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English Audio Request

patricia_canada
325 Words / 2 Recordings / 3 Comments

We seem to be having a problem. I would like to see you in my office in about 15 minutes.

We seem to be having a problem. Maybe we’d better get together after lunch and talk about it. What do you think?

Please, sir, you must hire my friend: he’ll be the best worker you’ve ever had.

If you don’t hire my friend, you are making a big mistake.

I am sure you are aware that personal phone calls are unacceptable.

You’d better watch out. If they catch you making personal calls, you’ll be in trouble.

Would you loan me 5 dollars for lunch? I’m a little short on cash right now.

I wonder if you can be so kind as to loan me 5 dollars. I seem to be somewhat short on cash.

How was your vacation? Did you meet any interesting women?

Did you enjoy your vacation?

I want these letters out by tomorrow morning. Every single one of them. And don’t tell me that it can’t be done.

How am I supposed to finish these letters by tomorrow? What am I, a robot or something?

You are an extremely attractive young woman, Miss Jones, and I am sure you will go far in this organization. I will expect you to come to my apartment this evening so that we can discuss you future with this company.

There will be a convention in Houston next month, Mr. Kurata, and I expect you to come along as my assistant.

Mr. Brown, the supervisor, is always ridiculing me and making me feel stupid. He’s making me miserable. I don’t know what to do.

I’m upset because you seem to be unhappy with the work I’m doing. Could you explain in detail what I am doing wrong?

I want you to repeat that. I don’t understand what you are saying.

I’m having real trouble figuring out what you are saying. Can you slow down a little?

Recordings

  • Register use ( recorded by Jana ), Northwestern American

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  • Register use ( recorded by Pako ), American (Neutral, Midwestern)

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    We seem to be having a problem. I would like to see you in my office in about 15 minutes.

    We seem to be having a problem. Maybe we’d better get together after lunch and talk about it. What do you think?

    Please, sir, you must hire my friend: he’ll be the best worker you’ve ever had.

    If you don’t hire my friend, you are making a big mistake.

    I am sure you are aware that personal phone calls are unacceptable.

    You’d better watch out. If they catch you making personal calls, you’ll be in trouble.

    Would you loan me 5 dollars for lunch? I’m a little short on cash right now.

    I wonder if you could be so kind as to loan me 5 dollars. I seem to be somewhat short on cash.

    How was your vacation? Did you meet any interesting women?

    Did you enjoy your vacation?

    I want these letters out by tomorrow morning. Every single one of them. And don’t tell me that it can’t be done.

    How am I supposed to finish these letters by tomorrow? What am I, a robot or something?

    There will be a convention in Houston next month, Mr. Kurata, and I expect you to come along as my assistant.

    Mr. Brown, the supervisor, is always ridiculing me and making me feel stupid. He’s making me miserable. I don’t know what to do.

    I’m upset because you seem to be unhappy with the work I’m doing. Could you explain in detail what I'm doing wrong?

    I want you to repeat that. I don’t understand what you are saying.

    I’m having real trouble figuring out what you are saying. Can you slow down a little?

Comments

adelie
July 15, 2011

I apologize if this is louder than usual!

A few corrections in my recording:
I am sure you are aware personal phone calls are unacceptable. (omitted "that")
I expect you to come to my apartment this evening, so that we can discuss your future with this company. (omitted "will" -- and reading it over again, "that" can also be omitted)
I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out what you're saying. Can you slow down a little? (replaced "real" with "a lot of" -- sounds more natural)

And I said, "A more polite way to say that would be: Could you repeat that? I didn't understand."

patricia_canada
July 16, 2011

Thank you so much, Adelie!

patricia_canada
Aug. 20, 2011

Thank you, Jana!