5 Work Related Idioms

5 Work Related Idioms

Hello Fantastic Teachyers!

I hope that you are all doing well and studying hard. In today’s post we are going to go over some more useful work related idioms. These idioms are perfect if you want to impress your international colleagues or if you just want to improve your conversational English.


Pull your weight

To do your percentage of assigned work.

  • You’ve got to start pulling your weight or we will find someone else who can!

To Take Someone Under Your Wing

To Look after someone until they settle in.

  • As you are new to the company, I will be taking you under my wing for your first few months here.

Keep Tabs on Someone

To watch someone or something carefully to see what they are doing.

  • We need to keep tabs on the stock market.

Do Your Fair Share

To do your percentage of assigned work. (synonym of Pull your weight.)

  • We may need to fire him, he never does his fair share around here.

To be at Somebody’s Beck and Call

To be ready to do what somebody wants.

  • As my new assistant you will be at my constant beck and call.

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Now let’s see if you can use them in context!


  1. He never____________________ at work.
  2. The new employee is great! He definitely _________________ around here.
  3. The new interns were at my _______________.
  4. The new manager has been________________ the new sales team at the moment as they haven’t been hitting their targets recently.
  5. My supervisor___________________ for my first month at the company.

“They said what!?” – 2. Confidence

Boost your confidence!

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Hello everybody and welcome back to the second edition of the Teachify podcast review! 

Readers who are returning for volume two, then a big thankyou for doing so! Last week must have made quite an impression hey!? 

For those of you who are new readers to our new weekly podcast review, fear not, for you haven´t missed out on too much wonderful content. Like I mentioned, this is only our second week , but if you would like to catch up on last weeks content, then you can do so here.

Now that pleasantries have taken place, lets cut to the chase. This week on the podcast, Lewis discussed the topic of  ´Confidence´. Some people have tonnes of it, and some people have none at all, but all of us require it in at some point in our lives. 

But hang on a second, what exactly is confidence?

Lewis refrained from imparting his pearls of definition wisdom and opinion on us (at least for this week!) but did tell us what he discovered ON the internet  (that’s right ON the internet, never IN). 

Confidence is the ability to believe in yourself, to feel comfortable in your own skin and staying true to yourself. 

There can be no doubt that confidence is a desirable trait. People are more likely to belive you or to be inspired by you. Confidence is an attractive quality, people want to be surrounded by confident people. 

There are many perks to oozing confidence, so who wouldn´t want to be confident!?

For many people, confidence is a necessity in achieving success. What that success relates to is subjective, it can relate to both professional and personal life. What is certain, is that confidence leads to success, which consequently results in happiness. 


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At some time in our lives we all face barriers, obstacles or difficulties that prevents us from feeling as confident as we want to be.

Previous experiences can lead to you lacking confidence or feeling self-concious, and although these things can be difficult to overcome, it is only ourselves who can determine our level of self-confidence.

The ability to project confidence is something that we can all do and something that we should all aim to achieve.

However, the all important question is…how??

What can I do to improve my confidence, my self-esteem or my self-worth?  Lewis mentioned a classic proverb  during the podcast, can you remember it? It references that should an individual fail to prepare adequately for any given task, then they should expect to fail. I would think that this is applicable to everybody, and highlights the importance of being prepared in all walks of life.

For other people, little more is required to improve their confidence than a few cheeky beers or a few glasses of wine.

We call this ´Dutch Courage´, and for the history aficionados or the merely curious amomgst you, the term originated many years ago in the early 17th century. British troops were fighting French King Louis XIV alongside their Dutch allies, and it is widely believed that they appreciated the confidence boosting  effects of Jenever (Dutch gin) before heading into battle!

What works best?

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In the podcast a list was put together, of tips and techniques to help with gaining and maintaining confidence. We´re not going to review them all in this post, as I encourage you to do that yourself and decide which works best for you. However my two preferred suggestions are what some may consider as polar opposites, and these are;

  1. To focus on things that we are good at.  Because we are good at something, we believe in ourselves, and we are able to exude confidence. What things are you good at?  I´m quite sure you won´t have to think too hard for something!!
  2. To go outside our comfort zone! As was mentioned, this one is somewhat of a contradiction to the suggestion above, but by trying something new and different, and achieving small goals, we realise we are able to succeed in areas that we once thought we might have failed. Thus giving us a tremendous confidence boost!

Which of these do you consider to be more beneficial in achieving confidence? Have you experience with both?To

History Lessons?

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So there we have it, a little insight into confidence as we view it here at Teachify. I hope you enjoyed your short English and History lesson (two for the price of one WOOHOO!!) and I encourage you all to try and believe in yourselves just a little bit more.

Before I leave you, i´m sure you have been eagerly anticipating this weeks joke.

I must warn you about our jokes, they´re  just like a box of chocolates….you don´t always know what you´re going to get. Some are good and some not so much….

Whats’ Forrest Gump’s password? 1forrest1

What was that?

