In England and China, being late to a business meeting can lead to a negative impression and affect the meeting’s outcome. In Argentina and Turkey, punctuality is expected from the other party, but they might arrive a bit late themselves. In Denmark, punctuality is highly valued, and arriving on time to meetings is a must.

In Australia, using transportation as an excuse for being late to a business meeting is not acceptable, as transportation is not usually a problem in the country. In England, despite traffic, meetings should start on time due to efficient transportation.

Both English and Austrian businesspeople prefer dressing elegantly for business meetings. In Turkey, business meetings have also become more formal in recent years.

Spaniards are a bit more relaxed like Argentinians. Working hours are shorter due to the siesta break between 1 pm to 3 pm. During this time, they usually rest and have their meals. Mealtime conversations are long and can last for hours. It’s customary to have a drink before the meal.

Focusing / Basic Business Dialogues

Formal dialogue:

  1. Good morning. How are you?
  2. I’m very fine, thank you. And you?
  3. Thank you very much.

Describing Yourself

How would you describe yourself?

  • sociable: social, outgoing
  • talkative: talkative, chatty
  • easy-going: easygoing, adaptable
  • responsible: responsible
  • shy: shy, timid
  • friendly: friendly, amicable
  • polite: polite

Possible Informal Questions in Dialogues

  • Where are you from?
  • Are you married?
  • Do you have any children?
  • Do you enjoy your days?
  • Do you need any help?

Useful Daily Expressions

  • Oh yes
  • That’s right.
  • That’s Ok.
  • That’s interesting.
  • I hope.
  • I hope you have a good journey.
  • What’s the weather like?
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