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中国时间: 16:55 2016年12月10日星期六

礼节美语072:When a Colleague Requests a Reference

  • 美国之音



陈豪在北京的ABC美国公司工作。他在餐厅里找到美国同Amy 。

(Office ambience)

A:Hello Chen Hao. How are you?

C:还行。不过,我有点事想征求一下你的意见。

A:What is it?

C:你认识我们办公室的Sue吗?

A:I've worked on a couple of projects with her. Why?

C:我告诉你,你可得保密,Sue正在找工作。

A:Why is that a problem?

C:她让我做她的推荐人。

A:That bothers you?

C:Sue工作不是很靠谱,推荐她,那不等于说瞎话嘛!

A:What did you say when she came to you?

C:我没直接回答她。我说那份新工作听上去是个不错的机会,然后就假称要开会,逃掉了。

A:I have a couple of suggestions for you.

C:太好了,你快告诉我。我今天一天都躲躲藏藏的,生怕遇到Sue。

A:Let's sit down over there.

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两人坐下,边吃边聊。

C:Amy,你快说说,我该怎么办。

A:Sue must have some positive traits or she wouldn't be working here.

C:优点肯定是有,不过我得仔细想想。

A:I suggest that you make a list of her strengths.

C:可她的缺点要比优点多得多。

A:Try not to focus on her shortcomings, but list them out, too. You can call them areas where she needs to grow.

C:需要改进的地方?那人家给我打电话,了解Sue的情况,我该怎么说呢?

A:You begin by saying that she is a good team player, but could benefit from the opportunity to work independently and grow professionally. That makes you honest.

C:有道理,我就说她很容易相处,但是如果有一个独立工作,需要精湛技能的机会,将对她有帮助。可是Amy,我怎么才能不去提她的缺点呢?

A:Let the interviewer know that you have worked with Sue on a limited basis so you can only speak about your experience on the team.

C:就说,跟Sue共事机会不多,有些情况没有发言权。Amy, 我有个更简单的办法,要不我这段时间干脆不接电话了,留言也不回。

A:That's cowardly. Besides it will reflect poorly on you.

C:要这么说,不回电子邮件也行不通了。

A:You have another choice. You can tell Sue that you aren't comfortable in giving references to her because you are afraid of saying the wrong thing.

C:这样好。我就说自己英语不好,搞不好词不达意,再说错了话。

A:It is difficult when a colleague who is not a good worker asks you for a reference.

C:你能在重复一遍,我都有哪些选择吗?

A:If you agree to be a reference, rehearse what you plan to say. Don't allow yourself to be drawn into areas where you are not comfortable.

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