予定の変更を申し出る(Changing Plans - Survival Skills I - Lesson 2) (Level: TOEIC 000-400)

 

Goal: Learn how to reschedule a meeting

 

Lesson 2: Changing Plans

レッスン2:予定を変更する

会議や面会の時刻を変更する際の表現を学びましょう。

Do you know what to say when you have to reschedule a meeting or appointment? 

In this lesson, you will learn how to (レッスンの狙い):
1. Reschedule a meeting (会議を再調整する)
2. Apologize for any trouble (迷惑をかけたことにお詫びをする)
3. Cancel an appointment (約束をキャンセルする)

 
Dialogue (リスニング練習):
 

Listen to the dialogue audio first before reading the text.

まずはテキストを閉じて音声のみ聞いてみましょう。


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Alison: Masa, I’m afraid we have to reschedule our meeting on Thursday.

申し訳ないのですが木曜のミーティングの予定を組みなおさなければなりません。

Masayuki: I’m sorry to hear that, Alison. What’s the problem?

それは残念です。どうなさいましたか。

Alison: My manager has asked me to go out of town on business.

上司から頼まれて出張しなければなりません。

Masayuki: Oh, I understand.

分かりました。

Alison: Could we meet on Friday instead?

金曜に変更できますか。

Masayuki: Friday is good for me. What time would you like to meet?

金曜なら問題ありません。何時がいいですか。

Alison: How about meeting at three o’clock?

3時はどうでしょう。

Masayuki: Sorry, I can't make it at three o’clock. I’ll be in a meeting then. Is four thirty okay?

すみません、3時はミーティングの予定で都合がつきません。4時半はいかがですか。

Alison: That would be great. Thank you so much for your understanding.

そうしましょう。ご理解いただきありがとうございます。

Masayuki: Don’t worry about it. Have a good trip.

いいえ。お気をつけてお出かけください。

Alison: Thanks, I will see you on Friday at four thirty then.

ありがとうございます。では、金曜の4時半に。

 
Points to remember (押さえておくポイント):

"Is four thirty okay?"

"Is four thirty okay?"(4:30で大丈夫ですか?)

Japanese learners often make a mistake when using the word "okay" in a question. For example, in the above situation, they might ask:

"Are you okay?" instead of "Is four thirty okay?"

This is actually wrong. "Are you okay?" should only be used when you are inquiring about someone's wellbeing as in this situation:

人に都合を尋ねる場合に間違えて"Are you okay?"のように言う日本人もいます。 "Are you okay?"は、次のように体調や気分を尋ねる時に言う表現です。

Hiro: Are you okay?  [Tom looks unwell or unhappy]
Tom: Actually, I'm not feeling so good as I have a cold.
Hiro: I'm sorry to hear that Tom. I hope you get better soon!

To use "okay" correctly in a question, make sure you choose the correct subject. Here are some examples:

次のような表現が「~はご都合はいかがですか?」と尋ねる正しい表現です。

A: What day shall we meet?
B: Is
Tuesday okay?
A: Yes, Tuesday's fine.
A: What time would you like to meet?
B: Is
3pm okay?
A: Actually, I'm busy in the afternoon? How about 11am?
 

 
Cultural Awareness (文化について):
 

Now double check your understanding by reading the Japanese translation:

 
Useful Expressions (役立つフレーズと表現):
 

 

1. 会議に出られません。 1. I’m afraid I can’t make our meeting.
2. 電車が止まって動きがとれません。 2. I’m stuck on the train.
3. いつがご都合よろしいですか。 3. What time is good for you?
4. 金曜の午後のご都合はいかがでしょうか。 4. Does Friday afternoon suit you?
5. 金曜日は1日大丈夫です。 5. I’m free all day Friday.

 

 

 
Useful Vocabulary (語彙):
 

 

1. 会議を再調整する 1. reschedule the meeting
2. 都合のよい時間帯を選ぶ 2. choose a convenient time
3. 全て予約で埋まっている 3. booked solid
4. 会うのに都合のよい時間 4. suitable time to meet
5. 変更を詫びる 5. apologize for the change

 

Review Quiz:
 

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    Tuesday 11th of November 2014 04:00:14 PM

    Keep in mind that some countries tell time on a 12-hour clock while others prefer a 24-hour clock. To avoid confusion always refer to a scheduled appointment time using both with one in parenthesis. For example: 6:30 pm (18:30)

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