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#BusEng #EngKnowledge: Old-School Career Rules for Millennials

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People who were born from 1981 to 1997 are often being referred to as millennial generation or simply ‘millennials.’ This age group is also the one who prides itself as 90s kids, as the people who belong to it spent their childhood and teenage era in the 90s.

Now, most millennials have grown up to the productive age when they start working as professionals. Fast-thinking, self-assured, and a high adaptability to technology are often considered as millennial workers’ strengths.

Sadly, millennials often get labelled as disloyal, quickly jumping from one job to the next, having high expectation, and having a great deal of entitlement. Millennials also tend to get bored easily. If they feel they are stuck, they will find a way to be unstuck, which makes them seem difficult to deal with. These traits make millennials easily misunderstood by their coworkers and employers who are from older generation.

So, how can millennials solve this? I’d like to share several old-school career rules that millennials can apply to their professional life.

  1. Communication matters.
    Even when we’re working in the same workplace, people come from varied backgrounds. This means that we need to explain ourselves from time to time. So, there shouldn’t be ‘I thought you already knew’ or ‘Nobody told me that.’
  2. Be on time.
    By being on time (or early, if possible) we show people that we respect their schedule and we take them seriously. Besides, a delay often leads to other delays. If we don’t finish a task in a timely manner, it is very likely that the other tasks are delayed. In a fast-paced working environment, things can easily get out of hand.
  3. Eyes on the details.
    Be it on the way we dress, the way we write our emails with proper and acceptable manners in business relationship, or the way we refrain ourselves from checking our phones during important meetings, pay attention to small details. Again, we want to show our partners that working with them is important to us.
  4. Never underestimate any tasks.
    “I didn’t spend 5 years in the university only to work on Excel spreadsheets,” was my thought on the first day of my first job. Do you also have a similar experience, fellas? Well, no matter how much we dislike trivial assignments, they are actually necessary to learn the workflow at the workplace. If we can handle trivia, we can always ask for more responsibilities to our supervisor.
  5. Give time for a change to happen.
    Oftentimes, we as millennials want to see some changes to immediately happen once we utter the ideas. A new coworker to share our workloads with, a promotion, a more challenging position, or anything similar. What we should realize is that our supervisor or employer makes a decision that concerns many other people. Therefore, they might take some time before making up their mind.


That’s all I can share, fellas. Let us as millennials be a good example for our generation, while also being an agent of change to the workforce.


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 7 May, 2018.


#IOTW: Work related idioms

  1. Start/get the ball rolling. Meaning: to take the first step to begin a process.
    • Example:
      • This February, we’ll start the ball rolling on the new project.
  2. Line of work. Meaning: job field; type of work.
    • Example:
      • The construction worker said that injuries were common in his line of work.
  3. Talk shop. Meaning: to talk about work-related things.
    • Example: 
      • Next outing day, let’s not talk shop and have a lot of fun instead!
  4. Call the shots. Meaning: to make the decisions.
    • Example: 
      • Tina needs to call the shots because her boss is away.
  5. Be in the red. Meaning: at a deficit; running at a loss; losing money.
    • Example:
      • The store has been in the red since the end of last year.
  6. Red tape. Meaning: bureaucracy; formal rules that usually make something hard to do.
    • Example:
      • Jessica’s working permit was held up for 2 months because of red tape.
  7. Slack off. Meaning: to work unproductively and lazily.
    • Example:
      • Because the boss is on holiday, everyone at the office slacks off.


Compiled and written for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, 20 January, 2016


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#EngTips: How to Apologize in English

I have been listening to this song a lot lately. Well, in this post,  we are not gonna talk about the song. Instead, we will give you tips on how to apologize in English.

There are some expressions you can use to apologize. We are going to give you some of them.

  1. Sorry. It is a very common, simple apology and there are several situations we can use it in.
    • Example:
      • when we bump into someone on the street (“Sorry”).
      • Or when we are sympathising with someone (“I’m sorry to hear that”).
  2. I’m so/very/extremely/terribly sorry. This is similar to ‘sorry’ but adding an extra word makes the meaning stronger.
    • Example:
      • “I am terribly sorry for forgetting you birthday yesterday.”
  3. I apologize for/ I’d like to apologize for. This is a more formal way of saying sorry.
    • Example:
      • “I apologise for not replying your email sooner.”
  4. Please accept my (sincere) apologies. This is a very formal way of apologizing, especially when the word ‘sincere’ is included.
    • Example:
      • “Please accept my sincere apologies for the misunderstanding. We will correct the mistakes.”
  5. How careless of me! This phrase is used when we criticize ourselves for making a mistake.
    • Example:
      • “I just scratched your car, how careless of me! I’ll take it to a garage.”


