Here is Level 2, Lesson 2: “The Interview” adapted from VOA Learning English.

  1. Listen, read, translate if needed, and practice along with the audio player and dialogue below.

Anna: Ms. Weaver is giving new assignments out. I am ready to take on anything she gives me. Well, except reporting traffic from a helicopter. Wish me luck.

Professor Bot: I wonder what Anna’s new assignment will be? Professor Bot here! While you are watching, look for phrasal, or two-word verbs. Some stay together, like “go back” and some can come apart, like “give [assignments] out.” Good luck, Anna!

Ms. Weaver: So, as I said at the meeting last week, I have new assignments for everyone at The Studio. Anna, you’re good at asking questions. So, I want you to go back to hosting and reporting.

Anna: That sounds great.

Ms. Weaver: You’re also a team player. So, I want you team up with someone …

Anna: That sounds even better!

Ms. Weaver: … someone who is very “different” from you.

Anna: That sounds … what do you mean “different”?

Ms. Weaver: Well, you are very cheerful, you’re a people person. I want you to team up with someone who … isn’t.

Anna: Ms. Weaver, I will find that person.

Mimi: Excuse me. Are you using this chair?

Pete: Yes.

Anna: Pete, hi! Thanks for meeting me.

Pete: Sure. But I don’t have lots of time, Anna. I’m busy looking for work.

Anna: Pete, you can tear these want ads up and throw them away! I have good news!

Pete: Anna, I was working on that crossword puzzle.

Anna: Oh. Sorry. Sorry. Pete, forget about the crossword puzzle. I have a job offer for you!

Pete: I’m listening.

Anna: My boss wants me to team up with someone to host a talk show. But the person must be different from me. So, I thought of you.

Pete: Different from you? What do you mean?

Anna: I’m sorry, Pete, I don’t have time right now. Here’s my boss’s address. Your interview is tomorrow morning at 10 am.

Pete: But what do you mean “different”?

Anna: Just be yourself, Pete. Just be yourself.

Professor Bot: Did you find any two-word verbs? Here’s one example. Pete can throw the want ads away! Throw away is a two-word verb.

Ms. Weaver: Thanks for coming in, Pete.

Pete: Thanks for the opportunity, Ms. Weaver.

Ms. Weaver: I need to find out if you have the skills for this job. And I want you to be completely honest.

Pete: Okay.

Ms. Weaver: First, let’s talk about your personal skills. Pete, are you a people person?

Pete: Well, okay, sometimes I think people talk too much.

Ms. Weaver: Pete, what work of yours are you most proud of?

Pete: Last year, I locked myself in a cabin and wrote a book. I didn’t speak to anybody the entire time! It was the best two months of my life.

Ms. Weaver: Okay. I think I’ve heard enough.

Anna: Hey! Hey, Pete, how was the interview with Ms. Weaver?

Pete: Well, she said I was grumpy and not good with people.

Anna: And … ?

Pete: And, I got the job!

Anna: I knew it! Congratulations! Let’s go celebrate.

Pete: Okay!

Professor Bot: Did you find more two-word verbs? Here is the list.

give outfind out
take ontear up
go backthrow away
team upcome in

2. Watch “Lesson 2: The Interview” American English video lesson.

3. Take the “Lesson 2: The Interview” quiz to check your American English knowledge. Click here to take the quiz.

4. Answer the following question in the comments section below: What skills or abilities do you have that you use now at work or you can use in the future in a job?

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10 thoughts on “Lesson 2.2.4 – Year 2 American English Lessons with Maestro Sersea”
  1. Hello, I am Albertine
    The skills or abilities that I have and I use now at work or I can use in the future in a job are:
    I m knowledgeable , I had chance to study up to university and acquired skills that help me and will help me in my job.
    I learned theology and development, which help me to perform my job and will continue to help me In the future in my job.
    I am a counsellor by professional which enables me to help people in different occasions.
    Thank you

    1. I’m good in mecanic, electricity and on the computer sometimes, know i want to improve more my english skills

  2. Hello. I’m Danijela.
    Very interesting lesson and video with Ana. I’m looking for a job and I’d like to tear up ads too and throw away them in the trash and start working.
    Thank you very much Maestro Sersea.

  3. Hello everyone
    My score was 100% (4/4).
    About my skills:
    First, I’m working in automotive electromechanics, where I can apply my knowledge of Physics. I have also been workingdoing tele commuting, applying my data processing skills

  4. Lesson 2.2,4 Year 2
    I learned the ”Phrasal ” like two word- verb. Some stay together and some can come apart.
    Question: What skills or abilities do you have that you use now at work or you can use in the future in a job?
    Well, considering my previous experiences I would love to continue my positive attitude ,hard work and teamwork,

  5. Greetings.Maestro Sersea
    I did my quiz and i got 100%
    In response to the question
    I’ll be exercising all English skills. Specially my speaking and reading.
    Thank you so much

  6. Hello,
    I am good at finding out the personal skills that I use now at work or I can use in the future in my job.
    Thanks.

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