English for work meetings

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!

convene call / kool /
cancel call off / koolof /
postpone put off / pútof /
put an hour set a time / sét a taim /
advance bring forward / brín (g) fóou a d /
assist attend * a ténd /
be in charge of be in charge of * / bii incháaa cha vvv /
conclude, close wrap up * / rapaap /



Don’t fall into the trap of saying assist , instead of attend ! The verb assist means to help !


When talking about meetings, you can also use the verbs to run or to lead a meeting.


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?


by Abdullah Sam
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