5 Work Related Idioms

5 Work Related Idioms

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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

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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

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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….

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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.

Teachify Case Studies – Facebook

Teachify Case Studies - Facebook

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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.

 

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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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5 Business Related Phrasal Verbs

5 Business Related Phrasal Verbs

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In today’s blog post, I thought I would share some handy business related phrasal verbs. These are perfect for using around the office with any English speaking colleagues.

Hammer Out – To produce something with difficulty.

  • After many sleepless nights, congress hammered out the 2015 federal budget.

Head Up – To lead.

  • Sandra got her MBA at Wharton and now she heads up IBM.

Iron Out – To perfect or to remove flaws.

  • Let’s get the legal team to iron out the details on these contracts.

Nail Down – To finalize something.

  • Lucy and Stephen need to nail down their marketing campaign.

Opt Out – To decline from an option.

  • If the same workshop is being offered next week, I’ll opt out today.

 

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Now see if you can put them into practice, fill in the gaps!

  • Real Betis needs to score another goal to__________ their victory over Real Sociedad.
  • I would like to_________ of todays meeting if possible.
  • We would like you to_________ our operations in Madrid.
  • A deal was______________ between the government and the strikers to end the protests.
  • We need to meet with the lawyer to_________ the final details of the land purchase.

Dazzle Your Work Colleagues With These 8 Business Related Idioms!

Dazzle Your Work Colleagues With These 8 Business Related Idioms!

Following on from our post about age related idioms, we thought that we would share some of our favorite business related business and work related colloquial phrases. As usual, these idioms are not only limited to the world of work but can also be used in a variety of different situations!

1. In a Nutshell

To summarise something briefly, for example:

  • “Just give me the facts in a nutshell!”

This idiom dates back to 77AD and was first used by Roman writer Pliny when describing a copy of Homer’s Iliad, claiming that it was in such a tiny hand that it could fit into the “shell of a nut. “

2. To be on the Same Page

To agree on something, for example:

  • Let’s go over the contract once more to make sure that we are on the same page.
The origins of this idiom are unclear, though some believe that it relates to choir singers having to be on the same page when they were singing. The Idiom first began being used around the late 1970s.

3. A no Brainer

Something that is very obvious or easy, for example:

  • Making money at an investment bank is a no brainer.

This idiom dates back to 1959, originally meaning to be easily won. However around 10 years later  the meaning shifted to it’s current definition.

4. By the Book

To do things according to the rules, for example:

  • The policeman does everything by the book.

The ‘book’ in question is likely to be the bible as the original definition meant ‘I swear it to be true.’ The earliest example of it’s current definition can be found in Edgar Allen Poe’s Murders in Rue Morgue from 1845: “To have a retentive memory, and to proceed by ‘the book’, are points commonly regarded as the sum total of good playing.”

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5. To Touch Base

To make contact with someone. For example:

  • I will touch base with you later on today.

This idiom most likely stems from baseball, as ‘touching’ each ‘base’ is a vital part of the game.

6. Cut Throat

Very intense or aggressive competition.

  • Competition in the food retailing business is cut throat.

7. Go the Extra Mile

Do more than what’s expected, for example:

        We go the extra mile to ensure our customers get the best shopping experience.

 

This idiom funnily enough dates all the way back to the bible: “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.” According to Roman law, Roman soldiers could order a Jewish person to carry his pack for one mile. In this quote Jesus is asking his followers to go 2 miles instead of one.

8. See Something Through

Continue something until its finished, for example:

  • I want to see this project through before taking on another one.

 

I hope that you found this post helpful, if you have any questions leave a comment below!