Before you listen
Do the vocabulary activity below before you listen. Then listen to the episode and do the first task to check your understanding. Finally, practise some vocabulary and grammar in Tasks 2, and 3. You can read the transcript at any stage if you want.
Listen to the audio
Complete this exercise to check how much you understand.
Prepositions – fill in the gaps with appropriate prepositions.
Magda: (talking into phone) So…ok…hmm…yeah! That’s great news!
Olivia: So? Did you get the job?
All: Hooray!! Fantastic! Well done!!
Harry: There’s always a ‘but’…
Magda: It’s only on a trial basis…just for a month.
Harry: Ok, that’s pretty normal actually. Most companies do that.
Olivia: But they are paying you, yes?
Magda: Oh yes, the salary isn’t bad. It’s not an internship.
Harry: I did internships for ages…had to work for a month to get experience – no pay! – and then I never got offered the real job at the end. Like now! I’m doing this work for Johnny’s company – they want me to work at weekends too – Saturdays and Sundays – with no extra money!
Olivia: That’s terrible!
Harry: I don’t know what to do…I want to say ‘no’, but I’m afraid I’ll lose the job…
Olivia: You’ll have to think carefully about it!
Magda: Or you’ll be trying to do an internship again!!! Only joking! It can be important to do an internship if you want to get experience – things to put on your CV…
Harry: Yeah, I guess you’re right, but I’m past that stage…I’ve got lots of experience now.
Magda: I’m really worried though, about my first day, really nervous. I might be terrible!
Olivia: Don’t worry Magda, you’ll be great. Show them how good you are in the first month and they’ll be offering you more money by the second month!
Magda: Let’s hope so!
Harry: What are you going to be doing exactly?
Magda: Well, it’s a lot of admin work..but I do get a chance to work with the senior partners on some designs.
Harry: Great…What is it you do again?
Olivia: Harry! How come you always forget this stuff?
Magda: Architecture! I’m an architect! I design buildings!
Harry: Oh yeah, right, of course…
Sarah: She’s a good one too, Harry – I’ve seen some of her drawings. I keep on telling her that she should go to China – there are lots of opportunities there at the moment.
Magda: Maybe, one day. That’d be really interesting…How are you, Sarah?
Harry: How’s the new flat?
Sarah: That’s the problem…
Olivia: Oh no! You’ve only just moved in!
Magda: I thought the flat was great…
Sarah: The flat is nice, but the problem is the landlord…
Olivia: Isn’t that Fadi’s cousin?
Sarah: Yes, exactly…but he’s really intrusive.
Sarah: He comes round all the time, wants to know everything about me. I think that if I pay rent, that’s it, I shouldn’t have to tell him anything else.
Olivia: I see…that’s not on, is it? Have you mentioned it to Fadi?
Sarah: No, I don’t know how to. He was so kind helping me get the place. I don’t want to seem rude.
Olivia: Would you like me to have a word with him?
Sarah: Could you? That’d be really great. I’d really appreciate it.
Olivia: I’ll say something the next time I see him! Promise!