Idiom: 1500+ English Idioms from A-Z with Examples
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As professional English language trainers, we are often asked what differences there are between general everyday English and business English. Business idioms are something that confuse a lot of people as the direct translation makes no sense, 'up in the air' but what is up in the air? Something that can confuse you and cause you lose track of a conversation or in a meeting can be problematic, so lets take a look at 17 Business English idioms, expressions and phrases that anyone in business should know so that this problem never happens to you! The first clear difference between general English and business English is one of vocabulary rarely used outside of a business setting but which is commonplace in corporate settings. Without even getting too technical we could mention financial vocabulary such as: bonds, bankruptcy, broker, commodity, depreciation, dividend, gross domestic product GDP , margin call, to short sell, to wager and so on. All rather habitual terms in the business world , but seldom used outside it. Business English and General English have much more in common when it comes to idioms, expressions and phrases.
What is an idiom?
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The 14 Business English Idioms YOU MUST KNOW - Business English Vocabulary
A good oral command of English is not only about speaking properly and correctly. It is also about using idioms the right way. In particular, idioms are absolutely essential in talking business when it comes down to understanding others and expressing yourself. If you are lacking a good understanding of English idioms, you will easily get lost in a business conversation. In order to help you find your way through the jungle of business idioms, we have compiled a list of the 50 very commonly used ones, explaining their meaning and giving you an example of how to use them.
We love idioms. We love them so much that we have created this fabulous compilation with all the idioms and phrases you need to know in the workplace. Because taking your English to the next level is not easy, this will help you sound more like a native-English speaker. Want to test your level of idioms, take this idioms quiz! These 10 idioms will help you feel like a pro in your job, each of them with a special and particular purpose.