商务英语情景口语:国际商业的变化之大

时间:2015-12-09   栏目:商务英语对话  点击:
A: It's amazing to me how international business has become. Take my store for example. On any given day, you will find imported items from more than 20 different countries on our shelves.

B: How many different varieties of products do you import from China?

A: China provides the bulk of our product inventory, for sure. We import more than 40 different items from China. Most of the imports that come out of China are low-grade plastics or toys. Japan produces many electronic exports, Germany produces excellent mechanical exports.

B: Do you import any food items?

A: Generally speaking, food items are difficult to import. Food with the short shelf life is liable to spoil in the time it takes to ship from one place to another. The only food items we import are specialty canned or preserved foods. The shelf life is longer for these products.现在国际商业的变化之大真是让我感到吃惊.就拿我的商店来说,随便哪一天你来看,我们的货架上都有来自20多个不同国家的进口产品.
你们从中国进口的产品有多少种?
确实,我们大部分的产品时从中国进口的,有40多个品种.其中从中国进口的大多数产品都是些低档的塑料制品或玩具.还有很多日本出口的电动产品,德国出口的优质机械产品.
你们进口食品类的东西吗?
一般来说,食品很难进口.保质期短的食品在从一个地方运到另一个地方的途中就容易坏掉.我们唯一进口的食品是特制罐装食品或腌制食品.这些食品的保质期较长.Bulk: the main part of something; most of something 主体;大部份

The bulk of the population lives in cities. 大多数人口居住在城市里.
Inventory: all the goods in a shop stock (商店的)存货,库存

The inventory will be disposed of over the next twelve weeks. 在未来的十二个星期中将进行清仓处理.
inventory records/control 库存记录╱管理
shelf life: the length of time that food, etc. can be kept before it is too old to be sold (食品等的)货架期,保存期
liable: likely to be affected by something 可能受...影响

You are more liable to injury if you exercise infrequently. 不经常运动就更容易受伤.
Ship: to send or transport somebody/something by ship or by another means of transport 船运;运输;运送

The company ships its goods all over the world. 公司把货物运往世界各地.
He was arrested and shipped back to the UK for trial. 他被捕后被押解回英国接受审判.
Canned: of food 食物 preserved in a can 罐装的;听装的

canned food/soup 罐装食品╱汤羹