Business English: Talking about Projects and Plans

Today, one of my friends asks about useful language for talking about business projects.

Q: I am looking for some business conversation when talking about a new project.

A: Thank you for your question. Talking with customers and other businesses about projects is a very important part of business.

Let’s take a look at some useful language for talking about business projects.

Watch the video and then try the activity below:

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Write or record sentences using the following words. Your sentences could be about business or just everyday conversation:

1) time frame

2) constraint

3) deadline

Exchanging Business Cards in English

Today, let’s look how to give someone your business card.

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When we meet new people in business, we usually exchange business cards. Did you know that different countries have different customs for giving and receiving business cards?

Today, let’s look at some general tips on how to exchange business cards politely.

 Important Points:

  • Make sure you find out the local customs for exchanging business cards in the country you are visiting. The customs in China, Japan, India and Australia are all a little different.
  • Make sure that you have the local language printed on your business card. So, if you are visiting China, have your details in Chinese on the back. If you are visiting Australia, have them in English on the back.
  • You should give someone your card when you first meet them. This could be part of your initial introduction, or at the end of your first meeting.
  • Giving your card is important for making business contacts, but also a form of politeness. Give your card to everyone you are meeting with, not just the people you think are important.
  • Make sure you give the card with the side in their language facing up.
  • When someone gives you their card, make sure you stop and read it. You can then ask any questions you may have, then put it respectfully away.


My name is ______. It is a pleasure to meet you! Here is my card.

Question: Does your country have any other customs that are important when exchanging business cards?