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Slack Off

Slack Off English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Aug 17 2010

Themes: Work

Grammar: Present Progressive Tense

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During the work day, everyone has to take breaks. Breaks help refresh you and keep you efficient. But for some workers, the day is mostly breaks and very little working. That’s not productive at all. Someone who relaxes all day and doesn’t get much done is slacking off.

This idiom comes from sailing. If something is slack, it means it’s loose. On a ship, there are lots of ropes that need to be kept tight. If you’re not doing your job, slack builds up. You’re slacking off. Someone who does more work than is required of them is said to be picking up the slack.

It seems Ella is slacking off a bit at work. Watch Marni try to convince her to focus and get something done.

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Marni

Marni

Ella

Ella

Ella:  Oh my god! Oh, man.

Marni:  Ella?

Ella:  What?

Marni:  What are you doing there?

Ella:  My friend sent me the goofiest picture. It is hilarious!

Marni:  Okay, but… it’s still 4 o’clock… we’re still working.

Ella:  Yeah.

Marni:  Yeah?

Ella:  Yeah!

Marni:  Did you… ...did you ever hear back from Christian Van Der Slice about the marketing research? You were supposed to call Christian?

Ella:  Oh yeah, I was going to wait ‘til about 5 o’clock because that’s when people’s voicemails turn on, you know, so I don’t have to talk to him directly.

Marni:  But we want to talk to him directly.

Ella:  No, well, not I. Not I. I feel like it’s more efficient on voicemail because then they can hear the same answering message several times and they get a real grasp of what I’m trying to say.

Marni:  Okay. Um, I can’t help but notice those files are still sitting on the desk. Do you think that you could get to that maybe in the next hour?

Ella:  I really appreciate the colors, so I’m just going to stare at them a little more.

Marni:  Okay, I gotta be blunt. It appears to me that you are slacking off.

Ella:  Sla-what? Are you accusing me of slacking off? Because I work hard. I work really hard. I do all the stuff that no one else wants to do. You know? Slackers, they don’t do that! They just sit around and wait for things to get done. I get them done! Even if it takes a little longer than normal. But I don’t slack off! I don’t slack off at all.

Marni:  Well, you’re…you know…not doing any of the filing I asked for, and you’re talking or looking at pictures on your phone, and you have a magazine open. To me, that’s slacking off. That’s not working. Not being productive. You know, I don’t really need enthusiasm, I just need you to work. I need you to be productive! Yeah?

Ella:  Maybe… okay.

 

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Ella starts laughing because a friend of hers sent a funny picture to her phone. Suddenly, Marni notices that Ella isn’t working at all. She hasn’t done the things she’s been asked to do and is reading a magazine. She intends to make an important call after the work day ends so she can leave a message and won’t have to talk to anyone.

It’s clear that Ella is slacking off. Marni confronts her directly. Ella tries to argue that she works hard, but it’s hard to argue with the work she hasn’t done and the magazine on her desk. At the end, she reluctantly agrees to get some work done.

Do you like to slack off? Or are you someone who picks up the slack?

 

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Slang

Slang

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

never heard of that. sounds helpful to me..thanks anyway

10:49 AM Jun 25 2015 |

hun23

Eritrea

slack off is very interesting

04:18 PM Feb 19 2013 |

Masbarar

MasbararSuper Member!

Turkey

Very nice video.If Marni is the manager of Ella it’s acceptable the act of Marni.In that case,Ella must not argue with her.But if Marni is not her manager,this is not a good way to argue with her or blaim her.There are some people in the companies like that,in the schools too.The people must show their success to demonstrate to the other how they are successful,but not with the way to blaiming others.

05:30 PM Aug 01 2012 |

fabsir

fabsir

Brazil

I don´t feel confortable slacking off. I think you should always look for work that needs to get done. If your workload has finished, then you should ask around for outstanding work. You don´t need to pick up the slack but lending a hand is never too much.

12:53 PM Jul 24 2012 |

cybergore

Venezuela

I personally think everyone has responsabilities to accomplish. I often help some friends, classmates or workmates when I can. But it doesn`t mean that I have to help them doing their work. It`s a little bit uncomfortable to treat slacker people.

12:22 PM Jan 31 2011 |

chanchan01

Viet Nam

thanks for an interesting and helpful lesson

01:06 AM Jan 31 2011 |

trailo_hathanh

Viet Nam

I am actually do not like slack off. Specially to someone who not only slack off but also annoy people.

Embarassed

07:32 PM Dec 13 2010 |

masiran

masiran

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i slack of when there's is nothing to do and when i am not asked to do sth

01:22 AM Nov 23 2010 |

Lily86

Lily86

Syrian Arab Republic

awesome!

01:39 AM Sep 22 2010 |

lailaq

lailaq

Palestinian Territory, Occupied

Great one

thank you

01:37 PM Sep 21 2010 |

janious2010

Egypt

hi

 

10:41 AM Sep 20 2010 |

gokuh

gokuh

India

this lesson is so helpful. i learnt a new word, so thank u so much, well, i m usully slackin off when i m on work , bt i well realy want to get over with that, I will pick up the slack as earliest possible, thank u so much.

02:18 AM Sep 19 2010 |

oiussaadan

Morocco

you beil fammau

03:20 PM Sep 17 2010 |

said333

France

i don't like to slack off because i like my job to much

09:52 AM Sep 12 2010 |

said333

France

i don't like to slack off because i like my job to much

09:51 AM Sep 12 2010 |

xzerx

xzerx

Turkey

Before three months i am not a slacker. But  now i think i am getting used to slack off. it is too bad. i hope i will get over that.   :)

05:25 AM Sep 12 2010 |

abu_shehab

abu_shehab

Israel

i hate slackers

 

01:01 AM Sep 08 2010 |

ebabywentao

China

Slack Off

06:21 PM Sep 04 2010 |

abu_shehab

abu_shehab

Israel

good talk girls

 

08:01 PM Aug 31 2010 |

Lee Yong Chan

Japan

I don't like a slacker.If my collegue is slackking off,I'll be blunt and tell him to work hard immidiately.

07:25 AM Aug 31 2010 |

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