Last week, we spoke about the difference between general conversational English and business English, and while during business interactions there are many situations before, after and during breaks where your general English speaking abilities will get used. Still there will be other situations where the atmosphere of the discussion changes and a different way of communicating begins.

#2 Specific business English goals

This week, I’d like to explore this further and answer, you guessed it, if you should have specific business English lessons.

The need for business English lessons is obvious if you have a specific meeting you’d like to prepare for, especially if you need to present ideas or argue for a certain decision to be made.

Participating in conference calls has its own dynamics that are worth rehearsing to gain more confidence in what and how you’re going to say something. This would be true even in your native tongue, so it’s obviously worth reducing the added pressure of a foreign language as much as possible so as to stay focused on the important parts of your message.

By signalling you want to learn business English, you’ll attract teachers who have more of an interest in this field and the greater the percentage of time of the lesson will be devoted to topics and details surrounding your work situation.

OK but will you actually be talking in a different way? Using different words and expressions? Stay tuned for the answer next week.

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