Why Studying Business English Is Important

They had nothing in common but the English language.” ― E.M. Forster, Howards End

In today’s business world, the study of English is very important. Communication, both verbal and written is necessary in dealing with companies in many countries.

The author gives some reasons why it is necessary to study business English.

Business English and Its Importance in Business and Professional Success – By Eliza Raymundo

English speakersWhat is Business English?

Loosely defined, business English refers to English language used in international trade or business. It is a specialized area of English language learning and teaching because it is largely attributed to non-native English speakers who study the subject to enhance their chances of doing business with companies from English speaking countries.

Largely depending on the intention for which learning is intended, Business English can refer to the study of business English vocabulary used in the fields of trade, business, finance, or international relations. If the study focuses on techniques on business presentations, negotiations, correspondence, writing and other skills needed for business communications, then it can be classified as the study of Business English communication skills in the workplace. There is really not much difference between the two classifications, as vocabulary and communication skills work together to achieve a common goal – to develop or enhance both written and verbal English skills for business or career advancement purposes.

Why Learning Business English Is Important

Around the world, there is an estimated 1 Billion people learning English. Many factors point to the reason why learning English has seen exponential growth in recent years, but it all boils down to the English language being the “global language” of business, politics, international relations, culture, and entertainment for so many countries worldwide. And that is just an understatement as in fact, while English is not an official language in many countries worldwide, it is the language most often taught as a foreign or second language.

Business Leverage

The rapid growth in technology for global communications notwithstanding, there are still many companies and individual professionals who fail in their quest for business or professional success. And oftentimes the failure primarily lies on one of the most basic foundations of making business relations – the language spoken. Undoubtedly, the English language is the global language for business and having a good command of English will definitely give one who is eyeing globally competitive business or career a clear edge. Any communications problem, whether personal or business, translates to losses, zero result in negotiations, incompetence for global business, or will just simply leave you ill-equipped to carry out international business.
Career Growth

Going down on a more personal level of career success, having the right Business English communication skills will surely equip you with a liberating confidence and ability to express yourself in the English language. It will surely be an advantage in interviews, thus giving you more opportunities to widen your career prospects. Or if you are not looking for a new job, having the confidence and ability to speak Business English is one way of enhancing your potential for earning by making you stand out for career advancement or promotions. Studies show a steady growth in the number of companies worldwide requiring employees who have bilingual skills.

Internet Proficiency Means English Proficiency

Research shows that 80% of the amount of Internet web content is in the English language and that content relating to business written in the English language largely comprises this figure. It goes without saying that having a good grasp of business information, data, or terminologies in the English language is very important to have a good understanding of the wealth of business information available on the Internet.

Eliza Raymundo is a contributor for PowerUp English and Business English Is Not Enough! blog.


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Strong Language Skills Needed in Today’s Global Economy

Words signify man’s refusal to accept the world as it is.”~Walter Kaufmann

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Today’s Global Economy Indicates Need For Strong Language Skills – by Michael Gabrikow

images4In today’s global world market it is often beneficial to know at least one language other than your native language. In fact, it is a bonus that will assure your marketability. The more languages you speak fluently the more demand there will be for your particular talents. This can be easily attested by recent statistics that show that Chinese learning is at an all time high in the Western world, with Chinese being one of the main economical powers of today. Consequently, English learning is at an all time high in most parts of the World, due to a combination of economical need and English (read American) “media feeding”.

The good news is that today, unlike times in the past, learning a new language doesn’t have to be a tedious process. It can in fact, be a great deal of fun and entertainment. Fun and games are becoming part of the tools used not only to teach foreign languages but also to enforce those instructions. Rather than learning by rote memorization or copying words from the Merriam Webster Dictionary, today’s language students are playing with flash cards and amusing computer programs. Actually, it has been scientifically proven that learning a new language (actually learning anything whatsoever) through a fun process is a lot more effective and fast than if you were learning it “the hard way”.

Today’s classroom is virtual and will provide you with the necessary skills not only to achieve your business goals, but also the ability to speak new languages like a native with only half the work of times of old. For those learning languages for the course of their businesses, it is quite possible to find business vocabulary online in the language of choice. Can you imagine the ability to learn French from games then turn around and exchange that knowledge for an executive position or attractive promotion within your own company?

