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Free Business English Audio Lesson

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Lesson
Notes

Diana: Would you mind helping me with this report? I need to finish it by this evening. 

Roger: I’m afraid I’m too busy to help you today as I’ve got so much work to do myself. 

Diana: It will only take about half an hour. 

Roger: No, I’m sorry, I’d love to help you but I just don’t have time. 

 

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Situation: Diana asks Roger for some help at work, but he is too busy to help.

Style: polite and professional

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Notes:

  1. Would you mind helping me...? (more polite and less direct) = Could you please help me...?

  2. this report = this written business document

  3. I need to finish it = I have to finish it / it is necessary for me to finish it

  4. by this evening = this evening or before this evening

  5. I’m afraid (more formal) = I’m sorry but

  6. I’m too busy to help you = I don’t have enough time to help you 

  7. as = because 

  8. I’ve got so much work to do (informal) = I have so much work that I have to do

  9. It will only take = the job will only last for

  10. about half an hour = around thirty minutes / approximately half an hour (more formal)

  11. I’d love to help = I would love to help (more formal)/ I’d really like to help you

  12. I just don’t have time = I simply don’t have time (more formal)/ I am too busy (more direct)

 

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Audio file name: DailyStep-3_business-saying-no-003_GB-01

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Notes:

  1. Would you mind helping me...? (more polite and less direct) = Could you please help me...?

  2. this report = this written business document

  3. I need to finish it = I have to finish it / it is necessary for me to finish it

  4. by this evening = this evening or before this evening

  5. I’m afraid (more formal) = I’m sorry but

  6. I’m too busy to help you = I don’t have enough time to help you 

  7. as = because 

  8. I’ve got so much work to do (informal) = I have so much work that I have to do

  9. It will only take = the job will only last for

  10. about half an hour = around thirty minutes / approximately half an hour (more formal)

  11. I’d love to help = I would love to help (more formal)/ I’d really like to help you

  12. I just don’t have time = I simply don’t have time (more formal)/ I am too busy (more direct)

 

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Audio file name: DailyStep-3_business-saying-no-003_GB-01

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Notes:

  1. Would you mind helping me...? (more polite and less direct) = Could you please help me...?

  2. this report = this written business document

  3. I need to finish it = I have to finish it / it is necessary for me to finish it

  4. by this evening = this evening or before this evening

  5. I’m afraid (more formal) = I’m sorry but

  6. I’m too busy to help you = I don’t have enough time to help you 

  7. as = because 

  8. I’ve got so much work to do (informal) = I have so much work that I have to do

  9. It will only take = the job will only last for

  10. about half an hour = around thirty minutes / approximately half an hour (more formal)

  11. I’d love to help = I would love to help (more formal)/ I’d really like to help you

  12. I just don’t have time = I simply don’t have time (more formal)/ I am too busy (more direct)

 

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Audio file name: DailyStep-3_business-saying-no-003_GB-01

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Lesson
Notes

Diana: Would you mind helping me with this report? I need to finish it by this evening. 

Man: I’m afraid I’m too busy to help you today as I’ve got so much work to do myself. 

Diana: It will only take about half an hour. 

Man: No, I’m sorry, I’d love to help you but I just don’t have time. 

 

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Situation: Diana asks Roger for some help at work, but he is too busy to help.

Style: polite and professional

. .

Notes:

  1. Would you mind helping me...? (more polite and less direct) = Could you please help me...?

  2. this report = this written business document

  3. I need to finish it = I have to finish it / it is necessary for me to finish it

  4. by this evening = this evening or before this evening

  5. I’m afraid (more formal) = I’m sorry but

  6. I’m too busy to help you = I don’t have enough time to help you 

  7. as = because 

  8. I’ve got so much work to do (informal) = I have so much work that I have to do

  9. It will only take = the job will only last for

  10. about half an hour = around thirty minutes / approximately half an hour (more formal)

  11. I’d love to help = I would love to help (more formal) / I’d really like to help you

  12. I just don’t have time = I simply don’t have time (more formal) / I am too busy (more direct)

 

.

Audio file name: DailyStep-3_business-saying-no-003_US-01

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Notes:

  1. Would you mind helping me...? (more polite and less direct) = Could you please help me...?

  2. this report = this written business document

  3. I need to finish it = I have to finish it / it is necessary for me to finish it

  4. by this evening = this evening or before this evening

  5. I’m afraid (more formal) = I’m sorry but

  6. I’m too busy to help you = I don’t have enough time to help you 

  7. as = because 

  8. I’ve got so much work to do (informal) = I have so much work that I have to do

  9. It will only take = the job will only last for

  10. about half an hour = around thirty minutes / approximately half an hour (more formal)

  11. I’d love to help = I would love to help (more formal) / I’d really like to help you

  12. I just don’t have time = I simply don’t have time (more formal) / I am too busy (more direct)

 

.

Audio file name: DailyStep-3_business-saying-no-003_US-01

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Notes:

  1. Would you mind helping me...? (more polite and less direct) = Could you please help me...?

  2. this report = this written business document

  3. I need to finish it = I have to finish it / it is necessary for me to finish it

  4. by this evening = this evening or before this evening

  5. I’m afraid (more formal) = I’m sorry but

  6. I’m too busy to help you = I don’t have enough time to help you 

  7. as = because 

  8. I’ve got so much work to do (informal) = I have so much work that I have to do

  9. It will only take = the job will only last for

  10. about half an hour = around thirty minutes / approximately half an hour (more formal)

  11. I’d love to help = I would love to help (more formal) / I’d really like to help you

  12. I just don’t have time = I simply don’t have time (more formal) / I am too busy (more direct)

 

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Audio file name: DailyStep-3_business-saying-no-003_US-01

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