Sarah starts her first day on the job and is shown around the office by Philip and Marcia.


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Task 1

Comprehension Task

Watch the video. Then decide if the sentences below are true or false.


Task 2

Business Notes

In the final video Sarah starts her first day at WebWare and Philip and Marcia show her around the office. Sarah is surprised to find that she doesn’t have to hot desk. Hot desking is the practice of using any available desk at work, instead of having a desk assigned to you and is quite common in UK companies. It is often associated with flexible working and work-life balance, two buzz words in corporate life these days.

Flexible working is a phrase that describes any working pattern adapted to suit the needs of the employee.

Common types of flexible working are:

part-time: working less than the normal hours, perhaps by working fewer days per week

flexi-time: choosing when to work (there's usually a core period during which you have to work)

compressed hours: working your agreed hours over fewer days

staggered hours: different starting, break and finishing times for employees in the same workplace

job sharing: sharing a job designed for one person with someone else

home working: working from home




Thank you for this helpful English task.

hi. can I learn to speak English just by listening to your podcasts and native speakers.. as children can do it at first? I love british accent and I have to speak


Certainly it will help, but active study is important too. Remember that children listen to their first language non-stop and have all their waking time for learning and experimenting, whereas older people have only limited time for this. I would say that listening to English is great and will certainly help you to improve, but active study is also important.

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The LearnEnglish Team

I want to know why the sentence "Sarah will manage three people" is incorrect

Hiba, here Sarah is going to be the boss of more than three i.e 06 people. That's why it is incorrect. Good Luck

Hello hiba alvi,

You can check the transcript if you are not sure why a certain answer is right or wrong. In the transcript you can see the following:

I had a team of three.
Well here you’ll have six people under you

Thus Sarah will manage six people, not three as previously.

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I don't understand why there are not a verb in the sentence follow: "...So you don't hot desk here", Can you tell me, please?
Thank you very much

hot-desk is being in the sense of verb, though it is not

thank you so much!

Hello nguyenthibinh,

In this sentence, 'hot desk' is being used as a verb. English is a very flexible language and words sometimes extend their range of use in this way, with nouns being used as verbs (the technical name for this is 'denominalisation').

For example, 'blog' was first a noun: I have a blog. Very quickly, it also became a verb: I blog every day. In business, plans can be 'actioned' and on the internet a topic can 'trend'. In motor racing, a car 'pits' and in golf a player 'pars' a hole.

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The LearnEnglish Team