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The english we speak(BBC教学)第176期:Corporate speak 企业用语

发表时间:2018-01-11内容来源:VOA英语学习网
Finn: Hi Li. I didn't see you in the canteen today. I brought you a sandwich. 芬恩:嗨,莉。我今天在食堂没看到你。我给你带了个三明治。 Li: That's very kind of you, Finn. I had to go and buy these... 莉:你真是太好了,芬恩。我必须要去买这些东西…… Finn: An envelope and a nice picture of a sunny beach? 芬恩:一个信封还有一张阳光明媚的海滩的照片? Li: It's the sky, Finn. My boss told me that we need blue-sky thinking and we need to push the envelope if we want to succeed in the current market. 莉:芬恩,那是天空。我老板告诉我,我们需要蓝色天空的想象力,所以如果想在现有的市场取得成功我们就要推进信封。 Finn: Oh, right. And what are you going to do with this envelope, and this picture, Li? 芬恩:哦,好的。可是莉,你要这个信封和这张照片做什么? Li: Well, the beach has a blue-sky... so maybe I need to push it into the envelope... and send it to... the clients? I'm not sure. 莉:嗯,海滩就是蓝色的天空……所以可能我需要把这个放进信封里……然后把它寄给客户吧?我也不太确定。 Finn: Li, I think what he wants has nothing to do with the sky or envelopes. These are two expressions people use in business nowadays. It's corporate language - or as we say, corporate speak. 芬恩:莉,我想你老板的意思和天空或是信封都无关。这是现代人在工作中使用的两个表达方式。这是企业语言,或者我们可以说是企业用语。 Li: What do they mean? 莉:那这两个词是什么意思? Finn: Well, in English, 'blue-sky thinking' means having ideas which are very original, even if they're not practical or realistic. Your boss wants you to be creative. 芬恩:嗯,在英语中,blue-sky thinking就是非常新颖的想法,这些想法可能不实用也不实际。你的老板希望你要有创造力。 Li: And what do I do with this envelope? 莉:那我要用这个信封做什么? Finn: Well, the expression 'to push the envelope' means to go even further than others and do things that might be new or risky or even dangerous! That's: push the envelope. 芬恩:嗯,to push the envelope这个表达的意思是比其他人走得更远,做一些可能是创新或是冒险或是甚至有些危险的事情!这就是:突破原有底线。 Li: But why didn't he just say: be creative? 莉:可是他为什么不直接说“有创造力”? Finn: Well, the world of business has its own special terms. Let's hear some examples of how to use these two expressions in today's The English We Speak. 芬恩:嗯,企业界有它自己的专业术语。这就是今天的地道英语要学的两个表达方式,我们来听一些例句,看看它们如何使用。 It's all about blue-sky thinking right now; mobile phones are no longer just for calls! 这就是天马行空的想象力;手机不再只用来打电话了! We're not just a normal airline. We're going to push the envelope and offer balloon flights. 我们不仅仅是普通的航空公司。我们要突破原有的底线,我们要提供热气球活动。 Li: Oh, so all my boss wants is for me to have ideas which are new and brave. What about your boss, Finn? 莉:哦,所以我老板是希望我要有新颖而大胆的主意。芬恩,那你的老板呢? Finn: Well, my line manager told me this morning: "I expect you to think out of the box. If you don't step up to the plate by end of play you'll have to face the music." 芬恩:嗯,我的直接主管今天上午告诉我:“我希望你打破思维定式。如果你在最后都不采取行动,那你必须要承担后果。” Li: What on earth does he mean, Finn?! 莉:芬恩,他到底什么意思?! Finn: I really have no idea. I think we'd need another four programmes to explain those examples of corporate speak. Another time. I'm tired just thinking about it. Bye. 芬恩:我也不知道。我想我们要再用四期节目来解释这些企业用语的含义。下次再解释。一思考我就很觉得很累。再见。 Li: Bye. 莉:再见。 来自:VOA英语网 文章地址: http://www.tingvoa.com/html/20180111/527333.html
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