Tip 19 ”Let’s just keep this between us for now.” 無料ビジネス英語学習

無料ビジネス英語学習 Words & Phrases 第19弾は、”Let’s just keep this between us for now.” です。

何か大きな問題が起こった時に 「まだ私たちの間だけにとどめておこう」
といった趣旨を伝える際に使えるフレーズなんですね。

確かに日本人だと、”Please keep a secret.” と言ってしまいがちですが、
これだと「(悪いことを)秘密にしておきましょう。」
と言っているようなネガティブな意味合いになってしまいます。

ちょっと長いフレーズですが、ぜひ練習して使いこなしてみましょう!

Hello and welcome to this Bizmates words and phrases
video series for Japanese businesspeople.

And today's phrase is another long one.

Let's just keep this between us for now

It's a good one.
It's a good one for those sensitive topics,

that we have the we have in business.

Okay, let's learn how to use this.

But first, we have test.

And last time I asked you,

What do you take one step at a time?

Your project? Your work?

Relationships?

What do you take one step at a time?
Or do you take everything one step at a time?

Studying English one step at a time, OK?
One Step.

As long as you are moving forward, it's OK.

All right, so let's go on to today's phrase,

Let's just keep this between us for now.

Great one, sounds like some phrase out of a movie.

Like some cool mobster movie or something.

Okay.

So if I say:

Hey Taro, this could be a very big problem.
We have a big problem here. What do we do?

And Taro says,

Yeah, ok, ok. Please keep a secret.

Don't tell other people. Please keep a secret.

OK, it sounds okay?

It's actually not. Secret has a really sort of a negative feel.
It's like you're doing something bad.

Like a sin.

Yeah, like you're lying or you're cheating,
keeping a secret.

So, you don't, you don't want to say that,
especially to your staff. OK?

So what you should say is something like this.

You know, Taro, this could be a very big problem.

And Taro says,

Hey, let's just keep this between us for now.

Woah...

That sounds cool, doesn't it?

Let's just keep this between us for now.

Uh... sounds like a native speaker when you say that.

Okay, so let's look at pronunciation.

Let's just keep this between us.

Uh... let's just, it's not.
But it's Let's jus...

keep this between us, betweenus for now.

So it's not a secret.
It's just between, just you and me.

We don't tell other people.

OK, because it's the right, it's not the right time.
We'll tell them later.

Kind of has that feel.

OK, let's practice this.

Let's just keep this between us for now.
You try.

OK, let's try it with a sentence.

This could be a very big problem.

I see, OK very good.
So please practice this a few times.

And for homework,

What information do you keep,
between you and your colleagues?

OK, you keep maybe from your boss or from other people.
What information do you keep between you and your colleagues?

Tell me next time; I want to know.

Don't keep it from me; tell me.

Okay we'll see you next time.
Thank you.

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