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Interesting vocabulary:

To make an impression: to cause someone to notice and admire you.

Catch up: do tasks which one should have done earlier.

Cut to the chase: stop wasting time.

Tonnes: To possess a large amount of a given quality.

Hang on: to wait.

Refrained: stop oneself from doing something.

Oozing/exude confidence: to be very confident.

To Project: to appear confident.

Dutch courage: confidence gained by having an alcoholic drink. 

Troops: soldiers.

Go outside your comfort zone: doing things that you don’t feel comfortable doing

Confidence boost: to become confident.

15 Useful Business Terms

15 Useful Business Terms

Hello Everybody!


Today we are going to be taking a look at some useful business terms in English. This post will be particularly useful those of you who need to use English in a professional setting. So let’s take a look!

  1. Assets

Cash, Equipment or Land

  • At the time of his death, his total assets amounted to over £1,000,000!
  1. Liability


  • The company had to declare bankruptcy as their liabilities were so high.


  1. Net Loss

When money out exceeds money in.

  • The company made a net loss last year so we will need to cut expenses.
  1. Net Profit

When Money in exceeds money out.

  • Thanks to all of our hard work, the company made a net profit this year for the first time ever!
  1. B2B/B2C

Business to Business/ Business to Customer

  • Our company specializes in B2B sales rather than B2C
  1. Cash Flow

The movement of money in and out of a company.

  • We’ve been making a lot of sales recently so we should have a good cash flow.
  1. Profit Margin

Money made from sales that an individual or company keeps.

  • We are offering our services too cheaply, we need to increase our profit margins.
  1. Accounts Payable

Money you owe.

  • We need to closely monitor our accounts payable to make sure we aren’t spending too much money.
  1. Accounts Receivable

Money that you are owed.

  • The Accounts Receivable department is responsible for receiving all the money that we are owed.
  1. Balance Sheet

A document which shows a company’s key financial information.

  • I’ve been going over the figures on our balance sheet and the results are very worrying.
  1. Accounting

Recording of Finance

  • Our accounting team is the most important department in the company.
  1. Expenses

Money spent.

  • To save money we must reduce our monthly expenses.
  1. Owner’s Equity

% of assets for the owner.

  • There has been a change in the owner’s equity during the last quarter.
  1. Revenue


  • We need to find a way to increase our revenue.


  1. Return on Investment

The amount of profit you will receive compared to the investment you have made.

  • I’m sorry but we will need to see a much better return on investment if we are going to put any more money into your company.

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Now let’s see if you can use them in context!


  1. __________ involves the systematic recording and reporting of business financial transactions.
  2. ______ refers to your business’ cumulative financial holdings. These are usually classified as ‘current’ or ‘fixed.’
  3. We have a lot of ________ every month relating to equipment and inventory.
  4. If your total expenses exceed your overall revenues, you have a _______. The risk of a _______ is one of many good reasons to keep company costs under control.
  5. Your _________________, or ROI, shows how much you gained or lost on a business investment relative to how much you spent on it.
  6. If the purpose of your business is to supply goods and services to other businesses then you are a ___ organization. On the other hand if your business primarily supplies goods and services to customers then you operate a ___ company.
  7. ________ is the movement of money in and out of your business.
  8. Usually measured as a percentage _____________ usually refers to the owner’s part of a business.
  9. A _____________ is a key financial document that shows a snapshot of business assets, liabilities and owner’s equity.
  10. _________________ is the amount of money your customers or clients owe your business.
  11. _______________ is the amount of money that you owe others for goods or services provided to you.
  12. You need to pay any ___________ owed to other businesses.
  13. _______ refers to the amount of income your business receives.
  14. ____________ refers to how much profit you keep on your total sales.
  15. __________ represents total revenue minus total expenses.

Jack’s Music Box – Noah & the Whale: 5 Years Time

Jack’s Music Box – Noah & the Whale: 5 Years Time

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Welcome back to another brand spanking new edition of Jack’s Music Box, the best English learning/Music blog this side of the Iberian Peninsula! Today we are going to be looking at 5 Years Time by Noah & the Whale. This band is extra special because they come from Twickenham, which is also my hometown in London!

About the Artist

The band was formed in 2006 and rather interestingly once included Laura Marling (a name fans of  UK folk music will certainly be familiar with.) The band released their first album Peaceful, the World Lays me Down in 2006. The band would continue to grow in popularity, releasing 3 more studio albums and playing at notable venues such as the Royal Albert Hall along with Coachella and Glastonbury Festivals.

In late 2013, the band embarked on a hiatus before announcing they had split up in 2015. Since the breakup of the band the members of Noah and the Whale have pursued solo careers and joined other bands such as Mumford and Sons.

About the Song

5 Years Time was Noah and the Whale’s first single, released in 2007. We chose 5 Years Time  to look at today as it includes a lot of very simple vocabulary making it ideal for all levels. The song also makes a lot of predictions so perfect for familiarizing yourselves with the future tense!

