15 Marketing Idioms in English
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15 Marketing Idioms in English

Marketing is an important part of many businesses and is a large part of many conversations during meetings. Are you learning English for the workplace? If so, these 15 marketing idioms in English will be useful. 15 Marketing Idioms in English Across the board Definition: Applying to all. Example: We will be making changes to...

20 Useful Vocabulary Words for an Engineering Resume
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20 Useful Vocabulary Words for an Engineering Resume

Writing a resume is difficult: how can you describe yourself, your education, and your accomplishments without sounding cliche, boring, or arrogant? Verbs that concisely explain your job responsibilities will help you when writing a resume. These 20 useful engineering resume vocabulary words will help you when applying for your engineering job or internship. Note: these...

American Business Traditions + Common English Business Idioms
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American Business Traditions + Common English Business Idioms

Business English is more than just learning the language, phrasal verbs, and vocabulary that you need to be confident in a professional setting: it also includes learning the American business traditions that you need to know in order to conduct business in the U.S.! Do you know these American business traditions? See how they differ...

Language of Negotiation for English Learners
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Language of Negotiation for English Learners

“Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.” -U.S. President John F. Kennedy In business, it is important to negotiate so that both sides are happy with their agreement. This can be difficult to do in your native language, so it is of course also difficult in English. Use...

5 Business Meeting Ice Breakers for ESL Learners
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5 Business Meeting Ice Breakers for ESL Learners

How do you start a business meeting? This is a difficult question for executives and professionals to answer. What about starting a business meeting in English when it’s not your native language? This is even more difficult! We have some ideas for meeting ice breakers that will start your meeting off well. Before using these...

5 Business Idioms for New Employees + Ways to connect in SD and SF
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5 Business Idioms for New Employees + Ways to connect in SD and SF

The business world is the world of idioms: from sports related expressions to idioms about financial problems, office conversations are filled with phrases and expressions English learners quickly pick up! If you are a new employee (or, if you are a CISL Career English student and are spending time at an American company), the following...

Business English: Marketing Vocabulary and Expressions
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Business English: Marketing Vocabulary and Expressions

From surgeons to CEOs, we have had the pleasure of teaching students from many professional backgrounds in our CISL Intensive, Business, and Premier classes! Today on the CISL Blog we are looking at Marketing Vocabulary, which is something our business, advertising, and sales students need. As you can see, however, you don’t necessarily need to be...

Business English: Making Formal Requests
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Business English: Making Formal Requests

Many languages have a formal and informal way of expressing oneself. Do you know how to formally and politely ask for something? People who use English in business settings must do this often. Let’s take a look at some useful phrases to help you get your way.*  Making Formal Requests in Business English Would it...

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Business English: Formally addressing someone

Formalities are important in both written and spoken English. Do you know how to properly address someone in English when you meet them in person or write to them in an email? The level of formality and appropriate greeting depend on if you know the person and how well you know them. Read on to...

From CISL student to San Francisco restaurateur!
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From CISL student to San Francisco restaurateur!

I studied in the Premier English Program in 2010. I studied at CISL San Francisco while in process of setting up my business. I was preparing to live and work in a different language. I improved my vocabulary, my writing, and my spoken English skills and the classes at CISL San Francisco absolutely helped. I...