簡単にTOEICとビジネス英語の熟語を覚える方法(後半)

TOEICやビジネス英語でも使用頻度の高い熟語を簡単に覚える方法をお教えします

みなさま、こんにちは。

簡単にTOEICとビジネス英語の熟語を覚える方法(前半)

こちらに続いて、ビジネス英語で良く使用され、TOEICでも頻繁に出題されているイディオムをピックアップしましたので、想像力を使うクイズ形式でやってみたいと思います。また前回よりもイディオムの数が多く英語を多く使用していますが、少しでも英語脳を育てるため日本語の辞書を使用しないようにしてください。
では、さっそく始めていきたいと思います。

例文から意味を想像!

下記の例文からイディオムの意味を想像してください。辞書は使いません。

Start-up;
The start-up of marketing in South east Asia.
The driver got back into the car and started up.
The tennis game had started up now that it was evening.

Blow someone away;
I’m blown away by his new movie.
Nancy blew away the rest of the skaters.
I am blown away by the show of support from everyone.

Go for broke;
We have to go for broke with this marketing campaign if we want our product launch to be successful.
Look at Mary starting to move in the final hundred yards of the race! She is really going for broke.
I decided to go for broke and start my own business.

Game plan;
My game plan to secure employment in my field includes gaining as much hands-on experience as I can and obtaining a few more certifications before the end of the year.
The game plan for the election was beginning to shape up.
He appears to have no game plan.

Go down swinging;
I would rather go down swinging knowing that I did everything I possibly could.
As for me, I prefer to win, or at least go down swinging.
If you’re going to lose, you want to lose to a good team and go down swinging.

A long shot;
I know it’s a long shot because of his busy schedule, but maybe I can convince him to help me with this project.
You could try to find her. It’s a long shot but you could start with the phone book.
This is a long shot, but I still want to try it.

Trade-off;
Inflation is often a trade-off for healthy economic growth.
It is very beneficial to work for yourself, but there are trade-offs.
You may end up trading job security off for more money.

Take the bull by the horns;
So we decided to take the bull by the horns and put it all on the stage.
If your home is at risk because it is too heavily mortgaged, take the bull by the horns and talk to your loan officer.
You’ve got to take the bull by the horns and go out of your comfort zone.

On the same page;
Often on the same page were advertisements encouraging other men to enlist.
If we stay on the same page, I think we’re going to be pretty good.
We all need to be on the same page before we try to present this complex idea to the boss.

See eye to eye;
One suspects that he and Treasury will see eye to eye on the need for a scheme with integrity and bite.
One certainty in life is you will not always see eye to eye with everyone.
She and I didn’t see eye to eye on this subject.

Think out of the box;
The team always thinks outside the box to come up with unique advertisements for all its clients.
I am trying to think outside the box to make this event a success at any cost this year.
In our organization, thinking outside the box has an added advantage for all of the employees.

Give and take;
There’s always going to be some give and take when new legislation is introduced in politics.
The purpose of this meeting is to have a bit of give-and-take between employees and the management for ideas on the direction of the company.
You have to be willing to give and take when you enter politics, otherwise nothing will ever get done.

Meeting someone halfway;
I’ll agree to some of your requests if you’ll meet me halfway and allow me to implement some of my ideas.
Hey, buddy, please meet your mother and I halfway and at least try to clean your room once a month, OK?
Can we meet halfway on this? I’m willing to compromise.

意味を英語で!

長文とともにカッコ内に意味を記載しましたので、ご自身の想像した意味と合っているかを確認します。

One of my friend has just started up (new businesses aimed at new markets) new business in food and beverage field in Vietnam last year. I’m just blown away (to make someone feel very surprised, especially about something they like or admire) by his new concept of restaurant.
The products and services seem way ahead of the game (the position where you are more advanced or more successful than your competitors), especially the quality of customer service is as good as Japan.
Many of Japanese restaurants in overseas go for broke (To give something one’s full effort, to risk everything) after they developed a strong game plan (the strategy of reaching an objective). When faced with difficulties, they were determined to go down swinging (you know you will probably fail, but you refuse to give up) even when others said it was a long shot (something that will probably not succeed but is worth trying). I think the trade-off (to a giving up of one thing in return for another) of owning your own business is that you have more control of your business.
They must be adaptable. There are times when they need to take the bull by the horns (to deal with a difficult situation in a very direct or confident way) to accept local taste, culture and manners. There are times when they must move more slowly and make sure their workers are also on the same page (agreeing about something such as how things should be done) and that we all see eye to eye (To agree with someone; to share someone’s position or opinion) as we move together. There is a time when the different practices are important to continue and time to think out of the box (think about something, or how to do something, in a new, different or creative way especially in business) for new style and concept. I have learned the gentle art of give and take (the practice of making mutual concessions) and the importance of meeting someone halfway (compromise with, make a deal with, make concessions to).

まとめ

How was today’s lesson everyone? This is one way of learning and improve your business English and common idioms for TOEIC test.
Again, use English dictionaries instead of English Japanese dictionary. And, like I mentioned before, please read through without dictionary first and try to imagine the meaning.
But the most important thing is to enjoy learning English!
Thanks for reading everyone. Have a great week ahead!

みなさま、最後までお読み頂きありがとうございました。
すぐに理解できた方も、全部読むのに時間が掛かった方も本日の英語の学習はこれで十分だと思います。

始めに「英語脳」と書きましたが、英語を英語で覚え、学習するという方法です。「英語脳」にするには、とにかく多くの英語を読み、辞書も日本語ではなく英語の辞書を使用することです。あの日本語ペラペラの人気お笑い芸人「厚切りジェイソン」も「英語脳」を推進していますが、とても効果のある学習法です。Practice makes perfect(継続は力なり)、コツコツと頑張りましょう。

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