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  • Hi. My name is Rebecca. In this lesson, we'll focus on six business English idioms.


  • Even though they are somewhat advanced, follow along with me because they are used quite


  • often. All right? Let's get started.


  • The first one: "You need to face the facts about the drop


  • in sales." So the idiom here is: "to face the facts".


  • So, "to face the facts" means to accept a difficult situation. To accept the

    to face the facts 指的是接受一個艱困的情形狀況。接受

  • reality. Okay? Accept the truth, to deal with the truth. That's what it means to face the

    事實。接受真相,了解處理事實。這就是這個片語 " to face the facts" 的意思。

  • facts. You're not going to say: "Face the facts", if you're talking about something

    如果你要講的是好事的話,就不可以用 "face the facts"。

  • good. But here, you see there was a drop in sales; sales went down, so you need to face

    然後這裡我們看到 drop in sales,銷售量下滑,所以要面對這個

  • the facts, means you have to accept the hard truth or the hard reality.


  • Next one: "Mr. Brown heads our team in NY."


  • So, the idiom here is: "to head the team". You'll see... Here we have "face", here we

    這個片語 "to head the team", 你們可以看到這裡有 face,這裡有

  • have "head", and in fact, all of these, you'll have some part of the body as part of the


  • business idiom. It's just the way I chose them. All right, so, "to head the team" means

    商業用語。我就是這樣挑選今天的片語的。好的,"to head the team" 指的是...

  • to... What do you think it means? To lead a group. All right? So, Mr. Brown is the manager,

    你們覺得是什麼意思? 「領導一個團隊。」所以布朗先生是經理

  • or he's the leader, or the head of this team in New York. "To head a team", that's the idiom.

    、是上司,或可以說他是紐約團隊的領導者。"To head a team" 就是「領導團隊」的意思。

  • Next one: "The marketing dept. is footing the bill."


  • "The marketing department is footing the bill." Again, part of the body, the foot. All right?


  • "To foot a bill", "to foot the bill" means to take responsibility for payment. All right?

    "To foot a bill" 指的就是負責付款這件事。

  • I know it doesn't always make sense, and that's why it's an idiom. Okay? The individual words


  • don't reveal the meaning to you. You have to understand the entire expression, and that


  • whole expression is called an idiom. So, "to foot the bill" means to take responsibility

    才叫做慣用語。to foot the bill 指的就是負責付款

  • for paying for something.


  • Next one: "Our HR manager" - our human resources manager


  • - "has an eye for selecting good people." The expression here: "to have an eye for".

    很會看人。這個片語中的 "to have an eye for"

  • I should say this. "To have an eye for something" means to have a talent for something, to have

    "To have an eye for something" 指的就是對於某件事特別厲害,總是可以

  • the ability to notice something. All right? So, our human resources manager has the ability


  • to select good people. All right?


  • Next one: "Who shouldered the blame for this disaster?"


  • "Who shouldered the blame?" Expression: "to shoulder the blame". "To shoulder the blame"

    「誰要負責?」"to shoulder the blame" 這個片語指的是

  • means to take responsibility for something that went wrong, for a bad situation, for


  • a difficult situation. "To shoulder the blame." Again, you see a part of the body is mentioned

    "To shoulder the blame" 一樣,又是一個身體的部位了

  • in each of these idioms. All right?


  • And the last one we have here is: "Jane was in over her head at work."


  • "Jane was in over her head". "To be in over your head" means to have too much responsibility,

    Jane的工作對她來說太困難了。"To be in over your head"意思是說背負著太大的責任

  • to have... To have something which is too difficult for you. Maybe you took a course


  • in university and it was just way beyond your ability in mathematics or something else,


  • so you went in over your head; it was too hard for you, too difficult for you. Okay?


  • So: "Jane was in over her head at work." All right?


  • So, one of the things you need to do is you need to know what... How to complete these.


  • Right? How we complete them. So, for example, let's look at them. Try not to look up here.


  • So if I say: what's the expression or what's the idiom?


  • "To face the facts", "To head the team", "To shoulder the blame", "To foot the bill", "To


  • have an eye for" - all right, I already said that - and: "To be in over your head". All


  • right? Let's review what they mean.


  • So which one means that you have an ability to notice something? This one: "to have an

    所以哪個片語是指對於某件事有特別厲害的能力?是這個 "to have an

  • eye for something". Good.

    eye for something" 非常好。

  • Which one means that you take responsibility when something goes wrong or you took responsibility


  • because something went wrong? What did you do? You "shouldered the blame". Good. Okay?

    你要怎麼做才算負責?你 "shoulder the blame" 負起責任,很棒。

  • Which one means to accept that something bad has happened or accept the hard truth? This


  • one: "to face the facts". Very good.

    這個 "to face the facts" 很好。

  • What does it mean when we say: "Someone is in over their head"? It means that they've

    當我們說 "Someone is in over their head" 是什麼意思?這是指他們

  • taken on something that's too difficult for them or they have too much of it. Okay?


  • Next one: which one means that you are paying for something? Here: "to foot the bill". Okay?

    下一個:哪個片語是指付錢?這個 "to foot the bill"

  • So play with them like that. Sometimes try to guess how they finish, sometimes try to


  • guess the meaning. And, best of all, try to write your own sentences using these business


  • idioms. All right?


  • If you'd like to do a quiz on this, please go to our website: All right?


  • There you can also watch lots and lots of other videos. We have more than 500 videos


  • at the moment. So you can improve your English in many ways. Actually, I'm wrong. It's not


  • 500. It's more than 600 videos. Okay? You could also subscribe to my YouTube channel

    500部影片,是超過600部了。你也可以訂閱我的 YouTube 頻道

  • to watch lots of other videos to help you improve your English. All the best with your


  • English. Bye for now.


Hi. My name is Rebecca. In this lesson, we'll focus on six business English idioms.



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【商用英文】六個常用的商用用語! (Business English - 6 common idioms)

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