英語小貼士 盤點九大令人頭疼的英文職場術語




1

take offline

脫機



Usually, when you ‘take something offline’, it refers to discussing something outside the context of an in-person meeting, often because it is not relevant to the discussion at hand, does not involve everyone present, or involves others not present. The phrase probably comes from the idea of working ‘offline’, as in not connected to the Internet.

通常情況下,你說的“離線、脫機”,指的是所討論的事物不在麵對麵談話的語境裏;一般是由於和當前討論不相幹,事情不關乎在場參與討論的人員,也不涉及其他不在場人員。這一短語約摸來自於“脫機工作”的概念,即,未連接互聯網。

How you can avoid it: ‘Discuss at another time’ or ‘chat tomorrow’.

如何避免使用?可以說”改天討論“或者”明天再談“。


2

best practice

最佳做法



‘Best practice’ refers to ‘commercial or professional procedures that are accepted or prescribed as being correct or most effective’; for example, someone might feel that your team needs to ‘implement best practices’.

”最佳做法“指的是”人們接受或規定的正確無誤且最為有效的商業手續或專業步續“。舉例而言,會有人認為你的團隊需要”采取最佳做法“。

How you can avoid it: If industry standards are the topic of discussion, ‘best practice’ might just be your best bet. But if you are explaining to colleagues the value of spellchecking, you can probably say that it’s ‘more effective’ or ‘a better method’.

如何避免使用?如果行內標準是討論的話題,”最佳做法“或許就是你最佳的措施了。但你要是在和同事解釋拚寫檢查的意義,你可以說這”更為有效“或者這是”更好的方法“。


3

deliverables

應交付的產品



Sensibly, a deliverable is a ‘thing able to be provided, especially as a product of a development process’.

顯然,應交付產品是指“可以提供的物品,尤指開發過程中的產品”。

How you can avoid it: Refer to the things at that are being delivered – the reports, creative assets, presentation – rather than referring to them vaguely.

如何避免使用?把正在遞交的成果稱為報告、創造性資產和產品演示----而不是模糊指代。


4

synergy

協同作用



The word that probably incites more hand-wringing than any other in the corporate world, synergy refers to ‘the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects’. The word has a delicious technical flavor that makes it a favorite of business strategy meetings.

商務世界沒有哪個詞比這個更讓人崩潰了。“協同作用”指“互動,或者指兩家及兩家以上組織機構和其他代理人員共同協作,所產生的效果優於各自單獨行動的效果”。這詞有其討喜的技術特色,商業戰略會議最愛用。

How you can avoid it: ‘Cooperation’ or ‘combined effort’.

如何避免使用?說“合作”或者“共同努力”。


5

low-hanging fruit

容易摘的果實



Do people in your workplace ever advocate going after so-called ‘low-hanging fruit’? Referring to a ‘thing or person that can be won, obtained, or persuaded with little effort’.

你的工作場所有沒有鼓吹所謂”好摘的果實“?指的是”不作努力就可以說服或者拿得下、贏取的人和事“。

How you can avoid it: Don’t fall into the trap of ‘easy win’; instead, consider reframing the statement with ‘great opportunity for growth“.

如何避免使用?不要掉入”輕鬆拿下“的圈套,相反,考慮下重新組織語言,說成”有助發展的利好機會“。


6

think outside the box

跳出思想框框



The very act of voicing this cliché usually feels like thinking inside the proverbial box.

這種陳詞濫調總給人感覺跳不出老生常談的語言框框。

How you can avoid it: ‘Think creatively’ or ‘approach in a new way’.

如何避免使用?“創意思考”或者“嚐試新方法”。


7

in the loop

圈內知情



When you copy someone in to an email, you might say that you’re keeping them ‘in the loop’, or ‘aware of information known to only a privileged few‘.

把郵件抄送給別人時,你或許會說,你把他們當成“知情的圈內人士”,或者“隻讓少部分有權知道的人知曉”。

How you can avoid it: You might choose to just keep someone ‘aware’, ‘informed’, or ‘up to date’.

如何避免使用?你可以選擇讓別人“知曉”、“知會”,或者能對最新情況“跟進”。


8

manage expectations

設置預期



The ultimate corporate move, to ‘manage expectations’ means to ‘seek to prevent disappointment by establishing in advance what can realistically be achieved or delivered by a project, undertaking, course of action, etc.’

“設置預期”是公司最為極致的舉措,意指“事先合理設立可達成的項目目標、可履行的承諾、可完成的行動步驟,以此力求避免失望“。

How you can avoid it: ‘Be realistic’.

如何避免使用?可以說“現實一點”。


9

soft skills

軟技能


These so-called ‘soft skills’ refer to ‘personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people’.

這些所謂“軟性技能”指的是“與人高效互動、和諧相處的個人特質”。

How you can avoid it: Be specific about exactly which attributes are valuable in the context of the workplace.

如何避免使用?說清楚在工作場合到底哪種特質是有價值的。


來源:BEC商務英語


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