Business Idioms 01
Jenny the Business Owner
How hard are business idioms for people learning English? Are you an advanced English language learner who struggles to understand common business idioms?
Are you ready to take on the English-speaking business world, but too afraid of getting lost in language you don't understand? Specific language in business is often called – jargon. However, business idioms are a little different, but they certainly FEEL like jargon when you don’t know what is being said to you. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Many of my advanced English language students have jobs, and fear that maybe they might miss something because of these idioms that they just don’t understand.
I’m starting our first blogging category with business idioms to help you get familiar with these often scary idioms that are used in business every day. These idioms can be overwhelming, which means they can cause you some stress, and as much as I hate to say this, there are HUNDREDS of these catch phrases to get your head around.
Get your head around?
This is indeed an idiom; particularly one that is used in business.
So let's start with the following paragraph that is full of idioms. The business idioms are highlighted to make them stand out.
See if you know what any of them mean. Maybe you’ve already heard some of them, if not all of them. Don’t worry if you don’t know any of them. Under the paragraph is a breakdown of each idiom and what it means to help you get used to them.
Jenny is about to get the ball rolling for her new business. She is in the game of getting people to stop going down the gurgler and back into the black. It’s a cut-throat business, but she’s on top of her game; never cutting corners. She’s lucky that she doesn’t have to start at grass roots. Getting it off the ground will be challenging, but she hit the nail on the head when she put herself in the driver’s seat with full steam ahead. There’s no nine-to-five or red tape that she has to worry about any more.
The paragraph means this:
Jenny has just started her own business. She is an accountant who saves businesses from going bankrupt. Her business is competitive, but she is experienced and knows what she is doing. She works hard and doesn't save money by doing a cheap job. She is lucky she has lots of experience. Jenny knows she has a lot of hard work ahead of her to get her business started, but she is VERY motivated. She is lucky because she isn't restricted to normal working hours; she can work whenever she wants and doesn't have to worry about unnecessary documentation to satisfy 'a boss'. She can focus on what she needs to do.
OK, so now let's look at each business idiom and what it means: