Sometimes at work, it’s necessary to bring your teams together to have a discussion or briefing. There’s no time to write anything and it’s all fairly informal anyway. Can you stand up and give a verbal presentation and encourage your staff? Or can you understand what’s being said when the manager gives a short talk or presentation?

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) How to encourage others to work towards a goal

(ii) To listen to a briefing given by a manager at work


The manager wants to give a verbal presentation:


(zài gōng sī)

(at the company)


Jīng lǐ: lái, dà jiā xiān tíng yī xià shǒu lǐ de gōng zuò, wǒ jiù shuō jǐ diǎn. Shǒu xiān, wǒ mén de mù biāo shì, yào ràng kè hù mǎn yì. Qí qì, wǒ mén yào zhēng qǔ zài cì chuàng xīn. Lìng wài, wǒ mén yào cóng shàng yī cì shī bài de xiàng mù zhōng zǒng jié jīng yàn. Zuì hòu, xī wàng dà jiā bù yào yǒu yā lì, hǎo me. Hǎo le, jiù zhè yàng, dà jiā jì xù ba.

Come one everybody, stop what you are doing for a moment. I just want to say a few things. First of all, our primary goal is to keep our clients satisfied. Secondly, we need to try to be innovative again. Additionally, we need to learn our lessons from the failed project last time. Finally, I hope everybody doesn’t put too much pressure on themselves. Alright? Okay, that’s it. Carry on everybody.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:


来:come on


手里的工作:literally means ‘work in your hands’, and refers to whatever you are doing at the time

几点:several points

首先:first of all





争取:fight for something




失败的项目:failed project

上一次:last time

总结经验:sum up experience, learn lessons from the past

从……中:from something


就这样:that’s it

继续:carry on

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Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.

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