Advanced Business Expressions YOU NEED TO KNOW

Advanced Business Expressions YOU NEED TO KNOW


Today I’m going to talk to you about
some useful business expressions that you need to know. Hey everyone, my name is Wes. This
is Interactive English, which is where you want to be to
practice and improve your English skills. And today I have a business English lesson
for you because we are going to talk about some common and useful expressions
that you will hear or that you can use in the work environment. But you can also use some
of these expressions in a
variety of other contexts as well, which I will explain
throughout the lesson. So let, let’s just get down to business. And the first expression that I want to
talk to you about is let’s get down to business. And this just means that
that you want to start something, you are ready to begin. And often you’re, you’re being serious when you say this. So you might be talking about a meeting
or a negotiation and you could say, you know, let, let’s get down to
business. Let’s begin this thing. Let’s get down to business. Why don’t you tell me why you think
you deserve a raise? Gentlemen, let’s get down to business.
We’ve got a lot of work to do. The next expression is to be on the up
and up and it’s often used with that verb to be and you may hear somebody ask the
question is everything on the up and up? And when somebody asks this, they are
asking if, if everything is honest, sincere, is it legitimate? You can use this when describing something
like a contract and you might want to know, you know, is this, is this
on the up and up, is this honest, is it sincere or even if
you’re describing a person, you could ask if he is on the up
and up or is she on the up and up? Is this person sincere? Are they
honest? Can they be trusted? And I hope that you know that I am on
the up and up when I tell you that I want you to practice and improve your
English skills. And if you believe me, if you believe that I’m honest,
please go ahead. Hit that LIKE button. Steven, you’re a trustworthy young
man. Is your cousin on the up and up? Basically I look at the financial books. Make sure everything’s on the up and up. I want to take a moment and talk to you
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expression that I have for you? Well, it’s actually a question and
that is what’s the game plan? And when somebody asks, what’s the
game plan? It’s just asking, well, what is the strategy moving
forward? What is our plan of action? And you can use this in
sports, business politics, anytime where you need to have a
strategy. You might ask somebody, you know, okay, what’s the game plan? Would somebody please let me know
what the game plan is. We have it handled. What’s the strategy? What’s the game
plan? Don’t tell me you’re flying blind. Awfully hot in that court
room, wasn’t it? What’s the game plan, Kevin? Unfortunately, doctor for both
of us, you’re the last man. we have. What’s the game plan doc? What is your game plan for
improving your English skills? Let me know in the comments. Then we
have the expression, my hands are tied. And the expression means pretty
much the way it sounds. You know, if somebody whose hands are tied, it
means that they are not free to act in the way that they would want to because
there’s some rule or maybe some law that prevents them from doing so.
For example, in a business setting, you may want your colleague or even
your boss to do something for you, but they can’t because they have to
follow the rules. And they may tell you, you know, look, I, I’d love to help you
out, but I can’t, my hands are tied. This can be used in many other situations
as well. Even in your daily life, if your friend wants you to do something, perhaps your friend wants
to go out and party, but you have a young baby at home like
me. And I would just have to say, look, I’d love to go out with you, but I just
can’t. I have other responsibilities. My hands are tied. I’m not free to act as I would
want to go into you behind my back. You can’t reward her for that. My hands
are tied. I’d love to help you out, Benny. But Garvy is going to be in there to check on her soon. My hands are tied. My hands are tied. He’s just a kid chasing a goofy dream. I’m sorry, my hands are tied. I’m to leave with no reference. After working here for 10 years. I’m afraid my hands are tied. Then we have a great expression, which
I think is very common in business, especially when you’re speaking informally
about getting a job and that is to get your in the door and
if somebody says, you know, I’m just trying to get
my foot in the door, that just means that they want to achieve
success in the first stage of some process or the initial stage. And
if we’re talking about business, often I think it’s used when somebody
wants to be a part of a business or they want to be a part of a company
and they say, you know, I just want to get my foot in the
door. I just want to get an interview. If there is a job available. Sometimes it’s tough to get an interview
for that job and you might say, you know, I just want to
get my foot in the door. I’m trying to get my foot in the door
so that I can be considered for this job. It’ll likely be an internship. No pay. You get your foot in the door. So you can’t perform without me. And you can’t get your foot in the door with us. I have an idea. Why don’t I introduce you around? You know you can kind of get your foot
in the door and meet potential clientele. Then we have belly up.
