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  • Hello and welcome to this Bizmates for beginners

  • video series and today's phrase

  • is "Thanks for backing me up."

  • Thanks for backing me up. What does this mean

  • we will find out but first let's do

  • our test. Okay, so we are

  • in an izakaya, we're drinking and Takeshi

  • is missing, and I say "Where's Takeshi?

  • Where is he?" You say... Good! That's right. "He's passed out."

  • Okay, so let's go on to today's phrase --

  • thanks for backing me up. Great

  • business phrase. Okay? Let's imagine Taro and I

  • are colleagues and we finished

  • a meeting; and in the meeting

  • Taro had some trouble. He had some trouble,

  • you know, and I supported him. I helped him

  • in the meeting. So I say: "Good job in the meeting, Taro!"

  • And he says: "Yeah,

  • thanks for giving me support." Okay, this is okay. I understand.

  • "No problem, Taro." The Japanese like to use this word "support"

  • but we don't use it so much in English like this

  • you know. Thanks for giving me support. Well maybe "Thanks for your support"

  • but a more natural way is to say it

  • like this -- so let's say...

  • I say: "Good job, Taro, in the meeting. You did a good job."

  • And Taro says: "Yeah, thanks for backing me up."

  • It means supporting me. But we often say

  • backing me up. So maybe Taro had some trouble in the meeting,

  • his boss was asking many questions and

  • I jumped in

  • and I helped him. So he says "Thanks for

  • backing me up." Very natural

  • phrase. Okay let's practice pronunciation.

  • So it's: Thanks for backing... not backing-gu

  • but its backing me up. Thanks for backing me up.

  • You try... Good!

  • Okay with my sentence: "So, good job in the meeting."...

  • "Hey, no problem! Anytime."

  • Just like that. Okay for homework,

  • next time I will say to you: "Good job in the meeting."

  • Okay and you could say, not giving me support but...

  • "Thanks for backing me up." please remember this

  • and we will see you next time. Thank you

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Bizmates初級ビジネス英会話 Point 92 "Thanks for backing me up."

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    稲葉白兎 posted on 2015/05/22
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