Business Result Pre Intermediate Vocabulary and functional language review

Choose one of the words below and explain what it is (without saying the word or part of the word) until your partner guesses which one you are thinking about.

Useful language

It means…

It is similar to…, but…

It’s the opposite of…

It’s a positive/ negative word.

It’s a noun/ verb/ phrasal verb/ adjective/ adverb.

We learnt it when…

 

To delegate

 

Sacked/ Fired/ Dismissed

Reception/ Receptionist

Days off

Spelling

 

Promotion

 

Diversity

Satisfactory

 

Disappointing

Excellent

Venue

Disposal

 

Affordable

Environmentally friendly

Effective

Market share

 

Purchase

A quote

Invoice

Retail

 

Subsidiary

Bug

Colleague

Sales rep

 

PR

Credit

Defect

Diagram

 

Logistics

Lottery

Search engine

Entrepreneur

 

Gadget

Maintenance

Sponsor

Application form

 

Job benefits/ Perks

Candidate/ Applicant

CV/ Resume

Enclose

 

Flexible hours/ Flexitime

Maternity leave

Pension scheme

Shortlist

 

Subsidized

Vacancy

Customer loyalty

Reliable

 

Returns policy

A bill

To board

Luggage/ Baggage

 

Facilities

One-way ticket

Overseas/ Abroad

Valuables

 

Confirm/ Confirmation

Enquiry

Complain/ Complaint

Shipment

 

Warehouse

Ad/ Advert

Billboard

Relocation

Word of mouth

 

Vending machine

Convention

Corporate entertainment

 

To sue

Approximate

Durable

Lay off/ Downsize/ Make redundant

 

Stockmarket

Component

Deteriorate

Estimate

 

Flexibility

Forecast/ Prediction

Trend

Agenda

Participant

 

Appraisal

Down payment/ Deposit

Celebrity

 

Freelance

Tails

 

What are the differences between these things?

Sacked (= Fired/ Dismissed) / Made redundant (= Downsized/ Laid off)

Schedule/ Diary                     Days off/ Holidays     Market share/ Share

A sign/ A signature                Colleague/ College   Credit/ Debit

Enclose/ Attach                                 CV/ Application form            Complaint/ Claim

Entrepreneur/ Businessman            A spell/ Spelling         Agenda/ Minutes

Maternity leave/ Paternity leave

What are the opposites of these things?

Heads                         Exact              Return ticket   Demotion

Parent company        Wholesale      Out of stock    Encouraging

Loss                            Terrible                       Debit

Flexibility                    Reliable          Satisfactory    Affordable

Effective

What words or phrases could you use to mean the opposite of these ones?

I think we could do that.

That’s a good idea.

It’s likely to…

… will definitely happen.

grew

rose

increased

Yes, please. That would be nice.

I’d like to start my presentation by…

I’ll talk about that later.

already

Leave it with me.

First,…

What are the differences between these phrases?

That’s a good idea/ That might be possible

I see/ I understand totally

Thank you/ Thanks

Thanks/ Cheers

Thank you/ I am very grateful for…

Would it be okay if…?/ Would it be possible to…?

By Monday/ Before Monday

By Monday/ Until Monday

In three days/ Within three days

definitely/ probably

rise by 100/ rise to 100

nearly 100/ about 100

Would you like to…?/ Would you like me to…?

Sorry, I didn’t catch that./ Sorry, I’m not with you.

We’re getting off the subject./ Can we come back to that later?

How was your flight?/ How was your journey?

Did you have a good journey?/ Did you have a good trip?

Can I leave a message?/ Can I take a message?

Can I introduce myself?/ Can I introduce you to…?

Nice to meet you/ How do you do?

Functional language roleplays

Meet a foreign guest at the airport and take them in a taxi to their hotel.

Meet a guest at reception and take them to a meeting room.

Hold a meeting to decide how you can get employ more women in your company. Decide who will do the things that need doing and what the deadlines are.

Hold a meeting to talk about the future of your company and how you should respond. Decide who will do the things that need doing and what the deadlines are.

Ask for lots of extra days off/ holidays. Your partner will say yes to half and no to the other half.

Complain about your job and respond to your partner’s suggestions.

Try to phone a client. They are not there.

Dictate some numbers to your partner.

Take a foreign guest to the airport.

Leave the office on Friday evening.

Finish a meeting with a supplier.

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PDF version for easy printing: Business Result Pre Intermediate Vocab Functions

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