Business English | Imitation Lesson | Idioms & Vocabulary


Hello! I’m Emma from mmmEnglish! Over the past few weeks, I’ve been talking about idioms and expressions that are commonly used in business and professional contexts. And I wanted to give you the opportunity to practise using them in context with the correct tone, pronunciation, intonation and facial expression. So this is an imitation lesson. Now you might have already practised with some of my other imitation lessons. There are several on my channel, which you can watch right here. Now these imitation lessons allow you to practise your speaking skills with me, out loud. If this is your first time practising with one of my imitation lessons, don’t worry. I’ll explain exactly what you need to do and later in the lesson, I’ll share one way that you can keep practising what you learn in this lesson with a native English speaker. So keep watching! So there are three very simple steps in my imitation lessons. Firstly, you just need to listen to me and read the text on screen. Then you’ll hear me say the same thing again but after each clause or sentence there’ll be a pause in the video where you can imitate me out loud. So that just means you’ll copy and repeat exactly what I said out loud. Lastly, I’ll invite you to shadow me which means speaking the words with me at the same time. That way, you can copy the natural rhythm in my voice. Ready to get started? Remember at first, you just need to listen and read the words on the screen. Well, actually I’m not even supposed to be attending this conference, but my boss offered me his ticket and I didn’t want to turn it down! I really need to brush up on my project management skills actually. I’ve taken on a new role in the sales team and I’ve been flat out ever since! I’ve even started giving weekly presentations to the board, but my workload is just getting a bit out of hand. I did yesterday’s presentation completely off-the-cuff! But, go back six months and it was a very different story.. I was seriously considering jumping ship! Really! Almost half the team had lost their jobs! Luckily, we’ve since got a new general manager on board and I think I told you about her, didn’t I? She’s been doing an amazing job so far; runs a very tight ship but I guess that’s how she turned things around! Anyway, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing but things are finally getting back on track! How are things with you? Did you notice that the words looked a little different on screen? The bold words are stressed words and the underlined vowels are stressed syllables in each word. These words and syllables sound stronger and clearer while the others reduce and become weaker. Paying close attention to them will help you to sound more natural when you speak. You can learn more about stress syllables here in this lesson. But right now, you’re ready to imitate me. Remember there will be a pause after each clause or sentence and that’s when you need to imitate what I said exactly as I said it, exactly how I said it. So try to copy the intonation and the tone in my voice even the expression on my face or the gestures I make with my hands. Well, actually, I’m not even supposed to be attending this conference, but my boss offered me his ticket and I didn’t want to turn it down! I really need to brush up on my project management skills actually. I’ve taken on a new role in the sales team and I’ve been flat out ever since! I’ve even started giving weekly presentations to the board, but my workload is just getting a bit out of hand. I did yesterday’s presentation completely off-the-cuff! But go back six months and it was a very different story I was seriously considering jumping ship! Really! Almost half the team had lost their jobs! Luckily, we’ve since got a new general manager on board and I think I told you about her, didn’t I? She’s been doing an amazing job so far; runs a very tight ship but I guess that’s how she turned things
around! Anyway, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing but things are finally getting back on track! How are things with you? Nice work! At this point, you might want to practise a few more times and that’s fine! You just need to go back in the video and practise again, practise as many times as you need to. In fact, you could even practise this script with a native English speaker, to check your pronunciation and expression and to get feedback on how you can improve. You could do this with one of the English teachers at Cambly. I’ve put the link in the description for you because your first fifteen minute lesson is free! May as well try it out! So are you ready to keep practising with step three now? This time, you need to shadow me and it’s a little more difficult to do because we’ll be speaking at the same time but it allows you to practise making the sounds and following the natural rhythm of my voice to help you sound much more natural while using English. Don’t worry if you make some mistakes, just try to relax and go with the flow! You can practise as many times as you need to. Well, actually, I’m not even supposed to be attending this conference but my boss offered me his ticket and I didn’t want to turn it down! I really need to brush up on my project management skills actually. I’ve taken on a new role in the sales team and I’ve been flat out ever since! I’ve even started giving weekly presentations to the board, but my workload is just getting a bit out of hand. I did yesterday’s presentation completely off-the-cuff! But go back six months and it was a very different story I was seriously considering jumping ship! Really! Almost half the team had lost their jobs! Luckily, we’ve since got a new general manager on board and I think I told you about her, didn’t I? She’s been doing an amazing job so far; runs a very tight ship but I guess that’s how she turned things around! Anyway, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing but things are finally getting back on track! How are things with you? That’s great! I’m sure you got a little tongue-tied there but don’t worry about it, keep practising with this video until you start getting the hang of it. Remember that you can claim your free lesson with one of the native English speakers on Cambly and get some personal feedback on your English pronunciation. Don’t forget to subscribe to the mmmEnglish Channel and keep practising right now if you want to with these lessons right here. I’ll see you next week for another English lesson here at mmmEnglish. Bye for now!

