Business English Lessons Houston
Business Expressions and Idioms – Talking about Business Success
Here are some examples of idioms and expressions that you will sometimes hear when people are talking about success in business.
– to do better than one has done before
Examples: Verizon Wireless had a record-breaking first quarter. The sales were the highest in the company’s history.
Pan out – to have a good result
Example: Wells Fargo encouraged its employees to open new accounts and it panned out. Four hundred new accounts were opened last month!
A pat on the back – words of gratitude or encouragement
Example: The boss gave Rodrigo a pat on the back for his hard work last month.
– compliments for a job well done
Example: Kudos to the employees of Bank of China for bringing in a lot of new customers.
Through the roof
– very high amounts
Example: The number of sales of the new Apple IPhones are through the roof! The number of phone bought is much higher than we expected.
Share the credit
– to mention that you had help from colleagues
Example: Thank you for the pat on the back! But I want to share the credit with my colleagues who worked with me on this project.
Make a killing
– making a lot of money
Example: I bought stock in AT&T when the price was low, and I made a killing. The price is very high now.
– when expenses are equal to profits
Example: We had a lot of expenses in our first year in business, so we just broke even. Next year, we will make a profit.
To have the lion’s share
– to have the largest share in the market
Example: Chevron Corporation has the lion’s share of service contracts in the oil and gas industry.
Hit pay dirt – make money
Example: After breaking even for three years in a row, we finally hit pay dirt in 2016 and made very high profits.
Students, practice using these idioms and expressions so that you will become more fluent in American English. Good luck!
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Describing Graphs and Charts Lesson One
Sometimes you need to give a presentation which includes a graph or chart. It’s good to know which terms to use. There is vocabulary to talk about activities that are going up, going down and staying the same.
In this business English lesson, we will look at vocabulary that can be used in presentations to describe activities on a chart or graph that are “going up”.
In Lesson 2, we’ll study vocabulary to describe something that is “going down” and in Lesson 3, we’ll look at vocabulary to use when something is “the same”.
When Activities on a Chart or Graph are going up
Used as a noun: Expansion
We’ve experienced significant expansion in sales since January.
Used as a verb: Expand
Sales have expanded significantly since January.
Used as a noun: Growth
You can see on this chart that growth has been slow since 2011.
Used as a verb: Grow
Between September and October, sales grew by 10%.
Used as a noun: Improvement
There has been a small improvement in revenue so far this year.
Used as a verb: Improve
Revenue from local orders has improved over the last three months.
Used as a noun: Increase
There has been a big increase in our production costs.
Used as a verb: Increase
Production costs increased by 13% last year.
Used as a noun: Recovery (increases following decreases)
Marathon Oil had a big recovery after the difficult year in 2014..
Used as a verb: Recover (an increase that comes after a decrease)
Sales recovered at the end of December.
Used as a noun: Rise
President Chu is glad to see a rise in new customers in the first quarter of this year.
Used as a verb: Rise
The number of new customers has risen in the first quarter of this year.
Other nouns: Upward trend (a slow increase)
This chart indicates an upward trend in the number of barrels produced in Angola last month.
Soar (a big increase)
Prices of crude oil soared in the first half of 2012.
The rate of production of natural gas strengthened last month.
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Do You Get the Word “Get”?
There are many meanings of the word “get” in English! The present tense is get, the past is got and the past participle is gotten. The word get can mean many different things!
To receive something Example: I got a new cell phone last week.
To arrive Example: I got to school at 9 a.m. this morning.
To persuade Get + object + infinitive
Example: He got his wife to wash his clothes.
She got her cat to come into the house.
To become Get + past participle
Example: We got acquainted at the party.
They got lost when they were driving home.
Jane and Paul got married last year.
I get tired after midnight.
She gets dressed for school at 8 a.m.
To become Get + adjective
Example: I get hungry every day at 1 p.m.
She got rich working very hard.
It gets dark at 7:30.
He gets scared at night.
Example: I got the ball!
My mother got malaria when she went abroad.
Example: Oh, now I get it!
Math is very hard for John. He just doesn’t get it.
These are a few examples of how to use the word get in English.
But wait! There’s more!
There are lots of phrases with the word get. Here are a few. See if you can guess what they mean.
Get along, get on, get off, get out of, get rid of, get by, get away, get up, get together, get through
A little more!
Sometimes you may hear someone say:
· Get out! (Leave!)
· Get lost! (Leave now!)
· Let’s get going! (Let’s go!)
So now, I hope you get the word get a little better!
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