Phrasal verbs are very common in English. They are typically two word phrases that function as a unit. Memorize them as a unit. Examples are: pick up, run into, pass on, think over, give in, pay off. (Structures are: verb + preposition or verb + participle).
Enjoy these Christmas idioms to help you get in the holiday spirit!
Just released – Business English Negotiations, a new iOS app for iPad & iPhone! Do you want to be more effective when you speak English? Do you want to express yourself more clearly? Get what you want more often? Then you’ve found an app that will work for you! Introducing Business English Negotiations. Learn useful English vocabulary for negotiating successfully, resolving conflicts, and saying and getting what you want!
This app brings you:
•100+ of today’s most useful American English idioms & phrases
•Interactive exercises to reinforce the material
•Realistic scenarios complete with audio – a great way to improve your pronunciation!
•A built-in hangman game – you’ll have hours of fun playing while practicing your new vocabulary
Watch a video about this new app: Business English Negotiations app
Coming soon –– two more apps in the Business English series: Business English You’re the Boss and Business English Sales and Strategy.
Here’s a new ESL mini-series to help you improve your Business English. This is part one. We also have a new series of video apps for learning Business English coming soon! Check out our current apps in the meantime.
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February 14 is Valentine’s Day! Love Idioms to Celebrate!
(1) all’s fair in love and war- unpleasant or bad behavior is okay in some situations, such as when you are in love or when you are in competition
Example: Jim told Tyler not to invite Angela to the dance because Angela already had a boyfriend. Then Jim invited Angela to the dance.
(2) head over heels in love – very much in love
Example: After taking Angela to the dance, Jim realized he was head over heels in love with her and wanted to marry her.
(3) love at first sight – falling in love from the first moment one sees someone
Example: When Mike saw Liz, he felt attracted to her immediately. It was love at first sight.
Check out this Super Bowl ad from last night’s game. Listen for the verb “to skyrocket” – meaning to go way, way up! Sales of Wonderful brand pistachios are sure to skyrocket this week!
Language Wars can divide global companies. What happens when English becomes the mandated language at a global company? Troubles can follow, if the employees are not prepared. One tip is to: “Encourage practice of the new language. Provide nonthreatening environments where the new language can be studied and practiced.” Fortunately, there are books like Speak Business English Like an American and Speak Better Business English and Make More Money that can help non-native speakers become more fluent in business English!
For more on the challenges of implementing English as the language of business in a global company, read this Harvard Business School article:
When Americans asks “How are you?” it is typically a form of greeting, like saying hello. They are not expecting a detailed response of how you are REALLY doing. Here is a guide to answering “How are you?” when speaking with an American.
LinkedIn recommends that you avoid using buzzwords when marketing yourself. Their advice: “Demonstrate your skills and experience by providing examples of your talent rather than using buzzwords.” Drawing on the English-language profiles of LinkedIn users around the world, the company put together a list of the most frequently used buzzwords. And here they are:
There were some differences in buzzword usage by country:
- “Sustainable” was in the top ten only the Netherlands
- “Enthusiastic’ was in the top ten only in Great Britain
- “Passionate” was in the top ten only in Australia & New Zealand
- “Patient” was in the top ten only in the USA*
* Interesting to note that Americans pride themselves on their patience!