Now this is not well, it’s not a very good expression because
you’re talking about a business and organization or an institution
that just no longer exist. They have gone bankrupt. They
have spent too much money. They’ve gone out of business and you’d
say, well, there, they’ve gone belly up. They no longer exist. It’s no longer
around. The business has gone belly up. You need to check out that
stretch of Liberty Street. The stores went belly up. Lumpies the
one left. Some bank has gone belly up. The boss has made it abundantly clear that he would love nothing more than
to the whole project go belly up. 90% of all new restaurants
go belly up within a year. You know what doesn’t go
belly up? Food trucks. The next expression is to get
the short end of the stick. And if somebody says that that they
are getting the short end of the stick, then it just means that they are
getting unfair or unfavorable treatment. So in business you might be comparing
yourself with your colleagues and you could think, well, you know, I’m
getting the short end of the stick. I’m not being treated the same way
others are treated. It’s a little unfair. So I’m getting the short end of the stick.
You can also use this expression, uh, outside of a business context. You know
at home or even among your friends, if you feel you’re getting unfavorable
treatment compared to others, you could say you’re getting the short
end of the stick or if you feel you’re getting unfair treatment
compared to the treatment, you should be getting that you should be
getting treated better, but you’re not. You’re getting the short end of the
stick. That guy orders me around too much. Yeah, you’re getting the short
end of the stick all right. You don’t think we want to be there for
him? Of course we do. So once again, Jackson gets the short end of the stick. Alison gets the short end of the
attention stick around here. In what way? Then we have an expression. Well it’s also not a another expression
that any business would want to hear and that is in the red. And if you say that
a business or a company is in the red, it just means that they have spent more
money than they have in their account. Often times in that case, they would owe the bank money and you
would say that the business is in the red. Well, she’s got $10 in here and it cost me, $900 for six weeks, a unicycle lessons. So we’re
a little in the red right now. Too bad we’re not making any
profit. Between the repairs, the gas and that we are still in the red. Another great expression is under the
table and when you say that something is under the table, it just means that it’s done
secretly such as making a payment. Often times, I think it’s used in that context
that you are employing somebody, but you know it’s, it may not be legal and you’re not
paying them through the company. Perhaps you’re giving them cash. You would say that you are
paying them under the table, or if you’re the person getting paid,
then you would say, well, you know, I’m getting paid under the table.
I’m not technically an employee, but I’m still working. I’m getting paid,
but it’s under the table. It’s secret. This is something that, again, I
think it is illegal in most countries, but it’s pretty common. Perhaps there is some legal requirement
that prohibits people from being able to work So a company may hire some people
and just pay them under the table. It happens. It’s undocumented labor from Canada. They think that maybe over the
years have hired some of these guys, paid them cash under the table. But you haven’t been getting paid? I’m used to getting paid under
the table. How much does he make? How much do they paying him? Believe they’re paying him cash into the table, sir. You’re going to work for us. Okay,
but could you pay me under the table? So I want to tell you one more expression. I was actually going to end the lesson, but I don’t want to give you
the short end of the stick. I want to teach you another expression. This is just for you because I want
to help you practice and improve your English skills. And, and truly I’m,
I’m trying to be on the up and up and, and the expression that I have for you
is there’s no I in team and this is often just a statement that somebody
would say there is no I in team. And what it means is that teamwork is a
group thing that it’s not about working individually. You have to
work with your teammates. And when they say there’s no I and team,
they’re talking about the spelling, the letter. I if you want to
spell the word team, T E a M. well there is no letter I
but I also refers to the
subject pronoun talking about yourself, the individual eye. So if you’re working with other teammates
in a group and somebody is being selfish, you could tell that
person there’s no I in team. I think this expression is used
regularly when talking about sports. If you’re playing sports on a team, but also in business because it’s quite
common that you would work with a group of individuals. So if somebody is being
selfish, just tell them, you know, Hey there’s no ion team. You’d better not be working on our
project because we’re a team. Leonard. There is no I in team. How do you feel about losing a medal for your
teammates? There’s no I in team by team, I don’t mean you. I always
say there’s no I in team, so I hope you can go out and get some
use out of these business expressions and if you learn something new, let me know
by hitting that like button down below. Thank you guys so much for watching
and I’ll see you next time.

