单元 14: Extreme sports
Past perfect continuous
- 1 Pop-ups
- 2 Hidden talents
- 3 Can't buy me love
- 4 Travellers' tales
- 5 The colleague from hell
- 6 Jurassic mystery: unpacking the past
- 7 Career changes
- 8 Art
- 9 Project management
- 10 The dog ate my homework!
- 11 The diary of a double agent
- 12 Fashion forward
- 13 Flat pack skyscrapers
- 14 Extreme sports
- 15 Food fads
- 16 Me, my selfie and I
- 17 Endangered animals
- 18 A nip and a tuck: cosmetic surgery
- 19 I'm really sorry...
- 20 Telling stories
- 21 Fakes and phrasals
- 22 Looking to the future
- 23 Becoming familiar with things
- 24 From rags to riches
- 25 Against the odds
- 26 Our future on Mars?
- 27 Where is it illegal to get a fish drunk?
- 28 Dodgy dating
- 29 Annoying advice
- 30 I'll have been studying English for thirty weeks
Learn some English for the workplace with our drama English at Work. Anna is getting everyone to clean and tidy the office for a visit from the big boss. But she doesn't know how to tell them to stop and go home once they have done enough. She - and you - learn how to tell people they've finished their work for the day and can leave the office!
The spring clean
Things are a bit busy at Tip Top Trading – the leading manufacturer of plastic imitation fruit. Mr Socrates is the big boss from America. He's announced he's flying over to London for a 'spot check' to see how the team is doing. So Anna is getting everyone to do a bit of spring cleaning to make the office look clean and tidy.
Join the team from English at Work in this special episode. Listen out for these useful phrases which are used to tell people it's the end of the working day…
- It's time to knock off.
- You've done enough.
- I think that's enough for now.
- Let's leave it there.
- Let's call it a day.
- Let's wrap it up there.
Listen twice. The first time, try to answer these questions:
1. How does Anna describe the type of office which shows her team are serious about work?
2. What incentive does Anna finally offer the team for spring cleaning the office?
Hello, it's time again for English at Work. Things are a bit busy at Tip Top Trading – the leading manufacturer of plastic imitation fruit. Mr Socrates – the big boss from America – has announced he's flying over to London for a 'spot check' on how the team's doing. So Anna is getting everyone to do a bit of spring cleaning to make sure the office looks clean and tidy – although it's not spring and so far, nobody has done any cleaning.
Well there's nothing in my contract about cleaning... I only do sales – oh and a bit of admin...
More admin than sales actually Denise. But I don't see why we need to tidy up for Mr S – I mean, it's a working office – it's not like our house Anna, that's a real dump!
Hmm... it is Tom – we need to talk about that – but anyway, I want Brad… I mean Mr Socrates to see we mean business – we have a clean, organised working environment – it shows we're serious about work...
Well not that serious...
Tom! No, I want us all to spend today tidying up, throwing away paperwork we don't need, washing up dirty coffee mugs – that sort of thing. Come on everyone – let's do it!
[everyone moans and groans]
Well done Anna – you're taking the lead – showing them who's in charge – but how about offering them an incentive for doing a good job?
Yes – a reward that makes people want to work harder because they know they'll get something for doing it.
Ah I see – OK I'll give it a try.
[to team] Oh I forgot to say, if we do a good job there'll be a reward for your hard work
[to herself] although I'm not sure what it will be yet.
Oh well, why didn't you say – I'll get on with filing these invoices straight away, shall I?
[suddenly keen] No, no it's OK Denise – leave those to me – you can rearrange the staplers if you like...
I'm quite capable of doing it thank you Tom – and then Anna shall I polish your desk?
The team has really risen to the challenge – especially now there's an incentive. But what's going to happen at the end of the day when everyone usually goes home?
OK everyone – thank you for your hard work – but it's five o'clock now.
Oh good - Is it time to knock off now?
Yeah, time to finish for the day – go home – I'll get my coat shall I?
Well, yes it is time to... 'knock off', so...
It's OK Anna, there's still a bit more spring cleaning to do – I know my contract says I work from 9 to 5 but... I'll ignore that just for today.
Of course, I don't need to go home yet, I could do some more tidying if you like – don't want to miss out on the 'incentive' do I Anna?
[Tom and Denise argue as they continue to tidy up]
Look both of you, just stop! Stop! Could you... err...
Oh Anna – are you lost for words?
If you mean, am I looking for the right thing to say, then yes – I think they've done enough work and should go home – even Tom.
Well say that – or something like...
'I think that's enough for now.'... or
'Let's leave it there'...
Leave it where?
There! – stop doing the task you were working on – it can always be finished later. And you could say... 'let's call it a day' – meaning let's end what we have been doing today.
OK, very useful. I'll give those phrases a go.
[To team] It's now ten past five. I really think you've done enough for now – let's leave it there.
[They continue to tidy up]
Try a bit louder – oh and try saying 'let's wrap it up there' – that means bring the task to a close.
Right. Denise, Tom let's wrap it up there – you've done really well but I think you should go home – especially you Tom – you're cooking dinner tonight.
[surprised] Oh right.
So let's leave it there – the office is looking much better and...
Oh no! Mr Socrates!
Oh no, he's arrived early. Luckily the office looks tidy. The team has worked hard but Anna's been a great manager and told them it's the end of the working day and to stop working by using these phrases...
It's time to knock off
You've done enough.
I think that's enough for now.
Let's leave it there.
Let's call it a day.
Let's wrap it up there.
The team has done plenty of spring cleaning – but will Mr Socrates notice?
Oh hello Mr Socrates – what do you think of our... tidy office?
Impressive – I can see Anna has everything in order – including you!
[nervously] Ha ha! So Anna... what about that... incentive?
[Realises she's forgotten] Oh, the incentive! Hmm... I know! Tom's cooking dinner tonight so Mr Socrates, Denise – would you like to come for dinner?
Did you manage to answer the questions? The answers were:
1. Anna describes the type of office which shows her team are serious about work as: "A clean, organised working environment." Anna says this type of office "shows we're serious about work".
2. Anna invites Mr Socrates and Denise for dinner, which is being cooked by Tom!
You can download the audio and script of English at Work from our Unit 14 Downloads page.
Listen to the programme again. Then go to Activity 2 to try to use the phrases for telling someone to finish their work in our quiz.
a deep clean - usually of a home (often done at the beginning of spring)
(short for administration) tasks which people need to complete to manage the day-to-day running of a business
taking the lead
accepting the main responsibility for dealing with a situation
a reward that makes people want to do something or work harder
lost for words
unable to speak because you are surprised or angry