Business English Idioms
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Business English Idioms

Learn common English idioms used in work and business contexts.
4.5 (361 ratings)
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Created by Dylan Gates
Last updated 5/2017
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What you'll 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.
Requirements
  • You need to have an Intermediate or Advanced level of English.
  • Experience of working with colleagues or clients who speak English.
Description

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 this course is for:
  • Adult learners of English as a second language.
  • Professionals who need to use English at work.
Course content
Expand all 48 lectures 02:38:26
+ Business English Idioms
47 lectures 02:36:17
To call it a day
03:17
To get your foot in the door
03:11
To see eye to eye
03:14
To pay under the table
03:03
To talk shop
02:54
To put something on the back burner
03:18
To go the extra mile
03:12
To think outside the box
03:24
To get off on the wrong foot
03:18
To stand your ground
03:45
To cut to the chase
03:04
To be a blessing in disguise
03:26
To learn the ropes
02:54

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
03:27
To get the green light
02:49
To twist somebody's arm
03:13
To run on a shoestring
03:30
To be snowed under
02:41
To be in the red / black
04:30
To be a big fish in a small pond
04:06
To be ahead of the curve
04:05
To stay on top of things
03:41
To pick somebody's brain
02:43

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

Business English idioms Quiz 2
12 questions
To cut corners
02:58
To get fired
04:28
To be dead wood
03:19
To go back to the drawing board
03:08
To miss the boat
03:13
To jump the gun
02:58

This quiz tests you on lectures 30 to 37.

Business English Idioms - Quiz 3
8 questions
To be in the loop
02:53
To move the goalposts
03:10
To be put on the map
03:05
To do the donkey work
03:12
To jump on the bandwagon
03:49
To hold the fort
03:07
To pay dividends
04:18
To hold all the aces
02:37
To cash in your chips
04:16
To take something on board
03:59
To pick holes in something
03:33

This quiz tests you on idioms 38 - 48.

Business English Idioms Quiz 4
10 questions