Career in Information Technology

Click on the link to listen to the job interview “Career in Information Technology” and then check out the vocabulary below.


Vocabulary & expressions – Career in information technology
Right off the bat: immediately.
Take pride in: do something carefully and well.
Impressive: outstanding; remarkable.
I’ve always been into computers: I’ve always enjoyed a lot computers.
Geek (inf.): someone who is not popular because they do strange things or do not know how to behave in social situations; nerd.
Computer freak (inf.): someone who is extremely interested in computers.
Altogether: completely; entirely.
Thorough: detailed; complete.
Precisely: exactly.
In the long run: later in the future.
To speed up/sped up/sped up: to make something move or happen faster.
Intranet: a computer network used for exchanging information within a company.
To envisage/envisaged/envisaged: to imagine or expect as a likely or desirable possibility in the future; to have a mental picture of.
Definitely: absolutely; doubtlessly.
Multitasker: a person who does several things at the same time.
On the move: busy and active; traveling from one place to another.
Set up a meeting: arrange a meeting; schedule a meeting.

Referência: “English for Job Interviews” – José Roberto A. Igreja e Robert C. Young Disal Editora.

We can try to cheer him up

Click on the link to listen to the dialogue “We can try to cheer him up” and then answer the comprehension questions below.


Comprehension Questions

  1. Why has Dave been feeling miserable?
  2. How do they plan to cheer Dave up?
  3. What does Ray think Dave needs to do?
  4. What does Don think of the idea of going to a club tonight?
  5. What else do they plan to do?
  6. Whose car are they going to take?

Referência: “Inglês Fluente em 30 Lições” – José Roberto A. Igreja, Disal Editora.

Successful entrepreneurs. What does it take to be one?

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Dialogue comprehension
1. What are the main qualities of an entrepreneur in Don´s opinion?
2. Does luck play any role at all in turning a company into a successful business according to Don?
3. Does Alan plan to start his own company some day? How does he feel about it?
4. What advice does Don give Alan about starting his own business?

Now find words or expressions in the dialogue with the following similar meanings:
a- a small business that has just been started: _________________
b- try hard; make a lot of effort: _____________________
c – become weaker or less important:_________________
d- make neither profit nor loss: _______________________
e- manage a company; control a company: ________________
f- have a big influence on; be very important: ____________________
g- determined; hardworking and ambitious: _____________________
h- talent; natural ability to do something: ________________________
i- become frightened to do something you had planned to do: ________________
j- an attempt to do something: ________­­­___________
k- influential person or organization, esp. in business or politics: ______________
l- the point where a company neither makes a profit nor a loss: ______________
m- become successful: __________________________
n- lucrative: ______________________

Referência: “Fluent Business English” – José Roberto A. Igreja e Robert C. Young Disal Editora

Give someone a heads-up

Give someone a heads-up: warn someone of something (avisar alguém de algo; alertar alguém a respeito de algo)

“I just wanted to give you a heads-up that Mike might show up later today,” said Jill.
“Eu só queria te avisar que o Mike talvez apareça por aqui mais tarde”, disse Jill.

They gave us a heads-up that Mr. Hampton might give up signing the contract.
Eles nos alertaram de que o sr. Hampton poderia desistir de assinar o contrato.

Referência: Inglês de Rua – American Slang – José Roberto A. Igreja e Robert C. Young, Disal Editora.  

A new supplier – I googled them and guess what I found out?

