Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Six Minute English: Annoying Office Habits

Many of us work in offices. Some of us are happy; many aren’t. In this week’s Six Minute English, we explore some of the things that drive us crazy in the office.

Read the questions and then listen to Rob and Jennifer.

Question 1 (Official):

What is the annoying habit of onychophagia commonly known as?
a) Picking your nose;
b) Biting your nails;
c) Talking very loudly

You’ll hear the answer at the end of the programme.

2) An example of annoying habits mentioned by the first speaker was: (give a short answer)

3) How did the first speaker counteract the bad habit? By (complete the sentence with a short phrase)

4) What bad habit does the second speaker describe? Talking in _____ . (one word)

5) What examples of this bad habit do Rob and Jenny give? “Thinking ___ ___ ___”, “Going ___”, “To ___ ___(one word for each space)

6) What do Rob and Jenny say is top of the list for bad office habits? " ..... " (Give a short answer)

7) What does Charles Elvin, of the Institute of Leadership, say that managers should do to eliminate bad habits? “..........” (Give a short answer summarising Mr Elvin's ideas.)

Now listen to the programme. Then, as always, send in your answers to the seven questions using the Tag Board or a Comment. I hope as many readers as possible will participate - to give us that communal, interactive Internet feeling!

Have a nice week. Yours,


Anonymous said...

2. Pet hates are the small annoying habits.
3. By the tapping of feet, noise, tapping of desk.
4. Tapping on desk.
5. Thinking outside the box, going forward , to touch base.
6. The top of the list for annoying habits si arriving late to meeting.
7. Charles Elvis thinks that managers have a responsibility and he says people should be able to air their grievances .

Mike said...

Thanks Damiana! See you next lesson.

Fotini said...

1. b
2. noice, tapping on feet, tapping on desk
3. -
4. jargon
5. thinkung outside the box, going fo.... to the future, to touch base
6. arriving late to the meeting
7. the managers have the responsibility to adderee the problems