Philip, CEO of IT company WebWare, can't believe what sales director Brian is telling him!

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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


Hi hermann.mathow,

You have clearly understood the conversation, so I would say that yes, your answer is correct. 'five years' international experience' isn't the best wording -- I'll change it to 'five years' experience in an international company' to clarify what is meant here.

Thanks very much for taking the time to ask about this.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Kirk!

The Business English lessons are great. Two thumbs up!

Great lesson and the tasks too, thank you britishcouncil !

Very good for listening. I will need to improve my speaking also

Done with no mistakes ! good job for me :)



Thank you very very much for these useful exercises, videos and explanation British Council!! Great job!

Great Task!

I can easily understand every phrase, it's crystal clear.