Compiled and written by @FaridArdian for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, 13 January, 2016


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#EngKnowledge: Dress codes

We meet again here to discuss ‘dress code.’ The term usually surfaces when you are about to attend an event, visit places of worship, have a job interview, etc.

While the terminology can vary from Brazilian Carnival, where everyone wears vibrant colours and looks like they’re about to join a parade, to The Great Gatsby, where we time-travel to USA in early 20s. Here are some dress codes that are commonly used.

1. Casual is the most comfortable clothing.


  • T-shirt
  • Jeans
  • Sneakers
  • Crop-top, etc.

2. Business casual is something many people wear to work every day. Replace jeans with dress pants or skirt, sneakers with loafers or heels, and T-shirt with collared shirt or polo shirt, and there you have it.

3. Smart casual is a combination of casual, business, and stylish outfit. Think of something that makes you look smart, sharp, and trendy. For examples for smart casual outfits, you can see the picture below.


4. Business/informal. Contrary to its name, this dress code calls for something more sophisticated than smart casual: suit, tie, business-style dress, and ‘business’ colors (black, navy blue, gray, or brown).

5. Semi-formal is something fancier than business/informal and just below formal or black tie. Dark suit and long tie and oxford for gentlemen or little black dress or any other classy short dresses for ladies. The recommended length for the dresses is no shorter than one inch (2.54 cm) above the knee.

6. Formal/black tie. Black tie optional means floor-length gowns, fancy jewelries, tuxedos, vest, bow-ties, and also elegant hairdo. Notice that this dress code does not necessarily limit you to black tie or the color black. Silver suit with matching bow-tie is an elegant choice, too.

(Source: shesaidyes.co.nz)


Compiled and written by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 18 January, 2016


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#BusEng: How to write a good resume (curriculum vitae)

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In this post, we are going to discuss some important tips in composing CV or Resume. Although this session mainly focuses on business/professional work, you could also apply these strategies in your CV for your study or scholarship application.

Here are some strategies to compose a good CV or resume that we have successfully compiled for you:

  1. Don’t lie. Never lie. Simple, tell the truth. Lying makes your CV seems dubious.
  2. Always include an overview paragraph in the head of your CV. This gives a glimpse of your qualifications to the reviewers.
  3. Be succinct. A good CV should not be more than 2 pages long (A4).
  4. Tailor your CV. Read the desired qualifications carefully and selectively pick up relevant professional experiences to include in your CV.
  5. Use effective diction. Some companies use word-search engine so make sure you employ relevant terms/keywords in your CV.
  6. Use ‘doing’ words, such as ‘developing,’ ‘organizing,’ ‘facilitating,’ ‘assisting,’ etc.
  7. Elucidate your experiences efficiently. Avoid jargons. Mention your achievements and challenges you overcame.
  8. Use percentage in your achievements. It gives a clear depiction on how capable you are in doing your job.
  9. A survey by Hilden reveals the top 5 aspects being looked for in a CV:
    1. Previous related work experience
    2. Qualifications and skills
    3. Readability
    4. Accomplishments
    5. Spelling and grammar
  10. Meanwhile, there are 5 common mistakes that applicants frequently commit in their CV’s:
    1. Spelling and grammar
    2. Not tailored to the job
    3. Poor work history
    4. Poor format
    5. No accomplishments
  11. Correct punctuation matters; some companies might consider the absence of a comma and a period as a sign of careless.
  12. Use professional word style. Choose Arial, Lucida Sans, or Times New Roman.
  13. Check, check, check. Make sure your CV is free from misspellings and grammar mistakes.

That’s all for today. Thank you so much for your attention. Good luck with your CV preparation.


Compiled and written by @wisznu at @EnglishTips4u on Wednesday, January 7, 2016


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#EngTalk: Smartphone Etiquette

Has any of you ever wondered of how smartphone has changed our way of living?

“Even when you don’t have a call you hold your phone.” ~ @manalh016 

“Why we enjoy read chat conversation on the phone than books.”~ @pohpho

“Smartphone changes my habit to read a book to read online pages.” ~ @widieandriyani 

“We use phones when we want to make a call or check mail, facebook, twitter, but not for a log time..health is important.” ~ @manalh016 

Rarely do we see people without smartphones these days. Even a 2-year old knows how to use it, at least to play games. Taking pictures, listening to the music, playing games, working, all can be done with one device. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

Although smartphones have infiltrated almost all aspects of our lives, still, in my opinion, there are times when we should refrain using it. When do you think we should just keep the phone in our pockets?

“When spending our time with our family (parents, spouse and children)” ~ @nagisanoir

Indeed. Or if I may put it: when we are having actual interaction with people in real life.

