A: How time flies! It’s pay day again! A: 时间过得真快!又到了发薪日了!
B: Yes, it is! You’re an engineer, aren’t you? B: 是呀，真快!你是工程师，是吗? A: Yes, I am。
B: So you must be earning decently, don’t you? B: 那你钱一定挣得不少喽?
A: Well, just average。
B: What’s your salary then, may I ask? B: 那能不能问一下你的薪水是多少?
A: Sure. My monthly pay is $2,500. What about yours?
B: I’m paid weekly, and it’s around $700 per week。
A: That means you can get $2,800 a month. Right? That’s quite a sum of money。 A: 那就是说你每月可得2800美元，对吗?这是相当可观的一笔钱呢!
B: Yes, but my pay is on an hourly basis and it’s not up to much。
A: Then you must be working overtime。
B: That’s right. I work 24 hours’ overtime a week. And the overtime pay is usually more than the regular pay。
A: So overtime has a bearing on how much you may make in a job. Don’t you think so?
B: Definitely. And the degree of responsibility in a job also has a great deal to do with the salary。
A: Yes. And so are other factors such as experience and fringe benefits。 A: 是的，其他如经验、福利待遇等因素也是这样。
B: No doubt about that. But anyway I have to work hard to earn my money。
What makes you think we should give you a raise?
I hope you will seriously consider a pay increase。
Your monthly gross salary will increase by 300 yuan。
Good salesman will naturally earn more。
I will give you a one-time bonus for your recent hard work。
In cities, buses have letters or numbers indicating their routes. Usually the exact fare is required because you can’t get change on a bus. Long-distance travel by bus is common throughout the United States and Cannda. It is an inexpensive, scenic way to travel. Special tickets for unlimited travel are sometimes offered by the larger bus companies.
1.A: Does this bus go to the train station?
B: No, You’ll have to get off at the bank and take the A52.
A: How long is the ride?
B: About ten minutes.
2.A: Is this the bus for Park Ridge?
B: No. It only goes as far as Main Street, but you can get the Number 31 there. A: How long does it take to get there?
B: It only takes a few minutes.
3.A: Does this bus go to the beach?
B: No. You’re going the wrong way. You want the Number11. It stops in front of the post
A: About how long does it take?
B: Only fifteen minutes.
4.A：Is this the right bus for Pacific Boulevard?
B: No. You should have taken the Yellow Line bus. You can get one at the next stop. A: Is it long ride?
B: Not that long.
When you ask for things, it is important to be polite. The intonation that you use in making your request is as important as what you actually say. When you think someone will refuse your request, you can ask the question in such a way that the refusal does not cause embarrassment.
1. A: Is there any chance of my borrowing your type-writer?
B: For how long?
A: Until the end of the week.
B: Yes, I guess that would be all right.
2. A: Would you mind if I borrowed your car?
B: Well, when exactly?
A: Until Monday or Tuesday of next week.
B: I’m sorry, but it’s just not possible.
3. A: Do you think you could lend me some of your records?
B: Until when?
A: Oh, just over the holidays.
B: I’m not sure. I’ll have to think about it.
4. A: I was wondering if you’d let me stay with you for a few days.
B: It really depends on when.
A: Until next weekend, if that’s OK.
B: Let me think it over, and I’ll let you know later.