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Challenges at work

Listen to four people talking about different business challenges to practise and improve your listening skills.

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



Language level

Advanced: C1


Yes, I do! When I first get on the job, I used to feel stressed by the challenges, like take a bus late on the night. But my job was temporary, so I just faced all of the challenges and tried to do my best to not being fired, because I really needed the job in the period.

Sure, I was working as a Dj in virtual partys events company last year and the worst challenge I faced to was the internet signal. As in my city it’s raining constantly, the internet doesn’t flow as I’d like. It used to be quite awkward when the virtual party had to be stopped because my internet was slow. I really hated it.

I constantly face some challenges at work, and sometimes they are really stressful and frustrating. I used to get dissapointed at once, however nowadays I am more calm and looking for some positive sides. Also I've become more patient at wether difficulties might appear throughout my work time. For example, the last time I could remember is that how I was looking for the series of books though the Internet and was completely upset with no results to find them. But after some thinking period I have decided to ask on social media and via forums for the teachers who might have these books to share with me. And with such collobaration I was able to find what I need and build my own lesson using the materials which some of my colleages generously gave me.

Thank you for this discussion question team. I am actually personally facing some challenges at work. One of the biggest challenges here that I want to share with you my colleague is multi-task. The thing that troubles me here is when I have to study my online course and at the same time doing my responsibility as a worker. This is so challenges. Well, I guess I have to use some techniques like speaker C.

I had found challenges at work but I always have overcome with hard-working. Frequently when I have tricky situations I ask to my collegues about it and requesting a feedback searching better ways to resolve problems or even how I can do better the work align with the company goals. Challenges at work are the fuel to develop and to improve to be more competitive, harnessing all things around you.

The biggest challenge for me is working on 4-5 projects at the same time. It’s very tiring always being up to date and ready to talk about the details of the given project. Prioritization of tasks is essential to avoid stress and overloading - as the speaker C has mentioned it in this listening excersise.

Yeah I did face a big challenge once at my workplace, When one of our premier client contact my colleague at his desk but he was on leave that day. The client was looking for an urgent report, in my colleague's absence I gotta handle it upon my Manager's request. Fortunately for me, all the data required were in place and i was able to prepare the report on my own and sent it to the client on time that made him so happy.
The positive outcome I got the hang of preparing a new report that day thanks to my colleague!!

Yes. I did. I overcame the challenges by being persistent and acting quickly.

The very first question at the begining of section D, "Have you ever missed a flight or had one cancelled?" surely the answer has to be "I have" not "I did" right?

Hello Dandyno

'I did' is correct here. It would also be fine to use a present perfect form, but it's very common for people to answer a question about their life experience using a past simple form. The question is very open-ended, but since the speaker is often thinking of a specific past time in their answer, many times they will use a past simple form.

As you can see, the choice of verb form depends on how the speaker views the action they are speaking about.

Hope this helps.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team