接机后的次日,Brian在公司里,为Johnathan 介绍自己的老板-Mr. Sun。

  B: Mr. Sun, I'd like you to meet Mr. Johnathan Mitchell, sales manager for Nortern Reflections of Canada.

  (Sun extends hand first; Sun and Mitchell shake hands) Mr. Mitchell, Mr. Steven Sun, general manager of Apex Trading.

  孙先生,让我为你介绍加拿大Northern Reflections的业务经理-Jonathan Mitchell先生。(孙先生先伸出手,两人握手)Mitchell先生,这是Steven孙先生,Apex贸易公司的总经理。

  S: It's very nice to finally meet you, Mr. Mitchell -after so many phonecalls and faxes. (offers his business card first) I'd like you to have my business card.


  J: Thanks very much, Mr. Sun. Please accept mine. (offers his own card) And please, call me Johnathan.

  (both look at cards for a few seconds, then put them in wallets-not pockets)



  B: If you don't mind, Johnathan, while you and Mr. Sun get acquainted, I'd like to check the arrangements for the meeting.


  J: You're certainly on top of things, Brian.


  S: (looking at Brian) You'll find Mr. Tayler-Brian - is a force to be reckoned with at Apex Tradig.


  B: Thanks for the vote of confidence, Mr. Sun. I'll be right back. (leaves room)


  J: He appears to be a top-notch young man, Mr. Sun. Talent and enthusiasm like that are hard to find.


  S: Don't I know it. He's doing a great job for us. And please, call me Steven.


  J: Steven, can you tell me in a nutshell what the retail market is like in Taiwan?


  S: Well, as per capita income goes up and up, the growth sector seems to be in the to-end.


  J: Retail is going upscale here? Taiwan is certainly growing more quickly than I had imagined.


  S: Yes. Things certainly have changed since I was a boy. We've developed very quickly.


  J: Do you think the trend will continue?


  S: I don't see why not. We do have some problems, but we are still willing to work hard-and wages aren't too high at this point.


  J: Everything I've seen so far is very impressive. Very impressive indeed.



  1. get acquainted (with…) (和`……)认识,熟悉……

   这个常用的短语暗示双方从不认识到熟识, "get"可换 "become"。若是短语之后,要加上被认识的对象,以介系词 "with"连接。

  例: Our boss got acquainted with a couple of real estate agents in the golf Club.


  2. on top of things 完全掌握


  例: The new manager was always worried he wasn't on top of things.


  3. (a) force to be reckoned with 值得注意的人物

  "(a) force","力量",可以指一个团体、事物或个人; "reckon"在此的意思为"认定"。 "a force to be reckoned with"是形容"有成功的条件而值得注意的人物、团体"。

  例: The new company will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.


  4. Don't I know it. 我完全同意!


  例: You say the discount rate is too low? Don't I know it!


  5. in a nutshell 简言之

     "nutshell"原为"坚果壳",又指"极小的容器",故 "in a nutshell" 这个副词短语的意思是"简言之"。

  例: Bob told us in a nutshell what happened in the managers' meeting.


  6. growth sector 成长领域

   这个经济学上的名词是指经济成长特别快速的领域, "sector"是"区域;部门"的意思。

  例: The leisure and entertainment industry is a growth sector in Taiwan.


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