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节能环保4 职场美语说礼节(102)

来源:慢速英语   时间:1970-01-01 08:00:00

英语对话1:

公司总裁tim召集部门经理开会,讨论节能措施。

f: i know it might sound like an old-fashioned idea, but what about some kind of a carpooling program?

t: you know, that just might work for a few of our departments. i know a few of the marketing guys live pretty close to each other.

h: ah! but now we come to a problem. how do we convince people to sign up for a program that will - at least mildly - inconvenience them?

d: i have to confess, if you asked me to volunteer, i'd turn you down.

h: sure. so would i. so we can't rely on the kindness of people's hearts. we're not bad people, we're just busy people.

faith提议,可以考虑拼车计划,carpooling program。 henry指出,拼车会给大家带来不便, inconvenience them, 问题是如何说服大家加入。 sign up for something,是报名参加的意思。

t: i think i get your point. you're talking about a fundamental motivator. what henry's saying is that people need an incentive.

h: bingo! for the past few years, several companies have been experimenting with paying employees a tiny fee to carpool, use public transport or cycle. one organization in florida pays twenty cents a mile.

d: huh. i'd consider riding my bicycle if i was getting paid. that's like getting paid to work out!

英语对话2:

总裁tim说, i get your point. 我明白你的意思了。 henry是说要给大家一些好处,incentive 。 henry说, bingo! 这在口语里很常用,意思是没错!对了!