Who wouldn’t want to adopt a cute dog (other than me)? Find out in this episode.
Slow dialog: 1:14
Fast dialog: 18:16
Gabe: Why are we here? I thought we decided to put off getting a dog.
Rene: I know that’s what you’d like to do, but I thought a trip to the pound might convince you that this is the right time to adopt a dog. Look at this cute little dog. This card lists his breed and says that he was neglected and abandoned. How could you turn down a face like that?
Gabe: I don’t think he’s right for us. Let’s move on.
Rene: Look at this one. It says on his card that when they found him, he showed signs of abuse. Poor baby. How can you not be moved to take this little guy home?
Gabe: Let’s keep moving.
Rene: How about this little dog? I’d hate to see this little guy be put down. Here, pet her and look at her little face.
Gabe: This animal shelter isn’t going to put down these dogs. It’s a humane place.
Rene: They have no choice. They find so many strays that there’s no room to keep them. It’s so sad. It’s tragic, really.
Rene: What did you say?
Gabe: I said maybe we could take one home, maybe two.
Rene: Really? Two would be great, but three would be better.
Gabe: Don’t push your luck!
Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Welcome back to Business English Pod for today’s lesson on discussing hiring and staffing needs.
Any time we plan a new project, develop a new product, open a new office, or expand a business operation, we need to discuss staffing needs. How many people do we need? What type of work will they do? What qualifications do they need? Where can we find them? What will we pay them? These are all questions that must be resolved if we are to make sure we’ve got the right people in the right jobs.
As they discuss staffing, the speakers in today’s dialog will use many expressions that we call “collocations.” Learning collocations will help you improve your vocabulary and help you sound more natural in English. But what exactly is a collocation? Simply put, a collocation is a natural combination of words. It’s an expression that English speakers commonly use. For example, we often say that something “meets a need” or “fills a need.” That sounds natural. But if you say “take a need” or “makes our needs”, people won’t understand. Those combinations aren’t natural collocations.
As you listen to the discussion, try to pick out some of these collocations and we’ll discuss them later in the debrief.
In the dialog, we’ll hear a conversation between three managers who work for a fiber optics company that is starting a new production line. Carla works in the finance department, Hank is the HR manager, and Paul is a production manager. Together, they’re talking about how to staff, or recruit new workers, for the new venture.
1. Why does Carla think it will be difficult to bring in 15 new people?
2. What does Hank suggest about staffing the new project?
3. What kind of work does Paul say they will need to hire new people for?
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