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The Art of Business English

Author: Andrew Ambrosius

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Andrew Ambrosius invites you to The Art of Business English (AOBE). The premier podcast for those who wish to improve their business English skills and confidence. Listen in as Andrew provides useful strategies and lessons for learners. Immerse yourself in weekly episodes, with tips, vocabulary, expressions and coaching. These compelling lessons reveal how anyone can learn, improve and go through the often daunting task of learning a second language. Get inspired as Andrew shares stories and shows us all that anyone with the desire and focus can work with international clients of all levels. Andrew inspires and empowers his listeners to gain the confidence to improve their English language skills. Learn to overcome your fears and self-doubt. This inspirational and uplifting show also gives listeners the opportunity to learn with our guests, as Andrew offers interesting tips and insight into how even the best can improve their business English skills. One of a kind and unique in every aspect. Welcome to The Art of Business English.

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Modern businesses nowadays are pushing for more inclusiveness in the workplace. Sexism and gender bias are completely unacceptable and there is a push to have more women and minorities in more senior roles within the organization.  Did you know that there is a simple little linguistic trick that you can use both in your oral and written communication to sound more politically correct?
When you hear the words “meeting on Monday at 9”, most people groan and think, “God! Not another meeting.” So, what if there was a way to start your meetings in style, to get people engaged and make those meetings more productive. Well, today I am going to show you five ways in which you can open a meeting in style and get people thinking.   Obviously, if you are running or organizing the meeting, you are probably a bit nervous, especially if your meeting is run in English. To help you overcome your anxiety, I am going to explain to you the “why” and the “how”. This means you will understand why we should do it and also the language you will need to get these techniques working.
Don’t let your English level make you suffer when you have to attend your next business meeting in English. Follow my tips and become a more confident participant in business meetings.  
In today’s lesson, you will learn some useful expressions for making suggestions. I will also teach you how to respond to someone’s suggestions as well as vocabulary for expressing reservations.  
In this short lesson you will learn how to use the verbs speak, talk, discuss and argue correctly.
Hi again and welcome to The Art of Business English. This week we are going to be looking at some metaphors that contain body parts.  The use of metaphors in English is very common, so what is a metaphor?  According to the Cambridge dictionary, a metaphor is an expression in English that describes a person or an object which possesses similar characteristics to the thing we are trying to describe.  For example, "He has a heart of stone." is a metaphor used to describe someone who has no feelings or empathy towards others.  So, now that you are clear on what a metaphor is I am going to show you some very useful ones that you can use in business to describe certain situations.  As always, I will give you the expression and then the meaning, as well as an example sentence to help you understand the context.  Let's jump to it. 
The Difference Between Current, Currently, Actual And Actually You would be surprised how often these words are confused or used incorrectly in English. They are often referred to as "false friends", because when you translate them, you think they mean the same in your native language as in English, however they are not. This then leads to some confusion among the people who are listening to you and obviously makes your English sound less fluent.    So, with that being the case, today I thought I would share a little episode with you on how you can use these words correctly and explain the common mistakes that people, especially Spanish speakers make.    Let's get to it.      Current & Currently Current is both an adjective and a noun, when we use current as a noun we are referring to the movement of water in the sea or in a river. For example, if someone gets caught in a current, then they can get taken out to sea.    We can also use current as a noun to describe the flow of air. Planes can experience turbulence when there are changes in the air currents, or you can experience a refreshing current of air on a warm summers day as it moves through your house.    Lastly, we can also use current when we are talking about the flow of electricity, as we can have an electrical current moving through something.    When we use current as an adjective we are in fact referring to something that is present time, or belonging to the present. It is when we use current as an adjective when we run into problems.    The word currently is an adverb that is used to mean at the present time. We use it when we are talking about things that we are doing in the present. For example:   Currently, I am learning to play the guitar.  Actual and Actually Actual is an adjective that means "real" or "something factual". While actually, is an adverb and is used to state the truth or facts, as well as to express surprise or to add additional information.    Look at these examples: "The quote we were originally given was much less than the actual price we ended up paying." (meaning real)   "We need to understand what the market is actually doing, instead of just reacting to changes." (meaning really)   "I can't believe you actually trusted him. Everyone knows he is a liar." (meaning you're surprised)   "John said he would be late to the meeting, he said to start without him actually." (meaning additional information, actually could go at the beginning or end of the second clause) Common mistakes made Typically the most common mistakes made with current/currently and actual/actually is that in other languages (not English) they can look like they mean the same thing, so people make a direct translation.   Let me demonstrate with the following examples:   With German, actual means  "tatsächlich, and actually means eigentlich”, not “aktuell”.   Similarly in Spanish, actual means, "real, verdadero, mismo, concreto" and actually means "de hecho", not "actualmente".   So, if you want to use the adverb "actualmente" in English, you would need to use, "currently", "at present" or "at the moment".     Conversely, if you want to use the Spanish word "actual", then in English you would need to say current. For example, compare the two sentences below:   English: "The current problem we face is rising transportation costs".   Spanish: "El problema actual al que nos enfrentamos es el aumento de los costes de transporte." Final thoughts   As I am sure you will agree, this all sounds a little bit confusing, especially when we may already be used to using these words in English. However, it is an important lesson to learn and an important distinction to make. Using these words correctly is very important for your English and for making sure you do not confuse people, especially at work.    I hope you have found this lesson useful and interesting. Please let me know your thoughts by commenting below.    If you are looking to improve your English grammar skills then take a look at my list of general English courses below.    See you all next week for more free episodes of The Art of Business English. 
