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First Job

Roe talks about his first job and how successful he was at it.
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Todd: OK, Roe, why don't we talk about your first job.

Roe: OK

Todd: Yeah, tell us about your first job.

Roe: You mean my official full-time first job, talking about!

Todd: Yeah, sure. How about that?

Roe: OK. That was right after graduating university. I became a salesman.

Todd: Oooh, salesman! Nice.

Roe: Yep, salesman.

Todd: What were you selling?

Roe: I was selling nothing.

Todd: Nothing

Roe: Nothing. Well, basically I was selling a membership. So, that's, it's not something people can see or visualize, but it's like just membership, so.

Todd: Was it like a membership to a country club?

Roe: Yeah, actually a private resorts and golf clubs.

Todd: Nice. Was this in Japan or in the US?

Roe: In Japan.

Todd: Wow. What was the best thing about your job?

Roe: Troubles! Cause I have to knock on people's houses.

Todd: Oh, wow, it was door to door

Roe: Exactly without any appointments and membership costs 5 million yen. Starting, starting costs.

Todd: 5 million yen to start and you must have been in very rich neighborhoods.

Roe: No, actually we just go to any areas. We just stop off at a station and we start from there.

Todd: Really. Were you successful?

Roe: It's a long story but to be honest with you, how many memberships do you think I sold in a year?

Todd: Wow, I don't know. I will take a guess. In one year, maybe one, two a week, so my guess is, I don't know, a hundred.

Roe: One!

Todd: One! One!

Roe: Can you believe it!

Todd: So you must, so you remember the lucky person? Probably still remember that person

Roe: And you know what, the person who bought my membership, is who? My father.

Todd: Ooh, that's a tough job.

Roe: It was rough, really. It was really rough.

Todd: That's a lot of rejection, every day. No, no, no

Roe: I know, I mean if you think about it, that's natural though, I mean 5 million yen. and I can't really show the place, cause I can't take the person to the place. all I can do is show the picture and speak and that was right after the bubble economy bursted, so nobody had really, nobody had money, so.

Todd: Wow, man so were you depressed? Were you sad?

Roe: It was very interesting. It was hard to motivate myself. The people would call the police, and call me like a robber Yeah, yeah, cause I had to like open the gate and run to the door and stick my leg so that they won't shut the door.

Todd: Seriously

Roe: Yeah, that's how you do it. Door to door sells.

Todd: Wow, that's, that's a tough job. I don't think I could do a job, what's your job now? What do you do now?

Roe: I am, I work for Yokohama city and I am in a place called Yokohama Convention Bureau. It's a city job.

Todd: OK, so the Yokohama Convention Bureau. OK, so you deal with foreigners, naturally cause it's in English.

Roe: And travellers and visitors and what have you.

Todd: Do you like your job now?

Roe: Interesting! Like I said I meet talk to about over 2,000 people a day, so it's kind of tiring though.

Todd: Wow, 2,000 people a day.

Roe: About 200 people an hour. My office is at the station. Yokohama station. Right out of the gate of the JR, so people are going to stop by.

Todd: You, that's a lot of talking. You must be tired of talking.

Roe: I am tired.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!

full-time job

My first full-time job.

A 'full-time job' is a job where you work 40 hours a week or more.  Notice the following:

  1. I started working here part-time, but now it's a full-time job.
  2. He worked a full-time job the whole time he was in university.


It's not something people can see or visualize.

To 'visualize' something is to imagine it and see it inside your head.  Notice the following:

  1. I know the area that you are talking about, but I can't visualize the exact store.
  2. I am trying to visualize my life twenty years from now.


That's a lot of rejection.

To 'reject' something or somebody is to refuse it, or say no.  A boss can reject you if you apply for a job, somebody you romantically like can reject you if you ask her on a date.  Notice the following:

  1. He applied for a visa but was rejected.
  2. She applied for a job as a receptionist, but she was rejected because she had no experience.


It was hard to motivate myself.

To 'motivate' someone is to stimulate them or verbally push them forward, often when they are trying to do something difficult.  Notice the following:

  1. We are trying to motivate him to go to university next year.
  2. My terrible score on my exam motivated me to study more.

stop by

People are going to stop by.

To 'stop by' a place is to make a short and informal visit or stop.  We use this word to describe a general plan that has no exact time.  I will stop by your house sometime tomorrow. Notice the following:

  1. Will you please stop by the supermarket on the way home and buy some milk?
  2. They stopped by on the way to the movie last night.


Vocabulary Quiz

full-time • visualize • rejection
motivated • stop by
  1. from her doesn't even bother him anymore.
  2. She is going to to say goodbye on the way to the airport.
  3. I can't even what your new apartment is like.
  4. It is very difficult to go to school and have a job.
  5. After he became a father he was more to change his life.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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