Talking about interaction with people in real life, I once went to karaoke place with my friends. While we were singing our hearts out, there was a friend of mine who stayed in the corner and played with his phone all the time. He refused to sing or dance and he had us wondering what was so important in his phone. Perhaps you had similar experience?

Using smartphones while watching a concert (to take pictures or record videos) was also frowned upon. However, it becomes more and more common that nowadays, people don’t make much fuss about it.

“When we’re in the class obviously, just stop ignoring your teacher & put back your phone bcs it hurts so much to be ignored.” ~ ‏@thisisrisaf 

There are also times when you’re in a meeting and then a phone rings and the owner picks it up without any sense of guilt. Another bad timing to play with your phone is in a funeral. With the sadness, mourning, and solemnity, we can consider putting away our phones for a while.

At the end, we still need smartphones and we might still depend on it a lot, but it would be wiser not to put it as priority when there are people around us deserving more attention.

“Tks for this topic for today, I always talked to my friends about this problem.”. ~ @duyen0626

Compiled and written by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 2 November, 2015

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#BusEng: “Complementary Close” – How to Write a Formal Email (2)

Hi fellas, we meet again! Our session today is about complimentary close. This session is an extended discussion of “#BusEng: How to Write a Formal Email for Job Application” last week. You could find the prior discussion somewhere in this web. Now what is a complementary close?

A complementary close is a word or phrase prior to the sender’s signature or name in an email or letter.

Some examples of complementary closes are ‘regards,’ ‘yours faithfully,’ and ‘yours sincerely.’ Complementary close is not just a final word/phrase in your email. It is in fact the very last appeal of your email for your future employer. What makes it surprising is there are rules in using complementary closes! Meaning to say that you can’t use them as you like in your email. Let’s narrow down the scope of the discussion into complementary closes used in America and England. We will take ‘Yours faithfully’ and ‘Yours sincerely’ vs ‘Yours truly’ and ‘Sincerely yours,’

  • ‘Yours faithfully,’ or ‘Yours sincerely,’ are British complementary close. They are very unusual in America. So, make sure that you use British English (BrE) vocabulary when writing your email to ensure uniformity of the diction. Some of the BrE vocabulary and their pairs in American English (AmE) are arranged respectively as follow.

Labour – labor, ex-directory – unlisted, motorway – highway, postbox – mailbox, postcode – zip code, quantity surveyor – estimator, state school – public school, lift – elevator, and pocket money – allowance

You may check out this cool website http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/british-and-american-terms for your reference on AmE vs BrE terms.

  • You can only use ‘Yours faithfully,’ when you begin your email with “Dear Sir/Madam. In other words, you SHOULD use ‘Yours faithfully,’ when you DON’T KNOW the name of the email’s addressee.
  • In the other hand, ‘Yours sincerely,’ is only used when you KNOW the name of the addressee. Therefore, if you begin your email with “Dear Mr. XXX,” you outta use ‘Yours sincerely,’ instead of ‘Yours faithfully’ as your complementary close.
  • Writing ‘Sincerely,’ without ‘yours’ is very impolite in British business correspondence.

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Now, let’s take a look at ‘Yours truly,’ and ‘Sincerely yours,.’

  • ‘Yours truly,’ and ‘Sincerely yours,’ are the complementary closes that are commonly used in America.
  • ‘Yours truly,’ is the American complementary close equivalent to ‘Yours faithfully.’ Therefore, you should not use ‘yours truly’ if you know the name of the recipient. Meaning to say, if you begin your email with “Dear Sir/Madam,” end it with ‘Yours truly,’ if the recipient is American.
  • Should you know the name of the addressee, you may use ‘Sincerely yours,’ or even ‘Yours sincerely,’ since they are just the same in America.
  • ‘Sincerely,’ without ‘yours’ is totally OK in America but not in England.

Other than those aforementioned complementary closes, we also have ‘Kind regards, ‘Best regards,’ ‘Best wishes,’ and ‘Regards,.’ They are used for someone you know well. He/she could be you close working partner, friends, or even your loved ones if you want to. Meanwhile, ‘Regards,’ is a semi-formal complementary close that performs similarly both in America and England.

That’s all! I hope it broadens your horizon in Business English. For those who are applying for a job or a scholarship or a campus, I hope this discussion helps! Also, good luck for your application!


Compiled and written by @wisznu at @EnglishTips4u on October 8, 2015

#BusEng: How to write a formal email for job application


In this post, we are going to have a discussion on how to write email for job application. So, for those who are seeking for a job, this post might be helpful for you. Technically, a formal email should consist of at least one head, one body, and one tail; just like a crocodile. In terms of language style, some rules govern (but not always) a formal email are as follow.

