Learn New English Vocabulary – Halloween Special



Welcome to the Halloween Special episode! Meet my Evil Twin sister Jovana, a successful business owner of a Marketing Automation company called www.bumperleads.com. Also, learn 3 new phrases that you can use in your business (or at work!): touch base, check in, follow up. Listen to the end! Enjoy!! :)

Episodes mentioned

[151] Catch Up With Someone (English Expression)
[109] Welcome Aboard (Plus More Business Expressions)
[108] How To Start A Conversation In The Office (Small Talk)
[107] Corporate Buzzwords
Marketing Automation Agency – Bumperleads


Summary of the Interview

Hey guys, today’s episode was different. I decided to interview my twin sister so you can hear a conversation in English. At times we were speaking fast and laughing a lot and because of this, maybe you’ve missed some phrases. I took the liberty of writing those phrases down and sharing them here on the EMS website. I hope this helps!

BTW, I have just joined Twitter and you can follow me at @MilenaTheGreat

Phrases used in the interview with Jovana from bumper leads

Fit the bill – in other words, Fit the Bill expression means “appropriate or suitable”. According to Weon Inteligente or the Online Dictionary: If someone or something fits the bill, they are exactly the right person or thing for a particular situation.

Jargon – Business jargon, or business slang. We covered this in episode [107] Corporate Buzzwords

Bumper Year – A financial term, meaning a successful year in business.

Streamline the process – make the process easier to follow, smooth it out by removing distractions or other neglected processes.

Sales funnel strategies – this is a marketing jargon, refers to the lead generation, i.e. getting customers on-board and taking them through a funnel before they get sold a product or a service.

Grow the bottom line – Again, a financial and business term, means to increase the profit for a business

Clear the clutter and waste – Clutter and waste essentially mean the same thing. In a business context this means, unused processes, processes and procedures that yield no results (not give any financial gain)

Business proposals – A commonly used phrase in Business and in large corporations. This phrase is best explained by Wikipedia: A business proposal is a written offer from a seller to a prospective buyer. Business proposals are often a key step in the complex sales process—i.e., whenever a buyer considers more than price in a purchase.

Feedback – to provide a comment on how to improve something

Follow up – to chase someone for a status udpate. For example: I am just following up with you to see where we are at with the website. Is it almost done?

Touching base – Getting in touch with a customer after a short period of time and see how they are doing. It can also be used instead of Follow up or Checking in.

To get in touch – In other words to contact.

Checking in – to communicate with someone and ask for a status update. Used formally and informally. I hear it used in a business context often.

Slave – In the episode I said something like: “I am your sister not your slave” – slave is a name given to a person who is forced to obey and work for someone without having a choice, without being able to say NO.

Short on time – refers to a short period of time. Meaning, we don’t have much time left, we have to wrap up the show, or end the show.

Heads up – This phrase means, there is an advance warning of something. For example: just a heads-up, I will be late to work today, I’ve got a dentist appointment. We learnt this expression in episode 109

Connect With Jovana

Jovana Vujnic, Founder at bumper leads
Twitter @JovanaTheGreat

Milena Vujnic

Milena Vujnic

Podcast Host at English Made Simple Podcast


Milena is the host of the English Made Simple Podcast and is passionate about helping English learners break their fear of speaking English so they can confidently make conversation and be understood by other English-speakers.

Milena lives in Australia with her Chileno husband and loves anything podcasting and online coaching and is honoured to be supporting and guiding immigrants from all over the world with her products, programs and coaching services.

Click here to learn more about how you can work with Milena.


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