Improve your Business English: Reading the Business News

Reading business newspapers is a fantastic way for you to improve your Business English. Here’s a lesson that will teach you new vocabulary words useful for business (and everyday life!). It also features some pronunciation practice and grammar. An answer key is included at the end. Teachers will find a Lesson Plan after the student lesson.

Business English Lesson 1: Procter & Gamble’s New Product Launch

New Business English App – Business English Negotiations

Business English appJust released – Business English Negotiations, a new iOS app for iPad & iPhone! Do you want to be more effective when you speak English? Do you want to express yourself more clearly? Get what you want more often? Then you’ve found an app that will work for you! Introducing Business English Negotiations. Learn useful English vocabulary for negotiating successfully, resolving conflicts, and saying and getting what you want!

This app brings you:
•100+ of today’s most useful American English idioms & phrases
•Interactive exercises to reinforce the material
•Realistic scenarios complete with audio – a great way to improve your pronunciation!
•A built-in hangman game – you’ll have hours of fun playing while practicing your new vocabulary

Watch a video about this new app: Business English Negotiations app

Coming soon –appStoreIcon– two more apps in the Business English series: Business English You’re the Boss and Business English Sales and Strategy.

Speak English Around Town featured on today

Our new ESL book & audio CD “Speak English Around Town” is featured on today:new ESL book and CD set

New Book and CD Teaches Everyday English

Language Success Press announces the release of Speak English Around Town, a new ESL book and audio CD for those who want to speak better English in their daily lives. This new book is the latest addition to the bestselling Speak English Like an American series.

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British English, Welcome to America!

There has been some “buzz” lately about British English words and expressions coming into American English. These are called “Britishisms.” This trend is easy to understand given two huge British cultural influences on America: Harry Potter (still hugely popular in the USA) and Downton Abbey (a delightful television program that I recommend you start watching immediately if you are not already!). We at Language Success Press welcome the British English expressions into our American vocabulary “with open arms.” Apparently, the British are not so “keen” on having American English vocabulary enter British English. “In the U.K., the use of Americanisms is seen as a sign that culture is going to hell,” said Jesse Sheidlower,  American editor-at-large of the Oxford English Dictionary in an interview with the BBC News.

So what are some popular terms that have sailed across the Atlantic to join our American vocabulary recently? Here are a few:

one-off: this means something unique; something that only happens one time and is not repeated. You will hear this a lot in the American workplace these days.

keen on: to like someone or something. Example: I’m not keen on going to New York this weekend (meaning: I don’t really feel like going). Or: Sandy is really keen on her new neighbors.

twee: too sweet or sentimental; excessively cute (apparently comes from a child trying to say “sweet”). Americans would also say “corny” in some cases. Example: The movie, in which two giant teddy bears fell in love, was a little twee for me.