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No pain, no gain!

Click the link below to listen to the dialogue “No pain, no gain!” and then do the activity that follows.



Find words or expressions in the dialogue that mean the same as:

1. Ready: _______________________
2. Official opening of a new business: _________________________
3. Without stopping: _________________________
4. With no problems or difficulties: _______________________
5. Have profitable results; be worth doing: __________________________
6. The process of making a business grow: __________________________
7. A right to sell a company’s products or services in a particular area using the company’s name: _______________
8. Yielding a profit: ______________________
9. Someone who is granted a franchise to market a company’s products or services in a particular area: ___________
10. One has to work hard to get good results: __________________

Fale tudo em Inglês nos Negócios! José Roberto A. Igreja – Disal Editora 

Answer key

1. All set     2. Grand opening     3. Around the clock     4. Smoothly     5. Paying off     6. Expansion     7. Franchise     8. Profitable     9. Franchisee     10. No pain, no gain

No pain, no gain! – Script

Gary: So, is everything all set for the grand opening?
Phil: I guess so. We’ve been working around the clock to make sure everything will run smoothly.
Gary: That’s what I heard. I’m actually impressed with the great reputation your company has. I only hear good things about it. I bet it’s not easy to build such a solid image, right?
Phil: It isn’t, believe me. We’ve put a lot of thought and work into this business, but we’re very glad it’s now paying off!
Gary: How many stores do you guys have now?
Phil: Twenty-two with this new one, and we’ll be opening another one at the beginning of next year.
Gary: Wow, that’s amazing. It seems that you can’t stop growing, right?
Phil: That’s right. We have an aggressive expansion plan for the next five years.
Gary: That’s interesting. I’m sure there must be many people willing to own a franchise of a store like yours.
Phil: We can’t complain really. It’s a highly profitable business and we do keep our franchisees happy, but don’t get me wrong, it takes a lot of hard work.
Gary: I know, as the saying goes: no pain, no gain, right?

José Roberto A. Igreja
 is the author and co-author of several ELT books, including:

LET´S TALK ABOUT IT! – The Ultimate ELT Conversation Book, now available on the Amazon stores of the following countries:


If you live in Brazil the paperback is available at a discount price on UICLAP!
240 pages – 31 QR-CODES for the audio tracks (dialogues) “even the paperback comes with built-in technology”


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