Who's who in the office

Listen to two people talking about the people in their office to practise and improve your listening skills.

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

Transcript

Jani: Welcome to the department, Yuki. Let me show you around and tell you about your new colleagues. I'll introduce you to them all later.

Yuki: Great. Thanks. So, who are those people over there?

Jani: That's the order management team. Luciana deals with the new orders. She's the one with short, dark hair.

Yuki: In the purple dress?

Jani: Yeah, that's right. You'll probably work closely with her while you are learning about our ordering process.

Yuki: Got it, thanks. And who's that over there? The guy who's on the phone?

Jani: Oh, you mean the one by the window? In the green shirt? Ah, that's Ian. He's the marketing director. And that's Maria beside him. She's responsible for the internal IT systems.

Yuki: OK, I'll try to remember all of this. I should probably be taking notes!

Jani: Don't worry about it. For now it's just good to put some faces to names.

Yuki: OK, great – and who do I talk to about setting up my mobile phone with email access? Is that also Maria?

Jani: No, you need to talk to Sebastian who works in communications. He can help you. That's him over there, next to the printer.  

Yuki: Thanks. I'll introduce myself to him later.  

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Submitted by azharbgskr on Fri, 26/11/2021 - 01:59

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I don't have any colleagues yet. I am still a student.

Submitted by vuhoap on Wed, 10/11/2021 - 12:45

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Yes, I can. I am working for an IT company at Japan. My team has 9 members but I only describe the two ones of them. The first one, I've been working with him since I joined the company until now. He looks healthy, narrow eyes and always helps me in my work. So I am very respectful and grateful for him. The second one is an old man but full of enthusiasm at work and knows how to treat colleagues. I learned a lot from him.

Submitted by Ray Tam on Sat, 23/10/2021 - 17:24

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Sirs,

//He's the marketing director. And that's Maria beside him.//
Can I use it’s instead of that’s as following?
He’s the marketing director. And it’s Maria besides him.

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//Yuki: OK, I'll try to remember all of this.//
Is it correct l use these instead of this as following?
I’ll try to remember all of these.

Hello Ray Tam,

The choices here are contextual. As I believe I said in a previous answer, 'that' and 'this' tend to be used as ways of differentiating items: this person not that person, while 'it' is used simply to refer to a particular item. Thus, in your first example, both 'that's' and 'it's' are possible grammatically; which would be the best choice depends on the broader context. Are you pointing out Maria from a group of people or introducing her for the first time, for example?

In your second example, 'all of this' describes something singular or uncountable: this information, this advice etc. 'All of these' describes something plural: these details, these names, these rules etc.

Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Ray Tam on Fri, 22/10/2021 - 01:14

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Even though over twenty colleagues in our company, all of them look like very busy in working. As a member of sales department, I only have chance get in touch with acounting colleagues. Once off duty l would like to go to the bar with them. We enjoy the happy hour and nothing we can’t talk.

Submitted by Thais Gomes Ribeiro on Fri, 15/10/2021 - 17:33

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I've just colleagues at the university, they're nice! We work well together!

Submitted by Giuliana on Sat, 24/04/2021 - 03:24

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Ok! I describe two of my colleagues or companions of my collage university. In firt time i talk about Noe. She's very friendly and goodddddd person. She's tall well very tall not like me. I know her when i have three or four years. She was my neighbor when i live in other neighbourhood but i moved to other neighbourhood and she still be my neighbor ajajja. My other companion is Maria Jose or Majo. I know her ago three years when we both went disney together and my other friends. She's very frindly too and funny. I always laugh with her.

Submitted by MikhailZatopliaev on Tue, 20/04/2021 - 23:24

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I work for big company, my department of company have four colleagues and head of department. Sergey is brain of our team, he is very smart gay. He is planning OpEx for our models. Sergey has short hair and glasses, we have dresscod in our company so our dress not so much different. Dima is modeling Suzun field, Dima from Moscow and he is very interesting guy, he like gadgets, and like delicious food. Vitalia is modeling Tagul field, he hasn't hair, and has glasses. He is seat close to me. We often talking with him. Maria is new in our department, he is modeling GidroElectroStation for our fields. And Aleksandr is head our department. He has't hair to, but hasn't glasses. He is tall.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Wed, 14/04/2021 - 03:48

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I describe my few best friends. One freind is cricketer. He plays with destrict team. He was very kind and loving everyone. Another is very calm person. One freind is very natural. He does comedy.

Submitted by vespinosa10 on Tue, 02/03/2021 - 18:19

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I don't have colleagues, but I have classmates

Submitted by Sara Kalafat on Mon, 08/02/2021 - 20:17

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My Team in Fordeal was great team, Hisham was the team leader, Aseel was our support we asked her about all problems we have faced it in work

Submitted by Minh on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 23:31

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Well, I have a number of colleagues in my company, so I just describe some of them. Firstly, Jack is a friendly and kind person who is a manager office Secondly, John is generous man who is a assist director. Third, Tom is youngest person who is a sale marketing. Fourth, James is a beautiful girl who is a clerk.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Tue, 05/01/2021 - 06:49

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In this time I am a student.So l introduce you my few best friends. One of which is drop out student. He was politician. He is my good friend. Another friend who's always with me.