  1. always use advanced vocabulary e.g ‘to enquire’ instead of ‘to ask,’ ‘to obtain’ instead of ‘to get,’ and ‘to supply’ than ‘to give.’ Don’t use colloquial expressions (bahasa sehari-hari). Expose yourself with synonymous words in English. Thesaurus might help enrich your vocabulary. Check http://www.thesaurus.com for synonymous words and always check their usages in advanced dictionaries.
  2. avoid composing simple sentences; try to use complex sentences instead. Some formal sentence or paragraph linkers you could use are ‘therefore,’ ‘furthermore,’ ‘consequently,’ ‘in addition,’ and ‘finally.’
  3. don’t use imperatives. Remember, you beg a job. LOL. A trick you may consider to avoid imperatives is by using passive voice. e.g instead of saying “you may contact me..,” you can say “I can be contacted..” or simply say “I am available to..”
  4. use full verbs; don’t abbreviate e.g “I would like to…” instead of “I’d like to…”


Enough with the discussion on language style. Now, we move on to discuss how to begin a formal email.

  1. begin your email with a proper address. If you don’t know the addressee, use “Dear Sir or Madam,.” Should you know the name, supply a title and only print the surname. e.g the full name is Wisnu Pradana, then you write “Dear Mr Pradana,”
  2. 1st paragraph should convey your intention of writing the email. Some opening sentences you may use are: “I am writing this email to..” or “I am writing in response to your advertisement on..”
  3. 2nd, 3rd, etc. paragraphs are supposed to be the body of your email. Communicate and provide elaboration on your expertise, skills, qualifications, and relevant achievements and experiences. Peruse the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Don’t forget to supply reasons on why the company should hire you. Hint, elaborate how your expertise fulfil the requirements and how you may help for the company advancement in the future.
  4. last paragraph is the place for your final remarks, availability for interview, and statement of attached documents. Some sentences you may use are “I am available at anytime to further discuss about…” or “I am looking forward to touching base with you very soon.”
  5. formal ending. You may type “Yours faithfully,” or “Yours sincerely,” or “Yours truly,” or “Sincerely yours.” Dot forget to give some space for your full name below the formal ending.

Before you hit ‘send,’ overlook your email and make sure that the email address and the subject are correct.


Compiled and written by @wisznu at @EnglishTips4u on Thursday, October 1, 2015


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#BusEng: Cover and Thank You Letter

This might be Sunday but we feel like talking business today.

I noticed that many of you are in university. As a student, doing internship is a great step that many of us would take.

When I was a student, applying for internship was such a great deal. Other than perfecting my CV, I also tried my best to write a great Cover Letter and Thank You Letter, which we will be discussing today.

Let’s start with Cover Letter. So you find an internship that you are interested in, and you have gotten your CV ready.

I read somewhere that nowadays, some Human Resource officers never actually read it. But better be safe than sorry. Cover Letter is a great chance to get them interested in you.

So. A Cover Letter consists of 3 parts: Opening, About You, and Closing.

At the Opening, you stated your intention of applying for the position of intern in said institution.

If someone who works in the company gave you a reference to work there, then you can mentioned it in the Opening.

Describe yourself in one sentence in the Opening.

Here’s an example: http://t.co/8W5AXGL93Y

Closer look at the Opening. Notice all the elements I mentioned in previous tweets. http://t.co/PZ3blLkvzx

What if you don’t know the name of the person you’re writing to? Well, it’s always best to research, but writing “Dear Sir/Madam” is more advisable compared to “To whom it may concern”.

“To whom it may concern” targets a wide, unknown audience. “Dear Sir/Madam” specifically talks to the person you’re writing to. No black-and-white rule on that, but it’s always better to sound respectable.

Now, the fun part: About You. This is where you describe your qualification and skills. http://t.co/lWE5fBf2VK

Mention skills that are relevant to the position you are applying. How long should this part be? There’s no written rule on that, but better be short and practical. Choose your content wisely.

Now the Closing. Yes, English letters then to be more to-the-point compared to Indonesian. http://t.co/6IUQquogPG

Say thanks, and that you are looking forward to meeting them. Give your contact detail. The end.

Remember that professionals can receive up to 30 emails per day (even more!). Keep it simple and to-the-point.

Use valediction before your signature – ‘Sincerely (yours)’ or ‘(Best) regards’.

There are many types of valediction, but those two are more common for Cover Letter.

Remember to capitalise the first alphabet in first word. E.g. Best regards.

Now we are moving on to Thank You Letter! This is a mistake I did back in university.

After sending the application, you are being called to interview. Once it’s done, don’t forget to send a Thank You Letter.

I didn’t do this, and now that I’m a working professional, I noticed that not many students do this. It doesn’t guarantee you getting the job, but it always pay to be nice. You’ll be remembered.

