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Learn 12 Commonly Used Business Vocabulary | Episode 8

Complete Video Transcript | Episode 8

Coincidence

Meaning- Happening at the same time

Example- I was thinking about my college friend and I met her on my way to the office. It was a sheer coincidence!

Hilarious

Meaning- Extremely funny

Our office boy cracks funny jokes, it is hilarious to hear him and see him imitate others.

Procrastinate

Meaning- To delay

Example- Hadn’t I procrastinated so much, I would have completed this project long back.

Immense

Meaning- Huge, very great

Due to immense popularity, all the available spaces for this training has been taken.

Anticipate

Meaning-To expect

Example- We purchased the bulk of raw material in anticipation of a big order from a client.

Exceptional

Meaning- Extraordinary, unusual

Example- We will receive a bonus this year as our company has performed exceptionally well this quarter.

Authentic

Meaning- Genuine and real

Example- It is suggested that you be authentic in your interview as the hiring manager can see through.

Empathy

Meaning- To be in another person’s shoes, especially when that person is in pain or trouble

Example – To be a successful leader, you should be empathetic towards your team and your subordinates.

Acknowledge

Meaning-To express recognition

Example- If you want to motivate your employees, you must acknowledge their efforts time and again.

Commitment

Meaning- Keep your promise

Example- Hard work and commitment always pays, in the long run, to be successful in life.

Absurd

Meaning- Illogical

Example- His report did not make sense to me, the financial figures looked absurd.

Surpass

Meaning- To go beyond in extent

Example- Don’t even think of surpassing your immediate boss if you want his approval in this project

12 Idioms and their Meanings You Must Know | Episode 6

Complete Video Transcript | Episode 6

To hear from the horse’s mouth

Meaning- To hear something from the authoritative source

Example- I have it from the horse’s mouth that he plans to resign next month.

To pull someone’s leg

Meaning- To tease someone

Example-  As a colleague, Peter tries to pull my leg, but I know that when I need him, he is always there.

To run out of steam

Meaning- To have no energy left

Example- Towards the end of the day, I run out of steam, leaving no time for my family.

Toe the line

Meaning – Follow the rules/norms

Example- Not everyone was happy with the plan on marketing, but the team had to toe the line.

Turn over a new leaf

Meaning- Change completely for the better

Example- After shifting from one job to another, Danny turned over a new leaf and he got a steady career.

We are between hard rock and deep sea.

Meaning- We have two bad options.

Example- I want to quit my job but due to my financial condition, I cannot leave it. I am stuck between hard rock and deep sea.

We’re working against the clock.

Meaning- We are running short of time.

Example- Our team was really working against the clock to meet the deadline of our project.

Buckle under

Meaning- To give in under great demand or anxiety

Example- When a deadline of the project comes nearer, all of us in the office buckle under and work overtime.

Whole nine yards

Meaning- Everything, all of it

Example- I’ll do whatever it takes to make my venture a successful one, I’ll go whole nine yards.

When the chips are down

Meaning- When the going is not smooth

Example- When the chips are down, I know that my friend John is there beside me to help me out.

Cross our fingers

Meaning- Become hopeful

Example – It’s appraisal time and our company has done exceedingly well. We are keeping our fingers crossed.

Sky is the limit.

Meaning – You can do anything, you set your mind to do.

Example- By winning “the employee of the year” award, this fresher has proved that sky is the limit.

Learn 12 Useful Business English Phrases | Episode 4

Complete Video Transcript | Episode 4

No-brainer

Meaning- Something is really easy to decide   

Example- Taking the new job was a no-brainer. They offered me more money, a better schedule, and more vacation.

No strings attached

Meaning- When you do something without expecting a favor in return

Example- They will let you try the product for free with no strings attached. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it.

Not going to fly

Meaning- If a solution isn’t effective and you are not sure about the result

Example- I don’t think that’s going to fly. Let’s keep generating more ideas.

Out of the loop

Meaning- To not know something that a select group of people knows

Example- I felt like I was out of the loop after being on vacation for two weeks.

Pink slip

Meaning- When you are told to leave the company

Example- They gave him the pink slip as he wasn’t performing well.

Read between the lines

Meaning- When something you understand that was not told to you directly

Example- He didn’t say that he is leaving the company, but I can read between the lines. He’s not happy here.

Second nature

Meaning- When someone does something so well that it seems they were born knowing how to do it

Example- She’s been a computer programmer for ten years. Programming is now her second nature.

