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Talking about rumours

Listen to two people talking about a colleague to practise and improve your listening skills.

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



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I do not agree with that if people in the workplace will take credit for other's ideas, even if he would be a boss in the office.
Being in someone's good books would not help if the employee has not a creative idea. A genius Boss might be reached praises, but it doesn't mean you have to keep your mouth shut in front of him.

According to the name, "Boss" is like a person that only given orders or assignments whereas a "Leader" is a person who act such as guide align to the company goals or team goals to improve their results in orden to get the best results, hence a good boss should be a leader, and having the skills and capabilities for their team walking successfully, is a person who harness the best skills in each one member of their team and help to find out better ways to the work.

Honestly, talking about good or bad boss' behaviour we talking about behaviour in general. I don't think a "good" boss act opposite in his private life or a "bad" boss becomes such a lovely person outside the office. Of course, I don't mean professional qualifications. If one's doesn't skilled enough to cope with the bank or factory, just because he/she doesn't have much experience and knowledge, he will be a bad boss, no matter how kind and wise he is. You just must be quite confident in that sphere you're working in.
But, irrespective of your readiness as a professional, you have to know how to communicate with people. No one can do one's work by oneself. And even if your job doesn't need a teamwork, you anyway can't escape interaction with others.
So, the main point of being a "good boss" is communication. The good one has to be qualified (to make the right decisions), fair, and convincing. The good boss also has to know how motivate people and even better ру has to know how to point out some errors tactful way.

Peter M
thanks for your notes. you are right.

Dear team.
From the lesson above.
Kiera: It won an award, didn't it?
The question:
Pronoun 'it' refers to 'idea of kiera' or refers to John????
The second:
About 'it' as dummy subject or object.

The question:
Anything of 'it' from this lesson as dummy subject or object???
Thank you very much for your answer

Hi fahri,

  • It won an award, didn't it?

It refers to 'the project', which was mentioned by Will in the previous sentence. 

I can't find any examples of it as a dummy subject or object in this transcript.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Good evening...
I find a bit of difficulty in some vocabulary like " to take a credit, to be in someone's good book, high up..."but i am so glad because these new words offers me useful addition in english. i am so gratitude for your effort .

Yes I agree with you. For me B2 level more difficult. I must study hard

Hello Razan Mahairy,

Thank you for your kind words. It's great to know we're helping people.


A quick note on the vocabulary: when you copy phrases that you want to learn/remember, make sure you copy them correctly! You made a few errors:

to take credit for something (not a credit)

to be in someone's good books (not book)



The LearnEnglish Team

Not carrying the responsibility is What makes the boss bad.
Many of them do not endure their mistakes, they put it on others back and when success comes out they took it for themself.