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09 - Introducing oneself to a new colleague

The following scene is set in a hospital where two nurses meet for the first time. This particular clip can help you a lot when introducing yourself to a new colleague.

Note how nurse 1 asks most questions, while nurse 2 does most answering. It is usual that a new employee will be asked many general questions while the 'old' employee will seem as interested as possible.

When introducing yourself to someone it is polite to use the phrase; "Pleased to meet you". "Nice to meet you" is the American English equivalent.

"Out in the sticks" is an informal expression meaning far away from home. (isn’t that “Styx” – referring to the Greek river which every soul had to cross to get to the underworld? Not sure how it’s spelled now.)

"Lovely" is used to show interest in another person’s previous interesting experiences.

"Have you been..?" is a question used to ask about life experiences. Nurse 1 replied in the negative saying: "No, never. I've been to Spain, though." Nurse 2 proceeded by saying "Where did you go?". This is a typical example of how the past simple tense is used in English. It is used to refer to a single action that happened in the past that also finished in the past. She went to Spain and returned.

Rushed off our feet is an expression that means "very busy".

Possible problematic words: suppose, whatever, proper, permanently, rushed, train, rush hour, post

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