Business English Vocabulary
learned the basics, and what you really
want to concentrate on now is your business
What are the best ways to do this?
If you are lucky enough to have a paid job where you are using your
English, then you will start to learn some business vocabulary as you
work. If you aren't this lucky, and can't get any unpaid work
experience or an internship either, then you have to look at other ways
to increase your business English vocabulary.
Of course, there are a number of courses
or even apps
you can buy. There are websites
you can visit. All of these will help you.
If you are looking for something to buy, try to find something that has
you can do, not simply a list of words. You will learn much more by
reading or listening, then doing something, than you will by just
reading or listening.
You need to activate
any new vocabulary before you remember it fully. If you do learn new
words, try and use them as soon as you can. Even if you only write them
in a sentence in your notebook, that will help you. Simply a list of
words with a translation in a vocabulary notebook is not the best way
to learn any new words or phrases.
Something else you can to do improve your business vocabulary, is to
read business websites
The Wall Street Journal is good for articles about finance and the
economy, and The Financial Times in the UK is similar.
Magazines such as Business Week or the Economist have useful articles
for higher level speakers. Both of these magazines also have very
Try and watch business
on TV or on the web. News broadcasts are not often
easy to understand, but the more you watch or listen to them, the
easier it will become. You will start to hear and recognize new words,
and will be able to look them up in a dictionary to find out what they
If you are in an English speaking country and your English is a good
enough level, you may want to enroll in a basic business studies course
This will give you a lot of vocabulary, targeted reading, and the
opportunity to practice some practical business tasks in English. You
will also be able to meet other English speakers, which is always
If you are not in an English speaking country, then you could try and
find a correspondence
course in business studies
. You won't get the interactive
parts of classes you can attend, but it will still be helpful. If that
isn't possible either, then a business studies textbook may be useful.
Of course it can be possible to enroll on a specialized business English
, and if you really want to improve your business
English vocabulary then this is certainly something worth considering.