This lesson is designed as an "Onboarding" lesson.
This lesson, "Onboarding 1" will get you familiar with the core system. It will walk you through the EES Lesson Process while you actually do the lesson. You'll need about 90mins to do this (but you can do it over two or three days if you like).
Paul rushed into the office.
"You'll never guess!" he exclaimed. "Cath has just resigned!"
"Never!" I said. "You're having me on!"
"No ー honestly," said Paul. "We've all had an email from her. Take a look at your inbox. She says that it's time to move on, and that she's ready for a new challenge. I reckon she's had enough and found herself a new job."
"That's a real shame," I said. "She's the best manager we've ever had. I can't believe she's going after twelve years. What will we do without her?"
"Never mind," said Paul. "I can think of a few people who'll be itching to get their hands on her job. Oh – wait a minute! What if Carl Larsson from Accounts goes for it? If he gets the job, I'm out of here."
I tried to reassure him.
"Let's wait and see. You never know; perhaps they'll bring in someone from outside. Fingers crossed!"
Phrases and Expressions
1. You'll never guess = this is a very common chunk, and is shortened form of "You'll never guess what" which is used when you want to introduce a shocking or surprising topic (i.e. a bombshell).
2. Never! = "You're joking!" "No way!" "I don't believe you!"
3. "You're having me on!" = a very common expression used to show shock or surprise. This literally means something like "are you joking with me?" or "are you tricking me?" but the person who says "you're having me on!" knows that this isn't the case (note: it's not phrased as a question). We also saw a great example of this in the lesson "Stan, the Stick in the Mud" in reply to the comment: "Did you know that more people in the world speak Spanish than English?"
4. "No – honestly" = "no, really – I'm telling the truth"
5. Take a look at your inbox = "take a look at" this is a very common chunk used to encourage someone (or ask them) to look at something. American English prefers "Have a look at" (though you will hear both "take a look at" and "have a look at" in both types of English).
6. She says that it's time to move on = if we 'move on' we go on to something new (take a look at the lesson "Moving On" for a lesson based around this topic).
7. She's ready for a new challenge = if you are "ready for a new challenge", you are ready to try something new. I must say, however, this is one of the terms that is used without much meaning — i.e. it's somewhat or an excuse because you don't want to give the real reason (you're bored for example).
8. I reckon she's had enough and found herself a new job = if you've "had enough" of something, you're bored of something, or you've had as much of it as you can endure. See the lesson "I quit!" for another example of this (where someone quits their job because they've "had enough" of their slave driver boss).
9. That's a real shame = this is a very common expression used to show that you are sad or disappointed at something (i.e. Cath was a great manager, and we're sorry she's leaving… we'd prefer she didn't).
10. I can't believe she's going after twelve years = If you say you "can't believe" something, you are expressing that you're surprised about that thing. So really, here, this has the same meaning as "That's a real shame" — we're surprised and disappointed that she's going.
11. What will we do without her? = this phrase is very common, and is used to say "we'll miss her/ him, etc." and again, this means basically the same thing as the previous two statements.
12. I can think of a few people who'll be itching to get their hands on her job = if you're "itching" to do something, you really want to do it (and are impatient about it). If you "get your hands on something", you get that thing. So here, we're saying that there are people in the company who are really impatient to take Cath's job.
13. Oh – wait a minute! = this is a very common expression, and the meaning is fairly simple, but notice how Paul uses it here to emphasise what comes next.
14. What if Carl Larsson from Accounts goes for it? = if you "go for something" you try to get that thing.
15. I'm out of here = a very common phrase that means "I'm leaving" (this is very, very casual).
16. "Let's wait and see" = another super common phrase that means "give it time and see what happens".
17. You never know = this is another very common phrase that means something like "you can never be certain of what will happen", so the nuance here is that the thing Paul is afraid of (Carl Larson getting the job) might not happen… so he shouldn't worry.
18. Bring in someone (from outside) = this is a very common phrasal verb, and here it's used to mean hire a new member manager from outside of the company.
19. Fingers crossed! = something people say for luck.
In the next Lesson (Onboarding 2) you will learn all about chunking, and how to gain deeper insights into how the language you learn is used in real conversation.