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2006.12.04(Review of 2005.01.24 edition)

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It's December - a month for celebrating with friends, family, and co-workers. How many year-end parties (忘年会), Christmas parties, and New Year's Eve parties will you be going to between now and January 1st? This week, we'll give you a stockingful of expressions that should serve you well this holiday party season!

Today's Lesson


  • An engagement is an arrangement to be somewhere at a particular time.
  • engagement は、ある時間にある場所にいるという取り決めのことです。


  1. (an executive assistant to the president)
    Sir, don't forget that you have a speaking engagement at the Berlitz Conference Center tonight.
  2. (a manager to a member of her staff)
    I still have some time before my dinner engagement. Why don't we discuss next week's production schedule?
  3. a: I'd love to meet with you and talk more about the services my company can offer. Are you free this Thursday?
    b: I'm sorry, but I'm afraid I have a previous engagement. How about Friday?
  4. Ms. Baxter said that she won't be able to attend due to a prior engagement. She sends her apologies.

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