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Credit and Debit 两个财务用语

To whom it may concern: my name is Frank. I’d like to ask about the word credit in ‘giving somebody credit for doing something’ and what’s the difference between credit and debit? Thank you!

Frank, China

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In today’s programme, Yang Li and William Kremer look at the meanings of the words credit and debit and of the phrase ‘to give somebody credit for something’.

Listen to the programme to find out exactly how much William thinks his English advice is worth, and also what he spends his salary on.

We also hear from British Olympic gold medallist Chris Hoy. Who does he give credit to, and what for?

Chris Hoy accepting BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2008

Sir Chris Hoy was BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2008

The word credit has a surprising range of meanings in both the financial world and everyday life.

See if you can figure out what the word’s meaning is in the following examples. Then listen to the programme to see if you guessed correctly.

Your account is currently in credit.


You have had four credits to your account in the last five days, totalling £455.


I’m short of money at the moment so I’m going to have to buy a computer on credit.


I’m sorry but I’m not in a position to give you credit on any purchases.


He thanked the Academy for giving him the award, and then gave credit to his wife and his agent for helping him over the years.


I never get the credit for anything around here.


I really have to share a lot of the credit with my team.


It was a very moving film. The audience were in tears by the time the credits rolled.

Don’t forget, if you have a question about English, email it to questions.chinaelt@bbc.co.uk. We may answer it on this programme.

Glossary 词汇

salary 工资

financial world 金融世界

figure out 判定/猜出来

short of money 缺钱

totalling 总计

moving 动人的

in tears 热泪盈眶的

agent 代理人