Subject Index: Business English

Business English

Accountancy // Business English: Accountancy // 6th May 2020

Business chat and idioms // Business English: Office chat // 29th April 2020

Business email writing // Business English // email writing // 8th March 2020

Business icons // Adult Class, Level 3 // 5th November 2019 (Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Pham Nhat Vuong)

Business meetings // Business English: Time management // 29th April 2020

Idioms part 2: Are you pulling my leg ?

2nd June 2020

This blog is especially for my internet friend Silk Chatters, as she mentioned this idioms in a note. She has lots of interesting blogs, so have a gander at her page. Here’s a link to one of her blogs:

https://silkcordsblog.wordpress.com/2020/05/31/my-disgust-with-the-media-continues-to-skyrocket/

Idioms

Following on from yesterday’s blog, I’ve included some more everyday idioms, this time related to work. See how many you’ve come across. To kick off, many of my students are accountants. For that occupation we have:

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number-cruncher = a slang term for an accountant

cooking the books = writing false information in accountants – a serious crime

What kind of work is accounting ?

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Exciting and adventurous … not really. My students complain that their work is uninteresting, boring and tedious. Idiomatically, we could say:

It’s like watching paint dry

same thing, day in, day out

same old, same old

How do you cope with pressure or cope with stress ?

How Accountants Can Combat Work-Related Stress | AccountingWEB

I will getaway from everything = Do something completely different

I take a breather. I take five (a short break from work)

I like to let off steam by

Ask each other: what do you do to let off steam ?

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Play table tennis
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Sing Karaoke
Bus travel to shopping spots| FlixBus → The new way to travel
Go Shopping

7 Best Apps To Watch Movies Together Online With Your Friends
Watch movies

Fun Holiday – Read a Book Day
Read a book … or many books
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Yoyoka, aged 8, playing drums

Idioms

Keep an eye on (watch something carefully)

under the table = to give money to someone unofficially

kick the bucket = to die (informal) Did you hear ? Old Tom kicked the bucket.

A spanner in the works = a serious problem

In the right ball park (US) = not correct but close

On the right track (UK) not correct but close

Now, practice:

That’s not right but you’re …

I had to pay … to get the paperwork stamped

Can you … on the food while I answer the phone ?

Oh, poor Mr Jones, he … last week

That’s a real problem. It puts a …

Journey in Life: "Throw a spanner in the works" nghĩa là gì?
Throwing a spanner in the works. The young lady is holding a spanner

Idioms / expressions (money)

money doesn’t grow on trees

time is money

on the money = exactly right 

costs an arm and a leg = very expensive.

Don’t stop working ! _________________________________

I can’t stay in a 5 star hotel, it ____________________

Be careful with your clothes, I can’t keep buying new ones _______________________ Yes, she’s always right, always _________________

New idioms / collocations

to get hold of someone = to speak to or meet someone

Hell breaks loose = will be a lot of trouble

to be into something = to like something very much

more or less = not 100% but almost.

I beg to differ = polite way to disagree

In the next blog, we’ll look at how these idioms can be used in everyday conversations

Remember: don’t get caught cooking the books – or you’ll get a massive fine.

Consequences of the Enron Scandal

Business English: Accountancy

6th May 2020

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Jan sanders van Hemessen 1504 – 1556, Antwerp
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A 1950s office with adding machines, filing cabinets and typewriters
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Cách giữ chân nhân tài của Big 4 - unitrain.edu.vn

New vocabulary

Look up any words you don’t know.

loophole

firm

audit

involvement

stock

None of the Big Four firms is a single firm; rather, they are professional services networks. The Big Four are the four largest professional services networks in the world, offering audittaxation, corporate finance and legal services. They handle the vast majority of audits for publicly traded companies as well as many private companies. They used to be the Big Five until the fall of Arthur Andersen in 2002, following its involvement in the Enron scandal.

Enron used loopholes and poor financial accounting to hide billions of dollars of debt. The company’s stock which rose to over $90 a share in mid 2000, fell to less than $1 by November 2001.

Enron - The Biggest Fraud in History - YouTube

Accountancy words / expressions

annual accounts // I am working on our annual accounts

asset // Make a list of all our assets

budget // We need to increase our budget

business expenses // We must reduce our business expenses

cash flow // Keep an eye on the cash flow

New idioms / collocations

Change of plan = to stop what you are doing and start something new

to handle something = to take care of something

to get hold of someone to speak to or meet someone

Hell breaks loose = will be a lot of trouble

to be into something = to like something very much

more or less = not 100% but almost.

I beg to differ = polite way to disagree

Dialogue Practice:

Two friends are chatting about their work day:

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KIM: Hello, how’s your day been ?

Tina: Oh, so-so. And you ? Did you finish off the reports ?

KIM: Yes, more or less. 

Tina: You better make sure they’re finished. You know what the Director’s like.

KIM: I know. If things aren’t done, all hell breaks loose !

Tina: Better keep on his good side. What else do you need to do ?

KIM: File some invoices, send off some emails and I need to get hold of Anna in HR.

Tina: I think she’s off sick today. 

KIM: That’s a pity. Did you finish the wages ?

Tina: Yes, piece of cake ! Now I’m going through all the bank statements for the last quarter.

KIM: Not cooking the books I hope. Are we still going out tonight ?

Tina: Oh, sorry, I can’t know. Something’s come up.

KIM: What ? I thought you wanted to see the film. Johnny Depp’s in it.

Tina: I know, but I have to work late. Why don’t you ask the Director ? He’s really into cinema.

KIM: I don’t think so !

Tina: Why not ? He’s such a charming man.

KIM: Well, I beg to differ. He’s an old windbag and he drinks like a fish !

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New expressions:

off sick = not at work because of illness

old windbag = someone who speaks and speaks and speaks !

drinks like a fish = drinks a LOT of alcohol

cooking the books = making false entries in the accounting