Business Communication in Action 実践ビジネス英語
Hello and welcome to the show.
This is Heather Howard.
Let's take a look at conversation at work.
Boosting Creativity (4)
Goto says she was dejected when her teacher criticized her choice of music.
Walker calls this an excellent example of how to stifle creativity,
and says unconventional thinking is vital in fields like science and math.
Goto asks Walker's advice about fostering creativity.
And he recommends carrying a notebook to record ideas.
Pearson says taking a walk outside often helps him overcome a mental block.
Right. A jingle: This is a short musical tune that's written to sell
or promote something.
It can also be a verb meaning to make a clinking sound.
You could jingle your keys, for example. Or jingle change in your pocket.
Oddball: Someone considered unusual, strange, eccentric.
Another expression using "odd" is odd couple.
And this is two people who are, they're doing something
or they're connected somehow, but they're very different in many ways.
If a, say, a veteran kabuki actor made a movie with a teen pop idol.
We might call them an odd couple.
Or a conservative and a liberal politician working together would be
a political odd couple.
Setback is also a verb that can mean to cost a certain amount,
ahh often a large amount.
Like this is just an example… isn't really true.
But you could say my new computer set me back about 200000 yen.
Right. Downer: a person or thing that's depressing, disheartening,
that brings you down.
For me, for example, cold gray weather can be a real downer.
Out of the box lateral thinking: Walker also could have said, "outside the box."
These are ideas, thinking that's unconventional not what's standard
or expected in a certain situation.
I read an article the other day that encouraged people
to think outside the box regarding their health.
And one of its recommendations was getting a dog
so that people would walk a lot, get more exercise.
Do a better job of: This is another say to say do something better.
A person might say, I need to do a better job of organizing my schedule.
Or the government needs to do a better job of fighting deflation.
There's also the informal expression: bang-up job,
which means an excellent job, and excellent performance.
Like John did a bang-up job on that report.
Any number of: Walker uses this to mean "many."
For example, there are any number of ways to get to the airport.
You can take a bus, different trains or taxi.
Walker says "hit a brick wall": This is running into an obstacle
that can't be overcome when we can't proceed any further with something.
To continue with a hopeless endeavor we sometimes say is to beat
or bang your head against a brick wall.
Like she just won't listen, it's like banging my head against a brick wall.
That's all for today.
Always a pleasure. Bye, bye.
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