An employee must inform the employer before starting the leave that he or she will be taking a personal leave of absence.
Jane: I can't make it to work today. I've got the flu or something. 我今天不能来上班了，我得了流感。
Lynn: Oh, no! That's too bad. Is there anything I can do for you? 哦，不！那太糟糕了。我能帮你什么忙吗？
Jane: Well, there is one thing, if you don't mind. 哦，有一件事要麻烦你。
Lynn: No problem. What is it? 没问题，什么事？
Jane: I'm scheduled to give a thirty-minute tour of the factory this afternoon. 我今天下午本来安排了半个小时带人参观工厂。
Lynn: A thirty-minute tour? Sure. I'll take care of that for you. Who's going to be on the tour? 半个小时的参观？没问题，我帮你。谁要来参观？
Jane: Oh, it's a group of fifty junior high school students. 是50多个初中学生。
Lynn: Well, yeah, I guess I could do that for you...Sure. 好，我想我能帮你，没问题。
Jane: Really? Thanks a million. I really appreciate it. 真的？太感谢了，我非常感谢。
Lynn: Don't mention it! 不客气。
坦率就是直截了当地提出自己的要求，不要绕圈子。英美人一般比较坦率，能帮忙的，会马上答应。如果爱莫能助，也会当场说明理由，加以拒绝：I think I'll be able to help you, but...
King: Morning, Hunter. 早上好，亨特。
Hunter: Hi, King. What can I do for you? 你好，金。有什么事吗？
King: I'd like to talk to you about my vacation. 我想同你谈谈我的假期。
Hunter: You're lucky, King. I'm just going to draw up the holiday rotation this year. So, go ahead and tell me what you want. 你真幸运，金。我刚准备制订今年的假期轮值表。所以，说吧，告诉我你有什么要求。
King: Well, I'm planning to have three weeks' leave in January and I want to use my vacation days for this year. 是这样，我正计划在一月份休假三个星期，而且我想用我今年的休假日。
Hunter: Going abroad, I suppose? 准备出国，是不是？
King: Yes, I want to go to see my parents in China. 是的，我想去探望在中国的父母。
Hunter: Good idea. But it so happened that Donald wanted to get away in January too. And you can't be away at the same time as Donald. 好主意。不过碰巧唐纳德也想一月份休假，而你不能跟唐纳德同时休假。
King: Why can't we both go when we want? 为什么我们不能想去休假的时候都去呢？
Hunter: Because there must be someone to keep the work going. 因为总得有人把工作进行下去。
King: I see. So when I'm away, Donald has to stand in for me. 我明白了。这么说当我休假时唐纳德得替代我？
Hunter: Yes, and vice versa. 是的，而且反过来也是。
King: Well. You know, I have a good reason for choosing January. 这个，你知道，我挑选一月份是有原因的。
Hunter: What's that? 什么原因？
King: Because we celebrate the Spring Festival in January this year, and it's our tradition to have a family reunion then. 因为今年我们在一月份庆祝春节，而且春节期间合家团圆是我们的传统。
Hunter: All right. I'll do my best to meet your request. 那好吧，我会尽量满足你得要求。
King: That's very kind of you, Hunter. Thank you very much. 你真是太好了，亨特，非常感谢。
Hunter: No problem. 不用谢。
1 I'm just going to draw up the holiday rotation.
draw up = prepare, compose 预备，草拟
例句：He drew up the contract this morning.
2 I'll do my best to meet your request.
meet = satisfy (a demand, etc.) 应付，满足
例句：Can you satisfy their objections / criticisms?
I've been busy with work for a long time and need rest.
I'm going to take a home leave and join my family next week.
I'm not feeling well this morning. I'll ask for a day's leave to see the doctor.
I have to tell you I won't be in today.
I want to have a two-week leave next month to prepare for my wedding.
We're celebrating my mother's sixtieth birthday this coming May. I'm asking for a week's leave.
When are you going to take your vacation?
We'll not be too busy recently. You can arrange your vacation now.
Would you please start your vacation after we finish the project?
Please stay at home since you're not feeling well.