Enjoy the song below:

The Lyrics

Oh well, in five years time, we could be walking ’round a zoo
With the sun shining down over me and you
And there’ll be love in the bodies of the elephants too
And I’ll put my hands over your eyes, but you’ll peep through

And there’ll be sun, sun, sun all over our bodies
And sun, sun, sun all down our necks
And there’ll sun, sun, sun all over our faces
And sun, sun, sun – so what the heck!

‘Cause I’ll be laughing at all your silly little jokes
And we’ll be laughing about how we used to smoke
All those stupid little cigarettes and drink stupid wine
‘Cause it’s what we needed to have a good time

But it was fun, fun, fun when we were drinking
It was fun, fun, fun when we were drunk
And it was fun, fun, fun when we were laughing
It was fun, fun, fun; oh it was fun

Oh well, I look at you and say
It’s the happiest that I’ve ever been
And I’ll say I no longer feel I have to be James Dean
And she’ll say “Yeah, well, I feel all pretty happy too
And I’m always pretty happy when I’m just kicking back with you”

And it’ll be love, love, love all through our bodies
And love, love, love all through our minds
And it’ll be love, love, love all over her face
And love, love, love all over mine

Although maybe all these moments are just in my head
I’ll be thinking about them as I’m lying in bed
And all that I believe, it might not even come true
But in my mind I’m havin’ a pretty good time with you

In five years time, I might not know you
In five years time, we might not speak
In five years time, we might not get along
In five years time, you might just prove me wrong

Oh there’ll be love, love, love
Wherever you go
There’ll be love

Interesting Vocabulary

Shining: Sparkling

Peep Through: Have a Look

What the Heck!: What the Hell!

No Longer: Not Anymore

Pretty: Quite

Kicking Back: Relaxing

Lying: Reclining

Get Along: To Have a Good Relationship

Prove Me Wrong: Show me I’m Wrong

Wherever: Any Place

Teachify Case Studies – Facebook

Teachify Case Studies - Facebook

Hello there!

Welcome to Teachify Case Studies a new blog series where we take a look at successful companies and how their business works. This series is ideal for those of you with an advanced level of English looking to learn some more professional vocabulary! Today we will be taking a look at Facebook.

About Facebook

Facebook is a company that needs no introduction. It was named the 6th most valuable brand in the world in 2019 with 2.6 billion monthly active users! Currently Facebook makes a whopping $17.4 billion from advertising revenue!

Facebook has remained a controversial company throughout its inception. The success of Facebook has sparked conversations about user privacy, the influence of social media on politics along with the effects that Facebook has on users who suffer from mental illnesses. Regardless of your stance on these issues, you cannot deny that Facebook has built an incredibly successful business model.

The social media giant was formed by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg. Originally Zuckerberg had created a website called Face Mash, a website where Harvard students could rate their classmates by attractiveness. After receiving a lot of attention from fellow Harvard students, the university shut the website down stating it violated privacy rules.


Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg expanded on his initial idea by creating The Facebook in 2004, a digitized version of the University of Harvard’s student directory. Originally, only Harvard students could create a Facebook account, however due to the popularity of the site, Facebook spread its operations to Columbia, Stanford and Yale universities before gradually becoming available in universities across the USA.

In June the same year the company had received its first investment from Pay Pal cofounder Peter Thiel. The Facebook dropped the ‘the’ from its title in 2005 and became Facebook. By May Facebook opened up to high schools along with several companies including Apple and Microsoft before becoming available to anyone over the age of 13 in 2006.

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Companies began to see the potential for Facebook as a source of advertisement. In 2007 there were over 100,000 pages that companies were using to promote themselves. Facebook continued to grow with Microsoft purchasing a 1.6% share in the company for $240 million in 2007. In 2009 Facebook was ranked the most used Social media platform in the world.

Facebook began to find itself the subject of criticism in 2015 for a rise in the amount of fake news and misleading information which could be found on the site. It has been suggested that the sharing of fake news on Facebook heavily influenced the 2016 Referendum to leave the EU in the UK along with US presidential election.

Since the 2016 US presidential election Facebook has announced several measures to help users fact check sources, however many feel that the social media platform has not done enough to combat the spread of misleading information. For example, Facebook’s decision to include far right news agency Breitbart news as a ‘trusted source’ has been criticized by many.

The 2018 Cambridge Analytica Scandal revealed that millions of Facebook users’ data had been harvested since 2013. The information harvested from these profiles had been used to benefit Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential Campaign.

Despite these controversies and a slight drop off in its user base, Facebook remains an incredibly popular social media platform. Facebook’s 2012 acquisition of Instagram and 2014 acquisition of Whatsapp ensures that the social media giant is just as relevant as ever. Who knows what the future holds for Facebook, many have predicted a decline for the social media platform, however for now it seems that Facebook isn’t going anywhere.

Useful Vocabulary

Brand – A product

Whopping – Large or very big

Revenue – Income

To Spark – to inspire or begin

Stance – Position

Harvested – Collected

Share: A part of  a company

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