英語の職場で使われる慣用的表現

イディオムの習得は非常に重要。

例えば、日本語でいうところの「誰にも言うんじゃないぞ!」にあたる英語を表現する場合、日本の義務教育だと、”Don’t tell anyone !” となりますが、アメリカの日常会話では、このような表現が使われることはなく、通常、”Keep it on the DL !” というフレーズが専ら使われます。

「More Common Workplace Expressions」

put on the map

to make well known

ex.1

This new product will put us on the map.

savvy

knowledgeable(精通している)

ex.2

We hired Tom because he is computer savvy.

play hardball

tough situation / be difficult

ex.3

If our competitors won’t comply, we are going to have to play hardball.

power lunch

do business over lunch

ex.4

Today our boss and our finance department went out for a power lunch.

the bottom line

final result

ex.5

We worked hard on our sales pitch but the bottom line is that we didn’t make the sale.

tweak

make better / make slight adjustment

ex.6

I just have to tweak my report a little bit and then it will be finished.

flying by the seat of your pants

doing something without preparation

ex.7

Tom’s presentations are bad.
He is always flying by the seat of his pants.

number crunching

(財務処理などの)複雑な計算をすること

ex.8

I am going to go back to my office and crunch some numbers.


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