Shawn: Mr. Hanson, was Ms. Graff able to allay your concern? Good. Now we have time for only two more questions. Ms. Graff?
Shawm: Mr. Hanson， Ms. Graff缓和了你的担心吗？好的，现在我们仅剩下两个问题的时间了， Ms. Graff?
Hannah: My question is for Mr. Hanson. I was wondering whether you could expand on the section regarding product design. Am I correct in assuming that you want to offer the product in more colors?
Hannah :我的问题是提给Mr. Hanson的，我一直很疑惑你是否可以在产品设计方面扩展一下。我假定没错的话，你想要在产品上提供更多的颜色？
Chris: Let me see if I can shed better light on that. Although colors may not be as important to consumers, we are of the opinion that having more variety will increase sales….
Chris : 我看看能否更好地解释一下。尽管颜色对消费者不是很重要，我们的观点是更多的变化能提高销售量。。。
Hannah: Is that the only reason?
Chris: Please let me finish my thought. Another reason, which may be beyond the scope of your question, is that the increase in our costs will be small. Have I answered your question?
Shawn: Yes, certainly, Chris. You’ve made it clear for all of us. And now for our final question. Mr. Aurora?
Shawn: 是的，当然。我们都明白了。现在最后一个问题，Mr. Aurora?
Alex: Given the growing competition, is it possible for us to drop this product and move into a different market? Can you speak to the implications this would have on our strategy?
Alex : 说道不断增长的竞争，我们可以放掉这个产品转向不同的市场吗？你说的言外之意也在我们的战略里吗？
Shawn: We did consider that option, but we quickly dismissed it. We believe that we should stick to our core competencies and improve the product we currently have.
to allay – to make someone stop worrying about something; to make something stop being a problem
* Maggie’s worst fears were allayed when the doctor said that she didn’t have any serious medical problems.
I was wondering... – I would like to know; I’m curious about
* I was wondering if he went to my high school because he looks very familiar.
to expand on (something) – to provide more detail about something; to describe something in more detail or to provide more information
* Can you please expand on your reasons for believing that we need a bigger office?
Am I correct in assuming that – Is what I’m saying correct? Do I understand you correctly?
* Since you don’t eat ice cream or cheese, am I correct in assuming that you’re allergic to milk?
Let me see if I can shed better light on (something) – I am going to try to explain something better; I will try to help you understand something better
* Mr. Bale, I understand that you’re confused about your telephone bill. Let me see if I can shed better light on how the costs are calculated.
to be of the opinion that – to believe that; to think that; to have the opinion that
* We are of the opinion that families should be together during the holidays, so my brothers and sisters always travel home for Christmas.
to finish (one’s) thought – to finish talking about something; to say everything that one thinks about something without interruption
* He was telling them about his new business, but he couldn’t finish his thought because his cell phone rang.
beyond the scope of (something) – not related to something; off topic
* Calling customers is beyond the scope of her job, but she agreed to do it because the other department needed her help.
certainly – definitely; without any doubt; for sure
* I certainly don’t want to make you feel bad, but this report needs a lot of work.
given – considering; with reference to; in light of
* Given your high blood pressure, the doctor recommends eating less salt.
is it possible – can one do something; is it feasible; would one be able to do something
* Is it possible for you to take Shelly to school today? I don’t think I’ll have time.
to drop – to stop doing something; to leave something; to no longer use or produce something
* We dropped our home telephone service. We’ve decided to use only our cell phones for all of our calls.
can you speak to (something) – can you talk about something; can you address something; can you give more information or detail about something
* Mr. President, can you speak to how you’re going to change science education in our country?
implication – consequence of doing something; what will happen if one does or does not do something; what doing something will mean
* One of the implications of email is that people send fewer regular letters to each other.
option – choice; one way to do something; possibility
* You have three options: you can register for classes online, over the phone, or in the registration office.
to dismiss – to decide not to do something; to decide against something; to decide not to consider doing something
* Her proposal to improve the company’s services was dismissed as being too expensive.
to stick to (something) – to continue to do or use something; to not change what one is doing
* Flying to Hawaii is too expensive. Let’s stick to our original plan to spend our vacation closer to home this year.
core competency – something that a business is very good at doing; something that a company is known to be an expert in doing
* That company’s services are very expensive, but its core competency is quick and friendly service, so many people are willing to pay more.