Today I am looking at 4 linking expressions used in English that are commonly confused. If you are wondering how to use these linkers correctly then don’t miss this episode.
In this episode, we will explore common expressions used when describing trends.   Send us your questions over at
This week on The Art of Business English, we will explore eight commonly used expressions with the word 'get'!   Send us your questions over at
At the Art of Business English, we love to be on the bleeding edge of the English language. We want you to have the latest and most popular business English vocabulary at your disposal. This week, we celebrate the podcast's 3 year anniversary with guests, a retrospective on the show's most popular episodes, and predictions for the future.    
This week on the AOBE podcast I have put together a list of 12 Phrasal verbs and collocations used in socialising. These collocations are commonly used in informal contexts when you are meeting friends or arranging to meet people. In this lesson you are going to learn the expression, the meaning and then how to use them. If you have any questions or would like to add yours to the list, then why don’t you send me a message on speakpipe below or drop me a comment. Let’s take a look
This week I explain the correct ways to use fall as a verb with prepositions. When we change the preposition that follows the verb, we change the meaning slightly.
At the Art of Business English we love to be on the bleeding edge of the English language. We want you to have the latest and most popular business English vocabulary at your disposal.    This week we have the second yearly installation of words and expressions that we have found through research. Expressions that are being used now in business and ones that you can start to learn and put into practice this year. 
This week on the Art of Business English I have a very useful lesson for you that will improve your listening skills and ensure that you are more effective when dealing with people in many different situations. These tips are useful not only at work, but also in your personal life. To be a good listener, it is always a good idea to show someone that you are in fact listening to them. In order to do this, you should have knowledge of some simple expressions that you can use to acknowledge people when they are sharing information with you. So, let's dive in a look at some simple, yet useful expressions, which you can use, to make you a better listener.
​Hi again, and welcome to The Art of Business English podcast. This week I have a lesson on idioms for talking about satisfaction and dissatisfaction.  Some of these expressions can be a little informal, so make sure you are careful to use them in the correct context.  Let's take a look. 
In episode 150 of The Art of Business English, I am joined once again by Lloic all the way from Cape Town in South Africa. We discuss the topic of how you can gain some skills to become more international and learn to live a freer life anywhere around the world. As you will see, learning English is central to being able to move about the world, to earning money in countries with stronger currencies and spending it in cheaper countries.
149 Words for talking about objectives   A happy new year to everyone. Welcome to the first episodes of The Art of Business English for 2021. I trust you have all had a wonderful break and are slowly getting back to work and thinking about your new year’s resolutions and all the things that you have planned for the new year.   With that in mind, and as I am sure many of you are doing strategic planning for the coming year, I thought I would share some words with you that you can use to talk about objectives. These words and expressions can be used to talk about anything you have planned to achieve in the future, whether it be for business or in your personal life.   Let’s dive into episode 149.   To set a target   Meaning: the practice of giving people targets to achieve and of deciding what these targets should be.   Example: We have set a sales target of 10 sales per day for the first quarter.     To have a goal   Meaning: the process of deciding what you want to achieve or what you want someone else to achieve over a particular period.   Example: I have a goal this year of reading 52 books.     To be goal orientated   Meaning: a goal-oriented person or team works hard to achieve good results in the tasks that they have been given.   Example: I need to be goal-orientated this year if I want to reach my full potential.   Outcomes focused   Meaning: to be focused on the result or effect of an action, situation, or event.   Example: We need to be outcome focused if we want to move systematically towards our yearly goals.   Aim for   Meaning: to focus on something with the intention of achieving a desire outcome.   Example: This year the company is aiming for new customers in international markets.   To make it one’s mission   Meaning: any work that someone believes it is their duty to do:   Example: I will make it my mission to ensure my team is prepared for any unexpected events this year.   In order to   Meaning: So as to, intention or purpose   Example: I am studying English this year in order to improve my job prospects.   To draw up a plan   Meaning: outline the objectives to reach a desired goal   Example: We should draw up a plan before committing to anything big this year.     To state one’s intentions   Meaning: Clearly say what you plan to do   Example: I have stated my intentions for this year, I am giving up smoking.   To fulfil one’s aspirations   Meaning: to achieve a goal or objective that is strongly desired   Example: As manager of this team, this year we should aim to fulfil the company’s aspirations of becoming the biggest name in our sector.     Final thoughts   Well, that brings us to the end of the first episode for 2021. Let’s hope that this year brings us more calm and prosperity. I hope you enjoy these expressions and find them useful for your planning and goal setting for the next 12 months.   If you would like to learn how you can set goals for the coming year, then make sure you check my post here, “How to goal set for the new year”.   Take care and see you all next week.
Reflections on 2020

Reflections on 2020


What a year it has been. May this post be a reminder to all that 2020 was one of the most difficult in living memory for the majority of the world's population.    As we say good bye to 2020, this week I give you some of my reflections and wish you all a brighter, more prosperous 2021.    I have also included the most popular episodes from this year so that you can catch up on any that you missed.   Stay safe and may 2021 bring you health, wealth and happiness. 
Welcome back to The Art of Business English. Well, it's almost Christmas and this week I am going to finish up my two-part series into the Passive Voice.  Today, I will be looking at the Passive Voice for reporting and for talking about having or getting services done.  Below I have also included some popular Christmas episodes for you which you can look back on and check out if you haven't listened to them in the past. 
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Mojtaba Reyhani

Adorable, British accent, I love your accent.

Dec 11th
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