Shawn: When you have a question, please raise your hand. This will allow me to call on people one at a time and avoid having people talk over each other. Also please make sure that your questions are on topic. Who would like to begin?
Chris:I need to voice my concern about how the focus groups were not asked about color or design. I think this would have...
Hannah: Please pardon my interruption, but with all due respect, Mr. Hanson, I completely disagree with you. I understand your concern, but in our experience those product characteristics pale in comparison next to “affordability” and “ease of use.” I don’t have time to address your concern fully, but most customers aren’t interested in design as much.
Alex:If I may offer my opinion, I believe Mr. Hanson has a legitimate concern and I’m glad he asked that question, but Ms. Graff may be right about the importance of listening to our customers. However, this topic is outside the scope of my expertise.
Alex:我的看法是，我认为Mr. Hanson的担心合理，很高兴能提出这个问题，但是Ms. Graff关于倾听客户重要性方面是对的。然而这个话题已经超出了我的专业范围。
to raise (one’s) hand – to put one’s hand in the air to ask for permission to speak, usually in a classroom or in a large meeting
* If you know the answer to the teacher’s question, raise your hand.
to call on – to say someone’s name and ask him or her to speak
* The Senator called on the reporter from the New York Times during the press conference.
To talk over (someone) – to speak when someone else is speaking, so that two people are speaking at the same time and it is difficult to understand
* My brother was talking over my sister and my mother couldn’t understand anything they were saying.
to make sure – to be certain; to be careful to do something in a certain way; to not forget to do something
* Please make sure that you pack your medicine for your trip next week.
on topic – related to the subject; relevant
* If your questions aren’t on topic, the speaker won’t answer them.
to voice (one’s) concern – to express one’s worry; to say what one is worried about
* Kensuke wants to voice his concern about Sheila’s drinking, but he’s worried that she’ll be mad at him.
pardon my interruption – a phrase used to apologize when one has something important to say and speaks while another person is speaking, making him or her stop talking in the middle of a sentence
* Please pardon my interruption, but I think your cell phone is ringing.
with all due respect – a phrase used when one strongly disagrees with another person, but wants to say so as respectfully and nicely as possible
* I know that you want to work for our company, but with all due respect, you don’t have enough experience yet.
to completely disagree with (someone) – to not agree with someone at all; to strongly disagree with someone
* Guillermo completely disagrees with his wife about which house they should buy.
to understand (someone’s) concern, but – a phrase used to show that one understands what another person is worried about, but disagrees with it
* I understand your concern about not getting into a good university, but I don’t think you need to worry about it because you have very good high school grades.
to pale in comparison – to be less important than something else; to not be as important as something else that it’s being compared to
* Some people think that problems of drinking and smoking pale in comparison to the problems of serious drug use.
ease of use – how easy or difficult it is to use a product
* This type of computer isn’t very fast or powerful, but many people like it because of its ease of use.
to address (something) – to deal with; to manage; to handle; to answer
* Harvey believes that the best way to address the education problem in this country is to pay teachers more.
to offer (one’s) opinion – to say what one thinks about something
* I’d like to offer my opinion about the best way to proceed with this project.
legitimate concern – a valid worry; a worry that makes sense or seems logical
* Sabrina’s father thinks that he has a legitimate concern about whether she’ll be able to make enough money while working as a full-time musician.
I’m glad (someone) asked that question – a phrase used to thank someone for asking a question; a phrase used to show appreciation for someone’s participation
* I’m glad you asked that question because it’s something our team hadn’t thought about before.
to make a good point – to present a good idea during a meeting; to say something that makes the discussion better
* Ida made a good point about the need to find a good designer for our website.
outside the scope of (one’s) expertise – something that one doesn’t know very much about; something that is not related to one’s education or experience
* Questions about art are outside the scope of May’s experience because she studied science.