Business English Skill Set - Small Talk
What is Small Talk?2 Topics|3 Quizzes
Business Introductions3 Topics|4 Quizzes
Embedded Questions for Politeness3 Topics|4 Quizzes
Tag Questions2 Topics|3 Quizzes
Giving and Asking for Opinions3 Topics|4 Quizzes
Diplomatic Language4 Topics|5 Quizzes
Talking about Work and Mutual Acquaintances
Conferences and Trade Fairs
Saying You Don't Understand
Accepting or Declining an Invitation
- Talking about Work and Mutual Acquaintances
Before we begin, let’s go over some vocabulary you will find in this section of the course. Feel free to refer back to this page as you move through this section.
Brash (adjective) – assertive in a rude way, pushy
Slang (noun) – informal, casual language
Perplexed (adjective) – extremely confused
(To be) smooth sailing (expression) – easy, without problems or obstacles
When doing international business, it’s important not only to be able to communicate fluently, but also in a way which is respectful and polite.
The language we use when communicating in a business setting should be formal and diplomatic to cultivate good working relationships.
Using diplomatic language allows us to come across as respectful and avoid seeming brash, rude or offensive. We should also be sure to avoid using slang or informal language.
The art of diplomacy is a vital skill for maintaining relationships and avoiding offending or upsetting people.
In this lesson we will take a look at some expressions for explaining yourself diplomatically in different business situations.