Business English 9: Business English Idioms

source: Espresso English    2017年4月14日
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Idioms are short phrases with meanings that are different from the meanings of their individual words. Idioms are different from slang - idioms are in between formal and informal, so they are acceptable in everyday English conversations and e-mails - including some communication at work. Slang is very informal, and is usually used in humor, music, and conversations between close friends.

- Formal: Official business, legal, academic English
- Casual: Idioms, everyday conversation, e-mails
- Informal: Slang, humor, music
Slang is almost never used in business English, but idioms are often used in conversations and e-mails - so I'm going to introduce you to some common idiomatic expressions.

This is the method we'll use for learning the idioms:
1. Look at the example of the idiom in context
2. Guess the meaning of the idiom
3. Wait for the answer and explanation
Why do I recommend these three steps? Well, it's important to try to figure out the meanings of the idioms from the context. This helps you think actively about the expressions and learn to understand new expressions faster.