VOA Station ID
Functioning In Business(FIB 8D-5)
Interview: Blake and Epstein’s Parting
Saly: Interview in Lao
Eliz: Today, we are talking to Charles Blake in his Beijing office.
SFX: Phone beep
Eliz: Hello, Mr. Blake. It’s good to talk to you again.
Eliz: You met with Mr. Epstein after Shirley Graham rejected your final proposal.
Blake: Yes, I did. We were both feeling very disappointed with her decision.
Her decision wasn’t a complete surprise, however.
She was very honest in all of our conversations.
I knew that she was worried about the deadline and storage problems.
Eliz: OK. Let’s listen now to your conversation with Mr. Epstein.
Dialog: FIB Dialog, Blake and Epstein’s Parting
Saly: Dialog in Lao
Larry: Mr. Epstein and Mr. Blake discuss Ms. Graham’s decision.
Saly: Mr. Epstein and Mr. Blake discuss Ms. Graham’s decision in Lao
It’s too bad. Lao translation
I guess things worked out the way we thought they might. Lao translation
Epstein: Well, it’s too bad, but I guess things worked out the way we thought they might.
Blake: Yeah, but this has been a valuable experience for us.
Now we know what our biggest problem will be with the North American market.
Epstein: Well, for me, of course, I’m still not happy.
I think your machinery is the best on the market.
It’s just too bad that I... we couldn’t convince Shirley.
Still, I can understand her point, too.
She’s under a lot of pressure here to get this new operation going by October.
Language Focus: Variations
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Saly: Listen to these variations (in Lao)
Eliz: Well, it’s too bad.
Larry: Well, it’s a shame.
Eliz: I’m not happy.
Larry: I’m disappointed.
Eliz: It’s too bad that we couldn’t convince her.
Larry: I’m sorry that we couldn’t convince her.
Eliz: I can understand her point.
Larry: I can appreciate her position.
Saly: Interview(in Lao)
Eliz: Mr. Blake, you said the meetings in San Francisco were “a valuable experience.”
What did you mean?
Blake: My discussions with Ms. Graham were a good preparation for working with other American managers.
I realized that other companies would be worried about our lack of experience in the US.
Eliz: You seem to have taken the rejection very well.
Blake: Well, we knew that the United States would be a difficult market to enter.
Competition is very tough in North America, especially with high tech products.
But we believe in our product, and we are confident that we will succeed.
Eliz: Thank you again for being our guest.
Blake: Thank you for inviting me.