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Quarter 1/4
agenda something to be discussed
A What’s going to be discussed at the company meeting?
B I heard that sales were quite low for the first quarter. That’s going to be one of the agenda, I guess.


Panel interview 2 or more people interview one candidate
Senior executives people with high ranks or positions in a company
Congratulations, Mr. Takai, you are one of the candidates for the promotion.
B Honestly, I am quite nervous. I have to take an exam tomorrow and I haven’t prepared for it yet. Next, I will have a panel interview with the senior executives of our company. All of those will determine whether or not I will get promoted.


due to because of
This is such sad shocking news. The CEO submitted his resignation suddenly due to health problems. No one in the company knew about his perennial health problems.
B So, who’s going to be in charge of the company for the mean time?
The Vice President for Operations, I guess.


paycheck a check for a salary given to an employee
I suggest that you + 文
Something is wrong with my paycheck. My overtime pay wasn’t included in the computation.
B I had the same problem when I was new here. I suggest that you call Miss Marilyn from Accounting. She can deal with that immediately.


handle a call to manage or deal with a situation
handle a complaint to manage or deal with a situation
Oh, I am expecting a call from Mr. Hayashi from the head office, but I have to deal with this client’s complaint right away. Could you please handle Mr. Hayashi’s call later?
B Oh, I am expecting a call from Mr. Shimizu from the head office, but I have to deal with this client’s complaint right away. Could you please handle Mr. Hayashi’s call later?
Oh, it’s about the supplies we ordered. He has some concerns about the delivery date.


Brainstorming session a method in which people gather and talk in
order to come up with the best idea about their topics or agenda
Head the discussion to lead the discussion
The advertising team is going to have another brainstorming session today.
B Who will head the discussion this time?
A I will. Frankly, I don’t want to because I feel so nervous talking in front of many people, but the team wants me to head the brainstorming today. I will do my best not to disappoint them.


Strategic location a place or location that can help you achieve your target
strategy action plan
skeptical doubtful
Give something a try try something
The marketing department is going to form a new team that will distribute flyers to passersby in strategic locations, such as subways and bus terminals.
B Do you think this strategy will work?
A I am a little skeptical about it. As you know, people are too busy to entertain salespeople giving out flyers, but who knows, it might just work. The marketing head wants to give it a try.


I believe that + 文
lounge a public room in a building (hotel, school, etc.) in which people can stay, usually to relax.
There are new salespeople to be trained. They are waiting at the lounge. Who’s going to train them?
B I believe that Miss Tanaka assigned that job to Jim.


evaluate to check
inevitable unavoidable
restructuring organizing in a different way in order to cut costs, to achieve goals, etc.
Someone from the head office is coming here today to evaluate everything.
B I feel quite nervous. Restructuring seems inevitable this time. Other employees will be laid off.


I feel like + verb-ingh
I can’t believe we’ve been working on this report since 7 in the morning!
B I’ve got a backache now. I feel like taking a coffee break!
A In my case, I feel like going home!


having trouble + verb-ing
Hello Jim, I am writing a financial report, and now I am having trouble using Microsoft Excel. Could you please help me with it?
B Of course. I’ll be at your desk in 5 minutes.


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