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Work-Life Balance

to be stuck in a rat
a nine-to-five job
to suffer from stress
to be overworked
to juggle demands
family commitments
to find a compromise
to get the balance right
flexible working
to work flextime
to take unpaid leave
to job share
to take a career break
to spend quality time
to pursue interests outside of work
motivated workforce
increased productivity
reduced absenteeism
improved recruitment and retention

Expressions for interrupting
Can I just butt in?
Sorry to interrupt but...
Excuse me but...
Before you continue...
Could I stop you just for a moment?
by scummy | 2008-05-31 01:09

Health & Wellbeing

to have a sedentary job
to lead a sedentary lifestyle
to be desk-bound
to be out of condition
to feel run down
to take time off sick
to get into shape
to keep fit
to tone up your body
light/moderate/vigorous exercise
to take a (short) break
to take up exercise
to take a brisk walk
to go jogging
to work out at the gym
to hold/run drop-in sessions
immune system
to burn caloties
to eat a balanced diet
to watch what you eat
to go on a (low fat) diet
to lose weight
to have a sense of wellbeing
to feel full of beans
to increase productivity
to live a healthy lifestyle
to relieve stress
by scummy | 2008-05-31 01:02

word bank #114

I've decided I'm going to summon up the courage and ask for a pay rise.
summon up: "to make an effort to do something"

1. He's a frequent visitor to our restaurant and often arrives with famous celebrities.

2. I go to the cinema rather infrequently as the nearest one is the other side of town and not easy to get to.

3. The trains are very infrequent and unreliable.

1. You're not off the hook yet. The police may still want to speak to you about the robbery.

2. I'm going to try and hook my parents up to the Internet so they can find out what it's all about.

3. There was a hook on the top of the pot to allow you to hang it from the ceiling.
by scummy | 2008-05-29 12:46 | CPE

word bank #62

If everyone in the office chips in we could buy Diana a nice going-away present.
chip in: "to contribute a sum of money"

1. We have different views on the subject but essentially we both agree that something needs to be done.

2. When you're packing to go away, always make sure you've got the essentials like your passport and money.

3. It's essential that you arrive on time as some very important people are attending the meeting.

I don't want to cast doubts on his ability but are we sure he's the best person for the job?
"to cast doubts"

cast doubt / aspersions (on / upon sth): to say, do or suggest sth that makes people doubt sth or think that sb is less honest, good, etc
by scummy | 2008-05-29 12:45 | CAE

word bank #62

I think the challenger will find it very difficult to improve on his last score.
improve on: "to better"

1. I don't like going to the pub as it gets too smoky.

2. I'm afraid this is a no-smoking compartment.

3. He's a very heavy smoker and suffers from an awful cough.

The meeting went very smoothly and I'm quite confident they'll sign the contract.
"to go smoothly"
by scummy | 2008-05-29 12:38 | FCE

work your way to the top, talk shop, weed something out

a) Emma started out as a clerical officer with the company and gradually worked her way to the top and is now a senior manager.

b) You started here as a young man and have worked your way to the top.

If you 'work your way to the top' you move up through the ranks to a senior level of the organisation.

a) We're on holiday now so can you stop talking shop?

b) Kevin always switches off when he leaves the office and you'll never catch him talking shop.

If you 'talk shop' you talk about the job when away from work.

a) There's a rumour going around that the proposed reorganisation is meant to weed out the lazy workers.

b) I've been looking for a programme that will help me weed out all the junk email I keep getting.

If you 'weed something out' you remove it.

1) What qualities do people need to work their way to the top of an organisation?
2) Are you the kind of person who talks shop when you're supposed to be relaxing?
3) Is there something you'd like to weed out from your daily routine?
by scummy | 2008-05-27 21:48

word bank #61

The watch my father left me is the one object that I could never part with.
part with: "to give away or sell something that you value"

1. She's a good athlete but I wouldn't say she's exceptional.

2. Can everyone with the exception of Marta see me at the end of the lesson.

3. It's been exceptionally warm this summer, hasn't it?

I'd like you all now to focus attention on the arguments against the proposal.
"to focus attention"
by scummy | 2008-05-27 21:46 | CAE

word bank #113

He was caught knocking off clothes from a department store.
knock off: "to steal"

1. The system is weighted in favour of those earning less than the national average.

2. We discussed several weighty issues today in the discussion class.

3. He's really into body building so I might buy him some weights for his birthday.

1. He's like his father in so many ways and is a real chip off the old block.

2. They live in a block of flats in the city centre.

3. I had a complete mental block and couldn't remember the registration number of my car.

a chip off the old block: (informal) a person who is very similar to their mother or father in the way that they look or behave
by scummy | 2008-05-27 21:46 | CPE

word bank #61

If I can help you out in any way please don't hesitate to ask.
help out: "to assist"

1. This water is undrinkable. It tastes absolutely disgusting.

2. Excuse me? Could you tell me if the water from this tap is drinking water?

3. He's become quite a heavy drinker since he lost his job.

Demonstrators hope the Government will put an end to animal experimentation.
"to put an end to something"
by scummy | 2008-05-27 21:45 | FCE

crossword - magic

A thin stick you hold in your hand to do magic tricks. wand

A woman who is believed to have magic power. witch

To speak the words of a spell. cast

An adjective meaning something that uses magic or something very special. magical

If children leave one of their baby teeth under their pillow, while they sleep, the tooth fairy will take it away and leave a gift of some money.

"To have a trick up your sleeve" means that you have a secret plan that you will use at the right time in order to be successful.

A wizard who lived long ago in Britain in the region of King Arthur. merlin

A dead person who has been brought back to life by supernatural magic. zombie

The male equivalent of a witch. warlock

Words used to perform magic. spell
by scummy | 2008-05-26 22:56 | BBC


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