Howard: Hi Damon, how´s it going? I haven´t seen you around much lately.
Damon: I´ve been pretty busy with the new project. That´s why! By the way, do you think you could e-mail me the last version of the financial spreadsheet?
Howard: Sure, I´ll do that first thing when I get back to the office.
Damon: Thanks!
Howard: Remember that company we talked about the other day?
Damon: You mean the office equipment company?
Howard: Yeah, I googled them and guess what I found out?
Damon: I don´t have a clue. What did you find out?
Howard: They supply office equipment to many companies in this region, including some of our competitors.
Damon: Really? It might be a good idea to find out more about their services and prices.
Howard: Sure, I was thinking, maybe we should set up a meeting with one of their sales reps, what do you think?
Damon: Definitely. Let´s do that. Sorry, I gotta run now. The head honcho wants the sales report on his desk ASAP.  I´ve been working on it for two days now and I gotta wrap it up.
Howard: Sure Damon, I was going to invite you out for lunch today. Do you think you can make it?
Damon: Not today, I´m swamped with work so I´ll probably just grab a bite at the company cafeteria. I´ll take a rain check though.
Howard: Sure Damon, maybe some other time.
Damon: Thanks anyway. I´ll see you around. Bye.
Howard: Bye.

Dialogue comprehension – True, False or I don´t know?
1. Damon can´t go out for lunch with Howard today.
2. Howard doesn´t like eating at the company cafeteria.
3. Damon has been working on the sales report for about a week now.
4. Both Howard and Damon think they should find out more about the office equipment supplier.

Focus on words & expressions – Find words or expressions in the dialogue that mean the same as:
1. The top boss; the most important person in an organization: _______________
2. Schedule a meeting: ______________________________________________
3. I have no idea: ___________________________________________________
4. Send an e-mail or e-mails to someone: ________________________________
5. Finish it: ________________________________________________________
6. A company that sells the same products or services as another company: ____
7. Sales representatives: _____________________________________________
8. A computer program for financial calculations: __________________________
9. Eat something: ___________________________________________________
10. As soon as possible: ______________________________________________
11. Search for information on the Web, normally using the Google search engine: _
12. A self-service restaurant, often in a factory or an office building where people select their food and drink at a counter and take it to a table to eat: __________________
13. Postpone until a later time: _________________________________________
14. Overburdened with work: __________________________________________

Referência: Talking Business – José Roberto A. Igreja / DISAL EDITORA

What a cultural shock!

Click on the link below to listen to the dialogue “What a cultural schock!” and then do the activity Language Check.!.mp3


Language Check
Find words in the dialogue that mean the same as:
a- Angry: _____________
b- Force someone to leave; expel someone: _______________
c- Surprised: ______________
d- Foolish or embarrassing mistake; blunder: _____________
e- Tear into pieces: __________________
f- Something that serves as a protection; a defense: _______
g- Bend your body as a greeting: _____________________
h- Get used to: _______________________
i- Eat or drink with a loud sucking sound: __________________
j- Bottoms of a shoe: ______________________
k- Disgusting; rude; offensive; unpleasant: __________________
l- Social blunder; mistake: ________________________
m- Smell badly: ______________________

Referência: “Fale Inglês como um Americano” – José Roberto A. Igreja e Robert C. Young  –  Disal Editora.

What´s the weather forecast for the weekend?

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Weather forecast = a report on weather conditions
Be in for = be certain to experience something unpleasant
About = approximately
Scared = frightened
Be used to = be accustomed to
Tough = hard; difficult 
Fireplace = a place in a room where a fire burns
Cozy = comfortable

Referência: “Inglês Fluente em 30 Lições” – José Roberto A. Igreja, Disal Editora.

Swing by

to visit a person or place briefly (visitar uma pessoa ou um lugar rapidamente; “passar por”; “dar um pulo”)

“Can you swing by my office later today?”, Bart asked Nick.
Você pode dar um pulo no meu escritório mais tarde?”, Bart perguntou ao Nick.

“You can tell your brother I will swing by his school after work to pick him up from soccer practice.”, Doug´s father told him.
“Fala para o seu irmão que eu passo na escola depois do trabalho para pegá-lo após o treino de futebol.”, o pai de Doug disse a ele.

Referência: “600 Phrasal Verbs” – Jonathan T. Hogan e José Roberto A. Igreja, Disal Editora.