Business English Idioms
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Business English Idioms

Learn common English idioms used in work and business contexts.
4.4 (19 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Dylan Gates
Last updated 5/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • understand a range of English idioms used in the professional world.
  • use these idioms to make their communication more natural, effective and engaging.
  • feel more confident and comfortable interacting with native speakers of English.
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  • You need to have an Intermediate or Advanced level of English.
  • Experience of working with colleagues or clients who speak English.

You have studied English grammar and have a wide vocabulary. The problem is that you find it difficult to communicate effectively in English at work. Native English speakers use lots of idioms which can be confusing. You might understand the individual words in each idiom, but you don't understand what the expressions actually mean. For example, if your boss tells you that you are working in a 'dog eat dog' industry, what is he trying to tell you? You understand the words but the idiom surely means something else.

Understanding and using English idioms at work will help you express yourself more effectively in your job. Idioms are often used as a short cut, a way to express a concept or idea in a short and memorable way. Humans use idioms to engage their listeners and emphasise their ideas and opinions. If you use idioms, you will be able to express yourself in a more colourful and natural way. 

This course will teach you lots of common English idioms used at work. You'll be able to build rapport with your English-speaking colleagues and clients by using the language they speak.

Each video is about 3 minutes long and gives you a definition and an example of the idiom used in a business context. There are a couple of questions about each idiom. Think about these questions to help you remember the idioms. Finally, idioms are generally fixed expressions - you cannot change the words or the order because that will make the idiom sound strange. At the end of each lesson, you will be asked to decide if the idiom is used correctly or not in an example sentence.

Who is the target audience?
  • Adult learners of English as a second language.
  • Professionals who need to use English at work.
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Curriculum For This Course
48 Lectures
Brief Overview of the Course
1 Lecture 02:09
Business English Idioms
47 Lectures 02:36:17
To call it a day

To get your foot in the door

To see eye to eye

To pay under the table

To talk shop

To put something on the back burner

To go the extra mile

To think outside the box

To get off on the wrong foot

To stand your ground

To cut to the chase

To be a blessing in disguise

To learn the ropes

This short quiz tests you on Business English idioms found in Lectures 2 to 16.

Business Idioms Quiz 1
16 questions

To make a cold call

To get the green light

To twist somebody's arm

To run on a shoestring

To be snowed under

To be in the red / black

To be a big fish in a small pond

To be ahead of the curve

To stay on top of things

To pick somebody's brain

This short quiz tests you on Business English idioms found in Lectures 

Business English idioms Quiz 2
12 questions

To cut corners

To get fired

To be dead wood

To go back to the drawing board

To miss the boat

To jump the gun

This quiz tests you on lectures 30 to 37.

Business English Idioms - Quiz 3
8 questions

To be in the loop

To move the goalposts

To be put on the map

To do the donkey work

To jump on the bandwagon

To hold the fort

To pay dividends

To hold all the aces

To cash in your chips

To take something on board

To pick holes in something

This quiz tests you on idioms 38 - 48.

Business English Idioms Quiz 4
10 questions
About the Instructor
Dylan Gates
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English Trainer and Coach

My name is Dylan Gates and I am a freelance teacher / teacher trainer / materials designer and English language coach.

Learning English is a challenge. My job is to help you take your English to the next level. Becoming a fluent speaker of English is not just about learning grammatical rules and remembering vocabulary. It's about developing communication skills and becoming a confident speaker. It's about learning how to express your ideas, thoughts, opinions and experiences in English.

My courses are designed to help you become a confident and competent speaker of English.

About Me

I've been a Director of Studies at a British Council accredited school in Central London, Course Director of a Training programme for English teachers (Trinity TESOL), and I've also worked as an English for Academic Purposes tutor at King's College (famous university in London) where I prepared international students for post-graduate study in the UK. Now, I am a self-employed teacher / trainer / blogger / course designer and enjoying the freedom.

What other teaching qualifications do I have?

I have an MA in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching, a Diploma DELTA (advanced teaching qualification) and an E-tutoring certificate.

Is there anything else I would like to mention?

I prefer to call myself a trainer or coach rather than teacher. Learning a new language is like learning any new skill: you need to practise and train every day to become better at doing it. I hope that people watch my course and then go out and practise speaking English with other people.