The Art of the DealAmerican Business English is the lingua franca of the world's commerce today. From the boardroom to the back office cubicles the business English language-learner's needs run the gamut. Beyond the business writing and speaking skills that are needed are specialized idioms and cultural nuances. Without these skills, the businessperson who is learning English for business purposes will not be accepted into that world but will be considered to be an observer rather than an active participant.

The business world consists of many different facets, each of which is populated by individuals with different goals and concerns. While the Financial Analyst's focus is specific to his or her genre and contains little in common with a Marketing Strategist, the two worlds do brush up against each other as they work together in common to further the company's goals of increasing profit and serving shareholders and the public.

In addition to writing and speaking as a business person with English language skills, you may be expected to read and evaluate business proposals (and formulate your own), do relevant research in your specialization, coordinate schedules and surely carry on business over the telephone. There is also an entire business vocabulary that is rich in idioms and other expressions particular to the business world itself.

To say that one is a "businessperson" is such a broad statement that it is meaningless. It is comparable to saying that one "speaks English." The response to both statements is, "What kind?" We are all businesspeople in our own right. Here is a partial list of the specializations that one could pursue in the global business world where the use of the English language predominates:

This is just a partial list. It's important to remember that the language needs will vary with the business situation. It is also important to remember that in business, quantitative (numeric) communication is expected to be exact. It's just as important, but maybe more difficult, to keep the qualitative (verbal) communication precise as well.

For the English language learner who wishes to specialize in Business English, an ideal guide would be an instructor with a passion for the English language and with practical experience in the business world, preferably in American accountancy.   Accounting is a valuable background because it requires a broad understanding of business vocabulary and integrates all facets of the business world into a single entity.  American English is preferable in that it is the lingua franca of global business today.

Fortunately, the author of this web site is one such instructor.

One of the first steps in putting practical Business English Communication to work is finding a job. Unfortunately, in order to do that, you have to look for one. Regardless of the field in which you wish to concentrate, there are certain elements of Business English that are commonly followed. Accountants, marketing experts, production, distribution and sales professionals all agree that being brief, accurate and timely are important skills when being effective Business Communicators.

Three Principals of Business Communications

Keeping all this in mind, let's begin by proceeding to the pages devoted to The Job Search.



Last Updated: November 10, 2016