Found yourself in a work situation you are still learning the English you need to get by? Or maybe you have an English-speaking colleague that you would like to get closer to.
當你仍然堅持學習英語時,你是否發現雖處于工作環境,但仍需學習英語?或者你可能有一位能說一口流利英文的同事,你想靠近與其交流。

At the coffee machine
咖啡機旁聊天

Latte in hand, on hold: these are a few phrases you are more than likely to hear amongst your work colleagues as you relax. They’re easy to pick up and use, too.
一手拿著拿鐵咖啡,一手握著報表:這里有幾個短語,在你放松的時候你可能會從同事那里聽到。這些短語也非常容易學習和使用。

1.(to) play catch up – to be late starting something so you make a big effort to overcome it; it doesn’t mean you have been lazy!– more often it refers to when something comes in last minute, or you are working to a tight deadline.
(to) play catch up –開始做某件事情有點晚,使你不得不花大力氣去完成它;這并不是指你懶惰!-它經常更多的是指做某事到最后關頭了,或者你臨近截止日期,盡力追趕的意思。

e.g.“We’re playing catch-up on that??from France.”
例如,“我們要盡力追趕法國來的任務”

Meaning: we’re working overtime to get everything ready for the commission from France.
意思是:我們在盡力加班為完成法國的任務做好充分準備。

When might you use it?
什么時候使用這個短語呢?

To express being a bit or under pressure to deliver a project; to express the effort required to overcome something for which you are currently behind schedule. You might also use the phrase to??or drive your own team to complete something – “we’re playing catch-up here, guys” – as it can add an air of competition.
一般是表達承受著巨大的壓力或是頂著壓力去實現一項任務;可用于表達你需要努力去完成已經落后于進度的事情。你可能也用這個詞組去激勵或者驅使你的團隊去完成某項任務—“同伴們,我們快實現目標啦”—它可能增加競爭的氣氛。

2.(to) pay a premium– meaning you pay a higher price for something because the quality or reputation is better
–是指你要花費更高的價格購買某物,因為它的質量或名聲更好

e.g.“We’re paying a premium for the??from X Box, but it’s worth it”
“我們花了高價的XBox插頭,但是它值這個價。”

When might you use it?
什么時候使用這個詞組呢?

This can be used in coffee machine conversation very easily – it just refers to a deal you’ve made where the company (or yourself) has paid a price that is a