Jerry: Hey, Paula. Hi, Will. Did you have a good weekend?
Paula: Yeah… I checked out that new 3D movie. It’s amazing what they can do with technologies these days!
Will: I went mountain biking with a couple of friends. We worked up a good sweat and had a good time. How about you, Jerry?
J: Actually, I spent most of the weekend looking at travel brochures.
Paula周末去看了新出的三维电影，3D movie. Will跟几个朋友一起去骑山地车，山地车在英语里叫 mountain bike，在上面那段话里是做动词用，Will went mountain biking. Will还说，他们出了一身汗，玩得特别开心。work up a sweat是一种习惯用法，指锻炼身体或从事体力活动很投入，可以是真的出了一身汗，也可以形容特别卖力。Jerry呢，一个周末大部分时间都在看旅游宣传材料travel brochures. 看来他是要休假喽?Paula问：
P: Really? Are you going somewhere?
J: Well, starting on the 20th of this month, I’m taking a five-week vacation.
W: Five weeks!! No way!
P: Get out of here! How did you swing that?
J: Actually, the company owes me about four months’ worth of vacation time. I’ve been working here since 2002 and haven’t taken a vacation yet. I’ve got oodles of comp time as well.
W: Sorry, what’s comp time?
P: The “comp” is short for compensation. Basically he means overtime pay.
J: Yeah, but some companies like ours don’t really pay overtime… they give you extra vacation hours instead. If you add up all the vacation time and comp hours I have, I have a lot of time.
P: When I was working for a company in Germany they had super short work weeks and very liberal overtime rules.
Paula解释说，comp是compensation的简写，其实就是overtime加班，有些公司不发加班费，而是把员工加班的时间折合成假期，补偿给员工。另外，欧洲和美国的情况也有很大的区别，Paula说，她以前曾经在德国的一家公司工作过，they had super short work weeks and very liberal overtime rules. 那家公司不仅工作时间短，而且加班的规定也very liberal，很松。
J: I have to say I’m looking forward to my long vacation. I think you need at least three or four weeks of doing nothing before you can truly relax.
W: I thought you said you had months and months of vacation time available. Why are you only taking five weeks off?
J: Five weeks was the best I could negotiate with my boss. She says she knows I’ve earned the time, but she begged me not to take more than five weeks.
P: Five weeks should be long enough! Who knows? Maybe you’ll get bored and come back early!
J: (laugh) I doubt it.