American English Conversation: Lesson 84

DIRECTIONS: Read the dialogues below in English, then translate them and read them in your primary language (if needed). You’re encouraged to read these dialogues with your teacher, tutor, colleagues, family, and friends to practice and improve your American English even further.

Topic: Asking for a Raise

Dialogue 1

Sarah: Hi, Martin. I was wondering if we could briefly discuss my job and salary.
Martin: Of course, Sarah. What’s on your mind?
Sarah: Well, as you know, I’ve been working here for the past three years, and I feel like I’ve gained more skills and responsibility.
Martin: Yes. You’re doing a great job! Is there anything specific you want to discuss?
Sarah: Yes. I was hoping to ask for a raise. Considering how much effort I devote to this job and how much experience I’ve gained in the company, I think it’s fair.
Martin: I see. Can you give me an idea of what kind of increase you had in mind and why you deserve it?
Sarah: Based on some research and our industry standards, I think a 10% raise would be appropriate. As mentioned earlier, I’ve grown professionally thanks to the new projects I took on, my contributions to team efforts, and data-driven KPI improvements.
Martin: Those are all valid points, but I’ll have to review the budget and get back to you. You understand, right?
Sarah: Of course. Thank you for considering it, Martin. It means a lot to me.

Dialogue 2

Mark: Hi, Karen. Do you have a minute to talk about my job?
Karen: Sure, Mark. What’s up?
Mark: I wanted to ask for a raise. I’ve worked here for two years, and I think I deserve it.
Karen: I see. Well, Mark, we value your work and dedication to the company. However, you know that asking for a raise is not easy for us as managers.
Mark: Of course, I understand. But I also feel like my responsibilities have increased since I started working here, and I’m doing more than my position requires.
Karen: Can you give me some examples of how you’ve taken on extra tasks or exceeded your job description?
Mark: Yes, I’ve been helping train new employees, taking care of customer service calls outside of my hours, and even organizing events for the office.
Karen: I appreciate your efforts, Mark. Let me take this proposal to our head office and see if there’s any room for a pay increase in the budget. It may not be possible immediately, but I will keep you informed.
Mark: Thank you, Karen. I appreciate your time and understanding.
Karen: No problem at all, Mark. Keep up the excellent work!

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