Business Idioms 1

This six module course helps English language learners build their knowledge of business idioms and their understanding of them in different business scenarios.

On the course we cover idioms for marketing, finance, behaviour, operations and production, manegament and planning. 

Each module introduces a wide range of idioms, with detailed explanations, scenario based learning situations for contextual learning and practice exercises to ensure knowledge acquisition. 

28 students enrolled

Last updated: 10/2020

Created by Lloic Bellet

  • Language: English
  • Course duration:6 - 8 weeks (includes lifetime access to all updates)
  • Effort: 3  hours a week (self-paced online learning)


  • Category: Business English


  • marketing idioms
  • Finance idioms
  • behaviour idioms
  • operations and productions idioms
  • management idioms
  • planning idioms


"Give me a ballpark figure regarding the cost of this project".

"That kind of proposal probably won't fly with the boss. He's tight with funds and won't go over budget one penny".

"If we want to corner the market, we'll have to drum up a better advertising plan".

Unless you have a good understanding of business idioms in English, you will likely be confused when someone you work with makes these statements. Idioms like "ballpark figure" and "corner the market" are commonly used in everyday business English. Unfortunately, in the fast-paced, competitive world of corporate America, asking someone to explain what an idiom means every five minutes won't help you achieve your career goals.

Some English business idioms have been around for a long time. Others enter the language on a daily basis due to the advancements in digital technology. For example, "burning the midnight oil" is an old idiom still heard today because it remains useful. What better way for a boss to nicely tell an employee "don't go to sleep until you have finished the project" by implying they should "burn the midnight oil"?

Newer business idioms in English include "scouring the Internet" and "putting in facetime". When you take our six-module course to help build your knowledge of business idioms, you will learn that:

  • To "scour" in English means to "scrape or rub something clean". So, if you hear a co-worker say they are going to "scour the Internet" for stock market values of a certain company, that indicates they plan to spend a lot of time searching for information on many websites.
  • To "put in facetime" means you plan to remain in your office working late into the evening instead of going home to work remotely. However, the idiomatic part of saying you are "putting in facetime" implies you are only staying late to impress the boss.

Understanding and using business idioms in English shows you are taking your career seriously. It also shows that you have taken the time to learn to communicate as effectively as possible with coworkers, supervisors and people associated with your company. In addition, when you can smartly insert business idioms into your daily conversations, you'll feel more confident and empowered to talk about your ideas and aspirations with coworkers and bosses.

Our comprehensive course provides ESL learners with the information they need to improve their vocabulary with business idioms heard in a variety of corporate scenarios. Each module introduces a new set of business idioms with detailed explanations behind their meanings. Modules also include scenario-based learning situations for contextual experience and practice exercises to ensure you understand the concept behind each idiom. Our courses on business idioms in English cover hundreds of finance, marketing, management, production and operations idioms.

When you enroll in our English idioms course, expect the course to take about six to eight weeks to complete if you commit at least three hours per week to the course. Since this is a self-paced, online learning set of modules, you can commit as many hours or as few hours per week to accommodate your schedule.

Who this course is for:

  • Adult learners of English as a second language.
  • Professionals who need to use English at work.
  • Anyone with an intermediate level of English who wants to expand their knowledge of English expressions and improve their listening and reading skills.

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Paula Perez

I have contact with foreign companies and it is very common I have to attend meetings with foreign people. So I have tried to improve my English by online courses. AOBE has helped me improve in my job.

  • 4.8 instructor rating
  • 58 reviews
  • 236 students
  • Over 5 years coaching experience

Lloic Bellet

trainer and coach

I am a native English speaker based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Corporate executive by day with over 20 years of experience in international trade and business management. First of all, my focus is helping you improve your English conversation!

In addition to an MBA and Member of IATEFL, I hold TEFL + online teaching certification. I am:

1. online and offline TEFL qualified
2. qualified to teach business English online
3. fluent in the language of business 
4. able to converse at different levels of business management
5. available one-on-one as an English tutor at italki

Because YOU have important business discussions and English conversations YOU want to participate in, I specialize in Business conversational English. Sessions are aimed at improving your ability to communicate across a variety of business topics.


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Jordi Peña

Thank you so much for helping me to improve my Business English! I learnt a lot of techniques from your coaching classes.

Marta Ribera

If you want a wider view of Global Communication, The Art of Business English is one of the best ways to achieve it. Highly recommended!

Paula Perez

I have contact with foreign companies and it is very common I have to attend meetings with foreign people. So I have tried to improve my English by online courses. AOBE has helped me improve in my job.