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VOA商务英语 - Lesson 239 - Taking up Golf (1)

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Mark在公司门口看见同事Robert.

Mark: Hey Robert...going on vacation? Looks like you're planning on doing some golfing.

Robert: Yes, I will be playing golf, but I'm not going on vacation. I'm meeting up our New York office's senior management team. We'll be playing a few rounds and going over the merger plans.

M: Really? So when did you take up the sport?

R: Around two years ago I began to realize that if I could get on the golf course with other senior executives, it could open a lot of doors for me. At first I didn't really enjoy it, but now I'm almost a golf fanatic.

Robert要跟纽约办公室的高层主管打高尔夫 play a few rounds,同时讨论并购的事。Mark 问他是什么时候开始打高尔夫球的,这里用的动词是 take up, to take up sth. 意思是开始做某件事情。Robert说,他两年前开始觉得,打高尔夫 could open a lot of doors for me. 可以帮助自己打开很多大门,得到更多机会。Robert说,他刚开始打的时候也不太喜欢,但现在已经快变成 golf fanatic 了。fanatic is spelled f-a-n-a-t-i-c, fanatic 是指对某件事疯狂的人,比如,a jazz fanatic 爵士乐迷,a basketball fanatic 篮球迷。Mark 听后说:

M: I see. So you meet a lot of business executives on the course, huh?

R: Yeah, definitely. It's a good way to network.

M: Isn't golf really expensive?

R: To be perfectly honest, golf is a bit of a status symbol...and yes...it can be an expensive game. There are green fees, caddy fees and charges for renting the golf cart.

M: But the business opportunities are worth it.

R: Absolutely. I read somewhere that a high percentage of senior business executives play golf.

M: It sounds like it's almost mandatory to learn golf if you want to climb the corporate ladder.

Robert说自己在高尔夫球场上能遇到很多商业界高层主管。这里说的 on the course 指的就是 golf course. It's a good way to network. 打高尔夫球是认识人,积累人脉的好办法,network在这里是动词,意思是建立人际关系。打高尔夫球确实需要钱,要交 green fees球场费;caddy fees球童费,cart rental fees 租车费,但是能认识更多的人,得到更多机会,还是值得的。Mark说,看来,如果想在企业里升迁 climb the corporate ladder 就必须学打高尔夫球。

R: Networking is a big plus....but I think another reason executives enjoy the golf course is that it gives them an excuse to get out in the fresh air and connect with nature.

M: I can understand that. If you turn off your cell phone or Blackberry you can hear birds chirping and enjoy a fresh breeze. It's a nice break from a hectic office.

R: It is a good way to recharge, but you're right: golf primarily is a social sport. You get a chance to talk and get to know people on a different level on the golf course than you do in the boardroom.

公司高层愿意出去打高尔夫球,除了建立人脉以外,也是为了能离开 hectic office 忙碌的办公室,投入大自然的怀抱,It's a good way to recharge. 是个充电的好办法。Robert 觉得,高尔夫主要还是一种 social sport 社交型运动,让你在董事会议事厅以外,换个环境,换个层面,在高尔夫球场上去彼此了解。

网友的学习评论(4条):
作者:ty2000
I read somewhere that the ability to speak English increases an individual's employability – which is a big plus. So I will recharge every day to make my English seem more professional and let it open more doors for me. As for social sports,I think every sport can give you opportunities of networking, but the only thing is, you must love it and can benefit from it and the people your are playing with.
Took up English studing again on 20130301, hope could make more doors for me. Interpersonal relationship building is another gain this year.So i should recharge every day to improve myself.
作者:XsXSJ
I don't think golf is a funny sport as i can imagine,but I know it just symbolizes rich royal and some other magnificent vocabularies, but i still need to learn something that can help me to expand my interpesonal communication with more other perple just like the golf mood. KEEP MOVING
作者:Hena
i am a university student ,i think i also should recharge every day to improve myself because they are so many competitors .
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