cant being singled out.
I mean the correct word is cant, not I,m as is written in the text.

Hi nicky,
I'll tell you exactly what's happening. It's very common in spoken English for strong consonants, such as; k, t, d, p, to seem to "swallow" weak-sounding vowels, like; I, A, E, O, U. Don't forget words like; him, her, us. SO, Ask him, sounds like, ASKIM. In the audio, he says; it feels like I'm= LIE KAIm. This happens all the time in English, so you'd better get used to listening out for it, and practicing it. (They asked us for a....ASTÚS) Did you see that? No, I missed it, MISSTIT

Hi nicky62,

Thanks for telling us about this. I've checked and I hear what the transcript says, which also makes sense given the context.

I wouldn't worry too much about this – one isolated instance where it's difficult to hear what is being said is nothing to worry about. 

Keep up the good work!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I think the best way is to face the situation and talk to your boss about it. It may not change but at least you have tried to solve the problem. Unfotunately, we live in a period of crisis and we worker are the weakest part....

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