48 Replies to “Advanced Business Expressions YOU NEED TO KNOW

  1. Please Wes let's do a live and try to ansewr our questions ….please phrasal verbs ….i like the way you are explaining lessons thank you too much

  2. Let's get down to business. I hope you write to me here in the comments because I don't want to get the short end of the stick. Keep practicing & keep up the good work! 😃👍

  3. you have always been on the up and up when ensuring that we should practice more.
    you have been vicariously through our mental dictionary

  4. Let get down to the business
    You are On the up and up
    What’s the game plan
    My hand are tied
    To get you foot in the door
    Belly up
    To get the short end of the stick
    In the red under the table
    There is no “l”in team

  5. Hi teacher, in France too, we (they😅) say « être dans le rouge » (in the red) when no more money! And « sous la table » means pay under the table. 😅 Usually when you work on black « travailler au noir » (illégal/non declared job). 😮 Hi from Vietnam 🤗🇻🇳

  6. Are you sure you want to do this now? Example expression: "There's no 'I' in Team?" Do you know how people in TRUMP-LANDIA spell Team? I-I-I-I

  7. Great! Thank you so much, Wes! Your explanations are so clear that I don't even need to try to translate these expressions using dictionaries. The most amazing thing is Ukrainians and Americans have the same expressions, even though these live in different parts of the world.

  8. Getting down business and making payment under the table is pretty common in some country, anyway could you plz tell the meaning of pilot quantity-

  9. When you say, there is no I in team, the real meaning is that your calling the other person selfish? Or your saying there no place in my team for such selfishness, so you can leave.

  10. As usual, your video is great but what’s amazing is these words stay in my mind after watching !! I’m loving it !!

  11. Thank you teacher. Yes, I like the best is under the table because I can understand clearly the meaning. Several time years ago I had to used this action for my work many times. Have a good day teacher.

  12. I love the comment of Francesca, there is no eye in Tim… Oooops! I have missed something from your lesson: you gave example sentences before the shortcuts of films. Unfortunately, you didn't really give one. It was a cool lesson anyway.

  13. Hello Mr.Wes
    I love your videos. I also like your genuine smile. I think u teach from heart. When I watch ur lessons I enjoy them and get some motivation just by the way u talk and smile all the time.
    Well done.
    Go ahead teacher.
    Thanks a lot.
    Abeer
    Yemen.9

  14. Great Wes, video up, up up …., 1000 ups.

    Once I read in a book an expression with shingle, I think it was to set up one's own shingle. This means to set up your own business, doesn't it?

    Under the table is the same as under the countet, right?

    Thank you.

  15. Let's get down to business, wes teacher!! 😊😊😃😃 you always have new ideas how to teach your students, very kind of you!!!!

  16. Being on up and up, I will tell you what I found new in this great lesson.
    I found improvement.
    Have a nice day Mr. Wes.

    Give chance lesson

  17. Many thanks to you mr Wes you taught us great expressions and my favorite expression I learned is “there is no I in team”.

  18. There is none of Getting the short end of the stick on this Helpful & Fruitful Channel that is none of other than (#Interactive English) ..
    Yo YO Wes Dude 😉 Always Rock 🙂 Mind-blowing Lesson Sir Wes ..I'm so Glad to be your student .

  19. Thanks for your videos. I never stop learning something new. I use them as didactic material too. 😍😍

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