Business English

Business English Articles

Business English has its own, distinct characteristics. The vocabulary you need depends on the sector, and the culture of the business you are in. 

We will publish articles here that cover most general business situations.

With dictionary look up - double-click any word to find its definition.

Performance Related Pay

Performance Related Pay
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Performance-related pay is money paid to someone relating to how well he or she works. Car salesmen, insurance salesmen, production line workers, are often paid in this way.

Business Christmas Cards

Christmas Cards

With Christmas approaching, people are far more likely to experience holiday stress (a combination of financial pressure to fulfil a shopping list, with the growing awareness of every broken resolution...) than the stereotypical Christmas cheer.

Even an optimist can be broken down during the holiday season, because the bills won't stop piling up (wouldn't it be nice if December was a "free" month?) and the junk mail keeps coming in. All of that junk mail marks the failed attempts of businesses who think that "shopping season" is the best time to try impersonal direct mail marketing strategies.

Basic Definition of Business Ethics

by Angela Wills

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One of the traits I've always prided myself with is having great ethics.

I believe ethics comes down to having a fundamental need for fairness, equality, humility and genuine concern for others.


The Language of Scams

Have you spent some time web surfing this week? If so, have you come across any websites that appear to be easy answers to your financial dreams? In addition, have you checked the junk folder of your particular e-mail account lately? If so, have you noticed that there's a horde of money waiting for you - for doing very little for someone you've never met before?

Use and Misuse Of Subliminal Messages

by Terje Brooks Ellingsen

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What are subliminal messages? A subliminal message is a message displayed for such a short period of time that your mind does not consciously register what it sees or hears. Instead your mind registers it sub-consciously. This means that your conscious mind cannot build and use arguments against the ideas exposed and thus you can be more susceptible to the unconscious idea. We’re talking about mind control from the outside that is working below the threshold of our awareness.

What is National Insurance

(and can I reduce my obligation?)

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Generally, most contractors who enter the UK will have the same set of questions when receiving their first pay cheque, the one question that features prominently is, what is National Insurance (NI) and why do I need to contribute to it?