Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Being clear and concise is vital in business English.

When you receive an assignment, you want colleagues to know it will be completed.

In today’s episode, you’ll learn high-level English vocabulary to clearly share this message.

This will also help build your relationships at work.

It’s important that coworkers know they can rely on you.

#1: “Done!”

In today’s episode, you’ll learn how you can say you will do something in English.

You need unique ways to communicate this in the workplace.

Someone can say ‘done’ when they actually haven’t done something yet.

What this means is that they definitely will do it.

Here is an example:

Lindsay: We should do an episode on this.

Michelle: Done!

This phrase is really valuable at work.

Your team will have more confidence in you doing work and know they can rely on you to get stuff done.

Not just for work

This can also be used in your personal life.

Say, “Done!” to ensure your partner that you will take care of household chores.

It’s reassuring and builds connection when we confidently state we will do a task.

In addition, getting things done builds momentum in both your personal and work goals.

More examples

Lindsay: Can you remind me next week to finish that project?

Michelle: Done!

Michelle: Can you put that in your calendar so we don’t forget?

Lindsay: Done!

#2: “Gotcha!”

You’ll often hear the word ‘gotcha.’

This is a slang, shortened version of, “I’ve got you.”

It can mean simply that you understand.

Depending on the context, it can also be similar to saying, “Yes, I’ll get it done.”

Natives say this all the time, both at work and with friends.

#3: “Consider it done!”

This is the longer version of, “Done.”

Lindsay: Can you pick up those packages later?

Michelle: Consider it done.

You’ll often hear this said by staff when you request something.

Here is an example:

Hotel guest: Can you please send extra towels to our room?

Hotel staff: Consider it done.

#4: “Noted

You can also say, “Noted” to acknowledge that the task assigned to you will be done.

Here are examples:

Michelle: I need to finish this project by six. I would appreciate it if you could help.

Lindsay: Noted.

Lindsay: I have a meeting at 2, so I won’t be there until 4.

Michelle: Noted.

#5: “Understood”

Another alternative is saying “Understood.”

This means more than the literal sense that you understood what is being said to you.

It also means that you accept the task and you will get it done.

Here is an example:

Lindsay: We need to leave here at 4 if we want to get there on time.

Michelle: Understood. I’ll be ready.

Too informal for a business setting?

These may sound extremely informal and you may hesitate to use them at work.

In English, we are often very informal at work.

These phrases will make you sound more natural and native.

They are perfect for quick exchanges and will help you make work interactions become more zippy and fun.

Using fun vocabulary like this helps brighten the mood at work while you maintain a level of professionalism.

It will also show you are confident and people can rely on you to get things done.

Working on a team is difficult if you can’t trust each other.

Building the reputation that you are dependable will help you excel in the workplace.


This vocabulary can be used either at work or in your personal life.

Use these expressions and phrases to show your colleagues and friends that you are confident and enthusiastic to help them.

Speaking in a short and simple way, like native English speakers do, is appropriate in most conversations.

It adds a positive and playful mood without sounding disrespectful or rude.

Which phrase or expression from this episode will you use most often?

Share your examples in the comments below.

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