Lesson 01 Bob's Day at Work
Bob works as a manager in a furniture store. Peter, his boss, is not happy about sales. Bob's new advertising campaign hasn't helped. Peter decided to fire him.
Peter:Bob, I have to break the news , but our sales were down again last month.
Bob:Down again, Peter?
Peter:Yeah. These days, everybody's shopping at our competition, Honest Abe's Furniture Store.
Bob:But everything in there costs an arm and a leg!
Peter:That's true. They do charge top dollar.
Bob:And their salespeople are very strange. They really give me the creeps!
Peter:Well, they must be doing something right over there. Meanwhile, we're about to go belly-up.
Bob:I'm sorry to hear that. I thought my new advertising campaign would save the day.
Peter: Let's face it: your advertising campaign was a real flop.
Bob:Well then I'll go back to the drawing board.
Peter:It's too late for that. You're fired!
Bob:What? You're giving me the ax?
Peter:Yes. I've already found a new manager. She's as sharp as a tack.
Bob:Can't we even talk this over? After all, I've been working here for 10 years!
Peter:There's no point in arguing, Bob. I've already made up my mind.
Bob:Oh well, at least I won't have to put up with your non-sense anymore! Good-bye to you and good-bye to this dead-end job.
Peter:Please leave before I lose my temper!
* About to: ready to; on the verge of;马上就要，即将
* After all: despite everything; after everything has been considered; the fact is; 毕竟，怎么说
* At least: anyway; the good thing is that; 至少
* (to) break the news: to make something known; 宣布消息
* (to) cost an arm and a leg: to be very expensive; 宰人，代价过高
* Dead-end job: a job that won't lead to anything else; 无前途或无希望的工作
* (let's) face it: -accept a difficult reality;面对现实吧
* (to) give one the creeps: to create a feeling of disgust or horror;吓人，使惊慌，使人毛骨悚然；起鸡皮疙瘩
* (to) go back to the drawing board: to start a task over because the last try failed; to start again from the beginning;从头开始(尤指失败之后)
* (to) go belly-up: to go bankrupt; 破产
* (to) give someone the ax: to fire someone;解雇某人
* (to) lose one's temper: to become very angry; 发火
* (to) make up one's mind: to reach a decision; to decide;决定，打定主意
* No point in: no reason to; it's not worth (doing sth);没有意义，不值得
* (to) put up with: to endure without complaint;忍受；容忍
* Real flop or flop: a failure; 失败
* (to) save the day: to prevent a disaster or misfortune; 反败为胜;挽救了大局，扭转局势
* As sharp as tack: very intelligent; 厉害；精明
* (to) talk over: to discuss;讨论