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.
(正確さはどんな仕事でも重要です。それがなぜかをこのエピソードで学びましょう)

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Takagi: Before we disseminate this report, I need you to fact-check it. I don’t want a repeat of what happened last year.
(このレボートを提出する前に、確認してもらう必要があるよ。去年起こったことを繰り返したくないよ)

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.
(去年いったい何が起こったの?その時はここで働いていなかったわ)


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.
(去年のレポートは小さなミスがたくさんあって、重大なミスもいくつかあったんだ。その結果、そのレポートを更新版を発行する結果になったんだ)

we ended up: we had a result


Ellie: Okay, but I thought it had already been signed off on by the department heads.
(わかったわ、でもそれってすでに部門長が合意したものでしょ)

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.
(そうだけど、あれは去年そのレポートを軽く目を通しただけの同じ部門長だよ。その結果、すべての問題が指摘されなかったんだ。あなたによく確認してほしいんだよ)

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?
(何を確認すれば良いの?)


Takagi: Everything. I want you to verify the facts and figures and to flag anything that is outright wrong or even a little suspect.
(すべてだよ。事実と数字を検証してほしいのと、間違っているものや少しでも怪しいものにはわかるように印をつけておいてほしいんだ)

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.
(わかった、やってみるわ。でも少し時間がかかるよ)

Takagi: What are you doing this weekend?
(この週末は何をする予定なの?)

Ellie: Nothing, now.
(今のところなにもないわ)

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