English at the office – Work conversation to learn new vocabulary

Steven: Hi there, Roger! How are you today?

Roger: Hi Steven! I’m doing great, how about you?

Steven: Pretty good. I’m glad to hear you’re doing well. I was wondering if you had a moment to discuss our upcoming project. 

Roger: Absolutely. What do you want to talk about? 

Steven: Well, I was thinking that maybe we could brainstorm some ideas for how to make the project more efficient

Roger: That sounds like a great idea. What do you think we should focus on first? 

Steven: I think we should start by looking at the timeline and seeing how we can compress it to get the project done faster. 

Roger: Sounds great. In order to do that, we could look at streamlining the processes we have to go through so that we can move faster. 

Steven: Great idea! Let’s get together tomorrow and start discussing the project in more detail

Roger: Is 9:00 am good for you? 

Steven: It’s perfect. See you then.


  • Wonder:  to ask yourself questions or express a wish to know about something.
  • Upcoming: Happening soon.
  • Brainstorm: To suggest a lot of ideas for a future activity very quickly before considering some of them more carefully.
  • Efficient: Working in a way that does not waste a resource.
  • Focus: To direct attention toward something or someone.
  • Timeline: A plan that shows how long something will take or when things will happen.
  • Compress: To make information, a piece of writing, etc. shorter.
  • Streamline: To change something so that it works better, esp. by making it simpler.
  • Detail: The small features of something that you only notice when you look carefully.


Learn the vocabulary and then memorize the text. Repeat it until you don’t longer need to read it. You can start by memorizing the dialogues of one person and when you have learned them by heart, start learning those of the other person.

If you want to go one step further, you can use your imagination and continue the conversation between colleagues.

When you’re done, choose another one of our texts and memorize it. The more texts you learn, the more vocabulary you will know and without realizing it, you will be able to use the phrases and words you learned in your daily conversations.

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