Here’s how a Thank You Letter looks like: http://t.co/XzxArwbSxM

Say thanks to the interviewer for giving you his/her time. Tell them how you remain interested in working for their company. Mention again how your skills can be beneficial for them. Close the letter with a request for further communication.

That’s all on writing Cover and Thank You Letter. Any questions or experiences you’d like to share?

@vickylaurentina: @EnglishTips4U Nanya dong. Kalo kita ngga tau si penerima surat itu laki/perempuan, boleh nggak tetep nulis Dear Sir/Madam?

@EnglishTips4U: Boleh kok. Kata ‘or’ dipakai untuk menggantikan garis miring.

Source: Crane’s Blue Book for Stationery

Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U
on Sunday, 21 December 2014

#IOTW : Business idioms (4)

Hiyya, fellas! Check out these idioms related to business in today’s #IOTW

  1. To bankroll (someone/something). Meaning: to finance, to supply money. Arti: membiayai seseorang, mendanai sesuatu.
    • Contoh:
    • “We’re lucky to have the movie mogul to bankroll our project.” ~membiayai proyek kita.
  2. Big cheese/gun/wheel. Meaning: an important person, a leader. Arti: Seseorang yang penting, seseorang yang berkuasa.
    • Contoh:
      • “Despite his young age, he’s become a big cheese in the fashion industry.” ~ orang penting di industri fashion.
  3. By a long shot. Meaning: by a big difference. Arti: selisih jauh, beda jauh.
    • Contoh:
      • “Our company beat out the bids of the other companies by a long shot.” ~dengan selisih yang amat jauh.
  4. Carry through with (something). Meaning: to put something into action, to do something. Arti: menjalankan/melaksanakan sesuatu.
    • Contoh:
      • “You have my blessing to carry through with the plan.” ~ menjalankan rencana.
  5. Cut corners. Meaning: to economize, to try to spend less money. Arti: mengurangi biaya/pengeluaran, berhemat.
    • Contoh:
      • “We had to cut some corners when the labour force demanded a pay rise.” ~mengurangi biaya saat buruh menuntut kenaikan gaji.
  6. Deliver the goods. Meaning: to succeed in doing a good job of something, Arti: berhasil melakukan tugas/pekerjaan dengan baik.
    • Contoh:
      • “The new intern is not very sociable but he is able to deliver the goods.” ~ bisa bekerja dengan baik.
  7. To draw up a contract. Meaning: to make or draft a contract. Arti: menyusun kontrak/kesepakatan.
    • Contoh:
      • “The lawyer spent several hours drawing up a new contract.” ~ menyusun kontrak baru.
  8. To get off the ground. Meaning: to make a successful beginning. Arti: membuat awal yang baik, mulai dengan baik.
    • Contoh:
      • “We’ve worked hard to get the new product off the ground and it paid off.” ~agar produk terjual dengan baik~
  9. Have a stake in (something). Meaning: to have part ownership of a company/business. Arti: punya bagian/andil.
    • Contoh:
      • “You can’t just shut me out, I have a stake in this company.” ~ punya bagian (saham) di perusahaan ini.
  10. Jump off the shelves. Meaning: to sell very well. Arti: terjual dengan sangat laku, banyak dibeli orang.
    • Contoh:
      • “The new smartphone is jumping off the shelves. Everybody wants to have one.” ~sangat laku terjual.

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, May 18, 2014

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#IOTW: Business idioms (3)

Hello hello, fellas! It’s time to share some idioms in relation to business. Ready?

