I have lived in the US and New Zealand and now I work for a real estate investment company in New Zealand. When you hear about business overseas, you might think that English is difficult. However, even if you usually have difficulty with English, just a clever phrase will come out and your evaluation will change drastically. This section introduces expressions that can be used in business.
1. What are you up to?
Expressions used in a friendly relationship
This expression can be used when you say “Hey, what are you doing now?” Or “What are you feeling now?” Be careful as it cannot be used by bosses or seniors.
Everyone used to learn the expression “How are you?” In English classes a long time ago. This expression is a phrase that expresses this casually at a good tempo.
How to answer
When asked, tell them what you are doing or what you plan to do. For example, “I’m updating my instagram” or “I’m going to hang out with my friends” is.
This kind of conversation can be done easily and the sense of distance from the other party can be greatly reduced.
2. Can I ask you about…?
I hear clearly what I do not understand
This is the expression “Can I ask about ~?” When talking to the other party, you may not know what you are saying, whether for business or private. And you don’t have to know.
Especially in business, it is important to ask your partner if you do not understand. In Japan, I don’t ask my boss so much, and if I just listen too much, I think that I don’t like it if I don’t know anything! But don’t be reluctant to do something you don’t understand, especially overseas. And unless you have a good deal, your partner will tell you well.
Listening to details will improve your English
By listening to what you don’t understand, you will be able to understand the business well and improve your English skills dramatically. This is because the other person can explain in an easy-to-understand manner, so you can learn English together with the explanation. If you can hear how the other person is explaining, you will be able to explain to others using that expression.
By listening back, you can understand the contents of the business and improve your English. Two birds with one stone.
3. Assuming that…
Negotiating and explaining …
This is Imako, “Assuming that …” Used when negotiating or explaining something to the other party.
Exceptional business talk
For example, using this expression, “Assuming that … if we are selling this product for six months your benefit ratio is going to be …” The profit margin for your company is…) ”and you can have a crisp conversation. Persuasive power is also high.
In any business scene, it is very important to have conversations based on predictions based on specific numbers. If you can make regular business talks in English, your business opportunities will be world-class at once.
Enjoy the business
One reason why Japanese people are still unable to go abroad is that they are afraid of mistakes in English. There is always anxiety about what to do if you can’t communicate, and what to do if the other person says “Huh?”.
But think about it. Not all native languages of business people active in the world are English. Rather, there are overwhelmingly more businessmen who use English as a second language. And there are a lot of funny things about their English. However, he speaks English with confidence.
Isn’t it okay to make a mistake? If you make a mistake, you can correct it at that time. Speak English with confidence and play an active part in the world.