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Free Weekly Business English Lesson #49
Business English Dialogue and Phrases for Shadowing
Introduction1. Before we get started with the lesson dialogue, just a quick reminder that while these lessons are great for listening practice and expression building, the most effective way to learn through these lessons is by shadowing. Remember that shadowing is not just listening and repeating. Instead you must try to speak at nearly the same time as the audio while focusing on pronunciation, intonation, and speaking speed. Let's do a quick demo for review. Linda, I'm going to tell you little bit about my hometown, and I'd like you to shadow it. Remember, listening only, no reading!(Shadowing session) 2. If you want to learn more about shadowing click here.Lesson transcriptA Year-end PartyMs. Jones: Mr. Okamoto, do you have a moment?Mr. Okamoto: Sure. What's on your mind?Ms. Jones: The year-end party is approaching and we still have a few details to work out.Mr. Okamoto: You're right. It's already December! Geez, time really does fly doesn't it!Ms. Jones: It sure does! So, the venue has already been decided, and most of the employees have turned in their RSVPs.Mr. Okamoto: Well, what else needs to be done?Ms. Jones: First of all, we need to decide who will give the opening speech and the kampai, or cheers. I'm guessing that the CEO will give his speech in the middle of the party, so...Mr. Okamoto: Hmm...Jim in the sales department is excellent at giving toasts. He always manages to make everyone laugh.Ms. Jones: Okay. I'll talk with him about it and see if he is willing to do it. Also, Ms. Otsuka will be retiring this year, so this might be a good opportunity to recognize all of the work she's done for us.Mr. Okamoto: That's a great idea. Although she'll undoubtedly be having a farewell party with her department, it would be excellent for company morale to say a few words and give her something in front of everyone. Do you have any ideas for a gift?Ms. Jones: Well, she's already getting a fine retirement packag