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


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Task 1

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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




Hi there.

Could anybody tell me how to download the audio of this video? Thanks a lot.

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I don't know how to download the video, someone can help me?

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Could you possibly remove the music? These videos would be so much better without it.

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Great material and exercises. I just wish I could cut out the background music!

hello everyone! pleased help me explain this phrase for me "pulling his weight". thanks for your helping. :)

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Yes and i gotten some answers.