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Challenges at work

Listen to four people talking about different business challenges to practise and improve your listening skills.

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Language level

Advanced: C1


I frequently face the rigid submission deadlines as part of my job. They are usually the deadlines for submitting the funding requests. The submission is online for all of them and is closed at the given time.

Normally, I start preparing a proposal around two weeks time before the deadline. This is a fair amount of time required for the preparation. However, I am collaborating with other colleagues who are located in other countries. This means I need their comments and agreement on the proposal. This is the tricky part as their responses come at different times and even sometimes just an hour before the deadline. Hence, simultaneously, handling their comments, avoiding typos due to that last minutes rush and conserving the coherent message of the proposal become really challenging!

yeah alot, one of my frequent challenge at work that my working time isn't fixed; so i have to deal with this variation and go on with everything, it makes me get exhausted sometimes but i should do my work propely

hello, could you please tell me how t download the audios?

Hi Persepolis, you can download the audio. Right click over the player and select the option "save audio as", that is in firefox (English language) but another browsers have similar features.

Hi Persepolis,

I'm afraid the audio is only accessible on the page and cannot be downloaded.



The LearnEnglish Team

I do face challenges at work but it is ok. Everytime, I feel sad or stress, I go out for walk or I go to pagoda to pray. I also chatting with my friend about my difficult time. I love my job so the challenges at work is nothing with me.

I think everyone ever faces challenges at work which can be clarified by two kind of challenges, the good challenges and the bad challenges. The good challenges make we better, and most of us like them and ask for them rather than mundane works repeating day by day. In contrast, the bad ones make we stressed and dreaded, because they temporarily freeze our mind that we can't work well as normal. Two clear examples for the goods are part A & B in this task, and part C is an example for the bads.
When facing a challenge, I often control my thought and attitude first. Try to keep calm and think of how the challenge is either good or bad, and where its root is. After carefully judging the challenge, I will work out how to deal with it depending on its natural features. If it is out of my control, I will ask for help from experienced people.

Thanks for sharing your experience!

Thank for this topic it was very interesting i have learnt more about.

It was a useful topic, thanks .