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第10课 IN THE FIRING LINE

2006-07-29 10:06

  When Nora said,“ Last time I was not an accountant, what!”, she should have said “I wasn't an accountant before”。

  Mei Ling has called a meeting of the staff at HotDotCom.

  Mei Ling: Can we start now, please? Jane, you're taking the minutes today, aren't you?

  Jane: That's right - have you all got the agenda?

  All: (together) Yes……sure have……OK (etc.)

  Jane: Please check. This one's different from the one I gave you yesterday. Mei Ling's going to start - with Feedback from HotDotEurope.

  All: (together) Yes…… No…… OK (etc.)

  Mei Ling: Thank you, Jane. Well, you'll be pleased to know our European counterparts have been very pleased with our work on the new Hotel database. However, I've had to face a few uncomfortable questions from the CEO about internal matters.

  All: (together) Uncomfortable questions?…… CEO? (etc.)

  Mei Ling: He wanted to know who exactly Mr Ornoh was?

  Jane: Mr Ornoh?

  Mei Ling: Mr Ken Ornoh.

  Gary: Ken Ornoh? Ken Ornoh? Oh (laughing) - Can or not! Mr Can or not!

  Everybody laughs ?except Mei Ling……

  Mei Ling: I'm afraid I take it far more seriously than you do. The laughing stops……

  Mei Ling: The CEO also feels he should be consulted before we fire anyone else.

  Jane: But we haven't fired anyone.

  Nora: Jaya fired me when I forgot to save those files last month.

  Mei Ling: And the CEO thinks you've lost your job because of it. That's what fired means in good English.

  Nora: But I didn't lose my job - he only fired me.

  Jane: I think you mean that he told you off. Can I add something here?

  Mei Ling: Go ahead.

  Jane: I also had a strange conversation last week - about invoicing.

  Mei Ling: Invoicing?

  Jane: Yes. Europe thinks we're putting up prices without their agreement.

  Mei Ling: That's serious. Why should they think that?

  Jane: Because every month they get an e-mail saying we've rounded up the invoices ahead of target.

  Nora: Yes, we've never been late in this office - not once. We always round them up before dateline!

  Jane: But in good English that means increasing a figure to the next whole dollar!

  Gary: You mean like taking 88 cents and making it a dollar?

  Jane: Exactly! What I think you mean is we always round off the invoices ahead of schedule.

  Mei Ling: We can't afford misunderstandings like these. There's tough competition in the DotCom market - globally. That's why I want us to launch our own Speak Good English Drive. Let's start by brainstorming some ideas ……

  Narrator: And we'd like to round off this lesson by reminding you to phone in again tomorrow.

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