2005.04.07(Review of 2004.08.06 edition)
Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening to all of our readers! Well, our new kid on the block has made great progress this week, don't you agree? It didn't take him long to get his bearings at the office, he caught on quickly to all he was taught, and he's gotten the hang of just about every task he'll be required to do. Today we've got just the idiom to describe this happy place he's arrived at!
- To be up to speed on a task, is to be able to do it at an acceptable level of skill.
To be up to speed with a subject, is to have the most recent information about it.
- 仕事や作業について up to speed というと、満足な腕前でこなすことができる、という意味になります。
何かの話題について up to speed というと、その話題についての一番新しい情報に通じている、という意味になります。
- Get the new assembly workers up to speed as quickly as you can. I expect them to be meeting their quotas by the end of the month.
- I'm sorry, but I'm not up to speed on that issue. It's not my area of responsibility.
- After my long vacation, it took me a while to get back up to speed.
- This report should bring everyone up to speed on the recent breakthrough we've had at our research facility.
At the rate you're learning new expressions, you'll be up to speed with your business English in no time!