• Prepare a list of 10 examples of slang from the English language that might be misinterpreted or misunderstood during a business conversation with someone from another culture.
• Next to each example, suggest other words you might use to convey the same message.
• State whether the alternatives mean exactly the same as the original slang or idiom. If not, explain the differences.
Slang from English Alternatives Meaning mellow relax and calm down Yes, it means the same thing. Instead of saying, “You should mellow out,” one could say, “You should relax and calm down.”
Pow wow Group discussion It means to have a meeting with a group of people. Are we having a group discussion?
Cool Very popular Cool can mean that you are a very popular person, or means that what you are wearing or doing is very popular.
More bang for the buck Do more and receive more The more product you put out, the more money you can make.
My bad Mistake It means that you or someone had made a mistake.
Yo Greeting Saying hello
Buzz off Go away It means that you do not want to be bothered right now.
The man Boss It means that someone who is higher rank than you.
At the 11th hour Last minute Don’t wait till the last minute to finish up your work.
Right off the bat Immediately I need this report immediately.