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

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Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


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

I think a good boss is who has a good behaviour, gives out assignments fairly, and doesn't take it upon themselves to interfere personal lives of employees. Also having a good relationship and open to constructive criticism are very crucial factors of a boss for a good collaboration with other colleagues.

I think there're three aspects make a boss good or bad: personality, behaviour and ability. About his personality, it involves to his genuine characters that are built through long days and showed out by whether he is selfish, decisive, positive or introvert..etc. Next, his behaviour is how he connects with people who can be substitutes or are as high up as he is. What do they feel when working with him? Last, his ability is the way he work, the way he gathers people for a common goal or what he can do.
On other hand, it's easy to make a rumour to a boss but hard to be a good boss. Obviously, a boss always has a lot of rumour from his substitutes judging about anything he did to them. He is at a center for gossips in the workplace where the rumours become more if it is not highly democratic. But he has much stress under deadline jobs, higher grade bosses and customers that sometimes he can’t control his behaviours well all the time. If it's easy to be a boss, then everyone will be bosses.

Dear Team,
I'd like to refer to Task1/third line:The correct answer is ''False'', because,in fact, Susanne was the original creator of the cars ideas, according to the transcript, or am I wrong?

Hello nikoslado

Yes, you are right -- sorry for any confusion. I've fixed the exercise so that number 3 in Task 1 is false. Thanks for pointing this out to us!

Best wishes


The LearnEnglish Team