Business English Skills | Listening Comprehension

A Typical Day at the Office

Office Space is an absolute must see. This classic makes some fantastic cracks about corporate America. Honestly, how many of us have not lived through the first 60 seconds of the movie?

Enjoy watching the clip below and answer the comprehension questions.



For how many hours of the day does the employee space out?
By how long is the employee typically tardy in the mornings?
How does the employee enter the building?
How much actual work does the employee do each week?
Does the employee describe himself as lazy?
Why doesn’t the employee care about working hard?
How many bosses does the employee have at the moment?
What is the employee’s only motivation to avoid making mistakes?
What does the interviewer suggest to increase the employee’s motivation?
For what does the employee wish the interviewers luck?
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Let us know how you typically spend a day in the office.

Here are some useful phrases to keep in mind when talking about a typical day at work:

I usually …
It’s normal for me to …
Typically ….
A typical morning/afternoon involves ….
At around …. I tend to ….
I use the morning/afternoon to …
At … I always ….
I spend about 2 hours ….
I dedicate one hour every morning to …
The afternoon is reserved for ….
I always leave some time free in the mornings to ….
I generally …

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