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Lesson 193 - Power Struggle (3)

作者:VOA礼节美语 发布日期:1-14-2012

David跟Sandra聊天,谈到办公室里的勾心斗角是难以避免的,所以只能想办法面对。Sandra 说,

S: Maybe I need to toughen up. You know that old saying: If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

D: Maybe...but have you tried talking to Tim about this?

S: No...I'm not really a confrontational person.

D: Well, who don't you give it a shot. Use unemotional language and just be very clear and firm about how you feel. Tell him about the things you like about his work ethic and then tell him the areas you don't like.

老话说,If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. 意思是如果承受不了压力,就索性不要干。David 问 Sandra 有没有试着找 Tim 谈谈。Sandra 说自己不喜欢跟别人对抗。confrontation is spelled c-o-n-f-r-o-n-t-a-t-i-o-n, confrontation 是对抗的意思,变成形容词就是 confrontational. David 建议 Sandra 不妨找 Tim 谈一下试试看,give it a shot. 告诉 Tim 自己很赞赏他的 work ethic 工作态度,但是同时也把对他不满的地方告诉他。

S: That's a pretty good idea.

D: And remember...it takes two to tango. You can't have a power struggle without two people, at least two people. You can choose to participate or not.

S: You make some good points.

D: The next time Tim cuts you down in a meeting, don't react. Just let his comments hang there and people will see how petty he's being.

David 补充说,it takes two to tango. tango is spelled t-a-n-g-o, tango. It takes two to tango 就是中文里说的一个巴掌拍不响,还有另外一种说法是 it takes two to make a quarrel. 也是这个意思。David 建议,下次 Tim 再故意贬低 Sandra, 最好不去理他。这里说的 cut someone down 有贬低某人的意思,后面还可以加 to size, to cut someone down to size. David 说,just let his comments hang there 意思是不要去接他的话碴儿,这样别人就会看出他是多么的狭隘,小心眼。

S: I guess I have to remember that all of us are human and humans have egos and will lash out when threatened.

D: That's right! Sometimes I think our office is pretty much like the zoo. We're just office apes!

S: That's a funny thought! Thanks for your advice, David. I feel better already.

D: You're very welcome! See you tomorrow!

Sandra 也说,人都有 ego, ego 是自我,自大的意思,在感到自身受到威胁的情况下,就会 lash out, lash out意思是求助于口头或是肢体上的攻击。Sandra最后对David表示感谢,说自己跟David谈了这么一会儿,I feel better already. 我已经感觉好多了。

网友的学习评论(14条):
作者:liclj2006
2-15-2012 17:18:14
David is a nice guy!
作者:lewis
2-19-2012 13:24:34
we will meet many casual trouble in the work , we shoud have a usual mand.
作者:ally
2-21-2012 17:19:3
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kithcen. It takes two to tango or it takes two to make a quarrel. cut someone down. lash out.
作者:Easy
2-22-2012 14:55:30
It's funny to say the office is just like a zoo.Hehe...........
作者:YuXiuli
3-11-2012 17:16:24
All of us are human,and humans have egos,and will lash out when threatened.
作者:Bruce
3-31-2012 20:40:35
I know how to play the power struggles with the evildoer;
作者:cynthia
4-7-2012 12:50:11
that's right! it takes two to tango, we should learn how to keep our behave too!
作者:dragonfly
5-10-2012 10:48:30
In my opinion, communicating skills are really important between people. sometimes misunderstandings may lead to serious problems. so what we should do is express ourselves in the way that other people can accept.
作者:liangchen
5-14-2012 15:11:59
that is kind of a communication problem. i suggest, like David, that have a face to face talking with Tim, tell him how you felt . and you do not have to be troubled by it, you know it takes two to the tango, and people will tell who is right, take it easy, leave his comments hang there.
作者:寅欣
5-14-2012 17:21:54
learn some new words ,like ego...
作者:qinfen
5-16-2012 10:37:51
confrontation:对抗。confrontational.give it a shot:找人谈一下。It takes two to tango/it takes two to make a quarrel.一个巴掌拍不响。cut someone down (to size):贬低某人。just let his comments hang there:不接他的话茬。ego:自我。I feel better already!很常用的一句话,但是自己平时却不说呀……
作者:Robert
5-22-2012 20:47:16
it is funny to say the office like a zoo, you know all of us are human, humans have egos and lash out when threatened.when someone in your office to cut you down, you rembmer not to react, you know the old saying, it takes two to tango, let others see how pretty he is being.you can talk him, you do not use umemotional words,but use very clear and firm about how you feel, tell him the things you like about his work ethics, then tell him the things you do not like.
作者:Peter
11-10-2013 18:24:4
If you can't stand the heat,get out of the kitchen.
作者:Peter
11-10-2013 18:37:20
I need to toughen up
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