Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Workaholism

Hello everyone! This is my first posting this month of June 2009. And a quick note: just because courses have finished it does not mean that the Blog has finished. You are welcome as always to use the Blog and participate. I'll be updating it until mid-July at least.

What do you think of the title? Do you know what it means? How do you say it in Italian - or any other language? And if you don't know what it means, you now have a chance to find out.

As you listen to this recent episode of Six Minute English from the BBC Learning English web site, try to answer these questions:

1. How many hours a week do people in the UK normally work? (And how many in your country?)
2. The "work-life balance" means ............. [a short phrase to complete the definition]
The lawyer said...
3. The lawyer worked ........... to ............ hours a day in his office.
4. For him, eating became a ............ .............. . [two words]
5. His symptoms of the effects of workaholism included ............ .
6. Working in the evenings and at weekends became ......... ......... [two words]
7. 'Burnout' means ................ [a short phrase to complete the definition.]
8. People who experience 'burnout' include .................... [write three types of worker]
9. Overwork brings (1) .............. (2) ..................... (3) ..................... .
The psychologist says:
10. Workaholsim definitely does not .............. [a short phrase to complete what he says.]
11. Workaholics become ................. , .................... and ............... [three attributes].
12 People are most productive when they do not ............................ [conclude the sentence appropriately.]

Click here to listen. Write your answers in a comment; the Tag Board may not have enough space.

More soon!

- Mike

3 comments:

alessandro said...

1) 40 ( My gf works 50 hours/week but I think the average is 38)
2) Right combination of work and hobbies
3) 18 to 20
4) Secondary isuue
5) Tiredness and physical effects
6) The norm
7) Physical and emotional exhaustation
8) Lawyers, emergency service and soldiers
9) Frustration exciting exhaustation
10) Make increase the productivity of work
11) Less creative obssesioned, “” bogdown???”
12) Don’t work along the week, take holiday

Gianfranco said...

Hello Mike. I'll try to continue using this blog also after the course.
I didn't know the term workaholism before,
and I don't think there is a term we use in Italy for it.

1) In the UK people work 40 hours a week (and the same in Italy).
2) How much time you work related to how much you enjoy yourself.
3) The lawyer worked 18 to 20 hours a day.
4) Secondarily issue.
5) Tiredness.
6) The norm.
7) A state of exhaustion caused by a very long physical and emotional period of stress related to work.
8) Lawyers, soldiers and emergency service workers.
9) Frustration, anxiety and other negative feelings about the heavy situation.
10) Rise levels of productivity.
11) very tired, less creative and more bogged down.
12) when they don't work for long hours, have holidays and a relaxing and enjoyable time after work.

Mike said...

Thanks very much Gianfranco.

I strongly encourage everyone to continue using both this Blog and the Friday Blog.

It's very important to maitain your contact with English, and these Blogs are one way of doing so.

Other methods include: watching DVDs in English; going to movies at places like the Metropolitan and the Nuovo Olimpia; reading "Speak Up" Magazine and going to the pubs on Campo dei Fiori and starting conversations with people.

More posts and messages soon.