今週のフレーズ lay off ～ / let ～ go
Saori: (On Skype with Sean and Anne) My cousin just got laid off.
Anne: Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.
Sean: What was her job?
Saori: She worked at a travel agency.
Anne: That industry has been hit so hard by the coronavirus outbreak.
Sean: How long had she been working there?
Saori: Just a little over a year.
Anne: You know what they say about layoffs: last one in, first one out.
Saori: What's that?
Sean: It's the idea that the newest people on staff are the most likely to be let go first when a business needs to scale down.
Saori: I guess that makes sense. It was a cool agency, too. They organize tours that are about social justice issues around the world. My cousin really liked her work and her colleagues, and said she was learning a lot.
Anne: That's sad she had to leave.
Saori: It is. But she says she harbors no hard feelings toward her former employer, because she fully understands the difficult position they were in.
Sean: What's she going to do next?
Saori: In this economy, who knows?
Kobayashi Chikako さんの「英会話 He Said, She Said 基本単語 de 便利フレーズ」は毎日ウィークリーで毎月第1・3週に掲載中です。