6 minute English — Arranging meetings


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BBC Learning Eng
lish
6 Minute English
29 August 2013
NB: This is not a word
for
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Feifei
Ooh you’re right
Neil.
I’m not the only one who thinks it’s a pain.
Neil
Well,
like it or hate it,
arranging
meetings effectively is a
really
important business skill.
Feifei
I guess so.
Neil
I think I feel
role
play
coming on…
Feifei
We’r
e going to practis
e setting up meetings, aren’t we?
Neil
We are!
We’re talking on the phone a
nd we need to set up a
meeting.
And I think
I should be the boss
this time
Feifei
We don’t need a
boss
Neil:
can
just
colleagues.
Neil
Grrrr...
Feifei
re you ready?
Neil
I’m
ready
Role
play
Neil
Feifei
we need to set up a meeting. Are you available this afternoon?
Feifei
sorry
no...
I’m in a meeting all afternoon.
Neil
no problem
hat about tomorrow morning
hall we
say
o’clock?
Feifei
omorrow morning at
et me check my diary...
sorry I can’t
do
ow does
o’clock suit?
Neil
o’clo
ck’s good
Feifei
o we need to be face to face for this one?
Neil
I don’t think so
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Neil
So w
hat did you think of our role
play Betty?
I th
ought it was rather good!
And here’s why
First, y
ou used
lots of
direct questions
and
n British
business
culture
, when you’re arranging a meeting, it’s
to ask
direct
questions
about
people’s
availabi
it
Neil, you
asked: Are you
available…?
Neil
Are you available this afternoon?
And
you
said
hat about
Neil
hat about tomorrow morning?
Neil
you also said
Shall we say…
Neil
hall we say
o’clock?
And finally
Feifei
you said
ow does
o’clock suit?
eifei
ow does
o’clock suit?
I liked that a lot: you both used simple,
direct questions to agree
the time.
That was very good.
And
as well as agreeing
the time,
liked that
you
discussed
agree
the
type
asked
Neil
if
she
wanted to meet in person
. You
said
o we need to
be face to face for this one?’
Feifei
o we need t
o be face to face for this one?
And
Neil’
s answer was
‘I don’t think so
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Feifei
I am!
Role
play
Neil
Feifei
we need to set up a meeting. Are you available this afternoon?
Feifei
Er, sorry no...
I’m in a meeting all afternoon.
Neil
no problem
hat about tomorrow morning
hall we say
o’clock?
Feifei
omo
rrow morning at
et me check my diary...
sorry I can’t
do
ow does
o’clock suit?
Neil
o’clock’s good
Feifei
Great!
o we need to be face to face for this one?
Neil
No, I don’t think so.
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Arranging meetings: Key phrases
Suggesting a time to
Are you available this afternoon?
hat about tomorrow morning?
hall we say
o’clock?
ow does
o’clock suit?
Agreeing
the type of
meeting:
o we need to be face to face for this one?
No, I don’t think so.

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