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【翻译作业:中译英-仅仅是张车票吗?】

(2011-02-07 12:11:01)
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仅仅是张车票吗?

日本东京有家刚成立的小贸易公司,有一位小姐专门负责为客人订票。客人中有一位德国大公司的总裁,因为业务需要常常往返于东京和大阪之间。这位总裁不久就发现了一个有趣的现象:每次他去大阪时,座位总在车厢右边的窗口,返回东京时,又总在车厢左面的窗口。

那位总裁便问订票小姐其中的缘由。小姐微笑着答道:车去大阪的时候,富士山在您的右边。我想,外国朋友一定喜欢富士山的景色,所以每次总是特意为您准备了可以一览富士山的位子。

听完这番话,这位德国总裁十分感动,而且有些震惊。他把与这家日本公司的贸易额由400万马克一下子提高到1200万马克。德国总裁对他的助理道:就这样一件小事情,这家公司的职员都想得如此周到,跟他们做生意还有什么不放心的呢?

后来,这家小贸易公司成长为日本五百强企业之一。

 

Beyond the ticket

 

 

 

In a newly-founded small company, Tokyo, Japan, a girl was in charge of booking tickets for the clients. Among them, there was a CEO of a grand German firm, who always had to go back and forth between Tokyo and Osaka, for business reasons. After several times, an interesting coincidence attracted the CEO’s attention: each time he went to Osaka, the seat must be one next to the window and on the right side of the plane, while on the way to Tokyo, the side of the seat was exactly opposite.

 

As the CEO posed his question to the girl, she answered with a smile, “When flying to Osaka, the Mount Fuji is just on the right side. I supposed that foreigners as you should be pleased (like) to have a seat with a view, therefore, every time, I have booked the special seat for your convenience.”

 

The CEO was so moved by the girl’s talk, or moreover, shocked. All at once, he expanded the trade volume with this company, from 4 to 12 million Mark. The CEO told his assistant, “Since the staff of this corporation could be so considerable even on such a thrive matter, there is every reason for us to establish a long-term business relationship with them.”

 

In the end, this small company grew into one of the Top 500 corporations in Japan.

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