Submitted by fariba on Wed, 25/11/2020 - 10:26

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i have several colleague. some of them work hard and some don't work efficiently.

Submitted by DJ Singh on Wed, 25/11/2020 - 07:21

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I was part of the visual effects studio till recently. That is my past now however I can describe my two colleagues to answer the question. I had so many people working with me but good friend of mine was Rohit and Praveen. Praveen was a long in heighted person with curry hair from south India. He is good guy to work with, and 2nd one was Rohit short in height and talkative and annoying sometimes but kind person.

Submitted by shelly on Tue, 10/11/2020 - 06:14

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I have 5 colleagues in my office, all of them are studious. Only one colleague is 5 years older than me and is responsible for goods transportation. The rest of us are responsible for document translation while the only two male colleagues take a business trip sometimes.

Submitted by Moon Wathan on Fri, 23/10/2020 - 17:32

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My colleague is a beautiful young girl. She has black long hair and beautiful face. She is tall and fair complexion. She always smile and kindness. She takes care of her pupils and try work hard. She is friendly and helpful to others. She is a teacher like me. Now we two are in primary two N. So, We have good friendship in job as a colleague.

Submitted by Ugulhan on Sun, 18/10/2020 - 09:59

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I can do that with my old colleague, because of covid 19 I haven't been working right now. Robert who is responsible for the IT department has long brown hair, and he gets dressed every day in a black shirt. He will sit in front of me over the next desk.

Submitted by habibao.medo on Wed, 07/10/2020 - 14:48

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MY best friend called radwa she is short with long black hair she is kind we both like acting like idiots around each other

Submitted by -_- on Thu, 27/08/2020 - 14:06

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My actual name is Syukran El Chaidir I am from indonesia im sry if my English is bad I don’t work yet, Im home schooling. I have a friend, his name is putra. I know him from kindergarten. In the first grade in elementary school, we haven’t seen each other because we weren’t in the same class even we are in the same school. We played together when we were in the same class at second grade and now we are always play together even we are not in the same class anymore. Putra has dark short hair, his favorite game is Likee.

Submitted by Phan Bao Dung on Fri, 31/07/2020 - 19:00

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Tram and Tan are my colleagues. We are laboratory technicians in the pharmaceutical company. We have known each other and have been close for 4 years. Tram is plump and curly hair. Tan is fit and short hair. Both of them are full of energy girls, helpful, and friendly so I like them very much.

Submitted by fahri on Sun, 26/07/2020 - 13:54

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Dear team. From the audio above : Jani: Don't worry about it. For now it's just good to put some faces to names. The question is : What does it mean 'put some faces to names' ??? Thank you very much team

Hello fahri,

Jani had heard the names of these people, but never met them. Now that she's meeting them, she can match the names to their faces ('put their faces to names'). In other words, from now on, she can imagine them with their real faces when she thinks of them.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much for your answer. That's very clear. Thanks again

Submitted by Dastenova Firuza on Sat, 11/07/2020 - 20:14

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I describe Amanova A. as a head of the department of languages. She is usually well dresses and has blond hair. Kinjemuratova Z is often dressed formally and is responsible for study work. Baymuratova S is a tall and serious girl with long hair. She is in charge of spiritual lightening work at the department.

Submitted by Hennadii on Sat, 11/07/2020 - 18:18

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Oh, it's a tough task. I have lots of colleagues and they all very different. Some of them came to our company just after their graduation. They are young, inexperienced but persisted. Most of them don't have families so after work they are free like a bird. Maybe they spend their free time in cafes or pubs. I would do that in their place )) Some of my colleagues are much older than me. A few of them even have grandkids. They are good specialists with great experience but sometimes they are slow-starters. It's hard to motivate them to learn something new. They think they already know everything ))

Submitted by Suellen Esteves on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 20:25

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I describe for both, how they are and what they do.

Submitted by LarisaAlp on Sat, 04/07/2020 - 18:44

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My colleagues are very helpful and kind to everyone. And I am happy to be and work near them.

Submitted by abudo93 on Thu, 02/07/2020 - 14:40

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I have 4 collegiates in my work, first one his name, Essam, he likes to speak a lot of time and jokes make, but in the same time he is bad in his work and envious or jealous. Second one, his name, Baker, is tall man and good with his work and also funny but in the same time he loves money mostly than any thing even most from his father and his mother, add all that he speak with his wife all the times by phone and massanger app, said : yeah my love, how are you my love?, where are you my love?, ok my love, I'm coming my love.

