Good bye and Good Luck to Juliette!
HELLO FROM SAMANTHA
So, it’s the end of Juliette’s time with us and we must say good bye to her. She wrote a great deal in her interesting blogs, which gave us an insight into the life of a journalist and the issues that concerned her. I know from reading the comments sent into the site that you enjoyed reading her blogs, so I am sure you will join me in wishing Juliette all the best in her future endeavours. Thank you Juliette!
The month has changed since I last wrote this blog, it is now March. I like March because it heralds the start of spring for me. I find the winter months depressing, mainly because the days are so short and the winter skies are often grey and overcast with dark clouds. The British isles are located between fairly northerly latitudes compared to many of your countries, and this means that in winter (approximately from late October to the end of January) the amount of daylight we get is very limited. In January, sometimes it is still dark when I arrive at work at eight in the morning! And night falls at around 4:00pm! Somehow I find the dark evenings very tiring. But from mid-February onwards, gradually the days get a little bit longer and now dusk falls at around 6:00pm. If you have never been to England before, you may be very surprised to know that in midsummer, it stays light until after 10:00pm! I love the summer evenings, I like to sit outside in my garden and just listen to the gentle noises of a midsummer night. I live in the countryside, in a house located high in the valley of a large river. From the top of my house, you can see right across to the other side of the valley, which is about six miles away! From February onwards, I check the time that night falls every day and keep a mental note of it, and look forward to the coming summer months!
Well, to move onto language matters, I must thank you again for the comments you sent about the work related vocabulary. I hope you believe me when I say that it is always a pleasure to read your comments. You are such motivated learners, by far my best students! First of all, a little note to Ana Paula, who asks whether it can be useful to read a dictionary of idioms. Well, I would be very surprised if you found some of the words I listed in a dictionary of idioms, but they will all be listed in an up-to-date English-English dictionary. The big publishing companies bring out new dictionaries every couple of years (Oxford, Collins, Macmillan, Longman) and it is worth buying a recent one. It is useful to read other kinds of reference books, such as a dictionary of idioms or phrasal verbs, if you combine it with other sources of English, which Ana Paula also mentions: films, books and the internet.
Now, I would like to look at the words I gave you to think about. The explanations given in your comments were so good that I decided to use them here. Please read the original comments if you haven’t done so already.
Glass ceiling: negative.
As many of you commented, the glass ceiling is the invisible barrier that prevents someone from being promoted at work, despite their talent. As Adriana notes, it is a “societal obstacle”, a kind of unacknowledged discrimination. Those affected may be women, or people from particular social backgrounds, or those of a different ethnic or racial background.
Be offered an increment: positive.
This means that you are offered a pay increase, so it must be positive. But as Hoda and Tiasha point out, it depends on how much the increment is worth!
Have perks with your job: positive.
This is definitely positive, who could seriously refuse perks! Farida lists the perks of working in a private company as being extra allowances and free medical facilities. In the UK, perks may also include a corporate travel plan where employees get cheap travel passes, company cars, gym membership etc. As Jill reminds us, we would all like more perks!
Receive commission: positive (but see note *).
If you receive commission, this means that you receive bonus payments, or payment by result. In some areas of employment these payments can be fairly substantial. As Maurico mentions, commission is a reward for something you did in your job. This may be a percentage of your salary, as Wiesiek notes. * If you have no fixed salary, however, and only receive commission, it is likely that your salary will fluctuate and be unpredictable.
Challenging work environment: positive or negative, depending on your personality!
“Challenging” is usually used as a euphemism to mean demanding, busy, hard. Some people like these kinds of jobs, as they are rewarding and satisfying. Other people desire less stressful work, and so avoid challenging work places! As Olga points out, challenging work environments are stimulating.
Sick Building Syndrome: negative.
As Farida explains so clearly, this is a syndrome where employees become sick but no specific illness or cause can be identified.
Thanks also to Monica, who relates the vocabulary to the film she saw! This is a great technique for leaning new vocabulary, by the way! Relate what you want to learn to a real situation, and invent a story or narration.
It’s nearly time for me to end this. The verbs I marked in bold are all reporting verbs, that is, verbs used to include or repeat what somebody said or wrote. You are such brilliant students, I’m not sure that I need to give you any homework for the weekend, but if you would like to spend a little bit of your spare time studying, here is a task:
1. What are the sensory verbs?
2. Can you write five different examples using sensory verbs?
Have a great weekend, catch up with you next Monday,
USEFUL WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS
here, used to mean topics, or political matters
over shadowed by.
time in the evening when daylight ends.
June, July, August.
keep a mental note of something (phrase)
this word means a problem or barrier stemming from society.
unacknowledged discrimination (noun)
prejudice that is not officially recognised or corrected.
of a particular culture.
requiring a great deal of attention.
interesting, thought provoking.
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