  1. (a). Bottom line. Meaning: The last line of a financial statement, used for showing net profit or loss. Arti: Baris terakhir dari neraca saldo (laporan keuangan) yang menunjukkan laba atau rugi perusahaan.
    • Contoh:
      • “After we examined the bottom line of the company we decided not to invest in it.”
  2. (b). Bottom line. Meaning: The central issue of a discussion, the main point. Arti: Pokok permasalahan, pokok bahasan.
    • Contoh:
      • “I don’t have time to listen to your excuse. The bottom line is I’m not interested in whatever you’re offering.”
  3. Boys in the back room. Meaning: A group of people (often associated as men) making decisions behind the scenes. Arti: Sekelompok orang di belakang layar yang membuat keputusan.
    • Contoh:
      • “The boys in the back room are having a hard time deciding whether they should merge with their competitor.”
  4. Call a loan. Meaning: To demand immediate and complete payment of a debt/loan. Arti: Menuntut pembayaran hutang secepatnya.
    • Contoh:
    • “The bank recently called the loan of the small business.”
  5. Come in high. Meaning: To charge too much for your services, to ask for a price that is too high. Arti: Meminta harga terlalu tinggi.
    • Contoh:
      • “The salesman came in high during the negotiations and could not sell his product.”
  6. Come in low. Meaning: To offer a low amount of money for a product or service. Arti: Menawar dengan harga murah.
    • Contoh:
      • “The company came in low with an offer for our product.”
  7. Come on strong. Meaning: To overwhelm others with very strong language or personality, to seem aggressive. Arti: Mengejutkan orang lain dengan bahasa atau sikap yang menyinggung atau agresif.
    • Contoh:
      • “The salesman came on strong at the meeting and angered the other members of the team.”
      • “She has a tendency to come on strong, but she’s really a softie.”
  8. Give (someone) the green light to (do something). Meaning: To give someone permission to go ahead or proceed with something. Arti: Memberi izin untuk bertindak atau meneruskan rencana.
    • Contoh:
      • “Our boss gave us the green light to begin work on the new sales campaign.”
      • “She’s waiting for her supervisor to give her the green light to announce the bankruptcy.”
  9. Have one’s finger in the pie. Meaning: To be involved in something, to receive money for something. Arti: Ikut campur atau terlibat dalam suatu hal, menerima uang untuk suatu hal.
    • Contoh:
      • “The new manager has his finger in the pie of many small businesses.”
      • “The boss doesn’t think we can do it by ourselves. He always wants to have a finger in the pie.”
  10. In the black. Meaning: To be successful, to be making money, to be profitable. Arti: Menuai kesuksesan, menghasilkan keuntungan.
    • Contoh:
    • “The new company has been in the black for many years.”
  11. In the red. Meaning: To be losing money, to be unprofitable. Arti: Mengalami kerugian.
    • Contoh:
      • “The company has been in the red since the price of oil began to rise rapidly.”

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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#IOTW: Business idioms (2)

  1. Cash cow. Arti: produk atau divisi yang menghasilkan banyak uang untuk perusahaan, tanpa modal besar.
    • Contoh:
      • “A producer always expects his actress to be a cash cow to his company.”
  2. Dog-eat-dog world. Arti: dunia yang kejam, dengan persaingan sengit, di mana semua harus waspada.
    • Contoh:
      • If you haven’t notice, this certainly is a dog-eat-dog world! You can get fired anytime.”
  3. Dot your i’s and cross your t’s. Arti: bekerja dengan hati-hati dan teliti, berkonsentrasi.
    • Contoh:
      • Be sure to dot your i’s and cross your t’s. You better not make any mistake this time!”
  4. Keep something under wraps. Arti: menyembunyikan sesuatu, merahasiakan sesuatu.
    •  Contoh:
      • “I’m afraid you have to wait until the launching. My boss told me to keep it under wraps.”
  5. Step up to the plate. Arti: bertindak, berusaha sebaik mungkin, mengajukan diri secara sukarela.
    •  Contoh:
      • “He got a surprise bonus for stepping up to the plate. The company was testing the employees’ initiative.”
  6. Throw cold water over an idea (or ‘a plan’). Arti: memberi pendapat kenapa suatu ide atau rencana tidak akan berhasil.
    •  Contoh:
      • “After the presentation, her manager threw cold water over her plan and told her to focus on the existing plan.”
  7. Yes man. Arti: karyawan yang selalu mengiyakan dan menurut ucapan dan perintah dari boss-nya.
    •  Contoh:
      • “You’ll never hear him argue with his boss. He’s totally a yes man.”
  8. Bean counter. Arti: seorang akuntan.
    •  Contoh:
      • “We asked the bean counters to look at the figures in the new budget.”
  9. Take a nosedive. Arti: tumbang, gagal, nilainya menurun.
    •  Contoh:
      • “The stock price took a nosedive when the MD was caught for corruption.”
  10. Carry the day. Arti: menang telak.
    •  Contoh:
      • “The president’s new idea carried the day and everyone supported him energetically.”

That’s a wrap for today, fellas! Stay tuned to our daily sessions.

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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#IOTW: Business idioms (1)

Hello hello, fellas! It’s time to share some idioms and, this time, they’re all about business.