Submitted by iisrimadanti20 on Sun, 14/06/2020 - 07:56

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Yes I can. I work is in one of private school. I have 10 coleagues, all of them are teachers. There's a 3 teachers men and 7 teachers women. The 1 of teacher men with a glasses is the science teacher, we called him Mr. Rahmat . The 2 of another teachers men are Sport teacher and Arabic teacher. The sport teacher men is Mr. Fuad, he always wearing a sportswear on everyday oh, i forgot.. except monday he's wearing shirt looks a like semiformal and the Arabic teacher is Mr. Al he always wearing of koko shirt, uhmm he's graduated from Al-Azhar Cairo of University, Egypt. For 7 of teachers women. Ms. Linda is the social teacher, she's beautiful, nice, considerate person so she's lots of fan.. I mean students like her so much. Ms. Eka is the art teacher, she's beautiful, humorist, creative, she's good of traditional dance, playing the music and sing, if you need a trainer of traditional dance, please call her. Ms. Rina is the Indonesian language teacher, she's nice, funny, she's good making poems because literally she's a poet. Ms. Fitri is the islamic religion teacher, she's outstanding, nice, humorist, energetic. Ms. Nurul is the mathematic teacher, she's polite, nice, and smart. Ms. Ilmi is the english teacher, she's wearing of glasses, she's nice, and smart. And the last is Ms. Ana she's my headmaster, she's outstanding, considerate person, I love her character so much.

Submitted by Deeps on Tue, 09/06/2020 - 10:26

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I had some colleagues. They were very helpful. They are still helpful,

Submitted by Sharif Tayyebi on Sat, 06/06/2020 - 13:07

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I have worked for many companies, but I want to introduce my colleagues in one commission. When I was in one province, there were 11 people who worked in our office. I was the director of the office and a person who named Babury, was my deputy. He was smart, cute and charming. Mrs. Behishtie was the spoke person of our office. She had short, blond and a little curly hair. She was well dressed. She was kind and sociable. My other colleagues were working in the secretary department. They were responsible to do three different things. First of all, two people were responsible to record complains and data entry. A person who named Nasir, had to analyze the complains based on documents which was prepared by complainers. The next section was financial, and two people were working there. The third part was logistic, and there were two people. All these three parts were under the secretary officer who was ordering and directing them properly. According to election law of Afghanistan, the secretary officer shall oby the orders of provincial commission. The provincial commission has three commissioners and I, Mr. Babury and Mrs. Behishtie were commissioners. All my colleagues were nice and friendly. I miss all of them and I wish them all the best. Regards,

Submitted by amal.araia on Sun, 31/05/2020 - 00:20

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All my colleagues are teachers. I have two teachers who works close with me. One of them has a beautiful brown long hair, and she is tall, thin and likes to wear a modern clothes, while the other has a short black hear, she is tall too, but she likes to wear a common Sudanese traditional clothes. Both of them are nice, funny and hard workers.

Submitted by Milena Nikolova on Tue, 26/05/2020 - 06:10

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Hello, My colegues are very friendly people. If i need to some help i can ask him. I start worked there soon and it is very important for me.

Submitted by Fatemeh.Najafzadeh on Sat, 23/05/2020 - 02:28

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Yes, I can. I work in a famous company with a lot of colleagues. There is a man with a tall high who is our operator, he works with hardness equipments and he is so polite. Also a lady looks very smart is a metallography expert who studies the microstructure of metals or alloys with microscope and then accept or reject the industrial samples based on international standards. A man with curly hairs is another our colleague. He is in charge of samples preparation and he is so hard working. And finally a man with a big tummy is our managing director.

Submitted by mouna99 on Mon, 18/05/2020 - 17:33

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I don't have a job! I am still a student

Submitted by Lauracastanos on Thu, 23/04/2020 - 00:37

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My colleagues look serious and elegant in their dark clothes but they are so much fun.

Submitted by S.S on Mon, 20/04/2020 - 17:11

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My colleagues look like seriousness but they are all about everything.

Submitted by OlaIELTS on Fri, 10/04/2020 - 18:32

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Yes, I could. They are male and female. Each performing his or her task in their designated department.

Submitted by shahhoseini on Wed, 05/02/2020 - 13:56

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I have many colleagues and each one has a special personality. For example, one of them is very polite another one is shy and so on.

Submitted by Dariusz on Wed, 22/01/2020 - 01:56

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I can't describe my colleague because I don't work in a company so I don't have them, I work alone.

Submitted by Maksmatt on Thu, 21/11/2019 - 17:13

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My colleagues er nice and helpful people. Most of the time we are teaching as I'm working at school. Sometimes we have to work in small teams and this works fine.

Submitted by NADIRA ALWENI on Mon, 28/10/2019 - 02:39

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Submitted by César Árraga on Thu, 03/10/2019 - 19:08

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The Head of Quality was wearing business casual clothing and glasses. His function was checking product quality during the production process until becoming in finished product.