Welcome back to Business English Pod for today’s lesson on discussing a budget.
Budgets aren’t just for accountants. Almost everyone in business has to talk about money and how to spend it. It doesn’t matter if you’re a manager with a million dollar budget or a field tech just tracking your expenses. You’ll be talking about money and budgets.
En réalité, talk about budgets is everywhere. Turn on the news and it’s not hard to hear people discussing budget “cuts” or budget “reductions.” You can hear about governments with budget “deficits” and budget “surpluses.” Everyone’s worried about money, and in business, earning more often means spending less. These are the topics you’ll hear about today.
Avant d'écouter, parlons un peu de collocations. Une collocation est un groupe de mots que les locuteurs natifs utilisent souvent ensemble. Une collocation correcte semble naturelle, alors qu'une colocalisation incorrecte ne semble pas naturelle. Par exemple, in English we say “budget cuts” to talk about lower spending. But we can’t say “budget slices” or “budget chops,” even though “slice” and “chop” mean “cut.” Those simply aren’t natural expressions.
Vous entendrez de nombreuses collocations utiles dans le dialogue d'aujourd'hui. Pendant que vous écoutez, essayez de choisir ces combinaisons naturelles de mots. Ensuite, nous expliquerons ce qu'ils signifient et comment les utiliser dans le débriefing.
You’re going to hear a conversation between two managers in the IT department of a large company and their boss. Kate and Harry are the managers, and Linda is the boss. They’re discussing the past year’s budget and how they spent their department’s money.
1. What does Linda want to examine first?
2. What does Harry say about the large one-time cost the department had?
3. According to Linda, what is finance concerned about?