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VOA商务英语 - Lesson 249 - Cell Phone (1)

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Sue跟坐在隔壁的同事George聊天。

Sue: Hey George, take a look at this article. It says several major airlines are considering allowing people to use their cell phones while in the air.

George: Oh no, really? That's one of the worst ideas I've ever heard.

S: Oh? Why do you feel that way?

G: Well, I fly for business quite frequently and a plane is now one of the last places where I don't have to hear people chatting on cell phones. I really enjoy the peace and quiet.

S: But it would be so convenient if we were able to make calls during long flights. Just think of how much work we could get done!

Sue告诉George, 现在好几家航空公司都考虑允许乘客在飞行途中使用手机。George觉得这个主意简直糟糕透了,因为飞机是公共场所里所剩无几不用听别人打电话的地方之一,I really enjoy the peace and quiet. George 说自己很享受这种宁静,但是 Sue 觉得,如果能在飞机上打手机,就方便多了,好多事都能在飞机上处理完毕。

G: I think perhaps people are taking the idea of multitasking a little bit too far. I get calls from people on my cell phone and they say things like "Where were you? I've been trying to reach you all afternoon." Well, I was on the golf course and I turned off my cell phone...is that a crime?

S: I see what you mean. We are so connected these days that there is hardly any time for peace and quiet. I'll tell you a secret that's a little embarrassing: I leave my cell phone on all night long, just in case a call comes in.

George觉得有些人 take the idea of multitasking a little bit too far. to take something too far 意思是一件事做得过头了,multitasking is spelled m-u-l-t-i-t-a-s-k-i-n-g, multitasking, multitasking 意思是同时做好几件工作。George说,有时候去打高尔夫球,把手机关机 turn off the cell phone,就会有人因为找不到他而质问他到哪里去了,George跟Sue这些手机24小时开机的人形成了鲜明对照。

G: I know lots of people who do that. They say, "what if there is an emergency?" I guess I can understand why someone would feel that way, but I think sometimes we need to turn off our cell phones and tune out all the noise.

S: I can see your point. I get really frustrated by businesspeople that seem to never put down their cell phone. I have to listen to their long, boring conversations and there is really no way I can tune it out.

G: So people take calls every 2 or 3 minutes! Most of the time I think business conversations can probably wait until you get back to the office.

George认为,不能因为担心别人有急事,就把手机随时开机。Sue对George的看法表示赞同,说 I see your point. point在这里是观点的意思,有时候别人打电话,交谈内容很无聊,可是 There is no way I can tune it out. 我又没办法把这种噪音屏蔽掉,to tune something out 意思是不去管它,听而不闻。George 也觉得,其实很多跟工作有关的电话都可以等回办公室再打。

网友的学习评论(12条):
作者:seaman136889
I really enjoy the peace and quiet.Often women are so good at multitasking that it appears it is all effortless.I see your point.Most of time I think business conversations can probably wait until you get back to the office.
作者:seaman136889
please you turn off your cellphone when you are in a meeting.there is no way i can tune it out
作者:seaman136889
I also learned that several major airlines are considering allowing passenger to use their cellphone while in the air. planes is one of the last places where i don't have to hear people chatting on cellphones.
作者:seaman136889
i get really frustrated by businesspeople that seem to never put down their cellphone. i have to listen to the long,boring conversations and there is no way i can tune it out
作者:mading
i agree the friend above that women are good at taking the idea of multitasking a little bit too far and it appears it is all effortless.haha,when i was sleeping i turned off my cellphones in order to tune out all the noise...is that a crime?
Cell phone is one of the necessary goods in our life, the most of people think that. But we must not use it in all times. We need peace and quiet. I also agree with George's point. Sometimes we need turn off our cell phones, especial in the nightime.
作者:海阔心空
I agree with George! We may turn off our cell phones on weekends or at night to enjoy peace and quiet!
作者:Alumni
yeah, so do i, on weekend no phones for peace and quiet. it s God's time and i ll be God by myself on sundays. Oh, my God...if i talked too big calling myself a God...
作者:Smily
I use my cellphone 24 hours,but I think I'll turn off at night to communicate with my families.
作者:熊童子
without secert between us, it would be so convenient if we are together.
作者:Rachel
You take the idea of multitasking a little bit too far; I see your point; There is no way I can turn it out.
作者:cathyzhang
yes, I totally agree with the articls said: most of the time some business conversations can probably wait until you get back to office. I opposed can use cell phone in the air. because we really enjoy and the only way to enjoy the peace and quite.
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