実践ビジネス英語 2020/9/18 L10(3) What Are Friends For? (3)





実践ビジネス英語 2020/9/18 L10(3) What Are Friends For? (3)
友達は何のために
-Summary
Ueda asks Alvarez about the restaurant venture launched by her friends, and she says their enterprise is going well.
She asks Ueda what advice he would give to friends contemplating a business partnership. And he replies that it would depend on a specific people involved. Ueda says he would make his decision based on an objective assessment of their business and organizational skills.
Q1). 起業のカギは何だと、アルバレズは言っていますか。
Alvarez says, “Thanks for asking. They’re doing well. I know all the team members, and they’re a fine team with lots of mutual trust.”
Q2). 上田のお気に入りの人生相談欄に、どのような投稿をした人がいましたか。
Ueda says, “Someone wrote to my favorite advice column to ask whether it’s a good idea to start a business with friends.”
erstwhile [ə́ːstwàil] かつての、昔の  文語
I remember when I first saw this word, I thought it meant “wistful” or something. But no. It means “former, in the past.” I think it is a more formal, poetic sounding way to say “former, in the past.” The erstwhile political allies are now bitter enemies. Or, the erstwhile lawyer is now a political consultant.
business partner ビジネスパートナー、共同経営者
go bankrupt 破産[倒産]する
Become insolvent because you can’t pay debts, you can’t pay what you owe. People and companies go bankrupt, declare bankruptcy and file for bankruptcy protection under the law. We also use “bankrupt” to mean “lacking valuable qualities, or characteristics.” Such as, he was a morally bankrupt politician who embezzled tax payer funds. embezzle 横領する
personal bankruptcy 事故破産 個人破産
competitive 競争が激しい

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