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  • Hello and welcome to this Bizmates words and phrases series for Japanese businesspeople.

  • And today's phrase is grab a bite.

  • Very natural phrase which you can use with your colleagues or with your friends. OK.

  • What does it mean? We will find out today.

  • OK, so but first, let's do our usual test. Last time we learned writer's block.

  • And my question is when did you have writer's block?

  • Do you remember what it means? Yeah?

  • When you were writing a report for your boss, did you have writer's block?

  • When you were writing an email in English to a customer, did you have writer's block?

  • When did you have writer's block? OK.

  • So let's go on to today's phrase, grab a bite.

  • OK, and what does it mean? Well first let's look at what I usually hear.

  • OK, Taro is my colleague and I say, It's lunch time now. Taro I'm getting a little hungry.

  • And Taro says, OK Hika, would you like to have lunch together?

  • And how do I feel when he says this? It sounds like he's asking me on a date.

  • You know. Would you like to have lunch together? It sounds really formal, OK.

  • And we're colleagues, so it doesn't have that natural sound.

  • OK, so and a more natural way to say this would be like this.

  • So if I say, yeah I'm getting a little hungry.

  • And Taro says, you want to grab a bite? Oh yeah, sure let's go.

  • OK, just like that. You want to grab a bite?

  • OK, let's look at pronunciation OK. And it's ya wanna, ya wanna graba bite?

  • Ya wanna graba bite? And it's a question you know,

  • and you could say, do you want to grab a bite, is fine too but I've just shortened it.

  • Ya wanna graba bite? You try.

  • One more time. You want to grab a bite?

  • OK, let's try it with my phrase. Yeah, you know I'm getting a little hungry.

  • Yeah sure, let's go. OK, great.

  • OK, so for homework next time I see you, I'm going to say, I'm getting a little hungry.

  • And you just say, You want to grab a bite? Just like that.

  • OK, try it in your workplace. Try it with me. And we'll see you in the next lesson. Thank you.

Hello and welcome to this Bizmates words and phrases series for Japanese businesspeople.

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Words & Phrases Tip 41 "grab a bite"

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    詹益鴻 posted on 2013/07/28
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