  1. Mean business. Arti: to be serious, bersikap serius.
    • Contoh:
      • “Our boss means business when he announced the change of structure.”
  2. Blow a deal. Arti: to ruin a business deal with someone, mengacaukan atau merusak kesepakatan bisnis.
    • Contoh:
      • “We are working hard so that we do not blow the deal with our new customer.”
  3. Across the board. Arti: including everyone or everything, secara keseluruhan, termasuk semuanya.
    • Contoh:
      • “The company decided to give the workers an across-the-board bonus to celebrate the anniversary.”
  4. Balance the books. Arti: to check that all the money in a business is accounted for, memastikan seluruh uang tercatat dan seimbang.
    • Contoh:
      • “The accountant spent several days trying to balance the books of his company.”
  5. Float (someone) a loan. Arti: to loan someone money, meminjamkan uang pada seseorang.
    • Contoh:
      • “He asked the bank to float a loan to fund the expansion.”
  6. Bring (something) to the table. Arti: to offer something during a negotiation, menawarkan sesuatu sebagai alat negosiasi.
    • Contoh:
      • “They came back and brought a new offer to the table after we turned down the one before.”
  7. Close the books. Arti: to stop taking orders, to end a bookkeeping period, tutup buku, mengakhiri periode bisnis.
    • Contoh:
      • “The company will close the books at the end of December.”
  8. In black and white. Arti: in writing, secara tertulis, secara hitam-putih.
    • Contoh:
      • “To prevent any future dispute, its best to put everything we’ve discussed in black and white.”
  9. Go belly up. Arti: to go out of business because of financial problems, gulung tikar akibat masalah finansial.
    • Contoh:
      • “The hair salon had no choice but to go belly up soon after the financial crisis.
  10. In the long run. Arti: over a long period of time, dalam jangka waktu panjang.
    • Contoh:
      • “The company has been losing money recently but in the long run they should make a profit.”

There goes 10 business related idioms for now, fellas! I sure hope you find them useful. :)

Familiarize yourself with these 10 idioms and try to use them in sentences. Give them a try. :D

Better to know than to stay oblivious. Better to put things into action than to know and let them pass. Whatchu waiting for? Practice now.

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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#BusEng: Telephone language

Hi, fellas! Did you receive a phone call from overseas today?

Many people find it difficult to make phone calls in a foreign language. I do. Do you? During a phone call, you can’t see the person you are talking to, or the voice might be unclear. And you have to think fast enough to choose the right words to say, especially when it is a business phone call.

Today, I’m going to give you some words and phrases that you can use when you make a phone call.

  • If you want to improve your telephone skills, try to learn some of the multi-word verbs that are commonly used. You can use ‘hold on’ or ‘hang on’ if you want the speaker to wait. Example: “Please hang on a second…”
  • If you are talking to a secretary, he/she may say “I’m going to ‘put you through’ to my boss.” It means to connect your call to another telephone. He/she then may say “I can’t get you through him.” It means the person you want to talk to is not available.
  • If it happens, you can ask the secretary to tell the boss to ‘call you back’, or return your phone call.
  • Formality is also important when you talk to a person on the telephone. First of all, you have to know the title of the person you want to talk to. If you are too formal, people might find not comfortable to talk to you, but if you are too informal, people might think you are impolite.
  • In business, you should use ‘could’, ‘can’, ‘may’, or ‘would’ when you make a request. Example: “Could I speak to Robert Downey, please?” or “Would tomorrow be okay?”
  • Don’t forget to use ‘please’ and ‘thank you (very much)’ whenever you ask for help or information.
  • Some informal English such as ‘okay’ and ‘bye’ are okay to end the conversation. Ex: “Okay, I’ll see you tomorrow. Bye!”
  • Now, what if you don’t understand or can’t hear what the speaker is saying to you? Actually, it’s better to ask for clarification rather than to pretend you understand something that you didn’t. You can use phrases like ‘I’m sorry, could you repeat that, please?’ or ‘Could you speak a little slowly, please?’
  • And if you still can’t understand, you could say “I’m sorry, the line is very bad today. Could you text me.” Or maybe you can try to call the speaker back later.

That’s a wrap for today, fellas! Don’t forget to practice words, phrases, and vocabulary before you make the call.

Compiled by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on April 26, 2013

#EngQuiz: vocabulary related to work

We will have an #EngQuiz while at the same time building our vocabulary. This time the vocab is related to work. Here’s how to play:

  1. Fill in the gaps with the letters of the correct word related to work based on clues given.
  2. The first letter will be given.

Here’s an example question:

  • 1) C _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (noun). Clue: an applicant for a job or position.

Can anybody answer the example question I just posted? ;)

Great! First person to answer correctly! :D “@DewaNikira: 1) Candidate”

Alright, fellas, you know how to do this. Let’s get this #EngQuiz started!!

