Business English

 

    Accounting and Bookkeeping

  1. Accounting
  2. Accounting, Careers in
  3. Accounting, Fields of
  4. Aircraft, Military
  5. Audit
  6. Bookkeeping I
  7. Bookkeeping II
  8. Financial Reports
  9. Spreadsheet
  10. Business in General

  11. 80-20 Rule, The
  12. 80-20 Rule at Work, The
  13. Aerospace Company Advertisement
  14. Brick-and-Mortar Shops
  15. Business Discussions
  16. Distractions
  17. Employers, The Largest
  18. iPhone, The
  19. Kaizen
  20. Nokia
  21. McDonald’s
  22. Mentorship, 1
  23. Mentorship, 2
  24. Parkinson’s Law, one
  25. Politics and Passion
  26. SMEs in the Global Marketplace
  27. Store Closures
  28. Type-A and Type-B People
  29. Yacht Tax
  30. Business Strategies

  31. All-American Boy
  32. Employee Performance Rating
  33. Brainstorming
  34. Frugal Living of the Rich
  35. Handouts
  36. Laziness
  37. Meetings, Face-to-Face
  38. Mindstorming
  39. Training, Company
  40. Sitting versus Standing
  41. Specialization
  42. Suggestion Box, The
  43. Website, Company
  44. Widow Boss, I
  45. Widow Boss, II
  46. Commerce, Trade

  47. Brick-and-Mortar Shops
  48. Comparative Advantage
  49. Medical Tourism
  50. Outsourcing Elderly Care
  51. Pricing for Goods
  52. Pricing for Services
  53. Shopping Malls
  54. Store Closures
  55. Website, Company
  56. Communication

  57. Beauty and Success
  58. Body Language, One
  59. Body Language, Two
  60. Body Language, Three
  61. Body Language Faux Pas
  62. Body Language, First Impressions
  63. Body Language, Lying
  64. Case Studies of Business English
  65. Communication Equals Wealth
  66. English Speakers, The Worst
  67. First Impressions
  68. Handouts
  69. International Bank, The
  70. Job Interview Questions
  71. Meetings, Face-to-Face
  72. Public Speaking; Bill Clinton
  73. Presentations
  74. Salary Negotiation in Interviev
  75. Short Messaging Services (SMS)
  76. Speaking for Money, Two
  77. Speaking Internationally
  78. Website, Company
  79. White Magic
  80.  

    Companies

  81. Nokia
  82.  

    Company Culture

  83. Beautiful Women and Hiring
  84. Brainstorming
  85. Meetings, Face-to-Face
  86. Nokia
  87. Politics and Passion
  88. Singlism
  89.  

    Creativity and Innovation

  90. Brainstorming
  91. Creativity
  92. Dreams that Inspired Books
  93. Dreams Leading to Discoveries
  94. Dreams in Science
  95. iPhone, The
  96. Mindstorming
  97. Short Messaging Services (SMS)
  98. Suggestion Box, The
  99. Economics

  100. 62 Versus 3.5 Billion
  101. 80-20 Rule, The
  102. Aerospace Company Advertisement
  103. Banks
  104. Brick-and-Mortar Shops
  105. Bubble, Real Estate
  106. Comparative Advantage
  107. Employers, The Largest
  108. Dr. Deming
  109. Dreams (shorter); Dreams
  110. English Teacher, The
  111. Friedman, Milton
  112. Hayek, Friedrich August von
  113. iPhone, The
  114. Keynes, John Maynard
  115. Luddites, The
  116. Rich, 5 Ways to Become
  117. Singapore’s Founder
  118. SMEs in the Global Marketplace
  119. Unions, Labor
  120. Education and Training

  121. 10,000 Hours
  122. All-American Boy
  123. Brainstorming
  124. Company Training
  125. Creativity
  126. Extracurricular Activities
  127. Handouts
  128. Jack of all Trades, A
  129. Job Interviews, Chicago
  130. Mentors
  131. Mentorship, 1
  132. Mentorship, 2
  133. One Hour a Day
  134. One Hour Every Day
  135. One Hour Per Day
  136. Specialization
  137. Training, Company
  138. University Dropouts
  139. University Majors, Highest Paying
  140. Winning Edge, The
  141. Engineering

