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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 handis 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!


Whether you’re studying alone or in a classroom, The Slangman Guide to BIZ SPEAK 1 will introduce you to the world of essential American slang, idioms, and jargon used by all business professionals in the workplace.

Knowing these types of words and expressions in business is critical! Without it, you risk embarrassment, loss of respect, and loss of money!

Entertaining dialogues, activities and games will quickly help put you on the inside track (“shortest path to success”) to becoming the top dog ( “boss”) as you climb the corporate ladder (“get promoted”) and start to make big bucks (“a lot of money”) in your new cush (“easy”) job!

The Slangman Guide to BIZ SPEAK 1 contains popular chapters on slang and idioms associated with:


  • The Workplace
  • Computers
  • The Internet
  • E-Commerce
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Acronyms & Shortcuts
  • Negotiations
  • Meetings
  • Popular Abbreviations Used in Business
  • “The Slangman Files” – a special section in each chapter with slang & idioms used in categories


This book was written by American native and slang expert Slangman David Burke, author of more than 30 books on slang and idioms.

There are no “dirty” or impolite expressions in this book.

IMPORTANT: For best results, use with one of the audio programs below (sold separately) to hear how Americans speak in everyday conversations!


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