Vocabulary Reference

Words and phrases from Unit 7

6 Minute Vocabulary

careless
without care or attention

contactless
not touching

harmless
not likely to cause harm

homeless
without anywhere to live

jobless
unemployed   

powerless
unable to do anything to change a situation

smokeless
not producing any smoke

sugarless
not containing any sugar

car-free
cars are not allowed

carefree
without worries or anxiety

smoke-free
in which no one is smoking or smoking is not allowed

stress-free
without any stress or worry

sugarfree
not containing any sugar

Session 1

Suffixes

-less = 'without' the noun before

  • worthless (not having worth), tasteless (having no taste)

-free = 1) 'without' the noun before 2) can mean the noun before is 'not allowed' in an area

  • pollution-free (having no pollution), car-free (describes an area where cars are not allowed)

-ee = creates a noun meaning 'person who receives an action'

  • employee, interviewee, trainee

-able = creates an adjective meaning that the subject can do something OR that something can be done to it

  • excitable, loveable, breakable

-ible = a different spelling of -able

  • responsible, visible, terrible

-ness = creates a noun which describes a quality or state

  • happiness, politeness, kindness

Job title suffixes

–er (presenter, teacher, train driver)

–or (actor, translator)

–ian (librarian, politician, optician)

–ist (journalist, receptionist, dentist)

Session 2

season ticket
a ticket that can be used many times over a long period

concert
a music show

venue
the place where something happens, like a meeting or show

wept
cried

Session 3

awesome
(here) extremely good

it's out of my hands
I have no control (over something)

grovelling
giving someone too much respect

reputation
the view or opinion people have about what you do

dirty work 
task that someone else doesn't want to do because it is unpleasant

ASAP
as soon as possible (from the first letter of each word)

pride ourselves
feel good about our standards

compensation
money or goods given to someone in exchange for something that has been lost or damaged or because there was a problem

Session 4

line of work
type of job

unpaid leave
time off from work without pay

volunteer
to offer your time and skills for free

internship
period of time spent doing a job to get experience, often with little or no pay

contacts
people who can help you in your job, especially people in high positions

under your belt
(of skills or experience) learned or achieved, and which may help you in the future

move sideways
to move into a new job at the same level

drop a grade
move into a new job at a lower level

networking
the ability to form connections with people who can help your career

conviction
(here) detemination

excelled at
was good at

financially rewarding
giving you a lot of money

transition
change

eager to
keen to

taking up the role of
beginning the job of

instincts
natural feelings that help you make choices without thinking

gutsy
brave and determined