English Lesson: Talking about your job & work

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Let’s talk about work today. Here is a conversation I have had quite often: Michael: Hi. I’m Michael. Nice to meet you. Thom: Hi Michael. I’m Thom. It’s nice to meet you too. Michael: So Thom, what do you do? Thom: I’m an office worker. Michael: I see, but what do you do? Thom: I’m a businessman. Michael: Right, but …

English Vocabulary Lesson: Basic Business English

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ABC Company was launched in 1999. At the time, it was a small firm, serving just local clientele.  But business started booming, and ABC grew into an international powerhouse. ABC didn’t need to worry about the bottom line, because sales were strong and careful management kept overheads at a reasonable level. The results were amazing. Quarter after quarter, the profit …

English Idiom “Rip-off” from Happy English NY

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Today we are going to look at the idiom rip-off, which can be used as a noun or a verb. This  expression means stealing or cheating. We often use rip-off when we feel we have been overcharged for something. In this case, we say that something is/was a rip-off:      -They charge $9 for a beer at the baseball stadium. What …

English Idiom Lesson “Get with the Program” Happy English NY

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“Get with the program” or “get with it” has few possible meanings and uses. Let’s look at this popular English expression! The first meaning we will look at is “pay attention to what’s happening now” in the news or pop culture. If you know someone who is a little behind the times, they need to get with the program or …

Idiom Lesson “Call it a day” From Happy English NY!

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Sometimes you’ll work hard on a project, and even though it’s not finished, you are finished working on it for the day. You plan to continue working another time. In this case, you can “call it a day.” How do we use this idiom? First of all, please use all four words exactly like this: “call it a day.” The …