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Episode 10

It's Sarah's first day. Philip and Marcia show her around.

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Philip: Sarah, good to meet you again! Welcome on board.

Sarah: Thanks, Philip. I'm very pleased to be here.

Philip: I hope you enjoyed your holiday. Where did you go?

Sarah: I went to Thailand. It was lovely – great beaches and lovely food.

Philip: Oh, lucky you! It's time for hard work now, though!

Sarah: I'm ready for it!

Marcia: Let me show you to your office.

Sarah: Didn't know I have my own office! So, you don't hot-desk here?

Marcia: Well, most people do, as you can see, but we thought you'd need all your own private space.

Sarah: Yes, especially if you're meeting clients directly.

Marcia: But the atmosphere is actually quite informal because it's open-plan.

Sarah: Oh, that's good. I like that. You definitely get the sense of everyone being really busy!

Philip: Yes, they are, I hope! 

Marcia: So, this is your space!

Sarah: Wow! Great, lots of space! My last office was much smaller.

Philip: How many people did you work with there?

Sarah: I had a team of three. 

Philip: Well, here you'll have six people under you. We'll introduce you to your sales team after lunch.

Sarah: Hmm, that sounds good. What do you usually do for lunch?

Marcia: Oh, well, some people bring it in, but there's a canteen on the ground floor. Food's actually quite good and pretty cheap!

Sarah: Great.

Philip: Now then, I'll tell you about your schedule. There's a sales and marketing meeting every Monday, as well as a meet-up with various heads of department on Thursday afternoons, just so we know what we're doing.

Marcia: Other than that, how you organise your time is up to you.

Sarah: That's fine. I'm a good time manager! 

Philip: We'll leave you to it, then!

Sarah: I think I'm going to like working here!



Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hello anhiRivero,

Do you mean at 1:15 in the video? I've listened to the video and checked the transcript and it is correct. If you have any specific question about it, please let us know.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hi! where does it say that marcia eats in the canteen?

I don't understand the sentence " So you don't hot desk here?"
Can anybody help me for the problem ??

Hello Raincoat,

Please see my answer to this same question from sambala just below. I think that will clear it up for you, but if not, please let us know.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Raincoat,

In most offices where there are many people who work there, each person has their own desk. In an office where people hot desk, they don't have a desk that they always use. They use different desks on different days or for different purposes.

I hope this helps you.

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The LearnEnglish Team

So you don’t hot desk here? hot desk here verb or noun .
I think it is verb because do not before it

Hello ahmed mohamed salem,

That's correct, here the noun is being used as a verb. This is sometimes done in English and there's a a good blog post about it at the Oxford University Press's blog if you're interested in knowing more about it. It's not written for English learners, but I thought I'd at least mention it.

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The LearnEnglish Team