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Lesson 2: The Interview

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 Annas 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 dont have lots of time, Anna. Im 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? Heres one example. Pete can throw the wants 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 Ive 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 out

find out

take on

tear up

go back

throw away

team up

come in

Two-part verbs

come in - phrasal verb. to enter a place

find out - phrasal verb. to learn (something) by making an effort

give out - phrasal verb. to give (something) to many people or to hand out (something)

go back to - phrasal verb. to return to a person, place, subject, or activity

take on - phrasal verb. to begin to deal with (something, such as a job or responsibility)

team up- phrasal verb. to join with someone to work together

tear up - phrasal verb. to completely destroy (something) by tearing it into pieces

throw away - phrasal verb. to put (something that is no longer useful or wanted) in a trash can, garbage can, rubbish bin

New Words

cabin - n. a small, simple house made of wood

cheery - adj. having or causing happy feelings

crossword puzzle - n. a puzzle in which words that are the answers to clues are written into a pattern of numbered squares that go across and down

grumpy - adj. easily annoyed or angered, having a bad temper or complaining often

helicopter - n. an aircraft that can stay in the air without moving forward and that has metal blades that turn around on its top

host - v. to talk to guests on a television or radio show

offer -n. the act of giving someone the opportunity to accept something

lock - v. to fasten (something) with a lock

people person - n. a person who enjoys or is particularly good at interacting with others

personal skills - n. (interpersonal skills) the skills used by a person to interact with others properly

team player - n. someone who cares more about helping a group or team to succeed than about his or her individual success​

want ad - n. a notice in a newspaper,
magazine, or website that lets people know about something that you want
to buy or sell or a job that is available

wish me luck - expression. asks someone to say that they hope you will have success