100 thoughts on “Business English | Imitation Lesson | Idioms & Vocabulary

  1. i can't add more adj in my sentences , i just make some sententes simply with just one or two adjective, how can i brush up on my speaking skills, althought i imitate a lot but i can;t remember at all so i can't use it, please help me

  2. if somebody ask me about Emma, i would say she's the best teacher ever .
    Thank you so much for all your videos!!

  3. It is really helpful. Could you make more video like Work English or School job English. Thanks.

  4. very useful video Emma! can I make a question? I can't traslate "i've been flat out ever since". Somebody can i help me?

  5. I love your lessons so much because I feel when I watched them very well in English your explanation is enthusiastic and in the same time encouraged the leaner
    I love to listen U so much 💕
    Good luck
    From Libyan leaner😊

  6. I love these videos, they’re so beneficial. Could you please explain the meanings of phrasal verbs, vocabulary and idioms ; that you’re using?!

  7. Hi Emma, I really like the imitation videos that you made. Hope you make more in different ways relating to our lives.

  8. I really like learn English trough your videos, cause you're speak so clearly, your expression not boring too, Please make some more videos about Business English coz I need to improve it.

  9. I just found your channel and so far Im loving this imitation lessons! Thank you very much! I can speak and write english, its not my native language, but since I dont have any native speakers to practice with, my pronunciation still needs a lot of improvement! I did got tongue tied lol its a lot easier to listen than to try to shadow you.

  10. I believe that if I know the pronunciation correct, i will understand when i listen it. Thank you teacher. I am your Brazilian student.

  11. ya mam I really love your imitation lesson but u said in this video is that u all thing copy me even this is my gesture so your gesture is not recorded in this video so how we copy this

  12. Hello Emma. I did this imitation video for the third time now and I think I've improved in my pronunciation and stress already. 🙂 And I'm also learning the business idioms. They are interesting. 🙂 Learning (business) english is so much more fun with you than doing it alone. 😀 🙂 You also give me courage to keep it up. 🙂 I really hope it will help me when I start studying English soon. 😀

  13. I don't know those phrasal verbs that came out in this lesson. Pleasse could you make a video explaining them

  14. Hello, I love your lessons. I have learned more from your @mmmEnglish channel. I have a question.
    When should I use "work" and when should I use "Job"?

  15. hello Mrs how are you doing

    I wish you to be good and I hope all the best for you

    first of all,I'd like practicing the language English with you on chat

  16. So I know some experience with your talking about especially wonderful my favorite teacher emma I miss you please understand that possible and not possible and your exam questions about anuser I try to find the perfect see you next time bye

  17. Thank you for all you are doing here. Shadowing you is one of the most difficult things to do for me now. It is a little bit to fast for me, but I understand there will be only faster and faster in a real English:) Thank you!

  18. Thank you dear emma..😚😚 ur imitation classes are very helpful to me.. I m learning to pronounce words in correct way. 👍❤ plz give me more videos.. I am thankful to you

  19. Hi, Emma. I am taking your imitation classes both online and youtube and I think my accent is getting improved. I'd appreciate if you make more business imitation classes, which will be so wonderful!

  20. Amazing ♥️ just watched ship and sailing idioms lesson before this video. It's really helpful. Expecting more imitation lesson from you soon. Take care. God bless you.

  21. I like the English teaching videos with English subtitles. And I find that it is not difficult to understand the words from your mouth. Keep going.

  22. Hi it's interesting post.
    Do you know any website that we can virtually speak to increase the speaking skills.

  23. Thank you Emma love this kind of lesson so muchh, looking forward for next imitation techniques ❤️❤️

  24. Hallo Emma I repeat after you but you have finished the paragraph and I still in first tow words.I have closed the less and I have gone to sleep.

  25. Thank you for your great imitation technique. I am so pleased to practice this technique😊I enjoy your lessons!

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