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Work burnout

Listen to the guests on this radio chat show speaking about the difference between work-related stress and burnout.

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


Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I can not understand in the following sentences (medication can be effective – anti-depressants aren’t the same these days as they used to be ) and (In fact it was something he felt quite strongly about.) can you help me
thank you

Hello ahmed mohamed salem,

The first one implies that anti-depressant medications now work much better than in the past (when they didn't work well). Steve thought about taking this kind of medication, but decided to try to get better without medication first. When the text says 'it was something he felt quite strongly about', this means his desire to try to get better without medication was very strong -- he really wanted to see if he could do it without medication first.

If there are any other words or phrases you don't understand, the Cambridge Dictionary is a very useful resource, and you can look up whole phrases there, not just individual words.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello British Council, I didn't quite understand in the following sentences.
We don't usually realise we are suffering from burnout.
People do not always know when they have burnout.
I thought the meaning of these two sentences are slightly different. 'don't usually realise ' means that few people still know when they have burnout. Could you please help me to get the correct answer in task2.
Best regards,

Hello again Pearl,

The first sentence means that normally we do not realize that we are suffering from burnout. The second means that sometimes people know they have burnout and sometimes they do not. The meanings are slightly different, but close enough for the second one to be considered true.

Does that help make sense of it?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everybody from Spain,

In my opinion this kind of problems are very usually nowadays, and for me is very helpful to do exercise or to go out to dance when I feel stress because it calms my mind and help me to shut out the world's distractions.

this is so useful, thank you so much


it is a good waay to learn in context.

would you please help me
I want to write an e-mail about work experience

Hello rula saddeen,

When applying for a position (as I suppose you are) it's normal to send a CV and a covering letter. The covering letter should not list all of your experience and qualifications - those belong on the CV - but should state why you are writing ('I am writing in connection with the post of..., advertised in...'), why you are suited to the post ('I believe I am well suited to this position because...') and one or two particularly important points from your CV ('As you can see from the attached CV, I have qualifications in... and experience in... Of particular relevance to this position is my experience in...').

For tips and suggestions on writing CVs I think this page will be helpful. You might also want to watch our series about recruitment, called 'You're hired'.

I hope those suggestions are helpful.

Best wishes and good luck,



The LearnEnglish Team