Intermediate - Powerpoint presentation problems - Poddies collaboration
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John: Intermediate listeners, this is Chinesepod, my name is John.
John: And today we have a business focused lesson, it's about a very Chinese issue I think.
Dilu: A very Chinese issue?
John: Alright, well, I'm sure lots of people all over the world have this issue but in China I know it happens a lot
John: OK, so PPT of course refers to...
Dilu: 那个powerpoint presentation
John: Right and in China they're often just called PPTs
Dilu: Anything wrong with that, John?
John: Well, it's not what we say in English but I guess it makes sense. We call them PDFs and MP3s, so why not just call them PPTs?
John: But in China do you also say 'presentation'?
John: In English, right?
John: Alright, that's all we need to know, let's listen in on some pointers for how to improve a PPT
John: OK, so Dilu in this dialogue who is talking to whom here?
John: OK, so his position again is?
John: OK, 3rd tone 1st tone. That refers to a director, right?
John: So a sales director, specifically
John: And the tones on 'sales'?
John: X-I-A-O, 1st tone, S-H-O-U, 4th tone
John: So, 销售总监
John: Right, and when the director says he looked at the PPTs, what does he say?
John: Now, this is pretty simple grammar but I have a question
John: This 看过了, why do you need to add a 了，can you just say 看过?
John: So you've had this experience. So if you add the 了 what does that add? Do we have to add the 了?
John: OK, so it's more natural with the 了, it gives you this kind of feeling of already
John: I've already looked at your presentations
John: And the 都 referring to both of the PPTs, right?
John: OK, so then what does he say about them?
John: OK, there's a few things to say about this. Now first of all the opening phrase is...
John: So, overall
John: Like speaking generally. Can we hear that one more time?
John: So, 3rd, neutral, 2nd, 1st, right?
John: So, this 还是, is that like still, they're still pretty decent?
John: OK, so in this type of situation when you're giving someone constructive feedback, you generally start with the positive and then you give them info on the negative, right?
Dilu: 嗯，otherwise 这个总监可以说，啊总的来说很好，他就不用说总的来说还是不错的
John: OK, so if you add in this 还是 you're going to hear the positives, but then you're definitely going to hear the negatives later
John: Alright, could you give us some simple examples of how this works
John: Ah, OK, so your Chinese is pretty good, but you need to pay more attention to your tones. So in English we kind of do this with the tone, when they lead off with something positive there's a certain feeling of, uh oh, something negative is coming