  • 2) B _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (noun). Clue: education and work experience.
  • 3) D _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (noun). Clue: the date when something is due or must be finished and turned in.
  • 4) P _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (verb). Clue: to organize according to importance; to be able to do projects in order of importance.
  • 5) M _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (verb). Clue: to work on several projects at the same time, usually of different natures.
  • 6) W _ _ _ E _ _ _ _ (noun). Clue: responsible moral philosophy or code of conduct at work.
  • 7) P _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (adjective). Clue: potential or expected in the future.
  • 8) D _ _ _ _ _ O _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (adjective). Clue: capable of paying attention to details.
  • 9) R _ _ _ _ _ _ (noun). Clue: a new comer to an organization.
  • 10) P _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (adjective). Clue: thoroughly capable in a skill.
  • 11) T _ _ _ P _ _ _ _ _ (noun). Clue: someone who works well with others.
  • 12) P _ _ _ _ _ _ (adjective). Clue: waiting, something not yet decided.
  • 13) D _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (verb). Clue: to keep evidence of a written record, such as photocopies, notes, email, etc.
  • 14) I _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (verb). Clue: to communicate directly, to meet and interact.
  • 15) I _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (noun). Clue: the beginning or start.

Nice work, fellas! Now I’ve got what I need! Ready for the moment of truth? PS: I’ll retweet those who answered the quickest.


  1. @Beautiw: background
  2. @evasembiring: Deadline
  3. @fathianm: prioritize
  4. @radnindra: Multitask
  5. @novirindi: Work ethic
  6. @ferranifarida: PROSPECTIVE
  7. @bidarani: Detail oriented
  8. @sijojo: Recruit
  9. @ryu_ndha: proficient
  10. @anitrii: team player
  11. @fitriairts: Pending
  12. @GldBene: Document
  13. @ZarahChance: Interface
  14. @MRFH07: inception
Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on October 15, 2012

#BusEng: Business English verbs (1)

All questions are taken from: Business English Verbs by David Evans, published by Penguin English.

  1. Advise. “They advised us to go to another bank.” The Indonesian word for “advise” is …
  2. Assemble. “The cars are assembled at our factory.” The Indonesian word for “assemble” is …
  3. Auction. “They auctioned the painting today.” The Indonesian word for “auction” is …
  4. Bribe. “He bribed the customs officer.” The Indonesian word for “bribe” is …
  5. Confess. “I must confess – I didn’t think of that.” The Indonesian word for “confess” is …
  6. Defraud. “He defrauded his business partner.” The Indonesian word for “defraud” is …
  7. Endorse. “The French team is endorsing our car.” The Indonesian word for “endorse” is …
  8. Foot the bill. “We all had to foot the bill.” The Indonesian meaning of “foot the bill” is …
  9. Go on strike. “They went on strike for more pay.” The Indonesian meaning of “go on strike” is …
  10. Go short. “She went short on sterling.” The Indonesian meaning of “go short” is …


  1. advise = menyarankan.
  2. assemble = merakit (pasif: dirakit).
  3. auction = melelang.
  4. bribe = menyuap.
  5. confess = mengakui.
  6. defraud = menggelapkan uang.
  7. endorse = membiayai/mensponsori/menyokong.
  8. shoot the bill = membayar semua biaya/tagihan.
  9. go on strike = mogok (kerja).
  10. go short = kekurangan.

TRIVIA: The ending “-ise” and “-ize” in verbs such as “recognise” and “recognize” are both used in UK. However, “-ize” only used in US.

Compiled and written by @EnglishTips4U for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, July 11, 2011



#BusEng: On the phone verbs

Let’s start from the basic. Masih suka bingung saat menggunakan telepon dalam Bahasa Inggris? Ini beberapa kata kerja/ verb untuk kamu:

  1. Put through. Meaning: sambungkan.
    • Example:
      • Hello, can I speak to Mr. A?
      • I’ll put you through to him.
  2. Connect. Meaning: sambungkan.
    • Example:
      • Hello, can I speak to Mr. A?
      • Please wait, I’ll connect you to him.
  3. Hold (on). Meaning: tunggu.
    • Example:
      • Hello, can I speak to Mr. A, please?
      • Please hold on a moment, Sir.
  4. Call/ring back. Meaning: menelepon kembali.
    • Example:
      • Hi, Liz. This is Ian.
      • Oh. Hi, Ian. Can you call/ ring me back? I’m in a meeting.
  5. Call/ring. Meaning: menelepon.
    • Example:
      • Hi, Liz. Where are you?
      • As soon as I get to the office, I will call/ring you.
  6. Leave a message. Meaning: meninggalkan pesan.
    • Example:
      • Hello, is that Ian?
      • Hello, Ian is not here. Please leave a message.
  7. Return (a call). Meaning: menelepon kembali.
    • Example:
      • Hello, is that Ian?
      • Ian is not here. Leave a message, he’ll return your call.
  8. Got (a message). Meaninng: sudah membaca atau menerima pesan.
    • Example:
      • Hi, Liz. This is Ian.
      • Hi, Ian. I got your message. Thanks.

Alright guys! Don’t forget to practice your vocabulary everyday, every time you have the chance. Good luck!


Written by @EnglishTips4U on Monday, June 20, 2011


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