Business English Idioms

Why are Business English Idioms important?


Do you use English for your job?

Do you need to speak with native English speakers?

Do you find them difficult to understand because of the strange things they say?

If you answered yes to these questions, you should read on….

Why are people who speak English as a second language easier to understand than native English speakers?

One of the main reasons is that native English speakers use lots of idioms.

Idioms are phrases which have a figurative rather than a literal meaning.

Here’s an example:

If you tell you to take the bull by the horns, what would you do?

Would you find a large – and probably very angry – bull and grab it by the horns? If you did, you would have taken my suggestion literally. This is where you think the phrase means the dictionary definition of the words.

Idioms work in a different way. Although you understand the meaning of the individual words, the phrase refers to something that has a different meaning to the words used.

Here’s a video which explains the meaning of ‘taking the bull by the horns’:

Learning Business English idioms will help you understand natural English used by native and fluent speakers.

At first, you’ll find them difficult to use when speaking. That’s not so important. What is important is being able to understand them when you hear them. In other words, you need to understand them in context.

Understanding idioms at work will help you improve your English because you will be able to follow what fluent speakers are saying.

I have a video course on Business English idioms. You can get the course for just $10 if you click the link below. The video above was an example lesson. There are nearly 50 more idioms in the course.

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If you don’t want to buy the course, you can listen to the idioms for free by clicking on the link below. You will be directed to my Speaker page and you can listen to short podcasts (each one teaches a different idiom).


Listening practise.