  142. Aircraft, Military
  143. iPhone, The
  144. Power Plant, The
  145. Short Messaging Services (SMS)
  146. Entrepreneurship, Enterprises

  147. 62 Billion Dollars
  148. Bill Gates
  149. Domino’s Pizza
  150. Dropouts, School
  151. English Teacher, The
  152. Family Entertainment
  153. Federal Express’s Beginning
  154. Google, The History of
  155. Hobbies into Websites, one
  156. Hobbies into Websites, two
  157. Leader, The Myth of
  158. McDonald’s
  159. Millionaires, Who are the
  160. Pricing for Services
  161. Rich, 5 Ways to Become
  162. Richest Americans
  163. Government and Politics

  164. Corruption Perception Index, The
  165. e-Government
  166. Friedman, Milton
  167. Hayek, Friedrich August von
  168. Keynes, John Maynard
  169. Unions, Labor
  170. Parkinson’s Law, one
  171. Transparency
  172. Yacht Tax
  173. International Business

  174. Aircraft, Military
  175. Comparative Advantage
  176. SMEs in the Global Marketplace
  177. Internet

  178. Brick-and-Mortar Shops
  179. Digital Nomads
  180. e-Government
  181. Google, The History of
  182. Google, one
  183. Google, two
  184. iPhone, The
  185. Hackers
  186. Website, Company
  187. Store Closures
  188.  

    Investments

  189. Bubble, Real Estate
  190.  

    Job Interviews

  191. Affirmative Action
  192. Beautiful Women and Hiring
  193. Job Interviews, Chicago
  194. Top Ten Job Interview Questions
  195. Twelve Interviewing Tips
  196. Common Interview Questions
  197. End of Interview
  198. Photos on CVs
  199. Salary Negotiation in Interviev
  200. What NOT to Ask in the First Round
  201. Management and Leadership

  202. Beauty and Success
  203. Introverted vs Extroverted CEO
  204. Leaders, The Myth of
  205. Widow, The (easier)
  206. Widow, The
  207. Marketing and Sales

  208. Advertising Text
  209. Advertising Discussions
  210. Body Language Faux Pas
  211. Body Language, Two
  212. Department Store, The
  213. FREE part one, Freebies
  214. FREE part two, Goodies
  215. FREE part three, Lagniappe
  216. Handouts
  217. Hotel Stars
  218. McDonald’s
  219. Pricing for Goods
  220. Pricing for Services
  221. Reciprocation
  222. Shoe Market
  223. SMEs in the Global Marketplace
  224. Website, Company
  225. White Magic
  226. Migration

  227. Child Farm Laborers
  228. Child Farm Workers
  229. Digital Nomads
  230. Immigrant Story
  231. Millionaire Refugees
  232. Rich Visas
  233. Money

  234. Beauty and Success
  235. Bubble, Real Estate
  236. Health versus Wealth
  237. Mike Tyson
  238. Parkinson’s Law II, Money
  239. Parkinson’s Law III, Athletes
  240. Richest Americans
  241. Salary Negotiation in Interviev
  242. Psychology

  243. Beauty and Success
  244. Body Language Faux Pas
  245. Businessman, The
  246. Cadillac, A New
  247. Creativity
  248. Criminals and Geniuses
  249. Dreams that Inspired Books
  250. Dreams Leading to Discoveries
  251. Dreams in Science
  252. Health versus Wealth
  253. First Impressions
  254. Inertia and the Status Quo
  255. McDonald’s
  256. Parkinson’s Law, I
  257. Parkinson’s Law II, Money
  258. Parkinson’s Law III, Athletes
  259. Reciprocation
  260. Swimmer, Long-Distance, The
  261. Type-A and Type-B People
  262. Visualization
  263. Quality

