BEP 224 – Обсуждение бюджета (Часть 2)

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В этом уроке делового английского, мы продолжаем изучать словарный запас и словосочетания для 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. Так, how do we do this? Что ж, in today’s dialog, we’ll learn some of the common expressions we use when we discuss budgets.

Прежде чем мы послушаем, let’s talk a little about словосочетания. A collocation is a group of words that native speakers often use together. Правильное словосочетание звучит естественно, в то время как неправильное словосочетание звучит неестественно. Например, 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.

В сегодняшнем диалоге вы услышите много полезных словосочетаний. Как вы слушаете, попробуйте выбрать эти естественные комбинации слов. Затем мы объясним, что они означают и как использовать их при подведении итогов..

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

Вопросы для прослушивания

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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