See something through

Meaning- To be at something even when it’s tough

Example- I told my boss that I really wanted to see this project through and move on to another project.

State-of-the-art

Meaning- Modern and technologically advanced

Example- We have a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in our organization.

Touch base

Meaning- To make contact with someone

Example- Let me make a few phone calls and try to get an answer to your question. I’ll touch base with you next week.

Yes-man

Meaning- To agree with someone even when you don’t believe in it

Example- The company isn’t looking to hire someone who will bring about a lot of changes. They’re just looking for a yes-man.

To give someone a heads up

Meaning- – An advance warning of something

Example

Manager: “Just a heads up about tomorrow. The sales conference will start at 9 am. Don’t be late!”

Learn 12 Important Business English Phrases | Episode 2

Complete Video Transcript | Episode 2

Ahead of the curve

Meaning- To be ahead of your competition

Example- Our company is investing a lot of money in research and development to stay ahead of the curve.

Behind someone’s back

Meaning- To do something without someone’s knowledge and in an unfair way     

Example- She felt it would be unfair to go behind his back and talk to management, so she confronted her senior directly.

Behind the scenes

Meaning: Something which is not seen in public.

Example- They make the conference look so effortless, but you know what there is a lot of hard work and planning going behind the scenes.

By the book

Meaning-  To do things according to the company policy or the law

Example- We are regularly audited by several agencies. It’s better we go by the book.

Catch someone off guard

Meaning – To surprise someone by doing something that they are not expecting

Example- Mike was caught off guard when he was told to direct the meeting.

Change of pace

Meaning- When something is different from a normal routine or schedule

Example- It’s nice to go on business trips as it brings a change of pace.

corner a market

Meaning-To dominate a particular market.

Example- The mobile service provider with its free mobile plan has cornered the market keeping competitors on their toes.

Cut one’s losses

Meaning- To stop doing something that is unproductive and won’t ever generate results

Example- Our advertising campaign was very expensive and was not generating results, so we cut our losses.

Cut-throat

Meaning- Something that is very intense, aggressive, and merciless

Example- In campus interviews the competition was cut-throat.

From the ground up

Meaning- When you build a project or business from zero

Example- Narayan Murthy built Infosys from the ground up.

In full swing

Meaning- It is going as per your direction and it’s moving fast

Example- Construction on the new site is in full swing now.

In the red

Meaning- They are making a loss and they do not have money to run the operations.

Example- When I started my own business, we were in the red for the first two years. We didn’t see a profit until the third year.

Learn 12 Effective Business English Phrases | Episode 7

Complete Video Transcript | Episode 8

Coincidence

Meaning- Happening at the same time

Example- I was thinking about my college friend and I met her on my way to the office. It was a sheer coincidence!

Hilarious

Meaning- Extremely funny

Our office boy cracks funny jokes, it is hilarious to hear him and see him imitate others.

Procrastinate

Meaning- To delay

Example- Hadn’t I procrastinated so much, I would have completed this project long back.

Immense

Meaning- Huge, very great

Due to immense popularity, all the available spaces for this training has been taken.

Anticipate

Meaning-To expect

Example- We purchased the bulk of raw material in anticipation of a big order from a client.

Exceptional

Meaning- Extraordinary, unusual

Example- We will receive a bonus this year as our company has performed exceptionally well this quarter.

Authentic

Meaning- Genuine and real

Example- It is suggested that you be authentic in your interview as the hiring manager can see through.

Empathy

Meaning- To be in another person’s shoes, especially when that person is in pain or trouble

Example – To be a successful leader, you should be empathetic towards your team and your subordinates.

Acknowledge

Meaning-To express recognition

Example- If you want to motivate your employees, you must acknowledge their efforts time and again.

Commitment

Meaning- Keep your promise

Example- Hard work and commitment always pays, in the long run, to be successful in life.

Absurd

Meaning- Illogical

Example- His report did not make sense to me, the financial figures looked absurd.

Surpass

Meaning- To go beyond in extent

Example- Don’t even think of surpassing your immediate boss if you want his approval in this project

Learn 12 Essential Business English Phrases | Episode 5

Complete Video Transcript | Episode 5

A rundown of events

Meaning – A detailed account of happenings

Example- My manager is resuming work tomorrow and he wants me to give him a rundown of events in the office.

A promotion seems to be on the cards.

Meaning- A promotion seems likely.

Example- You have performed exceedingly well and your promotion seems to be on the cards.

