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Take this job and shove it!

Take this job and shove it!

Date: Mar 06 2000


1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.

2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

Anne has had problems with her boss, Sue, for a long time. This morning, Sue called Anne into her office to complain that Anne wasn’t working hard enough. Anne has had enough, and tells Sue.


1. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.



Sue:  Anne, I need to talk to you about the files you’ve been working on.

Anne:  Sure. What’s up?

Sue:  Well, they’re not what I wanted. I thought I told you to make all documents single-spaced.

Anne:  These files were a little harder to read single-spaced. I thought you would prefer the double-spacing.

Sue:  Well you thought wrong. You need to start paying attention.

Anne:  You know, I’m doing my best here. You should cut me a little slack.

Sue:  Cut you slack? How can I do that when you’re the biggest slacker on our crew!

Anne:  You know what? I’ve been wanting to tell what’s been on my mind for a long time now.

Sue:  Oh yeah? Go ahead, vent.

Anne:  To tell you the truth, this job sucks. I’ve hated it ever since I started. And you know why? Because you’re an arrogant bitch.

Sue:  Is that so?

Anne:  Yes, and everyone else feels the same way. You’re crew is going to leave before you know it.

Sue:  You can pack your things and leave, Anne. Never come back.

Anne:  Fine with me. Good riddance.


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This conversation starts out OK, but as it goes on, both Anne and Sue get very angry. Sue is always telling Anne that she’s not doing a very good job. Anne gets upset and both of them “raise their voices.” Do you have any interesting stories about work? Have you ever had a boss you don’t like? I’ve had several. I know just how Anne feels. —Doc


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