Training Vocabulary and Expressions

English Expressions Used in Training Situations

To show the ropes

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To instruct a person who is new to a job how things run.

“Larry is going to show you the ropes while I complete your new hire paperwork.”

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To break someone in
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To get a person used to how it is going to be in a new job or any situation.

“It may be a few weeks before John is ready for actual live customers. We will have to break him in gradually.”

To get the lay of the land

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To observe a new environment to see how things work and to figure out what the general situation is.

“I won’t make any big changes here until I get a lay of the land.”

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Mentor

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In a workplace this is the person who helps you in terms of your career and position in the company.

“Bob has really been my mentor during my time with this firm. I am very thankful.”

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To watch over
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To take pay close attention to someone to make sure they are doing a good job. This person “watching over” a new employee would help out out if there were any problems.

“My boss asked me to watch over the new guy. He doesn’t want him to get overwhelmed and quit.”

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To mold someone

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To train and influence a person so that he or she is acting in a way that you like.

“Our coach told us he was going to mold us into good baseball players. I’d like to see that happen.”

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To keep your eyes on (a person)

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To pay special attention to someone because of a previous problem.

“John, please keep an eye on the new secretary. It looks like she may be playing on her computer instead of answering the phone.”

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To take under your wing

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To help a person out who is struggling

“When I first started here in this job I was clueless. John stepped in and took me under his wing. That really helped.”

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Crash course

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A course or training that is short and intense due to time restrictions

“I had to take a crash course on safety in the workplace before I could start my new job.”

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Standard Operating Procedure

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A set of rules that explains how a certain situation is handled by an organization

“Is there a standard operating procedure for a problem like this?”

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To walk through something
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To go over a procedure at a slow pace so a person can ask questions

“Barry will walk through the paper work with you so you don’t get confused.”

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To be trained on
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To receive training for a specific subject.

“I don’t think I was trained on how to do that.”

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To be thrown to the wolves

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To be put into a job or situation without the proper training.

“They won’t throw you out to the wolves. You will have plenty of training before you have to work alone.”

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