Work Vocabulary – Part 3

English Listening Practice Work Vocabulary

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

Work Vocabulary

This is Part 3 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

Please listen to the audio files for explanations.

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

Notes from the Audio Files

Call in Sick

  • Double-check – look again, to make sure 
  • A big headache – an annoying (perhaps unnecessary) problem

How to use it:
“I had really bad hangover, so I called in sick so I could sleep in.”
“Sorry, he called in sick today, so you’ll have to check back tomorrow.”

Dead End Job

  • Career-oriented – career focused
  • In sales – working in retail / working as a sales representative
  • Tide you over – help you financially for a short time, between jobs
  • A step in the right direction

How to use it:
“I’d hate to get stuck in a dead end job.”
“Well, I realized after asking a lot of questions that the position would just lead me to a dead end.”

Meet a Deadline

  • I need that paper in – I need you to submit that paper 
  • When it’s due – when I have to hand it in 
  • I got through it – I succeeded
  • Uncompromising – not willing to change

How to use it:
“I’d love to come out, but I’ve got a bunch of deadlines to meet by tomorrow.”
“Thank goodness my boss pushed the deadline back, I really wasn’t ready.”

Heavy Workload

  • It ends up being stressful – maybe it wasn’t stressful at the beginning, but, in the end, it was.

How to use it:
“We have such a heavy workload this season, as it’s our busiest time of year.”
“Glad last week is finally over, now I’ll have a much lighter workload up until I go on vacation.”

Stuck Behind a Desk

  • Up on my feet – standing, walking, running etc. not sitting
  • It doesn’t appeal to me  – nice way to say I don’t like it

How to use it:
“I’ve put on loads of weight, seeing as I’m stuck behind a desk all day.”
“Ever since I wrecked the company car, my boss has stuck me back behind a desk. It’s gonna take me forever to get him to trust me again.”


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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