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28 Everyday Conversational Expressions Job Situations p.1

 

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* 28 Job Situations (p.1 of 3)

 

28.1 When you lack experience in a new job

 

This is all so new to me! Listen <Can you do this job on your own? Not yet. This is all so new to me.>

I've never done this before. Listen <Your work will be supervised for the first time. Sure. Ive never done this before.>

I'm new at this. Listen <Whats wrong? Didnt you have enough training? I need more time. Im new at this.>

I'm still a little new to all this. Listen < I cant operate this equipment alone. I am still a little new to all this.>

I'm a newcomer to this. Listen <I still need guidance in my work. I am a newcomer to this.>

I'm the new kid on the block. Listen A I am the newest person here. <I have only been working here for a short time. Im the new kid on the block.>

I haven't had much experience in this line of work. Listen <They assigned me to help the department manager. I havent had much experience in this line of work. I feel like I have to learn a lot.>

Give me time, I'll catch on. Listen A Allow me some time to improve my skill. <Do you think you can handle it? Its not too hard to do. Give me time, Ill catch on.>

Give me a chance. Listen A Give me an opportunity to do it. <We need a person to work on an automated assembly line. Do you think you can do it? I know I can. Give me a chance.>

Give me a break. Listen A Be easy on me. Give me another chance to do it. <I know I can do it. Let me try again. Well, I dont know Dont be too harsh on me. Give me a break.>

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28.2 When you encourage a person to stay at the job

 

You'll learn more as you go along. Listen <I dont think I can do it. Dont worry. Youll learn more as you go along.>

You'll pick it up as you go along. Listen A Youll acquire skill gradually in the process of work. <Your work looks so professional. How do you do it? Youll pick it up as you go along.>

You'll get the hang of it. Listen <To work with electric equipment is harder than I thought. Youll get the hang of it.>

You can handle it. Listen A You can do this work. <I need someone to work on the new account. I am thinking about you. You can handle it.>

Hang in there. Listen A Stay where you are and be patient. <Sometimes I think I just cant do this kind of work. Hang in there. Youll learn on the job.>

Stick with it. Listen A Stay with it. Dont quit. <I dont really like this job. But it pays well, doesnt it? Stick with it.>

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28.3 When a job is familiar to you

 

I know it like the back of my hand. Listen A I know it really well. <Ive been doing accounting at a manufacturing company for many years. I know it like the back of my hand.>

I know it all from A to Z. Listen <I was a nurse all my life. I know it from A to Z.>

I know it like a book. Listen <My job includes various duties. I know it like a book.>

I know it backwards and forwards. Listen <I work in construction business. I know it backwards and forwards.>

I know it inside and out. Listen <I have extensive experience in this line of work. I know it inside and out.>

I know the ins and outs of it. Listen <I own a small business. I know the ins and outs of it.>

I know all the tricks of the trade. Listen <I am a financial broker. I know all the tricks of the trade.>

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28.4 When a job or task is easy

 

It's simple. Listen <I am going to finish this task in an hour. Its simple.>

It's easy as ABC. Listen <I like this kind of work. Its as easy as ABC.>

It's like taking candy from a baby. Listen A It is easy to do. <This product is hot. Selling it to the general public is easy. Its like taking candy from a baby.>

It's childs play. Listen <Im pretty sure I will complete this translation shortly. Its childs play.>

It's a piece of cake. Listen A It is pleasantly easy. <In summer I work as a lifeguard on the beach. What a fun job! Its a piece of cake.>

It's not rocket science. Listen A It is not too complicated. <Ive been working in sales for twenty years. Its hard. But its not rocket science.>

I can do that. Listen <We need to convince our business partners that we all win if we start this project early. I can do that. They trust me. Besides, they are reasonable people.>

I can do that with my eyes closed. Listen <Your car needs an oil change. I can do that with my eyes closed.>

I can do that with one arm tied behind my back. Listen <Do you want me to play this piece of music? It is rather plain. I can do that with one arm tied behind my back.>

No sweat. Listen A There is no difficulty there. <I will repair your bike tomorrow. No sweat.>

Theres nothing to it. Listen A There is nothing difficult there. <Is it hard to operate this machine? Theres nothing to it. You need to follow the instruction manual, thats all.>

Whats there to know? Listen A You dont need to have any special knowledge. <Do you know how to operate this machine? Whats there to know? Just push that big green button.>

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28.5 When a job or task is not easy

 

It's not as easy as it seems. Listen <Ive been learning Spanish for a few years already. Its not as easy as it seems.>

It's not as easy as it looks. Listen <I was a bookkeeper all of my life. Its not as easy as it looks.>

It's no picnic. Listen A It is not an easy task. <I work at school and I like my job. But its no picnic.>

It's harder than it looks. Listen <I work as a secretary for a big boss. Its harder than it looks.>

It's harder than you think. Listen <I dont believe we can close this deal. It is harder than you think.>

It's surprisingly difficult. Listen <Im trying to grow a vegetable garden in California. Its surprisingly difficult.>

It's a real challenge. Listen <It turned out that my project requires more time and efforts than I anticipated. Its a real challenge.>

There is more to it than meets the eye. Listen A It is more complicated than it seems. <We have been negotiating this deal for a long time without any success. There is more to it than meets the eye.>

Thats easier said than done. Listen A That task is easier to talk about than to do. <We can try to resolve this issue. We did it in the past. Thats easier said than done. It has never been so complicated before.>

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28.6 When you encourage a person to start working

 

Youre good to go. Listen A Everything has been checked, so you can start your mission now. <Youre good to go, so start without further delay.>

Put your nose to the grindstone. Listen A Start working really hard. <This is an urgent order. Put your nose to the grindstone.>

Let's get down to business. Listen A Lets get down to work. Lets talk seriously. Lets conduct business. <All right, everyone! We have completed our preparations. Lets get down to business.>

Let's get down to brass tacks. Listen A Lets get to the bolts and nuts of our business. Lets get to practical details. <Weve wasted too much time already. Lets get down to brass tacks.>

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