ESL Podcast ep. 1196 in Japanese

1,196 - Checking Facts and Figures (事実と数字の確認)

Accuracy is important in any business. Learn why in this episode.


Takagi: Before we disseminate this report, I need you to fact-check it. I don’t want a repeat of what happened last year.

to disseminate: to distribute, or to give to a number of different people to share information or copy something with many people
to fact-check: to look at the specific information in a report

Ellie: What happened last year? I wasn’t working here then.

Takagi: Last year’s report had a lot of small inaccuracies and a few major errors. We ended up having to issue a second version of the report.

we ended up: we had a result

Ellie: Okay, but I thought it had already been signed off on by the department heads.

to sign off/on something: to approve something, or to say okay

Takagi: It has, but those are the same department heads who skimmed the report last year and didn’t catch all those problems. I want you to go through it with a fine-tooth comb.

to skim: to review something very quickly
to go through something with a fine-tooth comb: to look through something very carefully, or to make sure that everything correct

Ellie: What should I check?

Takagi: Everything. I want you to verify the facts and figures and to flag anything that is outright wrong or even a little suspect.

to verify: to make sure that it is correct, or to look at closely and make sure it is true or accurate
figures: numbers
to flag: to draw attention to something, to mark it with pen
outright wrong: something that is not obvious, or wrong
suspect: something that doesn't seem right

Ellie: Okay, I’ll do that, but this will take some time.

Takagi: What are you doing this weekend?

Ellie: Nothing, now.