2011-12-16 9:44:54 版主
Asking People to Repeat 请人复述
As long as you ask politely, most people do not mind repeating something you didn’t hear or understand.
1.A: I’m sorry, but I didn’t catch what you said.B: I said, "Do you want me to help you?"A: If you’re sure you’re not in a hurry, I can use a lttle help.B: Would you like me to get you a cab?
2.A: I beg your pardon?B: I said, "Do you need any help?"A: That’s very nice of you. I guess I could use some help.B: Just tell me what you’d like me to do.
3.A: What was that?B: I said, "Is there anything I can do?"A: If it’s not too much trouble, I would like some help.B: It’s no trouble at all. I’ll carry this suitcase for you.
4.A: Excuse me? I didn’t hear what you said.B: I asked you if you wanted some help.A: If you wouldn’t mind, I could use a hand.B: I’ll get this bag for you.
Asking Favors 求助
When you ask for things, it is important to be polite. The intonation that you use in making your request is as important as what you actually say. When you think someone will refuse your request, you can ask the question in such a way that the refusal does not cause embarrassment.
1. A: Is there any chance of my borrowing your type-writer?B: For how long?A: Until the end of the week.B: Yes, I guess that would be all right.
2. A: Would you mind if I borrowed your car?B: Well, when exactly?A: Until Monday or Tuesday of next week.B: I’m sorry, but it’s just not possible.
3. A: Do you think you could lend me some of your records?B: Until when?A: Oh, just over the holidays.B: I’m not sure. I’ll have to think about it.
4. A: I was wondering if you’d let me stay with you for a few days.B: It really depends on when.A: Until next weekend, if that’s OK.B: Let me think it over, and I’ll let you know later.