Tracey: Thank you so much for your interest in the shelter, Hugh. I hope you understand that we have some 1)formalities to go over before we decide whether you are suitable to assist us here.
Hugh: Yes, of course. That's fine. ①I realise you can't just take anyone who blows in off the street.
Tracey: So, first up, have you ever been a volunteer before? For any other charity groups?
Hugh: No, this will be my first time. It's a bit shameful, isn't it; to get to my age and never having volunteered my time.
Tracey: It's nothing to be ashamed of. Most of our helpers are around your age. What's important is that ②you are willing to play your part now. Have you ever worked with children before?
Hugh: I have actually. I am the coach of my son's football team.
Tracey: Oh that's lovely. So you have volunteered your time in some capacity before.
Hugh: But it's hardly putting clothes on people's backs.
Tracey: Yes, but you'd be surprised what a difference we can make in someone's life just by giving our time. It doesn't really matter how big or small the undertaking. I must warn you, ③from here, the questions get a bit more personal. ④Please excuse me in advance for the nature of the questioning.
Hugh: Not at all. Go ahead.
Tracey: Do you have a criminal record or have you been arrested for criminal activity of any kind? ⑤For the record, this includes any traffic 2)violations or similar offences.
Hugh: No. Nothing at all. I'm all clean.
Tracey: Fantastic. That makes the application process much smoother. Are you opposed to us running a background check before you commence your volunteer duties?
Hugh: ⑥Fire away.
Tracey: Awesome. Well, everything seems to line up. We will just run over your particulars on the application form and 3)pending the background check, you should be fine to start next weekend.
Hugh: Thanks, Tracey. I can't wait to get started.
① I realise you can't just take anyone who blows in off the street.我知道你们不能随意接受突然来访的人。
blow in: to arrive, especially when unexpected (突然来访,突然出现)。例如:
I can't believe you just blew in like this. Why didn't you call?
② You are willing to play your part now.你现在愿意尽你的一份力。
play one's part: do what sb. can do or should do(尽本分,尽职)。例如:
What made the project a huge success is that we all played our part.
③ …from here………从现在开始……
from here: from now on(从现在开始,从今往后)。例如:
From here, you need to be much more careful when working with these fragile china plates.
④ Please excuse me in advance… ……请原谅。
excuse me in advance: a polite expression used when sensing you might offend the other(担心自己的话有可能冒犯对方时的礼貌用语)。例如:
Please excuse me in advance for having to look through your handbag.
⑤ For the record… 需要郑重声明的是,……
for the record: sth. will be for open and public knowledge(郑重声明,为了记录在案的目的)。例如:
I want to say, for the record, that I have never accepted any gift from anyone in your company.
⑥ Fire away.随便问吧。
fire away: an expression used when you are ready for others to say sth.(随便说,随便问)。例如:
—May I ask you some questions about the design?
—Sure, fire away.