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Dealing with a problem

In this video, Vanya goes to Yuna with a problem. Listen to the language they use for dealing with a problem and practise saying the useful phrases.

Do the preparation exercise first. Then watch the video and do the exercises to check your understanding and practise the language.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


hello. as I know ''a bit of'' is being used for uncoubtale, but in the sentence ''I've got a bit of a problem'' it is used with ''a problem'' which is countable I think because of ''a'' . Why there is such a difference in usage ? Could you explain the reason ?

Hi guitardude,

If you're talking about foods, it's true that a bit of is usually used with uncountable nouns (e.g. a bit of cake / a bit of carrot). But actually, it can be used with countable nouns too, especially outside the area of food. Here are some more examples:

  • The meeting was a bit of a waste of time.
  • My presentation went wrong. It was a bit of a nightmare.
  • I'm a bit of a perfectionist.
  • The news was a bit of a shock.

I hope that helps :)


The LearnEnglish Team

Great lesson.

The last time that I helped to someone with a problem in the work was when a workmate had to sent a report and he was delayed. I helped him with some things about the report and he achived to send the report in time

I'm new here! I'm not that good at English, so trying to improve, by finding foreign friends.
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Hi Mustafa and welcome to LearnEnglish :)

Finding friends to practise with is a great idea. Sorry, sharing personal details is not allowed on this site by the House rules - but you can interact with other users by writing comments and replies.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for the clarification.
Do I need to delete the post?

Hello Mustafa Ghreiri,

There's no need! But thanks for asking.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Honestly, it's absolutely no problem for me to help someone. Of course, I have my own work to do and I can't ignore it to do something else (not my tasks) by I think we have to help each other at work because we are a team. Sometimes your colleagues need to do what you've done before and you know exactly how to cope with it. Or you just need to connect two people at work so they can end their job together.
Unfortunately, there are always some guys who just try to delegate their duty on you because they are lazy or don't what to take responsibility for the result. Well, I dealt with that crap before and these sly-asses don't bother my any more ))

The last time when I had to help my manager was during quarantine. Our office was about to close, so we had to explore a totally new world by starting working online! I clearly remember the time when I was learing how to use Skype and other websites for online teaching! Right now it's my steady job and part of my life, however at that time it was a complete nightmare)))