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Vanessa: Hi, I'm Vanessa, from SpeakingEnglishwithVanessa.com.
Do you know any business idioms or phrasal verbs?
Let's talk about them.
Today you're going to learn three business phrasal verbs and three business idioms.
But as you might know, a lot of the videos on my channel are about conversational English.
So when I wanted to make a video about business English, I thought, "Who are some experts
who can help me with professional English expressions?"
I have a great solution for you.
Today, I'm joined with Leila and Sabrah from Love English; the Love English YouTube channel.
They are university English teachers.
So, every day they help students with professional, polite English.
Whether that is passing an important English exam, so that you can get a promotion, so
that you can get a better job, so that you get a Visa to go to another country, they
are experts at this kind of professional, polite English.
Make sure that after you watch this video, you check out the link in the description
to the lesson that we did on their channel about the top English interview questions
and answers.
This is a fun, entertaining and useful lesson that we did together.
It's really great to work with other English teachers, and I hope that it will be to your
Sabrah: Hello, everybody.
We're Love English.
I'm Sabrah.
Leila: And I'm Leila.
Sabrah: Thank you so much, Vanessa, for having us on your channel and asking us to help you
out with explaining some of these business expressions and idioms.
Leila: So, we are British, if you can't tell.
Our accents are British, and we've got a flag, just to help you recognize where we're from.
We are real teachers.
We teach at a British University college.
We help students go to university and improve their language.
Sabrah: Thank you so much, Vanessa.
Let's get on with the expressions.
Vanessa: The first phrasal verb that we're going to talk about is: To go over something.
The first idiom is: To cut corners.
Leila and Sabrah, how would you use these in professional business situations?
To go over something.
To go over something.
Leila: Let's start with a phrasal verb: To go over something.
A very common phrasal verb, isn't it, Sabrah?
Sabrah: Yes, it is.
Definitely, yeah.
Leila: When we go over something, we review.
Often a document or a plan, or even a business proposal.
So, it means to review and look at in detail to make sure there's no problems.
Sabrah: So, if you want somebody to check something at work you might say, "Can you
go over this for me?
I'm not sure about these numbers.
Could you go over the figures?"
Leila: Perfect example.
Yes, figures is something, and numbers.
Sabrah: Yes, and numbers.
Vanessa: To cut corners.
To cut corners.
Sabrah: An idiom that kind of means that opposite is, to cut corners.
To cut corners means to reduce the amount of time or money spent on doing something.
Often, it ends up that you don't do such a good job because you've cut corners.
Vanessa: Yes, exactly.
Sabrah: So, for example, if you cut corners when you're a student learning English, you
might get someone else to help you write your essays.
Yeah, you go the quick way, but it might not necessarily mean that you do such a good job
or that you learn as much.
How would we use it in business, Leila?
Leila: In business you may try and cut corners when it comes to a project that you are investing
So you might want to save some money and maybe not have as many members of staff that you
need, which means that the job really isn't as good as it should be.
Sabrah: So generally it's a bit of a negative thing, guys, to cut corners.
I hope you guys aren't doing that.
Vanessa: Thanks so much for going over these important expressions.
You certainly didn't cut any corners.
The next expressions that we're going to talk about are: To come up, and, better late than
Leila and Sabrah, how would you use these?
To come up.
To come up.
Leila: Okay.
Another phrase that you will probably hear in the office is to come up.
Something comes up.
And this just simply means that another situation arises.
To come up means to rise.
Another situation arises and you need to delay what you are doing.
So you may have planned to have a meeting, but something might come up.
You might get caught in a business phone call that you have to take and you can't go to
the meeting.
Sabrah: Yeah.
"So sorry.
This opportunity has come up.
I can't miss it."
Things like that.
Sometimes people will leave a meeting early because they'll say, "I'm really sorry, but
actually something more important has come up.
I have to leave.
I'm so sorry."
Things like that.
So yes, it is very, very common in the workplace.
And it happens unexpectedly, really.
Vanessa: Better late than never.
Better late than never.
Sabrah: Right.
This one, guys, actually it's a great expression.
Leila: It is.
Sabrah: Because I actually say it.
Leila: Yes, you do.
Sabrah: I tend to be a bit of a late person.
I'm not the best with time management.
Leila knows.
So I will often say, better late than never.
Leila: No, I'll say it when you turn up late.
Sabrah: Yeah, that's true, actually.
Leila: "Oh, sorry, Leila.
I'm late."
"Oh, all right.
Better late than never."
Sabrah: So it means it's better to arrive than to never come, to never arrive.
So yes, I think it's very easy to understand that one, better late than never.
Leila: It's not just talking about arriving, though.
That's a great example.
But it is meaning things like waiting for a telephone call.
It might mean you're waiting for somebody to come back with an answer about a project.
Sabrah: Yes, coming in then.
Leila: Yeah, you're expecting something.
Sabrah: Yes, exactly.
Vanessa: Thanks for that great explanation.
The next time that something comes up and you're late, you can say, "Well, better late
than never."
The next two expressions that we're going to talk about are: to wrap up, and call it
a day.
Leila and Sabrah, what do these mean?
To wrap up something.
To wrap up something.
Leila: Another phrase with that, actually, I would say we maybe use a little bit less
here in the U.K. but definitely I've heard the Americans use this phrase ...
Sabrah: It's very big in America, yeah.
Leila: To wrap things up.
And basically it means to bring things to a close, to finish.
So if we're in a meeting, you might say, "All right, let's ..."
Sabrah: "Let's wrap things up, guys.
That's it.
We don't have any more time now, let's wrap it up."
Leila: You might also be working on a project with somebody and you might say, "Okay.
Let's do this, this and this, and then wrap things up."
Sabrah: It's also used very often in the film making industry.
Leila: It is.
Sabrah: They say, "And that's a wrap," when it's finished.
Not so much in business, but definitely used in Hollywood.
Vanessa: To call it a day.
To call it a day.
Sabrah: Okay.
So an idiom for this is, "Let's call it a day."
Let's call it a day means that's it now.
Let's call it a day.
The day has finished.
So the working day is over.
Let's call it the end of the day, for example.
Very common.
We say this to each other, actually.
Vanessa: We say it, yeah, yeah.
Sabrah: After we've been filming for Love English, we'll go, "Phew ..."
Leila: "Let's call it a day."
Sabrah: "We've done enough now so let's just call it a day."
So it just means that's it.
The day is finished, let's go home.
Leila: All right, guys.
We are going to call it a day now, and thank you and Vanessa for watching this lesson and
joining us on this great collaboration.
Sabrah: Thank you so much for having us, again, Vanessa, and hello to all your audience.
It's great to get to know you guys a little bit.
Thank you so much for having us, and good luck in all your business meetings.
Leila: Absolutely.
Sabrah: Don't cut any corners, and make sure you go over things very carefully.
Vanessa: All right.
Let's wrap up this lesson.
It's time to call it a day.
Let me know in the comments below this lesson, were any of these phrasal verbs or idioms
new to you?
Do you ever cut corners?
When did something come up?
What time are you ready to call it a day at your job?
Thank you so much for joining me in this special video with Leila and Sabrah from Love English.
Make sure you check out the other video we did together on their channel about the top
interview questions and how to answer them and how not to answer them.
You can click on the link in the description or up here.
Thanks so much for joining me and I'll see you again next Friday.
The next step is to download my free e-book.
Five steps to becoming a confident English speaker.
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