Advanced Business English Idioms for Talking about People You Like

By 9 February 2021 Video lessons 2 Comments
Idioms for People You Admire

Is there someone you admire? In business…or in life?

Now that’s a great question to ask someone when you are just meeting them or making small talk!

You can learn a lot about someone by learning about who they admire.

It’s a great way to get an interesting conversation started.

And chances are, if you ask someone who they admire, they might ask you the same question. So why not be ready to express yourself with confidence on the topic?

And why not learn a few great English expressions for talking about people we ‘like’ or ‘admire?’

Because, as you know, in natural, spoken English, we often have interesting expressions we use–that aren’t always obvious if you’re not a native.

Ready to learn 3 expressions native speakers use for talking about people they admire?

Today, we’ll talk about these three idioms:


1. Advanced Business English Idiom #1: to go against the grain.

2. Advanced Business English Idiom #2:  to be on the same page.

3. Advanced Business English Idiom #3: to be down to earth.

Want to hear these idioms in context, in an unscripted conversation between native speakers?

Check out the Faster Fluency Conversation Club podcast episode “Interesting Public Figures”

1. Advanced Business English Idiom #1: To go against the grain

Do you know anyone like this?
You go to someone for advice and they suggest you try something you wouldn’t naturally think to do. Or that doesn’t seem logical at the time.

But maybe you like and admire this person for this exact reason. Because they give unconventional but great advice.

You could say,

“I really love my manager. She goes against the grain.”

Also check out my lesson: 4 American Business Idioms from Baseball.

2. Advanced Business English Idiom #2: To be on the same page.

Not everyone you admire has to surprise you.
In fact, you might really appreciate someone because they see things the same way you do.  Because they think the same way.

Or because you understand what they say and often agree with their ideas.

If that’s the case, you’d say you’re ‘on the same page.’

For example,

“I really like Matthew because we’re on the same page about a lot of ideas.”

Also check out my lesson: How to be Polite in English.

3. Advanced Business English Idiom #3: Down to earth.

You probably have at least one friend like this…and hopefully a few colleagues too!
They are honest, practical, friendly. And best of all–not pretentious.

This is definitely a nice way to describe someone you like.

I hope you have some down-to-earth coworkers you enjoy being around.

I know I do.

Also check out my lesson: 6 Strange Things Americans Say.

The Next Time You’re in an Interesting Conversation in English You’ll be Ready.

When you’re learning a language, nothing is more satisfying than being able to use expressions that native speakers would naturally use.

And with these fun expressions, you can have a new and interesting question ready to use in small talk, or just when you’re getting to know new business contacts or colleagues better.

Now you’re one step closer to speaking more advanced Business English and feeling more confident about yourself.

Want to see if you can catch today’s expressions in the unscripted Faster Fluency Conversation Club podcast episode? Listen here.

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The best way to become more confident using Business English is to practice!
Here’s your weekly challenge for this week:

  1. Can you think of someone you look up to and admire that fit one (or all!) of the idioms we’ve talked about today?
  2. Tell us about those people in the comments.

And please share this article with your coworkers & friends. You can send your message to them in English for more practice!

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