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15Mins Live Podcast - 職場系列 – 忙的慣用語以及如何有禮貌的說不How to say no with idioms about being busy

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Idioms about being busy 很忙的慣用語

1. Busy as a beaver

It shows that you are busy indeed.
Example: I am busy as a beaver these days; I couldn’t take out time for lunch.
2. A lot on one’s plate / A lot going on
It shows that you have lot of work to do.
Example: Today, there are a lot of things in my plate as I am supposed to do an extra work of my colleague who is on leave.
3. Slammed
It is used to convey that you are being overloaded with work.
Example: Because of yesterday’s pending work, I am slammed with a lot of work today.
4. Swamped
This is a slang term used for describing yourself as being overworked.
Example: I can’t take more projects as I am already swamped with lot of work.

Expressions for saying “No” 說不的短例句

Saying no outright直接說不

  1. "Unfortunately, I have/am_________. I can help you another time."
  2. " Sorry, I have/am _______. I hope you understand."
  3. "No, I have/am_ this week."
  4. "Sadly, I cannot help with that. I'm not qualified for that type of work."

Saying no politely 有禮貌的說不

  1. "I'm flattered by your offer, but no thank you."
  2. "That sounds fun, but I have a lot going on at home."
  3. "Thank you for thinking of me, but I can’t."
  4. "I would love to join you, but I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with work right now."

雙人對話時間Exchange dialogues:

Work in pairs. Take turns to offer something and decline the offer.