Philipe Hart, le Directeur Général  de WebWare, une entreprise d’informatique, annonce au Directeur des ventes Brian O’Dell quelques mauvaises nouvelles. 

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

Task 1

Choose the correct answers to the questions.  


Task 2

Business notes

In this episode WebWare’s CEO Philip Hart sacks his Sales Director for underperforming. Philip uses 2 expressions to do this. The first is I’m going to have to let you go which is quite a gentle way of expressing the fact. The second is You’re fired, which is a little more direct.

There are even more ways to express this in English. Dismiss and discharge are both quite formal:

He was dismissed for turning up late on a regular basis.

The director was discharged of his duties.

Other less formal, but more colourful ways of saying the same thing are:

give someone the axe

give someone their cards

give someone the boot


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


I like this !

I have a question :
brian is hired (topic of vidéo) or brian is fired (in the transcription) ?
Thanks for your answer.
Best regards ;)

Brian is fired

Hi Isa,

In this video Brian is fired, I'm afraid, because of mistakes he has made. The series shows how the process of hiring his replacement is handled. In other words, a person is fired in the first episode and then another person is hired to take his place.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

very useful!

Very interesting !

Very helpful, especially for the vocabulary

it's realy intersting but it will be more if the were subtitled in english

Hello Khemici,

I just wanted to mention that there is a transcript available - just click on 'Transcript' a couple of lines below the video.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Very interesting!