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P.5 - Business

Business English: Women in the workplace

Average: 3 (14 votes)

For years now, women have been fighting to be given the same level of responsibility and the same wages as men. In fact, in the UK a female executive doing the same job as a male gets an average of £10,000 less per year.

Business Idioms

Average: 3.6 (16 votes)

Whether we like it or not, the English speaking workplace is overflowing with idioms.

Business English: Making Decisions

Average: 3.1 (12 votes)

We all have to make decisions every day. Some decisions are simple, some are more difficult.

Decision-making increasingly happens at all levels of a business, and it's an important part of being successful in business.

Do you consider yourself to be a good decision maker? What do you need to do before you make a business decision? What must you do and think about before deciding what decision to take?

Business English - Networking

Average: 4.1 (14 votes)

Networking: - Interacting with other people to exchange information and develop contacts, especially to further your career.

This lesson will give you some good hints on successful networking, as well as helping you to practise some business vocabulary. Read through the article and try to fit the gaps with the business vocabulary listed below.

Business English Idioms

Average: 4.1 (16 votes)

Are any of you studying English for business purposes? Idioms are really common in the workplace and can be heard everywhere, in offices or on factory floors. Here are seven of the most common.

Business before pleasure - you should finish your work before starting to relax and enjoy yourself.

A done deal - a final decision or agreement.

Business English at EC

Average: 3.2 (12 votes)

English is one of the most widely spoke languages in the world, and most businesses depend on their staff having a good level of English in order to progress in the cut and thrust world of trade today.

A German manufacturing company may need to deal with a Chinese import/export firm and it is not uncommon that English is the language used, not just for meetings and negotiation but socially too.

So what can students expect from a Business English course at EC?

Business English - Formal Idioms

Average: 3.5 (16 votes)

Read the following short story. Pay attention to the idioms:
Lesson by David, EC London English school

Advanced Level Reading: Law, Finance and Business

Average: 3 (8 votes)

This lesson is about the infamous Bernard Madoff. He is known for one of the worst investment frauds in history. If you are interested in finance, economics, investment or any related area of business, then this lesson is perfect for you!

Business English - Confused in the workplace

Average: 3.8 (12 votes)

There are some words related to work that can be very confusing, as they sound similar but have very different meanings. For example:

Employer- the person who employs people (the boss).
Employee- the person who works for the employer.

Business English Idiom: Olive Branch

Average: 2.7 (7 votes)

Take a look at this sentence which appears on businessweek's website report on an official visit by a US politician to China:

"U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner’s visit to Beijing is a “very encouraging” development that offers an “olive branch” to China ahead of a series of meetings."