05-18-2024
Hello everyone, We hope you are well. Busy season has begun again, and today we will have a look at a phrasal verb used in business situations. "called in" This means asked to do something. Example 1 I was called in to the office by my boss. It was my day off, but it was really important, so I had to go in. Example 2 Call Julie in. I have some work for her.
03-08-2024
Hello to everyone studying English. Today our idiom is to clamp down on. This means to take strong action. Example 1 The company clamped down on cell phone usage because too many secrets were being leaked. Example 2 I have to clamp down on my spending because I don't have any savings.
01-18-2024
Welcome back to PCL blog for 2024. We trust everyone had a nice holiday. Today's first idiom of the year is cut a deal. This means to reach an agreement. Example 1 We cut a deal with the new vendor. We got a great deal. Example 2 Her agent cut a deal where she gets 60% of the profits.
12-21-2023
We are almost at year end. We hope 2023 was good to you. Here is our idiom for today, off the top of your head. This means from your memory and without much thought. Example 1 Off the top of your head, who would you say has been the most influential leader in 2023. Example 2 Off the top of your head, what country will have the highest GDP this year.
11-29-2023
Hello everyone, it's been such a beautiful day here in Tokyo. Our idiom for today is way off the mark. This means completely wrong. Example 1 Our year end projections were way off the mark. Example 2 My boss was way off the mark in regards to the latest trend.
10-30-2023
It's such a beautiful day here in Tokyo. We hope you are enjoying it! Our idiom for today is up in the air. This means something is still not decided. Example 1 I haven't heard from that company since I took the interview. Everything must still be up in the air. Example 2 Everything is still up in the air in regards to my trip to Singapore. But I have to make a decision soon.
09-21-2023
Hello everyone, we hope you are enjoying speaking English. Our idiom for today is "throw in the towel". This means to admit defeat. Example 1 It looks like we didn't get the contract. I guess we will have to throw in the towel and look for other leads. Example 2 After struggling for years the company finally threw in the towel.
08-29-2023
The end of summer is approaching. We hope everyone had a nice time with friends and family. We are back at it today with another business idiom. Thick skin. This means someone is not easily hurt by criticism. Example 1 The politician had to make some very tough decisions and he was attacked by the radical left constantly. He has thick skin, so was able to deal with it. Example 2 My boss had some really thick skin. He was always attacked for the decisions he made, but in the end, all of them...
07-19-2023
Japanese summers are tough to handle. Very hot and very humid. Be careful out there. Todays idiom is "back to square one". This means to go back to the beginning. Example 1 I want to start a new business, so I looked at several franchises, but I couldn't find anything I was interested in. Now I'm back to square one. Example 2 I had to go back to square one after spending days trying to solve a problem at work. It's so frustrating.
06-12-2023
Wow!! Time sure flies when you are busy. It is our busy season!! Our phrase for today is a lot on my plate. This means very busy with a lot of responsibilities. Example 1 Since starting my new job, I have a lot on my plate. Example 2 I haven't talked to Tom in a long time. I'm sure he has a lot on his plate after he started his own business.

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