Having a business meeting in English can be stressful if you don’t master the specific language or jargon. So today we bring you a class with useful vocabulary and grammar for your meetings .
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Here is a list of essential vocabulary when organizing a meeting in English. Pay attention to pronunciation!
|/ kool /
|/ koolof /
|/ pútof /
|put an hour
|set a time
|/ sét a taim /
|/ brín (g) fóou a d /
|/ a ténd /
|be in charge of
|be in charge of *
|/ bii incháaa cha vvv /
|wrap up *
|/ rapaap /
ASSIST OR ATTEND ?
Don’t fall into the trap of saying assist , instead of attend ! The verb assist means to help !
TO BE IN CHARGE OF
When talking about meetings, you can also use the verbs to run or to lead a meeting.
TO WRAP UP
Careful of the silent w , in wrap ; we say / rap / . To wrap up in a different context also means wrap .
It’s (un) likely that …
When talking about probability in English, we normally avoid using the literal translation It’s likely that… . A much more commonly used structure is It’s likely that … followed by the future tense. Practice the pronunciation of likely / láiklii / and you’ll be much more prepared for any meetings you might have in English!
And how would we say It is not likely that… ? We can add un- in front of likely and use the structure in exactly the same way! Go back and do the translations again, this time in the negative, using unlikely / aanláiklii / . If you want to translate them a third time, you also have the option of using not likely !
Now take a look at these examples!
|It is likely that they will call a meeting.
|It’s likely that they’re going to call a meeting.
|It is likely that they will cancel the meeting.
|It’s likely that they’re going to call off the meeting.
|The meeting is likely to be moved to tomorrow.
|It’s likely that they’ll bring the meeting forward to tomorrow.
|He said it is likely that they will set up a time for the meeting this afternoon.
|He said it’s likely that they’ll set a time for the meeting later this afternoon.
|Do you think (she) is likely to attend the annual meeting?
|Do you think it’s likely that she’ll attend the annual meeting?
|The CEO is likely to close the meeting.
|It’s likely that the CEO will wrap up the meeting.
That being said, would you be able to understand everything and bring real value to a meeting in English? If the answer is no, we are sorry to tell you that your professional career is limited by your lack of language training . Do you really want to go far?