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Free Business English Lesson #56
Dec 19 17
Business English Dialogue and Phrases for Shadowing
Introduction1. So Linda, do you usually go on a vacation over the New Year holidays?2. If you enjoy our free business English podcast and find it beneficial, please share it with your friends via email, Twitter, Facebook, and so on. It really helps us get more listeners and improve their English skills too.Lesson transcriptRequesting time off for the holidaysMs. Cho (Junior Employee): Excuse me Mr. Okamoto.Mr. Okamoto (General Manager): Oh, Ms. Cho, please come in. What can I do for you today?Ms. Cho: Well, I'm planning on requesting some time off over the holidays with HR but I thought I should run it by you first before.Mr. Okamoto: Thank you for that, but here at OAI we aren't strict about taking time off, within reason of course.Ms. Cho: Well, that's the thing. I took time off not too long ago when my mother passed, so…Mr. Okamoto: Ah, my condolences again. Since that was an extraneous situation, we don't include that as "holiday leave" in your HR file.Ms. Cho: Well, that's a relief.Mr. Okamoto: Well, while you're here I might as well ask how many days you're going to take off.Ms. Cho: I'm planning on taking just two days, the 4th and 5th of January.Mr. Okamoto: Oh, that's no problem. Many people in the office will take those days off. Since those are the only work days between the New Years holidays and the three-day weekend for coming-of-age day you'll have a whole 10 days off!Ms. Cho: With so many people out during that time won't the office be short-handed?Mr. Okamoto: We'll operate with a skeleton crew, but our clients are aware of it and further, we send out a reminder every December reminding them of the Japanese holiday schedule. So, will you go back home to HK for the New Year?Ms. Cho: Unfortunately, no. Airplane tickets are much more expensive during the holiday here in Japan. I was really taken aback when I looked them up!Mr. Okamoto: Oh yeah, hotels, airlines, resorts, and pret