Imagine you are a personal assistant. While your boss is out of the office, five people call and ask you to take a message. Listen and repeat the key information.
You hear: Can you say I'll be about thirty minutes late? if she wants to start a meeting without me, that's fine, because I can't guarantee exactly when I'll be there. The traffic is terrible.
You say: Ok, so you'll be about thirty minutes late and it's Ok to start the meeting without you.
exactly [ɪg'zæktlɪ, eg-] / 1) в точности
file [faɪl] / I 1. 1) папка
sales figures данные об объёме продаж
urgent ['ɜːʤ(ə)nt] / 1) срочный
prepare [prɪ'peə] / 1) а) готовить, подготавливать
Accounts [ə'kaunt] бухгалтерия
completed 1) завершённый 2) законченный 3) заполненный
expense [ɪk'spen(t)s, ek-] расходы
delivery [dɪ'lɪv(ə)rɪ] / 1) поставка
installation [ˌɪnstə'leɪʃ(ə)n] установка
at (the) latest самое позднее
a Can you say that I'll be about thirty minutes late? If she wants to start the meeting without me, that's fine, because I can't guarantee exactly when I'll be there. The traffic's terrible.
b Tell her I can't find the blue file, that's the one with the sales figures for this month. I need it urgently because I have to prepare for tomorrow's meeting.
c Please can you tell her that Lina from Accounts called? I need to have a completed expense form from her by Friday lunchtime or she won't get her expenses back this month.
d Please tell her I've managed to change her flight from 10 am to 3.30, and a taxi will pick her up outside her apartment at midday. When she arrives in Paris, Mr Wilkinson will be there to meet her.
e Can you say the best price we can do is $1,500. That's including delivery and free installation. We need an answer tomorrow morning by eleven at the latest or she'll lose the order.