Work Vocabulary – Part 2

English Listening Practice Work Vocabulary

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

Work Vocabulary

This is Part 2 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 with English explanations, and you can find the entire series here: Work Vocabulary Series

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Here are the Free Transcripts:
Full Transcripts for 25 English Work Vocabulary Dialogues

Job Satisfaction

  • Quality of life – how well someone can live, in terms of food, housing, friends and activities
  • Cost of living – how much rent, utility bills, gas/petrol and food cost in a particular place

How to use it: a little formal for everyday speaking, but often seen in writing
“Please rate your level of Job Satisfaction: Highly Satisfied, Moderately Satisfied, Satisfied, etc.”


Manual Work / Working with your hands

How to use it:
“I wish I had a job where I could work more with my hands, but right now I have to settle for an office job at a desk.”
“To be honest, my husband and I don’t do a lot of manual work around the house, we often call someone in to do it professionally.”


Part-time vs. Full-time

  • 9 to 5 – a regular full-time job that generally starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.
  • Career-orientated (British English) career-oriented (American English)
  • Hospo – short for hospitality (restaurants, hotels, bars etc.) often used in New Zealand
  • Pull a shift – to do a shift, your hours, at work

How to use it:
“Well, I signed a contract, but it labeled me as a part-time worker, so I don’t receive any benefits.”
“The only way I’m going to be able to make ends meet is if I work two part-time jobs or one full-time with benefits.”

Temp Work (Temporary Work) / Seasonal Work

  • Filled in – I replaced someone or took a position temporarily for someone

How to use it:
“I worked as a temp for a while, filling in for people on vacation or leave.”
“I actually really like working seasonally at the ski resort, it’s hard work, but it’s only for the winter.”

Volunteer Work

  • I gave up my mornings – I used my free time, I sacrificed my own time
  • Getting some hands-on experience – To get some physical experience, to see and do something in person, not just in books
  • The rest is history – The rest of the story is obvious.

How to use it:
“I did some volunteer work building houses with my classmates in high school.”
“We volunteered with an NGO (non-governmental organization) last fall and it was a great experience.”


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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