Busy Life - English Listening Lesson

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In this lesson, we will learn phrases you may use when talking about your busy life.

You’ve Got a Tight Schedule

Cynthia: Hi Wesley, I wanted to have a word with you.

Wesley: I'd love to Cynthia. But, for now I really need to rush. Can we talk later?

Cynthia: But it’s kind of important and it wouldn’t take much of your time.

Wesley: I understand. But, you know I'm too tied up at work. Today I have several appointments with new clients. I really can’t stay right now.

Cynthia: Sometimes I feel you don’t make time for me.

Wesley: I'm sorry, honey. But I am on a tight schedule today. We’ll talk later.

You Can’t Take a Break

Kathleen: Bruce, you’ve been working non-stop. Come on, let's take a coffee break.

Bruce: Oh, I really can't afford taking a break today.

Kathleen: What’s keeping you so busy?

Bruce: I need to submit this report before the end of the day and I still have a lot of data to analyze. I’m actually behind schedule.

Kathleen: I understand. But, you need to take some time out, too. You cannot stay on that computer forever.

Bruce: I don't want to be the one who doesn’t finish his work on time.

Too Busy to Help

Cynthia: Bruce, can you please come downstairs and help me unpack the boxes?

Bruce: I’m sorry but I can't do it right now.

Cynthia: What?! What’s so important?

Bruce: I’m about to get online with my boss.

Cynthia: Oh, another conference call? How long will it take?

Bruce: Probably half an hour or so, darling. He'll be giving me some instructions for the meeting with the Chinese investors.

Cynthia: Okay, take your time but do come down as soon as you are free, please.

Bruce: Promise I will.

Fitting Studies into a Busy Week

Kathleen: Hey Wesley. Will you be joining us later on, at the library?

Wesley: Oh, I wish I could! Studying in group is always better. But I can’t join you. I have such a busy day today. In fact, I’ll be going here and there all week long.

Kathleen: But the tests are next Monday. If you don’t start studying now...

Wesley: I know, I Know. There’s so much to cover.

Kathleen: Yes, you should come. Even if you arrive late. At least you would be studying a little. It’s better than nothing.

Wesley: You know what? You’re right! I read somewhere that short doses of study can be effective. Ok, I’ll meet you guys there.

Kathleen: Great! And don’t forget to bring your books and flashcards with you.

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