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Hello! I'm Emma from mmmEnglish.
English in the workplace.
At work, in the office.
Knowing the idioms, phrasal verbs
and unique vocabulary that's
used in these professional contexts is so important!
I'll admit that there is a lot to learn there.
But today I want to focus on some really common,
very useful expressions that you'll hear often at work
and in these professional contexts .
At the office. With your colleagues.
With your boss. With your clients, your customers.
In interviews, speaking exams, with your teacher
or your university professor.
If you haven't already noticed, you'll soon realise
that the office is where idioms and English expressions
go wild.
At times it feels like people only speak
using idioms and slang.
So whether you're flat out, getting off-track,
losing your train of thought or banking on an early finish,
these 10 essential business English expressions
will help you to sound more natural and confident
at work.
Learning these expressions is essential
and a fantastic way to hear them being used in context
is by listening to audiobooks.
I use Audible to listen to books all the time
and I've teamed up with them to offer you a free trial,
a free audiobook for 30 days,
so that you can try it out yourself!
I've been using Audible for years now
but while I don't often have time to sit and read a book,
I can listen while I'm driving
or while I'm going for a run or I'm waiting for the train.
So they offer a really fantastic solution
to keep practising your English and for this lesson,
I've listed some fantastic books relating to business
in the description box below.
So you can check out my recommendations for Audible
right there.
So let's start with "flat out".
If you're "flat out", you're incredibly busy,
you have lots to do,
so much that you can't stop to have a break.
I'll be flat out next week
because there's a new shipment arriving.
I've been flat out all week, I'm exhausted!
In Australia where I'm from, we might also use
"flat chat".
It's used in exactly the same way
to mean that someone is very busy.
Train of thought.
Have you ever been talking about something and then
completely forgotten what you're talking about
and why you're talking about it.
It happens to me more often than I'd like to admit
but this happens when your train of thought
gets distracted by something else.
The clear progression of your thoughts are stopped
by something.
So the expression that you'll most commonly hear is
"Oh! I've lost my train of thought!
What was I talking about?"
I've lost my train of thought.
My mum called and
completely disrupted my train of thought.
Can I ask you a question?
Just give me a minute,
I don't want to disrupt my train of thought.
Now if you lose your train of thought you'll need to
get back on track.
If something is on track, it's happening as it should be
there's no problem at all.
If something is not happening as you planned and
you want to change it, you want to get back on track.
We missed the deadline last week,
but we've just submitted the report now,
so we're getting back on track.
Are you on track to complete the report
by the end of the week?
So logically, if something is not on track it's not
happening as it should be, then you're off track.
Imagine this, you're busy, you're flat out,
and you have to attend a meeting about a project
that you're working on.
But the people at the meeting are not prepared
and the conversation is just going everywhere!
People are talking about their kids, what they had for
dinner last night, any other issue
except what you should be talking about.
So you decide to interrupt the conversation and say:
We're getting off track here guys.
We've only got ten more minutes left
and we need to confirm the marketing budget.
It's used to say that a person or a group of people
have become distracted from their main purpose.
They've lost their focus.
That's just like my aunt Mary actually,
she does it all the time!
She lives on her own which is probably why
but her house is beautiful and she's got
the dogs to keep her company.
Sorry, I'm getting off track!
Here are a few more examples.
It's difficult to stay on track with so many disruptions,
perhaps we should move to the conference room.
I don't want to get off track, but we can all agree that the
new marketing manager is difficult to get along with.
We should have completed the work by now,
but the team got off track with some technical issues.
This idiom also has a literal meaning.
To get lost or lose your direction.
To literally get off the track and here,
a track means a path or a road.
So if you're off the track, you're not on the road,
on the path that you need to be on.
To bank on.
To bank on something means to bet
that something will happen in a certain way.
To be really sure
or confident that something will happen
So for example.
I'm banking on Sarah to get a promotion,
so that I can apply for her position.
Since it's a public holiday on Monday,
we're banking on an early finish tonight.
It can also be used in a negative sentence,
often advising someone against something.
I wouldn't bank on it.
That means it's not a good idea
to assume that it will happen.
To brush up on.
This is a phrasal verb, but one that's idiomatic
and it means to update or to improve your skills
in some way.
It can be used in any context really, formal or informal,
but this expression is
so useful in a professional context
because sometimes it can be a little awkward or
embarrassing to say that you don't have fantastic skills
in one area.
But by saying that you need to brush up on those skills
is a much softer way of saying that you're
not that good at something but you are willing to
practise or study to improve those skills.
I'm brushing up on my Italian
because I've got a business trip in July.
I got the job at the publishing company!
But I really need to brush up on my editing skills.
I'm out of practice!
To bring something to the table.
So this idiom means to provide something
that will be of benefit. Something useful.
And it's often used in a professional context
to describe the skills or experience that someone
brings to a team or to a company.
The great thing about Sam is that she brings
years of management experience to the table.
See how the "something" in our structure is
a noun phrase here.
This is really common with this expression.
He brings excellent communication skills and
award-winning design experience to the table.
But during a meeting you might also hear
someone use this expression.
What have you brought to the table?
And that means what suggestions or ideas did you
bring to the meeting, can you offer to the people
in the meeting.
To bring up.
Now this is a very common phrasal verb.
You've probably heard it before.
It means to mention or introduce a topic.
Someone can bring something up during a meeting,
a call or a casual conversation.
I'll bring it up with Stephanie when I see her next week.
Our presentation is missing some of the key points.
So I'm going to bring it up with the team tomorrow,
we can spend some more time on it.
To turn down.
Again, this is another common phrasal verb
but it's also idiomatic.
It means to say no to something or refuse something.
They offered me tickets to the conference,
but I had to turn them down
because it's my son's birthday.
He turned it down
because they offered him the promotion,
but told him that they couldn't increase his salary.
I applied for the position but then I found out
I had to spend six months of the year
living in New Zealand. So I had to turn them down.
Now when you do something without planning
or preparing for it,
there are a couple of useful expressions
that you can use.
You can say that you'll "wing it".
My presentation's on my laptop,
which I left at home, I'll just have to wing it.
If you haven't received the notes,
you'll just have to wing it.
Usually this idiom suggests that you didn't really plan it
to be that way but for some reason,
you're under-prepared.
If you do something that's off-the-cuff,
you're doing something without preparing for it
but you're kind of comfortable with that
you're cool with that.
I wish that I was confident enough to make
presentations off-the-cuff,
I spend so much time
planning for our monthly board meetings.
Paul won an award last night
and made a fantastic speech totally
totally off-the-cuff!
Well that's it for this lesson,
I hope you learnt some new expressions.
Remember that these expressions are often used in a
professional context
but not only in a professional context.
You'll often hear them used in casual, informal contexts
as well, so they're good ones to learn and practise.
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Like this playlist here of English idioms
and this one right here.
Thanks for watching and I'll see you next week.
Bye for now!



10 個你必須知道的商業英文表達方式 (10 Business English Expressions You Need To Know | Vocabulary)

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