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BBC六分钟英语听力精选:商业会话

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大家好,欢迎收听BBC六分钟英语听力精选,我们将会给你带来各种各样的消息新闻,今天要说的是如何使用商业会话语言。
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商业英语:商业会话

这一周Neil密切关注了新闻,他发现有很多关于重要人士聚在一起讨论重要事情的消息,促使他对如何使用商业会话语言的技巧感到很好奇。

在这一周的6分钟英语之商业系列中,Neil和Feifei将会在BBC商务英语语言专家的帮助下一起练习会议语言。

加入他们的商务会话吧,可以挑选一些有用的短语来进行练习。

听力内容:

 

Feifei: Hello, I’m Feifei and this is 6 Minute English.

Neil: And I’m Neil.

Feifei: How are you Neil and what have you been up to?

Neil: I’m very well, thank you. I’ve been listening to the news a lot this week.

Feifei: Oh yeah?

Neil: Yes, there are all kinds of things going on, lots of important people getting together, discussing important things... and it got me thinking about meetings and what it’s like trying to arrange a time and place to suit everyone.

Feifei: Oh it’s such a pain trying to get people together: if it’s only a couple of people it’s not too bad but when you need four or five people there’s always someone who wants a different time or a different place or a different date.

Neil: And you’re not the only one who feels that way Feifei - let’s hear from some of our friends and colleagues talking about arranging meetings. How easy is it to find a time and place that everyone’s happy with?

Voice 1: In Brazil it’s very easy to arrange a meeting because Brazilian people aren’t very formal, we can have a meeting anywhere: on the corridor or in a room or around a desk, so it’s very easy to arrange a meeting in Brazil.

Voice 2: In China if you have a meeting, you would usually call people to say we have a meeting by phone, or if you see them in the office you would say we have a meeting, that’s about it. It’s normally quite easy to fit in a meeting.

Voice 3: In Indonesia the manager would normally arrange a meeting, he or she will have to check if everyone can attend. It’s quite tricky to set up a time that suits everyone due to different schedules, so sometimes not everyone can attend.

Feifei: Ooh you’re right Neil. I’m not the only one who thinks it’s a pain.

Neil: Well, like it or hate it, arranging meetings effectively is a really important business skill.

Feifei: I guess so.

Neil: I think I feel a role-play coming on…

Feifei: We’re going to practise setting up meetings, aren’t we?

Neil: We are! We’re talking on the phone and we need to set up a meeting. And I think I should be the boss this time.

Feifei: We don’t need a boss Neil: we can just be colleagues.

Neil: Grrrr...

Feifei: Are you ready?

Neil: I’m ready!

Role-play

Neil: Feifei, we need to set up a meeting. Are you available this afternoon?

Feifei: Er, sorry no... I’m in a meeting all afternoon.

Neil: OK, no problem. What about tomorrow morning? Shall we say 10 o’clock?

Feifei: Tomorrow morning at 10. Let me check my diary... No, sorry I can’t do 10. How does 2 o’clock suit?

Neil: 2 o’clock’s good.

Feifei: Do we need to be face to face for this one?

Neil: No, I don’t think so. Let’s do this one on the phone.

Feifei: Great!

Neil: I’ll call you at 2.

Feifei: Speak to you soon.

Feifei: How did we do?

Neil: I think we were pretty good! But we need to hear from the lady who knows all about business language.

Neil / FF: It’s Business Betty!!

BB: Hello you two!

Neil: How are you Betty?

BB: Fine, thank you Neil.

Neil: So what did you think of our role-play Betty?

BB: I thought it was rather good! And here’s why: First, you used lots of direct questions - and in British business culture, when you’re arranging a meeting, it’s OK to ask direct questions about people’s availability. Neil, you asked: Are you available…?

Neil: Are you available this afternoon?

BB: And you said ‘What about…?’

Neil: What about tomorrow morning?

BB: Neil, you also said ‘Shall we say…?’

Neil: Shall we say 10 o’clock?

BB: And finally, Feifei, you said ‘How does 2 o’clock suit?’

Feifei: How does 2 o’clock suit?

BB: So I liked that a lot: you both used simple, direct questions to agree the time. That was very good. And, as well as agreeing the time, I liked that you discussed and agreed the type of meeting. Feifei, you asked Neil if she wanted to meet in person. You said ‘Do we need to be face to face for this one?’

Feifei: Do we need to be face to face for this one?

BB: And Neil’s answer was ‘I don’t think so. Let’s do this one on the phone.’

Neil: I don’t think so. Let’s do this one on the phone.

BB: So, you both asked nice, simple, direct questions, and you agreed the type of meeting. I’d say that was a job well done! Now, I must be off, I’ve got a meeting to go to. Bye!!

Neil / FF: Thanks Betty, bye!!

Neil: Ahhh, she’s so good that Betty, a real top-notch professional.

Feifei: She does know her stuff - and she really liked our role-play…

Neil: She did! I’m feeling quite proud right now.

Feifei: Shall we go over it again?

Neil: I think we should! Are you ready?

Feifei: I am!

Role-play

Neil: Feifei, we need to set up a meeting. Are you available this afternoon?

Feifei: Er, sorry no... I’m in a meeting all afternoon.

Neil: OK, no problem. What about tomorrow morning? Shall we say 10 o’clock?

Feifei: Tomorrow morning at 10. Let me check my diary... No, sorry I can’t do 10. How does 2 o’clock suit?

Neil: 2 o’clock’s good.

Feifei: Great! Do we need to be face to face for this one?

Neil: No, I don’t think so. Let’s do this one on the phone.

Feifei: OK, speak to you later.

Neil: I’ll call you at 2.

Feifei: Bye.

Neil: And that’s the end of today’s role-play… and it’s also the end of today’s programme!

Feifei: So it’s goodbye from both of us – and please make sure you arrange to meet us again for another episode of 6 Minute English!

Neil / FF: Bye!!

Arranging meetings: Key phrases

Suggesting a time to meet:

1. Are you available this afternoon?

2. What about tomorrow morning?

3. Shall we say 10 o’clock?

4. How does 2 o’clock suit?

Agreeing the type of meeting:

1. Do we need to be face to face for this one?

2. No, I don’t think so. Let’s do this one on the phone.

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