Business Idioms in Use Part 03

source: Learn English with Let's Talk      2013年10月10日
Business Idioms in use Part 03 - Business English / Vocabulary Lesson

1. I need it yesterday: this is an idiom that means you need something urgently and can't afford to waste time. The word 'yesterday' is used as an exaggeration to express urgency.
Eg. When do you need the survey? I need it yesterday.

2. Get your foot in the door: this idiom means to get a start or an opportunity. It's a way of expressing you need a small chance or an opportunity.
Eg. I'm having a hard time getting my foot in the door. I can't even get a job interview with someone.

3. Downtime: A time during a workshift when an employee is not working or a machine is not in use/operation.
Informal way of saying it's the time when you relax and do not do much.
Eg. The company intends to have back-up machines at another location to minimize service downtime in the event of server failure.

4. Savvy: have complete knowledge in a particular field, to understand and comprehend without any difficulty.
Eg. Maria's an excellent scholar of political science, but lacks the kind of savvy needed to work for a public office.

5. Put on the map: to make something well-known, prominent or famous.
Eg. The good food served at this new cafe will really pu this place on the map.

6. Jump through hoops: to do a lot of extra things so you can have or do something you want/complete a lot of tasks before being permitted to do somehing.
Eg. The insurance company made me jump through hoops before they'd give me a health insurance. I had to do a lot of medical tests.

Learn how to use English sense verbs and learn the difference between stative and dynamic verbs

source: Simple English Videos    2016年6月14日
English sense verbs have two or more meanings and in this English lesson you'll learn how we use them in conversation. You'll also learn some important grammar, to do with stative and dynamic verbs.
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Spoken English Expressions: On the fence, At a crossroads

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Learn 17 Business Abbreviations & Acronyms in English

source: English Lessons with Adam  2016年12月19日
Attn: everyone. Re: business writing. In this lesson we will look at common abbreviations and acronyms used in emails, memos, and other types of business writing. If you work in an office or want to be involved in business at any level in the future, this lesson is for you. As is SOP (standard operating procedure), we will also quiz you at the end to test your understanding.

Changing your decision – Quick & Easy phrases

source: Learn English with Let's Talk    2016年12月19日
English lessons for beginners & Intermediate level

I changed my mind
To say in the past, you had one opinion but later you changed it.
I was going to buy a car, but then I changed my mind and decided to buy a bike instead.

I’ve had a change of heart
Change your feelings, attitude or behavior towards the positive
We were told that we had to work on Christmas Eve, but then our boss had a change of heart and gave us the day off.

Hang on a minute/second
To tell the other person to wait when you are thinking about a decision
When you order some food:
Hang on a minute; I don’t want a pizza. I’ll order some pasta today.

On second thought
To talk about your final opinion or decision
On second thought, let’s go to the park instead of the mall.
After further consideration
Formal phrase
Used to say you have given extra thought or consideration to the situation
We appreciate your efforts, but after further consideration, we have decided to stop the project work.

He/she convinced me/ persuaded me
Use this phrase to show that someone else influenced your decision
I wanted to travel to Malaysia but Dino convinced me that Australia would be a better place to visit.

I’m not sure what I was thinking
To say that your previous decision was not logical
I don’t have the money to travel abroad, I don’t what I was thinking when I agreed to join you on a vacation.

I did a 180
To completely change your opinion or feelings, exactly opposite
I used to think swimmers are show offs but after my accident in the pool, I did a 180.

Business English expressions | Conversation

source: Crown Academy of English     2016年12月19日
In this lesson, you will learn 10 common business english expressions.
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The tutorial gives example sentences for these phrases and idioms in the form of dialogues. They are particularly common in spoken business English, phone conversations and meetings in the office. Subtitles are provided on the screen to aid comprehension and learning.
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