Work Vocabulary Part 1

English Listening Practice Work Vocabulary

Welcome to our Daily English Listening Practice with this week’s series:

Work Vocabulary

This is Part 1 of a 5-part series helping you understand and use new English vocabulary right away while listening to naturally spoken English. This entire series on English Work Vocabulary has 25 vocabulary words, and you can find the entire series here: Work Vocabulary Series

Please listen to the audio files for explanations.

One of our students in the comments really wanted the transcripts to be free… so here they are!
Full Transcripts for 25 English Work Vocabulary Dialogues

Notes from the Listening Files:


  • Staff discounts – A special discount only available to employees
  • A week ahead – A week in advance
  • Stuff our faces – Eat a lot! **Informal

How to use it:
“I mean, the pay is okay, but the perks and benefits are the real reason I took the job.”
“One of the perks of the job is that the boss is always paying for staff nights out.”

Work Environment

  • Throw out new ideas – contribute new ideas
  • Micromanage – try to control every tiny part of someone’s job
  • Puts everyone at ease – makes people feel comfortable
  • Trickled down – slowly moved down, or slowly affected
  • Chalk it up to – Is because of **Informal

How to use it:
“Well, I really liked one of my coworkers, but my boss was absolutely terrible, making it a really unhealthy work environment.”
“It was a really balanced work environment. I worked hard, and I felt that I had a lot of support from both my colleagues and my boss.”

Working Conditions

  • Nailed it – Perfect! Nice job!

How to use it:
“The working conditions were terrible, we worked 6 a.m. to sometimes 9 at night and rarely got a break.”
“I really enjoyed the working conditions as it was really flexible, and I could work from home.”

Maternity Leave

  • Required by law – a legal obligation
  • A hot topic – an important, popular, or controversial issue
  • Picking up the slack – doing extra work to support someone else

How to use it:
“My wife has taken 6 weeks of maternity leave, but I’m sure she’ll need to take at least a month more.”
“Sorry, she’s not in the office, she’s on maternity leave.”

Paid Vacation (American English) / Paid holiday (British English)

  • A National holiday – A holiday celebrated by the entire country. Usually everyone has the day off, e.g. July 4th (USA), Christmas Day, New Year’s Day

How to use it:
“How much paid vacation do you get? “Just two weeks a year, but I get up to 2 weeks of unpaid as well.”
“I’ve got two weeks of paid holiday left this year, I’ve already taken a week’s worth.”

Wait, there’s more! We’ve got a total of 25 English listening practice clips on this topic, check the rest out here:
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