BEP 224 – 予算について話し合う (部 2)

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このビジネス英語ポッドレッスン, 語彙とコロケーションを引き続き検討します discussing a budget.

A budget is a plan for spending money. And you’ll often hear the word “budget” used as a noun. But “budget” is also a verb. We can budget carefully or poorly. We can budget not only money but also time. And how we budget can help or harm our business. If we spend too much money, we may decrease profits. But if we don’t spend enough money, the business may not grow or thrive. It’s all about balance.

A typical budget includes a long list of items that we need to spend money on. And in a budget meeting, you’ll hear people talk, or argue, about where to spend more and where to spend less. そう, how do we do this? 上手, in today’s dialog, we’ll learn some of the common expressions we use when we discuss budgets.

聞く前に, let’s talk a little about コロケーション. A collocation is a group of words that native speakers often use together. 正しいコロケーションは自然に聞こえます, 間違ったコロケーションは不自然に聞こえますが. 例えば, 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.

今日のダイアログでは、多くの便利なコロケーションが聞こえます. あなたが聞くように, これらの自然な単語の組み合わせを選んでみてください. 次に、それらの意味と、報告での使用方法について説明します。.

Today we’ll rejoin Kate, ハリー, and Linda as they discuss the budget for their IT department. Kate and Harry are managers, and Linda is their supervisor. 前回, they talked about the past year’s budget. 今日, you’ll hear them making a plan for the upcoming year.


1. What does Kate say the finance department wants to focus on?
2. What is Harry’s concern about replacing the workstations?
3. What does Kate think can be changed to save money?

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