Essential Vocabulary for Online Meetings

Lately most of us have been attending virtual meetings. Zoom has become one of the preferred platforms for working and learning remotely. In one hand virtual meetings have become an effective way to communicate with colleagues, teachers and classmates. On the other they have become a source of stress and anxiety especially for non-English speakers.

This quick guide will offer useful vocabulary and phrases to improve your communication skills online.

First of all you need to become familiar with the icons and their functions. It’s important that you learn how to pronounce their names in English. Some words are universally used around the world but the pronunciation varies according to the language.

USEFUL WORDS

Here is a list of words that can help you for your next virtual meeting/ class.

  • video conference
  • host
  • participants
  • camera on
  • camera off
  • adjust volume
  • microphone on
  • microphone off (mute)
  • share screen
  • poll
  • turn up the volume
  • turn down the volume
  • chat
  • record the session

USEFUL PHRASES

Here are some common phrases used during virtual meetings. How many of them have you heard before?

  • Can you hear me?
  • Can you see me?
  • Can you see the presentation?
  • Can you hear the audio?
  • I can’t hear you / I’m having trouble hearing you.
  • Your mic is off
  • Please turn your mic off
  • I can see you but I can’t hear you
  • I’ll share my screen
  • Can you share your screen?
  • I’ll stop sharing my screen
  • Can you stop sharing your screen?
  • Are you on mute? / I think your microphone is off
  • I have a problem with the connection
  • Sorry, I got kicked out
  • The connection is slow
  • I’m lagging / You’re lagging
  • My/ your video is freezing
  • Did you receive the link?
  • I’m waiting for it to load
  • It’s not loading
  • Scroll up please
  • Scroll down please

Do you want to practice pronunciation? Download a worksheet with pictures and audio

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