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.

The Business of Writing for Business



While conducting business certainly involves the language of numbers, it just as much depends on the language of words. Knowing financial formulas, accounting equations and more is important; however, you explain all of this with words. Modern business systems, practices, functions, and more, depend on the good old English language in a host of countries worldwide.

This is just an overview of the main types of business writing you might be confronted with. In the coming months, we'll expand on each in more detail and by the end of the series, you will have a well-rounded view of business writing, which will help you to understand how to approach each task and to further your work in the world of commerce.

Here's our run down of the main types:


What Makes a Good Leader?

by Myron Curry

It goes without saying that good leadership is crucial to any successful business. But, what makes a good leader and how can someone develop himself or herself into a good leader if they are not one to begin with? The answer is that there are many factors that contribute to good leadership. And, whether someone is naturally a good leader or not, anyone can become a good leader.

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.