The Job Offer
Mike talks to Erina about his job and asks her about considering working there. (Scenes 3 | Part 4 of 7)
Erina: Wow, Stanley Park is such a beautiful place. Thank you so much for inviting me.
Mike: Yeah, no problem.
Erina: You're friends are very nice, too. I really have... I'm really having so much fun.
Mike: Well I'm glad you like it. I think Stanley Park is a great place.
Erina: Do you come here often?
Mike: I wish I could come here more often, but I'm usually working.
Erina: Oh, where do you work?
Mike: I work on the pizza place, just off campus.
Erina: Oh, that pizza place?
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Erina: Oh I recognize that place a lot.
Mike: Yeah, it's a good place, and it's great because a lot of the people I work with are people from school.
Erina: Yeah I've actually been there, too. It was pretty good pizza.
Mike: Really? Yeah, I sometimes make pizza but usually what I'm doing there is taking phone calls and making pizza deliveries.
Erina: Oh that sounds fun.
Mike: Yeah, actually I was talking to my boss the other day, and he was telling me that he needs someone else to start working pretty soon. Have you ever thought of part-time work in Vancouver while you're studying?
Erina: Oh yeah, actually I have. I wanted to save up some money for me to hang out with friends because I don't really have much money these days.
Mike: Yeah, well it's... it's a pretty good job. You receive about $10 an hour, and if you're making pizza deliveries, you get tips at the door.
Erina: Oh, sounds perfect too because... I also wanted to meet many people through work, and I guess that pizza place, I can meet a lot of people from campus, too.
Mike: Yeah, it's also good because the boss is easy-going and he lets you be flexible with your schedule.
Erina: Oh that's important.
Erina: So if I want to apply for this job, what should I do?
Mike: Well actually the next time I work is Monday, so why don't you just come in Monday afternoon after you finish school?
Erina: Oh that sounds great. I'll do that.
I work at a pizza place just off campus.
If something is just off campus, that means it is right outside of the the college campus.
The phrase 'just off' or 'just off of' basically means near, or next to a boundary when discussing location. Here are a few uses:
- There is a park just off the highway.
- There is a nice cafe just off the boardwalk.
the other day
I was talking to my boss the other day.
The other day just means a fews days before. The other day can be as recent as two days before, or perhaps a week or two before. Notice the following:
- I saw a cute jacket the other day that I want to buy.
- I met Joe the other day. He says hello.
hang out with friends
I want to save money to hang out with my friends.
When you hang out with people, that means you spend time with them.
English speakers 'hang out with friends' but 'spend time with family'. In general, only young people hang out with friends. Notice the following:
- My friends and I like to hang out at the mall.
- Adults almost never hang out with their friends.
The boss is very easy-going.
When someone is very easy-going, they are very understanding and not strict. An easy-going person does not get upset much. Notice the following:
- My teacher is very easy-going. He allows us to turn in work late.
- My mother is very serious, but my dad is very easy-going, so I always talk to him if I have a problem.
He lets you be flexible with the schedule.
He lets you be flexible with the schedule. When something is flexible, that means it is easy to change or move.
The opposite of flexible is stiff. If you have a flexible schedule, then you can change the times of the schedule with no problem.
- I have a very flexible schedule. I can work whenever I want.
- My wife is very flexible. She understands I often need to work weekends.
easy-going • flexible