Talking about Work in English

Hey everyone!


Another difficult topic is talking about work.  I often see English learners describe their work days using English that is a little unnatural.  So again, I’m going to make a quick chart with some examples of unnatural expressions I sometimes hear from my students and more natural ways to express them:


Non-native expressions Native expressions
My work My job


My office

My company

The office where I work

The company (that) I work for

In my work, I… At work, I…

My job is to…

I start my work

My work starts

I start working

I get to work

I started my work

My work started

I started working

I got to work

I finish my work

My work finishes

I get off work

I will be off work

I finished my work

My work finished

I got off work

I am off work*

I am busy on my work

My work is busy

I’m busy with work

I’m busy at work

Work is hectic

I will change my job I’m going to get a new job
I changed my job I got a new job


* This one can also mean “Be on vacation” or “be on a break” or “not be working now”.  For example:

  • “I’m off work from December 25th to January 3rd”
  • “I’m off work from 12pm to 1pm so let’s get lunch.”
  • “I’m off work now, you wanna go out?”


Hope this helps!  Let me know if you have any questions!


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