The importance of learning business slang and idioms
How important is slang in learning a foreign language? On one hand, slang is unavoidable, no matter what the language. Idioms are also a big part of every language. They’re used so frequently, we sometimes don’t even realize we’re using them! In fact, did you notice that we used an idiom at the beginning of the second sentence? That’s right! On one hand is an idiom which means “one point of view is…” And idioms are often misunderstood just like slang words. Imagine someone telling you to “crack the window.” Although it sounds like you’re being asked to break the window, you’re only being asked to open it slightly! You can see that it’s just not enough to study the formal academic English in the classroom. In reality, language is far less structured in the outside world. Understanding slang and idioms saves a whole lot of time and confusion. Of course, knowing the difference between what’s casual and what’s offensive can be a murky area. And when it comes to the workplace, you need to not only be able to communicate formally and properly, but you need to know the hundreds of business idioms used in any job! That way if you’re told you “have the floor” during a meeting, you’ll know that it’s your turn to speak!