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. YouTube Millionaire
  31. Business Strategies

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

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

  59. Beauty and Success
  60. Body Language, One
  61. Body Language, Two
  62. Body Language, Three
  63. Body Language Faux Pas
  64. Body Language, First Impressions
  65. Body Language, Lying
  66. Case Studies of Business English
  67. Communication Equals Wealth
  68. English Speakers, The Worst
  69. First Impressions
  70. Handouts
  71. International Bank, The
  72. Job Interview Questions
  73. Meetings, Face-to-Face
  74. Public Speaking; Bill Clinton
  75. Presentations
  76. Salary Negotiation in Interviev
  77. Short Messaging Services (SMS)
  78. Speaking for Money, Two
  79. Speaking Internationally
  80. Website, Company
  81. White Magic
  82.  

    Companies

  83. Nokia
  84.  

    Company Culture

  85. Beautiful Women and Hiring
  86. Brainstorming
  87. Meetings, Face-to-Face
  88. Nokia
  89. Politics and Passion
  90. Singlism
  91.  

    Creativity and Innovation

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

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

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

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

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

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

  176. Aircraft, Military
  177. Comparative Advantage
  178. SMEs in the Global Marketplace
  179. Internet

  180. Brick-and-Mortar Shops
  181. Digital Nomads
  182. e-Government
  183. Google, The History of
  184. Google, one
  185. Google, two
  186. iPhone, The
  187. Hackers
  188. Website, Company
  189. Store Closures
  190. YouTube Millionaire
  191.  

    Investments

  192. Bubble, Real Estate
  193.  

    Job Interviews

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

  205. Beauty and Success
  206. Introverted vs Extroverted CEO
  207. Leaders, The Myth of
  208. Widow, The (easier)
  209. Widow, The
  210. Marketing and Sales

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

  230. Child Farm Laborers
  231. Child Farm Workers
  232. Digital Nomads
  233. Immigrant Story
  234. Millionaire Refugees
  235. Rich Visas
  236. Money

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

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

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

  281. Bubble, Real Estate
  282. Richest Americans
  283. Vancouver, Canada
  284. Relationships, Deals

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

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

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

  348. Affirmative Action
  349. Beautiful Women and Hiring
  350. Beauty and Success
  351. Child Farm Laborers
  352. Child Farm Workers
  353. Frugal Living of the Rich
  354. Immigrant Story
  355. Inertia and the Status Quo
  356. Job Interviews, Chicago
  357. Parkinson’s Law II, Money
  358. Parkinson’s Law III, Athletes
  359. Photos on CVs
  360. Richest Americans
  361. Type-A and Type-B People
  362.  

    Stories

  363. Businessman, The
  364. Health versus Wealth
  365. Nuclear Power Plant
  366. Swimmer, Long-Distance, The
  367. Widow Manager
  368.  

    Success Secrets

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

  420. Taxation
  421. Kinds of Taxes
  422. Taxes on Transactions
  423. Yacht Tax
  424. Technology and Industry

  425. Aircraft, Military
  426. Artificial Intelligence
  427. Face to Face
  428. Google, The History of
  429. iPhone, The
  430. Luddites, The
  431. Short Messaging Services (SMS)
  432. Skype, part II
  433. Time Management

  434. 80-20 Rule, The
  435. 80-20 Rule at Work, The
  436. Laziness
  437. List of Tasks
  438. Parkinson’s Law, one
  439. Specialization
  440. Work, Career, Jobs

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


 
 

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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