  264. All-American Boy
  265. Company Training
  266. Creativity
  267. Dr. Deming
  268. Jack of all Trades, A
  269. Kaizen
  270. Employee Performance Rating
  271. Mindstorming
  272. Premium Fees
  273. Specialization
  274. Suggestion Box, The
  275. Training, Company
  276. Winning Edge, The
  277. Real Estate

  278. Bubble, Real Estate
  279. Richest Americans
  280. Vancouver, Canada
  281. Relationships, Deals

  282. Beautiful Women and Hiring
  283. Beauty and Success
  284. Body Language, One
  285. Body Language, Two
  286. Body Language Faux Pas
  287. First Impressions
  288. Likeability
  289. Photos on CVs
  290. Salary Negotiation in Interviev
  291. SMEs in the Global Marketplace
  292. Type-A and Type-B People
  293. Wallets, Lost
  294. Self-Improvement

  295. Beauty and Success
  296. 80-20 Rule, The
  297. 80-20 Rule at Work, The
  298. All-American Boy
  299. Books and Money
  300. Company Training
  301. Comparative Advantage
  302. Creativity
  303. Distractions
  304. Dr. Deming
  305. Frugal Living of the Rich
  306. Immigrant Story
  307. Jack of all Trades, A
  308. Kaizen
  309. Laziness
  310. List of Tasks
  311. Mentors
  312. Mentorship, 1
  313. Mentorship, 2
  314. Mindstorming
  315. One Hour a Day
  316. One Hour Every Day
  317. One Hour Per Day
  318. Pretend you are the BEST
  319. Reading and Success
  320. Reciprocation
  321. Rich, 5 Ways to Become
  322. Salary Negotiation in Interviev
  323. Specialization
  324. Swimmer, Long-Distance, The
  325. Swiss School, The
  326. Visualization
  327. Vocabulary and Success
  328. White Magic
  329. Winning Edge, The
  330. Skills, Abilities

  331. Artificial Intelligence
  332. All-American Boy
  333. Boost Your Income, 1
  334. Boost Your Income, 2
  335. Boost Your Income, 3
  336. Can You Do These Business Skills?
  337. Company Training
  338. Criminals and Geniuses
  339. Jack of all Trades, A
  340. Nuclear Power Plant, The
  341. One Hour Per Day
  342. Specialization
  343. Winning Edge, The
  344. Society

  345. Affirmative Action
  346. Beautiful Women and Hiring
  347. Beauty and Success
  348. Child Farm Laborers
  349. Child Farm Workers
  350. Frugal Living of the Rich
  351. Immigrant Story
  352. Inertia and the Status Quo
  353. Job Interviews, Chicago
  354. Parkinson’s Law II, Money
  355. Parkinson’s Law III, Athletes
  356. Photos on CVs
  357. Richest Americans
  358. Type-A and Type-B People
  359.  

    Stories

  360. Businessman, The
  361. Health versus Wealth
  362. Nuclear Power Plant
  363. Swimmer, Long-Distance, The
  364. Widow Manager
  365.  

    Success Secrets

  366. 80-20 Rule, The
  367. 80-20 Rule at Work, The
  368. All-American Boy
  369. Beauty and Success
  370. Best, The
  371. Body Language Faux Pas
  372. Books and Money
  373. Boost Your Income, 1
  374. Boost Your Income, 2
  375. Boost Your Income, 3
  376. Brainstorming
  377. Company Training
  378. Comparative Advantage
  379. Creativity
  380. Distractions
  381. Dr. Deming
  382. Dreams that Inspired Books
  383. Dreams Leading to Discoveries
  384. Dreams in Science
  385. Frugal Living of the Rich
  386. Harvard Graduates
  387. Jack of all Trades, A
  388. Kaizen
  389. Laziness
  390. List of Tasks
  391. Mentors
  392. Mentorship, 2
  393. Mindstorming
  394. Millionaires, Who are the
  395. One Hour Per Day
  396. Parkinson’s Law, I
  397. Parkinson’s Law, II, Money
  398. Parkinson’s Law III, Athletes
  399. Politics and Passion
  400. Reading and Success
  401. Rich, 5 Ways to Become
  402. Reciprocation
  403. Salary Negotiation in Interviev
  404. Secret Passwords
  405. Speaking for Money
  406. Specialization
  407. Steve Jobs’ Secrets
  408. Suggestion Box, The
  409. Swimmer, Long-Distance, The
  410. Training, Company
  411. University Majors, Highest Paying
  412. Visualization
  413. White Magic
  414. Winning Edge, The
  415. Taxes

