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“Play It Safe”の意味と使い方 Bizmates初級ビジネス英会話 Point 319

Play it safe ってどういう意味?

Play it safeは「安全策をとる」「大事をとる」「冒険しない」「無難に行く」といった意味の英語表現です。

 

Play it safe ってどういう場面で使うの?

たとえば、職場での会話で:

Justin: The deal seems too good to be true. Should I take it?
You: I’m not sure. If I were you, I would play it safe.

Justin: この内容は本当か信じられないくらい良いです。受けた方がいいですか?
You: わかりません。私なら無難に行きます。

 

Play it safe の自然な使い方を動画で学ぶ

こちらの動画で、発音や、会話の中での自然な使い方を、Bizmatesのプレゼンター Justinが解説します。

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Hello everyone! Justin here and I am back
with another Bizmates for Beginners

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video lesson where every week we
introduced a new idiom, phrase, or

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expression that you can use in your
daily business conversation. This week

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everyone, we are going to learn: Play It
Safe. So to find out what this means, stay

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tuned. But first a quick review of last
week's class. Alright everyone, imagine I

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asked you: Do you think the boss will
approve my vacation request?

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Well you're not sure, but it is a gamble
that I will have to take. Alright so

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it's 50-50 chance,
so it's a gamble. What do you say?

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Alright, I'll give you five seconds to think
about it. Are you ready? Okay go!

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Alright and time is up. If you said:
Yeah I'm not sure. You'll have to roll

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the dice on it. Then that's exactly right.
And hopefully it was a lucky roll and my

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boss approves the request. Okay? Alright,
so I'm glad you remembered that, thank

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you. Okay, let's move on to this week's
phrase: Play It safe. Now this is what I

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sometimes hear. Alright, I'm getting
advice. Okay, I'm asking my good friend

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and colleague Taro for some advice and I
ask him: You know, the deal seems too

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good to be true. Which means the deal, the
game is so high, but it seems impossible.

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It seems that maybe I'm not seeing
something, maybe the deal is so good that

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there must be some disadvantage. So it
seems kind of dangerous. Alright so I

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asked him: Should I take this deal? It's a
really good deal but something feels

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strange. It's just too good he says: Yeah
Justin, I'm not sure. But if I were you, if

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I were in your position, I would not risk
it. Maybe there's something kind of

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strange happening with this deal.
Okay? Alright, this is good and very

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good advice. Very practical advice, but
Taro can also say this: I'm not sure. If I

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were you, I would play it safe. Meaning,
don't take the risk. Be safe or play it

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safe. Okay, so for example, my colleague
suggested I put lots of money into this

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stock because the stock price will go up
and I will make lots of money. He says:

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It's going to happen. Should I trust him?
Should I not trust him? Well it's lots of

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money, so no maybe I should play it
safe. Alright? Be safe. Okay everyone, so

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please remember that. Okay so our
pronunciation here: Play it safe. When

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you say it very quickly, it almost sounds
like one word. Play it safe. Alright, so

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please repeat after me:
I would play it safe. Your turn!

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Good, excellent! Okay, now after my question:
Yeah this deal it seems too good to be true.

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Hmm should I take it?

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Yeah, I'm not sure. But if I were you, I would play it
safe. Okay, so please remember this for

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our review next time. Okay speaking of
reviews and bonus questions, our bonus

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question this week is another way to say:
Something is developing now. The IT team

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is developing something now. So how do
you say that? Well if you're curious, we

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covered it in one of our previous videos,
so take a look if you have the chance.

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And of course, we'll leave the answers in
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is it for us this week everyone. Thank
you always for watching!

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Have a great week and I look forward to
seeing you next time.

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Thank you!

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