Meeting a new team member

Meeting a new team member

Listen to a conversation between two new colleagues to practise your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.

Preparation

Transcript

Peter: Hi, my name's Peter. What's your name?

Carla: Hi, Peter. I'm Carla. I'm new here.

Peter: Welcome to the company, Carla.

Carla: Thanks, Peter. I'm happy to be here and it's nice to meet you.

Peter: It's nice to meet you too.

Carla: Where do you work?

Peter: I work in the design team. We sit over there.  

Carla: I'm in the marketing team. I started last week.

Peter: You work in marketing? That's very interesting.

Carla: Yes, it is. I'm enjoying it. But there are a lot of new things to learn.

Peter: I'm sure there are. I'm happy to help you if I can.

Carla: Thank you, Peter. What do you do in the design department?

Peter: I design new products.  

Carla: That sounds interesting. I plan marketing events for new products. So I think we'll work together sometimes.

Peter: That would be great. So, where are you from, Carla?

Carla: Brazil. And you?

Peter: I'm from the UK.

Carla: How long have you been here?

Peter: I've worked here for three years but I actually moved here from the UK five years ago, to study.

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Submitted by ALEX_ES on Fri, 17/03/2023 - 22:03

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I actually talk many things. Like questions where they are from, what they do, etc. Then I ask them about their hobbies or interests .

Submitted by francoandrian on Fri, 10/03/2023 - 22:45

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I don't remember what I usually say but maybe if I have the opportunity to know new people, I try to ask them what are your hobbies and what they like to do in their free time.

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Submitted by _Moon_ on Sun, 26/02/2023 - 06:13

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I used to be a very shy & unsociable person during my childhood. I didn't want to meet new people at that time as I was an introvert person. But now, I turns myself as like an extrovert. I can now easily mix with others and start feeling great to meet new people. When I meet somebody new I start introducing myself and ask them about their name, study, occupation, hobby and so on. I never ask any uncomfortable questions which they don't want to share publicly. I think, it's the most etiquette mistake people in my country do everyday when meeting new people.

I think people get away from you when we ask uncomfortable questions. each person have private or specially area doesn't like to share or talk it with other.

Submitted by hadeelhamadani95 on Mon, 30/01/2023 - 17:38

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First, I start introducing myself and ask about their name, then we start talking about our current position, hometown, how we reached this place, talking broadly, and if we have a chance to meet again in the future.

Submitted by zahra.rostami on Fri, 20/01/2023 - 09:07

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I talk about everything. Where is he/she from? What is her/his major? Where did he/she work before?

Submitted by lylarv on Thu, 19/01/2023 - 00:00

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It depends on the situation at the time, but i usually start with a eulogy, this helps the person to be more receptive to the conversation or to create a theme for the dialogue.

Submitted by student_w on Tue, 17/01/2023 - 14:56

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When I meet people for the first time, I usually ask about their work, family and favourite activities. After that, to avoid the speech becoming boring, I avoid superfluous questions while waiting for him to ask me questions about my job or my life. Here I answer and ask again about him as long as we know about ourselves better.
However, I avoid asking him serious personal questions that may not be appropriate for the first meeting.