  416. Taxation
  417. Kinds of Taxes
  418. Taxes on Transactions
  419. Yacht Tax
  420. Technology and Industry

  421. Aircraft, Military
  422. Artificial Intelligence
  423. Face to Face
  424. Google, The History of
  425. iPhone, The
  426. Luddites, The
  427. Short Messaging Services (SMS)
  428. Skype, part II
  429. Time Management

  430. 80-20 Rule, The
  431. 80-20 Rule at Work, The
  432. Laziness
  433. List of Tasks
  434. Parkinson’s Law, one
  435. Specialization
  436. Work, Career, Jobs

  437. 80-20 Rule, The
  438. 80-20 Rule at Work, The
  439. Affirmative Action
  440. All-American Boy
  441. Artificial Intelligence
  442. Beautiful Women and Hiring
  443. Beauty and Success
  444. Boost Your Income, 1
  445. Boost Your Income, 2
  446. Boost Your Income, 3
  447. Child Farm Laborers
  448. Child Farm Workers
  449. Distractions
  450. Employee Performance Rating
  451. Job Interviews, Chicago
  452. English Teaching, part I
  453. English Teaching, part II
  454. Jack of all Trades, A
  455. Laziness
  456. Mentors
  457. Mentorship, 1
  458. Mentorship, 2
  459. Nuclear Power Plant, The
  460. Nurse, The
  461. Parkinson’s Law, one
  462. Politics and Passion
  463. Premium Fees
  464. Richest Americans
  465. Salary Negotiation in Interviev
  466. Sitting versus Moving
  467. Specialization
  468. Training, Company
  469. Type-A and Type-B People
  470. Unions, Labor
  471. University Majors, Highest Paying
  472. Work Day, one
  473. Work Day, two
  474. Work Day, three


 
 

Business English: Distant Trade

Throughout history nations have engaged in distant trade. For the most part however, these were limited to precious goods and luxury items.

That began to change during the Industrial Revolution, which saw large scale movements of raw material, industrial goods, and people.

Telephone, E-mail, Snail-Mail

Today business activities span the globe. Advances in technology make it faster and cheaper for goods and people to move anywhere.

Telephones, faxes, e-mail, and snail-mail have all facilitated commercial transactions.

Top Dog


In the midst of all this, English has emerged as the linguistic top dog.

Proficiency of English can open many doors in the global marketplace; lack of it can shut just as many.

Case 1: Selling

This was the case with Oscar, a real-estate agent. His clients purchase residential dwellings in rural areas. In recent decades, more of them have come from abroad.

And so Oscar took on an interpreter to help him deal with foreign prospects. But this proved rather cumbersome, especially when going over the legal and financial fine print.

Departure

Then just as she began to know her way around, she left (and became an agent herself).

Her replacement was well versed in real estate, but had forgotten most of her high school English.

Language Lessons

Oscar then took it upon himself to master the language. He took one-to-one lessons at a language centre with a local instructors.

When his English improved, he had private tutoring with a Canadian.

Trickle to Torrent

Oscar also began going over the contracts and statutes written in English for foreign buyers. His assistant did likewise.

Gradually both became more adept in dealing in English. Word got out, and soon the trickle of foreign clients grew into a torrent.

For more case studies, see CASE STUDIES.

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1. In ancient times, international trade was not important. Yes or no?

2. Give examples of modern, global commerce.

3. Did knowledge of English affect Oscar’s business?

A. Is English necessary in your profession?

B. How could your company or organization improve itself?

 

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