Knowing business English is key to having a long and successful career no matter what field you’re in. But knowing it alone is not enough: you also need to be able to demonstrate how well you speak it in environments where conversations are in English. Certain nuances can accentuate how developed your business English skills are and help you not only communicate more effectively with your business partners, but also appear more professional in general. Knowing English expressions commonly used in the business world will distinguish you from your peers and do wonders for your career.
We’ve put together a list of English expressions you can use at the office, whether it be in your correspondences or in meetings.
Address an issue
- to acknowledge a problem and focus on it to find a solution
In the meeting, I will address the financial issues we’ve been facing lately.
I think it’s time to address the fundamental issues about working conditions.
Go the extra mile
- to do more than what people expect
We take pride in going the extra mile for our customers.
Think outside the box
- to think creatively
We must think outside the box to come up with a successful marketing campaign.
Start from scratch
- to start from the very beginning, whether it refers to a brand-new project or starting over
Nothing like this had ever been done before, so we had to start from scratch.
It’s completely ruined, so we’ll have to start from scratch.
Close the deal
- to make an agreement official
We negotiated the terms of the agreement, and this afternoon we will close the deal.
On the same page
- to agree and understand each other
We’re on the same page, so we can close the deal soon.
- the amount of money a company has made or lost
We can improve our bottom line by cutting costs.
- the final outcome or most important detail
The bottom line is that management will have to change the manufacturing process.
Bring to the table
- to provide something that will be a benefit
(During a job interview) What can you bring to the table?
- to increase in size or number
The company has scaled up production to meet demand.
Get back to someone
- to reply to someone
I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
- to be at risk
Her job is at stake if she fails this.
By the book
- doing things “by the book” means doing them according to company policy or the law
The auditor inspects whether we do everything by the book in our company.
We have a wonderful suggestion for those of you who want your employees to speak English with more confidence! Your employees can enrol in Cambly courses designed specifically for people who want to learn business English and take private online lessons with tutors who are native speakers of the language. They can choose teachers who are professionals in similar fields and practice their business English speaking and writing skills to make strides in the workplace. To help your employees unlock their English-speaking potential by taking advantage of the courses offered by Cambly, all you need to do is contact the Cambly for Organizations team.