Soft skills: What does this mean? – The English We Speak



Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei. Rob: And I’m Rob! Hey, Feifei, did you know they’re looking for a new team leader to manage and motivate our team? Feifei: Ooo, a promotion! And you think I should apply for it? Rob: No, no! I was going to ask you if you think I’d be good for the position? Feifei: Well, you’re sometimes friendly and you like to chat. Rob: Great. Well, the job description says that they want someone with ‘soft skills’ – and that means 'the ability to communicate and work well with other people'. I'm basically a team player. Feifei: You are a team player? Well, Rob, you’re certainly ‘soft’ – not very strict – so nobody would listen to you! Rob: Well, we’ll see about that. We are going to hear some examples, and no arguing! Examples: We’ve got to build a team that works well together, so soft skills are vital if you want to work here. The recruitment company are looking for someone with soft skills to fill the vacancy. A positive attitude, self-confidence and being a good communicator are the soft skills we’re looking for in this job. Does that describe you? Feifei: This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English and we’re talking about the phrase ‘soft skills’, which describes someone’s ability to communicate and work well with others. But, Rob, I’m still not sure if you’ve got the soft skills for the new job. Rob: Oh well! Thanks for your vote of confidence! Feifei: Actually, maybe I should apply for the new job. Rob: Hmmm, let’s have a think about your skills… You’re bossy. You tell people what to do. You take charge. They sound like ‘hard skills’ to me. Feifei: Hard skills?! It sounds like I’d be perfect for the job. So, Rob, pop outside the studio and make me a cup of tea. Rob: Any chance to you could ask me using some ‘soft skills’? Feifei: No, Rob. Just do it. See ya! Rob: Somehow I think she’d get the job! Bye!

28 thoughts on “Soft skills: What does this mean? – The English We Speak”

  1. Do you have soft skills? These are job skills needed to deal with the public, and very much in demand. Watch the series English At Work and see who has soft skills in the offices of Tip Top Trading.
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcetZ6gSk969oGvAI0e4_PgVnlGbm64bp

  2. We are looking for experienced candidates with good soft skills such as written and verbal communication skills and decision making skills.

  3. Hi BBC ENGLISH LEARNING TEACHERS . My question is today how make this sentence into passive sentences
    He has a House 🏠?
    Advanced thanks 💐

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