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Dialogue one

M: Can you have the briefs from the Anderson firm"s lawyer on my desk by tomorrow morning. There are quite a few very time sensitive matters with this case. I"m afraid I can"t wait any longer.

F: Getting those Anderson briefs has been harder than you can imagine. I have tried to contact their lawyer many times. But every time I call, his secretary says he’s in a meeting or out of the office or away on business. I am beginning to think he is trying to avoid me.

M: That"s highly possible. He knows if we miss our filing deadline, we don’t stand a chance to compete against them for the bid. Try to get a hold of him again. Give him a call and see if he can fax them first thing.

F: What if I can"t speak to him directly?

M: Ask his secretary to fax them. Its the same thing. Have them faxed over with a copy also faxed to Martin’s office.

F: How do I find Martin’s fax number? Is he in your rollerdesk?

M: No, but you can also call their office and ask the secretary to give you their fax number. I’ll email you their office number later today.

F: Ok, I"ll get on it first thing.

M: Be sure you do, I need those briefs ASAP

Dialogue two

M:Did you put this morning"s faxes on my desk?I"m waiting for some urgent faxes from headquaters,I"m pretty sure they came in last night.

F:Evething that came in the office fax machine last night is all on your desk,but I noticed that some of faxes came through pretty blurred,maybe you take a look at them,if the copy is unreadble,I"ll call then and ask them to refax.

M:Yeah,you"re going to have to call them and get them to be refax. These copies are so dark. I can"t make out any of the words.

F:What about that one?

M:This one?This one is so light and I can barely read it. How can that be?

F:You know, I think the fax machine is out of toner. I can change the toner cartridge. That should solve the problem.

M:Yes,but this one will have to be refaxed as well. And look, there"s about 3 pages missing. It looks like the fax machine ate half of my important faxes,and ones that made it through are so blurred or too light. They are unreadable.

F:I guess the fax machine is out of paper too. Don"t worry,I"ll have someone look at it this afternoon,and in the meantime,I"ll have your documents refaxed to our other fax machine.





A: For our lunch meeting with the investors, do we have to make a reservation at the restaurant or do we just show up?

B: Usually for lunch, we don"t have to reserve a table, they should allow walk-ins. But to be on the safe side, I"ll order a table for half-past twelve. Will that suit your schedule?

A: I"ve arranged to meet them at the restaurant at twelve. Can you make the reservation a little earlier? If we start earlier, it will give us more time for a longer lunch.

B: Are you planning on treating the investors to a full-course meal?

A: Yes, we"ll start with appetizers, follow with a soup and salad course, then main dishes of prime rib or cordon bleu chicken, and finish up with a delicious rich dessert of some sort.

B: That"ll be pretty heavy for a mid-day meal, don"t you think?

A: As along as we stay away from anything alcoholic, we should be okay.

B: With your prime rib and chicken choices, you"d better hope nobody"s vegetarian.

A: We can make some special arrangement if we need to. After all, it"s the company who is footing the bill.












A: How long will it take for our order to be delivered?

B: Let"s see. You are importing fifty containers of textiles from China. They should be able to place your order before the end of next week. It will take 2 days for shipping to the port city of Ningbo. The freight will take 3 weeks on the open ocean and will arrive in Los Angeles approximately a month from today. Domestic shipping will be your responsibility, you can make arrangements with the pier in Los Angeles.

A: Fine, we will handle domestic shipping,but what about customs? Will we have to pay tariff on our imports? I hope we don"t run into any problems with the border control.

B: No, the Chinese company has that all worked out. With the paperwork you receive with the shipment,you should be good to go.





freight:goods that are transported by ships, planes, trains or lorries/trucks; the system of transporting goods in this way (海运、空运或陆运的)货物;货运

to send goods by air freight 空运货物

a freight business 货运公司

passenger and freight transportation services 客货运业务

tariff:a tax that is paid on goods coming into or going out of a country 关税

work sth out:to find the answer to something; to solve something 找到…的答案;处理;解决

to work out a problem/puzzle/code 解决问题;弄清疑团;破译密码

Can you work out what these squiggles mean? 你能辨认出这些潦草的字迹是什么意思吗?

I couldn"t work out where the music was coming from. 我弄不清这音乐是从哪里传来的。



A: Okay, here are the graphs and figures for this month"s sales. Let"s review them all together.

B: This first one , I have a question.... This graph is marking the sales perfomance for our line of hair products, right? Can this line be right? It looks like our salesplummeted. I can"t believe we did that poorly.... If I remember correctly, sales went down slightly, but not as dramatically as the graph shows.

A: I think you are looking at the wrong line. The rapid drop in sales wasn"t our hair products. You are correct, the hair product sales decreased slightly, but not dramatically. The one that didn"t do so hot this month was the cleaning products. I think there was a problem in the marketing plan. Some people were offended by our advertisements for the cleaning products, but it was already too late tomitigatethe damage, so our mistake shows up in the sales.

B: Well, the good news is the new industrial cleaning products reallytook off. Look how the sales haveshot upover the last two weeks.

A: That is our one major success. If you look at the other graphs, you can see that most of the other product lines remained steady with little increase.

B: At lease they stayed the same. That"s better than dropping.







Plummet: to fall suddenly and quickly from a high level or position 暴跌;速降

Share prices plummeted to an all-time low. 股票价格暴跌到历史最低点.

Her spirits plummeted at the thought of meeting him again. 一想到又要见到他,她的心情便直往下沉.

The jet plummeted into a row of houses. 那架喷气式飞机一头栽进一排房子里.

Mitigate: to make something less harmful, serious, etc. 减轻;缓和

action to mitigate poverty 减轻贫穷的行动

Soil erosion was mitigated by the planting of trees. 植树造林减轻了土壤侵蚀.

Take off: (of an idea, a product, etc. 观念、产品等) to become successful or popular very quickly or suddenly 突然大受欢迎;迅速流行

The new magazine has really taken off. 这份新杂志真是大受欢迎.

Her singing career took off after her TV appearance. 她在电视上亮相后歌唱事业迅速起飞.

Shoot up: to rise suddenly by a large amount 陡增;猛涨;迅速上升

Ticket prices shot up last year. 去年票价猛涨.