There are worlds of possibilities that open up with each new language you learn. The better you know the language the larger that world. The more languages you know, the more worlds are opened for you. In addition to helping you learn the vocabulary you will need for a business environment, these free online language-learning programs also offer a new slang glossary to help you learn some of the more colorful phrases that you may hear when putting your new skills to use.

We live in a world that is becoming smaller by the day. It only makes sense to develop the skills needed to keep up with the constantly shrinking manner of our existence. Learning new languages is one of many ways to accomplish that goal. Best of all, with one of the many free language learning programs, you will have free language lessons rather than paying for something you aren’t sure you will enjoy or find beneficial.


About the Author

Increase your foreign language vocabulary at www.InternetPolyglot.com by playing online games. The site contains thousands of lessons in different languages from English, Spanish, French, Russian to Hindi, Turkish, Ukrainian and many others.


Speak Better English

“In every case, the remedy is to take action. Get clear about exactly what it is that you need to learn and exactly what you need to do to learn it.” – Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer & dramatist, author of Don Quixote.

In order to improve your English ability you need to practice as much as possible. There are many areas in life where English can be used or has t be used.

The article below gives some tips on how to speak better English.

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4 Tips To Speak Impeccable English – by Alison Jones

images1Have you lost out on lucrative opportunities in life because of your inability to speak impeccable English? Do you fumble a lot while speaking? Are you at a loss of words while talking sometimes? Despair no more! The good news is that you can learn English online. Learning English has become imperative to boost confidence in personal and professional life. Success in today’s competitive world lies in learning English.

It is common knowledge that English is the business language of the world. It is one language that is used in communication of any kind, be it social, political or otherwise.

If you wish to practice your language skills and learn English, you are at the right place.

Now, anyone with a computer, head set and Internet connection can practice English skills that they have learnt in the classroom by spending time online with qualified teachers and fellow students. Learning English will open up new avenues for you. It will benefit you in all spheres of life. Speaking fluent English can boost your self esteem and confidence. The best way to learn English is to interact with native speakers online. English classes can be downright boring. However, when you practice with native speakers, you will be able to master the language, effortlessly and skillfully. Native speakers use vocabulary and grammar that you will not hear in a classroom with a teacher. They are fast talkers and they make use of slang language so that you can develop your English skills. You can practice what you have studied with them. They are very cooperative and helpful. You can unhesitatingly discuss your queries with them.

Another useful tip to learn English is to live in an English speaking country. When you are surrounded by people who speak English, you will gradually get acclimatized to their way of talking. One of the fastest ways to learn English is to stay in an English speaking country. Try to read as many shop signs, street names, music and films in English. When you spend quality time in an online English Speaking community, you will automatically pick up the language you want to learn.

Another effective way to master the language is to practice it by doing real things. Whether you need to go on a business trip where you would be required to speak English, order food at a restaurant in English or give a presentation at college, one way to help you overcome these little hurdles to success is to learn English online. The best thing to do would be to eat at an international restaurant and order your meal in English. Practice it over and over again until you get it right. Practicing useful things like this will help you gain confidence and prepare you to use more difficult vocabulary and sentences.

The last and one of the most effective tips is to practice English daily. The more you speak, the more conversant you’ll be. You can speak about any topics that interest you. You can speak online in different locations, with different people. When you learn English in a natural way, in real situations, you tend to learn faster. It is a simple strategy that really works!


Alison Jones is the author of this article on Learn English.

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Learning Business English – It’s Important, Right?

You have the power to choose the words you write, so choose the right ones. And yes, this applies to the workplace too. Make a difference!” ― Sudakshina Bhattacharjee, Improve Your Global Business English: The Essential Toolkit for Writing and Communicating Across Borders

In today’s world you need to speak English. As the article below explains, English is the language of business and you are judged, rightly or wrongly on how well you can communicate your ideas.

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Why is learning business English so important? – Miron Abramson

Here is a transcript of a meeting I had with an HR manager at a startup company in Israel.  Her intention was to eventually create an internal memo that will be based on the interview:

Why is learning English, and especially learning business English, so important?

The world is becoming smaller—we all experience it.

You buy a GPS device in Thailand that was assembled in China.  You purchase extra maps for it online, use it in Italy, and you actually live in Israel.

You outsource your product development for an America customer to an Italian vendor, who’s actually using Indian contractors.

Globalization is everywhere, and the language of globalization is English–business English.

