Log in

English in the Workplace | English for Business – LELB Society

Published on October 3rd, 2018 | Last updated on February 13th, 2021 by | Category: English Vocabulary in Context | No Comments on English in the Workplace | English for Business – LELB Society | 104 Views | Reading Time: 9 minutes

English in the Workplace

English in the Workplace

The Outline of This Lesson on English in the Workplace

Flat out

extremely busy and fast – as busy as a beaver

The company staff are working flat out to keep up with the heavy demands of the customers.


train of thought / track of thought

a sequence of ideas or thoughts that are interconnected

My train of thought was disrupted due to the presence of the noisy children.


get back on track

to return to a normal situation after a period of being unproductive

For a complete week, I couldn’t manage to be productive at work, but I promise to get back on track and compensate for it.


off track

in the wrong path – at fault – mistaken – unproductive

The chief executive warned us that we were getting off track. He said, “shape up or ship out”.


to bank on somebody or something

to count on something happening or someone doing something – depend on – rely on

If I were in your shoes, I would never bank on that business strategy.


brush up on

to review, revise and update a strategy – refine – go over – renew

Their insurance policies seem to be rather problematic. I think they need to brush up on them.


bring something to the table

to be able to use something valuable in the right place

As a shrewd real estate broker, he perfectly knows how to bring his years of experience to the table.


bring up

to mention something or raise a topic in a meeting – propose doing something

After a long period of absolute silence, the foreman eventually brought up a practical plan.


turn down

to reject a plan or suggestion – disapprove – disallow

They insisted on signing the contract, yet I had to turn it down because I was from Missouri.


wing it

to do something without planning or preparation – improvise – extemporize

We don’t have time for making any plan this week. We ought to wing it this time.


off-the-cuff

delivered spontaneously or without preparation or notes – improvised – impromptu

I lost my notes on the way, and now I have to make the speech completely off-the-cuff.


Instructions

  • Source: Noun
    "source/sɔːs/ US /sɔːrs/ noun [C] 1. the place something comes from or starts at, or the cause of something: a source of heat/energy/light Oranges are a good source of vitamin C. Money is often a source of tension and disagreements in young married couples.
    2. someone or something that supplies information: The journalist refused to reveal her sources (= say who had given the information to her). According to Government sources (= people in the Government) many MPs are worried about this issue. source /sɔːs/ US /sɔːrs/ verb [T often passive] to get something from a particular place: Where possible the produce used in our restaurant is sourced locally.“>Source: embedded videos, selected texts, or assigned coursebooks
  • Study the assigned Source: Noun
    "source/sɔːs/ US /sɔːrs/ noun [C] 1. the place something comes from or starts at, or the cause of something: a source of heat/energy/light Oranges are a good source of vitamin C. Money is often a source of tension and disagreements in young married couples.
    2. someone or something that supplies information: The journalist refused to reveal her sources (= say who had given the information to her). According to Government sources (= people in the Government) many MPs are worried about this issue. source /sɔːs/ US /sɔːrs/ verb [T often passive] to get something from a particular place: Where possible the produce used in our restaurant is sourced locally.“>source and "writeWrite down (phrasal verb)
    to note or jot down something using a notepad and pen or pencil:
    Let me write down your telephone number in case.“>write down the technical terms and expressions in the field of English for Business that are mentioned or explained in this lesson in the "InteractiveInteractive (adj)
    /ˌɪn.təˈræk.tɪv/ US /-ţɚ-/ involving communication or interaction among the people in a system or group – collaborative – communicative: In our online English forums, the students can practice English in an interactive way by raising and answering questions.“>interactive "CommentComment (noun & verb)
    /ˈkɒm.ent/ US /ˈkɑː.ment/ your opinion that you say or write in a particular context – viewpoint – point of view: On LELB Society, you can leave as many questions or comments as you wish in our interactive forums.“>comment form below.
  • You can make any examples of the discussed English business terms and leave them as comments.
  • You are also encouraged to add further explanations or examples about the current Topic: Noun
    "topic/ˈtɒp.ɪk/ US /ˈtɑː.pɪk/ noun [C] a subject which is discussed, written about or studied: Our discussion ranged over various topics, such as acid rain and the hole in the ozone layer.“>topic as long as they are related.


Study the complete archive of English for Business.

Watch this video on YouTube.

Leave a Comment

Chat