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Talking to one’s colleagues in an office

Talking to Co-workers

What ever company you work for, you will have a boss or a manager.  If you are a manager, you will have directs reporting to you.  And in most cases, you will have to work with co-workers.  This lesson will cover the English you need to know to speak to co-workers.  I will also have a lesson on talking to the manager and subordinates.

When you talk with a co-worker, most of it is small talk.  You can talk about your background, what school you attended, your major, and your previous work experience.  So studying the English lessons along side the business section will help you for your daily English needs.  However, I’ll have some sentences you can use when you are talking with a co-worker.

If you miss a meeting, then you will need to ask a co-worker what happened during the meeting.

I missed the meeting.  Can you fill me in?
“I had a doctor’s appointment so I missed the meeting.  What happened?”
“I couldn’t make it to the meeting today.  Anything interesting I should know about?”
“I missed the meeting.  Was there anything new?”

Another time you talk with a co-worker is if the boss is mad or you don’t like the boss.  But whenever you talk about bad things with co-workers, make sure you are talking to a friend.  If that person is not a friend, then they might tell your manager what you said.

“Matt looks pretty upset right now.  Do you know what’s going on?”
“Did something happen recently?  Matt looks pissed off.”
“I think Matt is mad about something.  Do you know what it could be?”

Or if the manager only treats you bad, then you can ask your co-worker/friend if the manager treats them differently or the same.

“Matt talks to me like he is mad all the time.  Does he do that to you?”
“Does Matt talk to you like he is upset?  Or is it just me?”
“It’s not you at all.  He talks to me that way too.”

“Matt is way too moody.”
“If he knew what he was doing, we wouldn’t be in this mess.”

“What is wrong with Matt these days?”
“He is having one of those days again.  I think his manager just gave him a hard time.”

“What do you think about our manager?”
“He gets too mad easily and he doesn’t really help us out that much.  What do you think?”

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