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.

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Why People Skills Are So Important

Are you a "people person?" If not, you could be, and now is the time to learn some people skills to help you endear yourself to others by listening carefully, watching body language and then conveying your own thoughts in a thoughtful and respectful manner.

You have a right to expect that certain feelings, such as love, should be evident in human behavior. Sadly, that's not always the case, as some people have difficulty in expressing their true feelings to another.


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Well, it's December and the holiday season is upon us. In business, enterprises are certainly operating in a different climate this year. The credit crunch worldwide is causing companies to crunch numbers when it comes to Christmas parties and the like. It's definitely a season unlike those in recent history. It portends to be the way companies may choose to conduct affairs for good in the future.

 

Most neophyte workers or even freshly graduated members of the workforce will jump into jobs without knowing their job descriptions. This practice is understandable. Many of these fresh graduates are just glad to have gotten a job and will try to avoid being to nosy or pushy when it comes to work. They may think that ‘demanding’ a job description will be an added negative to their employer’s impression of them.

This could not be more wrong. Employers, in general, delight in employees that ask about their job description. This shows that the employee has an interest in knowing the specifics of his or her job and would like to know what his or her specific responsibilities are. Here are a few other reasons why job descriptions are truly important to employees and even to those who are searching for jobs.

 
Edited by Lynne Hand

What passwords do you choose on the internet? No don’t tell me!  That would be really silly.  I was really asking how you arrive at your choice. Some companies insist on including numbers, some want at least one capital letter, and others insist on the password having at least 8 characters, some require all of the above - a mixture of  letters, punctuation, symbols, and numbers.  All of which is why I’d be lost without my little black book, because no matter what they say about not writing down your password, it’s the only way I can possibly remember them all.  To be honest, I would prefer to use just one password, but I have been assured that this isn’t a good idea, as far as security is concerned.

 

Even though public speaking is one of the things people fear most, it is a great way to build confidence and your language skills at the same time. Now, you may not pen an exquisite piece destined to stir a nation (but who knows, maybe one day you will). However, you can certainly learn the basics of speech writing to serve you well in school, in business, or in any organization where you devote your time.