Bang on target

Meaning- Absolutely correct

Example- Robin had committed that he will be in office at 11 am and there he is bang on target.

Best of both worlds

Meaning- A win-win situation

Example – He wanted to become an entrepreneur but he could not leave the comforts of his job. He wanted the best of both worlds.

Chart your own course

Meaning- Make your own plans

Example- My manager is on leave and I have to take care of an emergency situation, I have to chart my own course.

Come to terms with

Meaning- Accept the reality

Example- It’s very hard coming to terms with the fact that you have been given a pink slip!

Create a framework

Meaning- Make a proper plan

Example- Let’s create a new framework for the project before we approach the vice president of the company.

Maintain good rapport

Meaning- Maintain good relationship

Example- He is an excellent salesman as he knows how to maintain a good rapport with his clients.

Don’t digress from the issue

Meaning- Don’t divert from the topic

Example- He digressed from the issue in the meeting to play safe in front of the boss.

Double check

Meaning – To reconfirm

Example- Always double check the email draft before you hit the send button.

Easy on pockets

Meaning – Being Economical

Example – You have just started earning in your life, go easy on your pockets till such time.

Fall in line

Meaning – Accept the norms, whether like or not

Example- Our company has announced a new HR policy and we all have to fall in line.

12 Business English Vocabulary You Must Know | Episode 3

Complete Video Transcript | Episode 3

Shudder

Meaning- To tremble with a sudden movement

Example- I shudder even at the thought of losing my job, it’s my only source of income.

Spectacular

Meaning- Dramatically thrilling

Example- The view from my office cabin across the sea is spectacular.

Stimulate

Meaning- To rouse to action or effort

Example- Her office tiffin is so tasty that it stimulates my taste buds.

Timid

Meaning-To lack courage

Example- My manager suggested that I come out of my timidity and start business networking.

Observant

Meaning- Watchful

Example- It is important to be observant of what your competitor is up to if you want to be one game up.

Boon

Meaning- Something to be thankful for; benefit

Example- Having a new metro next to my house is a boon. Commuting to my office has become so much easier.

Widespread

Meaning- Distributed over a wide region

Example- Company’s widespread reach in the market is helping in being a leader.

Vexed

Meaning- Irritated

Example- It vexed my boss to see his subordinates kill time, doing nothing in the office.

Courteous

Meaning-To be polite

Example- You should be courteous even to the office boy as he is an important part of your organization.

Loiter

Meaning-To hang around aimlessly

Example- If my manager will see me loitering around doing nothing in the office, he will get angry; I better go back to my desk.

Nap

Meaning- To sleep for a short time

Example- Power nap helps to improve your work productivity.

Brunch

Meaning- A meal that you eat between lunch and breakfast

Example- My office brunch was so lavish; I can’t think of working now.

Learn 12 Powerful Business English Phrases | Episode 1

Complete Video Transcript | Episode 1

Knee-jerk reaction

Meaning- When you act without thinking of the consequences

Example-  In a knee-jerk reaction to the new tax laws, the company decided to shut down its operations.

Learn the ropes

Meaning- Learn how something is done

Example- Once I learn the ropes at my new job, I won’t be that nervous and I’ll do a good job at my work.

Call it quits

Meaning- To stop doing something

Example- He decided to call it quits after three years of working as editor-in-chief.

Let’s start afresh.

Meaning- Forget about what happened in the past and start again.

Example- The report turned out to be incorrect as I couldn’t balance the figures. Unfortunately, I will have to start afresh.

Make a mark

Meaning- To impress upon

Example- Sunil first made his mark as the new director of a multi-national company.

Mark my words

Meaning- When I have to pay attention to something

Example- Don’t share office secrets with him, mark my words, he is a man not to be trusted.

Method to madness

Meaning: A purpose in doing something that is seemingly crazy

Example- What I’m doing may look strange, but there is a method to my madness, wait until I finish.

Miss the boat

Meaning-  To miss the chance

Example- I could not be a part of the campus placement so I missed the boat to get into a great company.

No margin of error

Meaning- No mistakes allowed

Example- The Managing Director is very particular. The financial numbers I present should have no margin of error.

Rise to the occasion

Meaning- Do what is required under the given circumstances

Example- Despite some delays, John was able to rise to the occasion and make this conference a success.

Run the show

Meaning- Handle things yourself

Example- If you need any help with regards to the event, ask Mark because he’s running the show.

At stake

Meaning – At the risk

Example – I’m a bit nervous about delivering this presentation. There’s a lot at stake.

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