If you are a non-native English speaker but are looking to work with international businesses, learning English business writing may prove to be beneficial. Whether you’re working with English speaking companies or companies that use English as the shared language for international correspondence, learning the etiquette of business English is essential to comfortably communicating in these environments. This being said, there are plenty of free resources online for you to learn from.
Learn English Today is your one-stop shop for all things related to English business learning. They have compiled helpful resources from various websites and put them in one easy, organized place. With information regarding vocabulary, idioms, and conversations and games and exercises to support them, you’ll be an expert in no time. Additionally, the site offers links to information on business meetings and presentations so that you can not only write like a professional, but speak like one too, as well as links to newspapers and business reviews so that you can be up to date on the happenings in the English business world.
The British Council offers five lessons in English business writing, focusing on the different types of correspondence such as email, reports, and messaging, and explains when they are appropriate and how one should structure them. The lessons are set up so that you can easily read them online or print them out and include questions with an answer key so that you can test your knowledge to ensure that you understand the material.
ESL About is an expansive resource that takes you step by step through various aspects of English business writing. These pages include information on how to structure a basic business letter and features different advice on the various kinds. Not only that, but there are pages that provide easy instructions on how to write a resume and accompanying cover letter when applying for jobs.
Speak Speak presents some helpful tips on the details of business emails and letters, including useful phrases and word choice Additionally, the site offers two lists, one of 100 verbs and the other of 100 nouns that will be useful in business writing. The lists feature boxes so that you can check off the ones you know and easily focus on learning new vocabulary. The site also features exercises to accompany some of this vocab so that you can test yourself.
English Business Pod is a great resource is you are a visual learner. As opposed to the rest of the links, which are all written, this is a YouTube channel that focuses on all things English business, including writing. Their videos focus on email and include examples and suggestions to help guide you. They also feature videos on other aspects of business English, including grammar and vocab.
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