#178: Talk about Working from Home | Confident English Conversations

by | Jun 17, 2020 | 14 comments

Working from home has become a hot topic of conversation everywhere. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be working from home for the first time.

That means you definitely understand the benefits and challenges of a work-from-home lifestyle.

But how do you talk about that in English? 

In today’s Confident English lesson, you’ll learn 31 new idioms, phrasal verbs, collocations, and more to have advanced-level English conversations — and do it with confidence!

The video focuses on 4 major topics for how to talk about:

  • where you’re working (we have 7 different ways to talk about working away from the office)
  • how you’re working (for example, have you been able to develop a productive work-from-home routine?)
  • the challenges of working from home
  • common experiences of communicating with colleagues online

Working from Home — Vocabulary for Advanced-Level English Conversation

For an in-depth explanation of these idioms, phrasal verbs, and collocations, be sure to watch the video. I also include examples of how to use this vocabulary.

How to Talk about Working from Home Temporarily

  • To do your job remotely
  • To work remotely
  • Telecommute (to telecommute)
  • Work from anywhere   
  • To be a digital nomad
  • To work virtually
  • To be on a virtual team

How to Talk What It’s Like Working from Home & Creating Productive Routines

  • To break up your day
  • To block out time on your schedule
  • Deep work/Deep focus time
  • Brainwork
  • Minimize context switching 
  • WFH Flexibility (work from home)
  • To create time to unwind
  • To thrive at work

How to Talk the Challenges of Working from Home

  • To steal a few minutes to do something
  • To stay on track
  • To shut out the world
  • To have blurred lines between personal/professional life
  • Difficulty to find work/life balance
  • Always-on work culture
  • To feel/to be burned out
  • Social isolation
  • To feel cut off/closed off from the world

Communicating with Colleagues Online — Common Experiences

  • Let’s Zoom at [time] on [day]
  • My Internet/connection is unstable
  • To lose your connection/to have a bad connection
  • You’re frozen
  • You’re on mute.
  • We lost ______.
  • To not have the “bandwidth” to take on a new project/think about a solution, etc.

Have you been working from home temporarily? Or is it how you always work?

Share the benefits and challenges you’ve experienced. Try using some of the new vocabulary in the lesson.

Plus, I’d LOVE to know what advice you can share for how to be more productive working from you. You might have the perfect recommendation for someone else in the Confident English Community.

As always, you can share your comments and questions with me below.

~Annemarie

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