Is English really that prevalent around the world?  Why learn English and not Chinese?

Chinese is not a bad choice either, but English is still the dominant language, particularly for doing business.  English is still the most widespread language in the world and is more widely spoken and written than any other language.  To throw some statistics at you:

  • Three-quarters of the world\’s mail, telexes and cables are in English.
  • More than half of the world\’s technical and scientific periodicals are in English
  • English is the medium for 80of the information stored in the world\’s computers
  • English is the language of navigation, aviation and of Christianity
  • Five of the largest broadcasting companies in the world (CBS, NBC, ABC, BBC and CBC) transmit in English, reaching millions and millions of people all over the world

That’s amazing.  Not surprising, but amazing.  It gives the English language a lot of economic power.

It’s true.  In fact, the easiest way to calculate the economic influence of a language may be to add up the gross domestic products (GDP) of all the nations where it is spoken. People who count English as their mother tongue make up less than 10of the world\’s population, but possess over 30of the world\’s economic power. Therefore, in terms of the quantity of transmitted information, English is the leader by far.

Ok, I’m convinced.  So what’s the difference between learning ‘regular’ English and learning business English.

Good question.  Much of the difference lies in the fact that teaching or training business English is answering a more immediate need.  I’ll give you an example: a recent client of mine, a senior executive at a governmental agency in the geophysics field, needed to prepare a presentation in English for a sales meeting in South Africa that was going to take place a week from the day he contacted us.  He didn’t really have the time to sit with me for six months and study basic rules of English Grammar and other syntaxes.  He had a very specific business need with a very particular deadline.

Would you say then that you operate more like a coach that usually deals with specific ‘obstacles’ in a short time frame as opposed to a psychologist?

Well, I’m going to be careful with generalizing what different coaches do because different coaches come from different backgrounds and different methods of coaching.  That being said, it’s not a bad analogy.  In general, coaching deals more with immediate needs and attempts to frame the processes in a smaller time period, while a psychologist is more likely to investigate your past and what caused the ‘obstacles’.  Again, that’s a gross generalization because there are several methods for coaching and several ones for psycho-analysis.  But the analogy does help to understand what I do.

I like how you’re very careful with how you use the language.  You choose each word carefully.

Yes.  We have a say in Hebrew, \’life and death is in the hands of the tongue.\’  And that’s also part of what I try to convey to my clients—that language is a powerful tool.  And if you use the tool wisely, you will reap the benefits.

Can you give me an example?

Sure.  One of my clients complained that he’s not getting the response he was looking for from his website.  After a quick glance, I had a good theory why—his website contained quite a few mistakes in English.  People some times don’t realize how important these little things are.  Your website is your business card—it is how the world sees you and how you market yourself.  If you leave even the slightest mistakes on the website, you’re taking a huge risk of turning potential clients off.  Just try to remember how annoying it is for you to hear someone make a mistake in your native language.  Imagine if you saw a few mistakes in a book you’re reading or the morning newspaper.  I don’t know about you, but in cases where that happens to me I feel cheated–As though the person that wrote it didn’t feel I’m important enough to invest the time to make the message clear and correct.  I see a lot of these mistakes on websites, brochures, and other marketing materials, and I’m certain that it turns people off.  And that’s money these people are losing.

Sounds right to me.  Any other difference between ‘regular’ English and Business English.

Sure.  When we consult or train in the area of business English, we deal with issues that are more relevant to the business world: Creating effective presentations, writing an effective CV / Resume, preparing for a job interview, editing and correcting business emails, websites, marketing materials, and even preparing a marketing or training video for a company.  You won’t find these things in your typical English course.  We’re not preparing students to be able to order a sandwich on their next trip to New York.  Well, the client will be able to do that also, but that’s not the focus.  The focus is to prepare people to deal with the business world in the best possible way.  The goal is to make people whose English is not their native tongue competitive,  marketable, and global.

We need to conclude the interview.  Any last advice?

My best advice is to tell you that you should not be afraid of English just because you’re not a native speaker.  Practice makes perfect.  Do not be afraid to invest in yourself.


About the Author

Miron Abramson is the founder and senior consultant of Add-Vantage, a company that supports people and organizations with their business interactions with international partners overseas.   You can visit them on the web at www.addvantage.co.il, or contact Mr. Abramson at miron@addvantage.co.il.