If you are learning English with the purpose of advancing your career, you are probably taking professional English courses, classes or training programs.

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But are these courses enough?

To learn even faster & more effectively, you should be practicing your English outside of the classroom setting.

There are a number of things you can do in your daily life to make professional English a part of your routine.


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Reasons for Learning Professional English

There are many reasons for learning professional English, even if you are not looking for an English-speaking job right away:

You will be able khổng lồ communicate better. No matter where you are in the world, since so many people know at least a little bit of English, you can use the language to communicate.You will have an easier time getting promotions. Even if you start at the bottom of a company where knowing English is not that important, you will have an easier time getting promoted if you know English. Many managers, executives and other important company members must know English.You will have the chance to lớn work abroad. If you’ve been hoping lớn move someplace that speaks English, getting a job there will be important. Knowing English will give you an important advantage when you are applying.

As you can see, learning professional English has many benefits!

The Difference Between Professional and Casual English

Do not worry if you’ve been learning “regular” English all this time—you need lớn know basic English reading, writing & speaking skills to lớn learn business English well. The basics of English are the same whether you are talking about the great movie you saw yesterday or the important meeting you have coming up.

The differences are found in the vocabulary & topics of conversation. Professional English is focused on communicating clearly in a business setting, with co-workers, customers, your boss khủng or anyone else related to lớn work.

Even greetings are different. Rather than saying things like, “Hey buddy,” you address each other by professional titles.

Knowing professional English really means knowing how khổng lồ make phone calls, write reports, engage during meetingsbe a part of the everyday office routine.

You will also need lớn know how khổng lồ speak about the area of expertise of your company in English. In other words, if you work in a law company, you might need lớn speak about law in English.

There are ways to make professional English part of your everyday life, so you can be ready to apply your skills lớn your career.

8 Tips for Learning Professional English

1. Focus on a profession.

“Professional” is a catch-all category. That means it is a very general term that includes many different professions.

Professional English classes and courses cover the basic ideas, topics & vocabulary that you will need to lớn know in any business setting. 

However, depending on where you want lớn work, you are definitely going lớn need some specialized vocabulary in addition lớn your general business English.

To make sure that you can actually use your English skills in the real world, use your time outside classes to lớn learn professional English that is relevant lớn your industry. The vocabulary you learn, the news you read and every other part of your learning should have your industry in mind. This will make you even more prepared for a job in the field!

2. Phối up an RSS feed.

RSS stands for “Rich Site Summary,” but it is often called “Really Simple” instead. That is because an RSS feed takes all your favorite blogs, news sites and other websites, and puts them into one place for you.

The great thing about these feeds is that you vì chưng not have to visit each trang web one by one. You can just load up your RSS reader and see all the recent news & updates in one convenient place.

There are lots of excellent (and free) websites you can use lớn create an RSS feed. Some of our favorites are Feedly, Feedspot and The Old Reader.

To use your RSS feed for learning professional English, địa chỉ cửa hàng all your favorite blogs and news sites about your industry or business in general into the reader you choose. For example, you could keep track of new blog posts on the Business English blog.

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Spend a few minutes every day looking through the headlines and browsing the articles và posts. You will be learning English & keeping up with important news in the business world.

3. Use authentic videos khổng lồ see business English in action.

Fortunately for the language learners out there, we live in a very digital age. That means there’s tons of content on the mạng internet to help you learn business English. The first step is just to go & do a Google tìm kiếm for “business English videos” và see what’s available and what you like. 

A big step forward, however, is when you start consuming nội dung designed for native English speakers. 

Many news outlet websites have a business section with videos, so that’s a good place to start. Here are some examples:

I also recommend watching clips from Shark Tank, a show where entrepreneurs (someone who starts their own business) can pitch their ideas in front of a panel of investors (someone who gives an entrepreneur money in exchange for a piece of the business).

As I mentioned earlier, focus on a specific profession. If you’re planning on working within the law, find a legal drama to watch. In the medical profession? Try a TV show mix in a hospital. While fiction isn’t always 100% realistic, you’ll pick up vocabulary that you’d hear around work. 

Here are a couple of shows you could start with:

Another way khổng lồ get this kind of exposure is to lớn use a virtual immersion program. One example is, which has a broad library of authentic videos with learning features added on. On this program, you can watch clips in English—including business English from news segments, insider business advice và more—that have interactive subtitles, adaptive flashcards & personalized quizzes. 


Consider a program like if you aren’t understanding enough of the authentic English nội dung on your own. Accurate subtitles và a built-in dictionary can help you understand everything that you’re watching.

4. Listen lớn the radio.

Wait, the radio still exists? Yes! Even in an age of computers, streaming services & TVs, the radio is still one of the best places to lớn get your news and information on the go.

There are many news and talk shows on the radio, which you can listen khổng lồ on the way lớn work or school or while you are doing other things around the house. Listening to news or industry talk shows can expose you khổng lồ professional English, as well as khổng lồ opinions & ideas about things that are happening in the business world.

The radio has also learned khổng lồ work together with the mạng internet to be heard anywhere you live! Many radio websites stream their current program. If you cannot access the station that way, you can use a service lượt thích Tunein, which lets you listen khổng lồ radio stations from anywhere in the world.

Some great general business talk và news shows are the “Bloomberg Radio,” “The Larry Kudlow Show” and many others that you can find here.

5. Always be listening.

And while we’re on the subject of listening…always have your ears open!

If you already work in a place where people speak English, listen lớn the language they use. Listen during meetings or in lunch outings. Just listening khổng lồ the language will help you learn it better. Pay close attention to lớn the words they use, when they use them and how the use them. Listen to lớn accents. Listen to lớn jokes, slang, idioms, phrases and anything else that you hear people saying.

If you vì chưng not understand something, ask what it means. Vì not feel shy!

If you vì chưng not work in an English-speaking environment, visit one! Find a place where people from your profession of industry go, và listen lớn them speaking. If it is a public place, you can even introduce yourself, explain that you are learning business English & ask them if they’d mind if you just sit and listen to lớn them talk. You might make a connection that way, too!

6. Set business English with regular English.

Even if you are learning professional English, you might still be learning regular English as well. The two bởi not have to lớn be separate! You can easily learn both at the same time. Learn things in pairs, combining your casual English learning & vocabulary with the professional version of it.

For example, if you are learning words related to lớn shopping, you can also learn words related to business expenses.

A receipt is called an invoice in the business world. The store you just bought pants at is a retailer, which buys the pants in large numbers from a wholesaler. You wanted lớn buy more things, but you have a low balance in your bank account. If you were on a business-related shopping trip, you would have called your low balance a small budget.

Let the business & the casual worlds of English join together into one!

7. Use a social truyền thông aggregator.

Like an RSS feed, a social media aggregator combines different social truyền thông media websites & information into one convenient place.

Services like TweetDeck and Hootsuite let you customize what you see in your social truyền thông media stream. You can watch people having a conversation on a specific topic on Twitter, or see updates about a business or industry và what people are saying about it.

After you phối up an trương mục for any of these services, you can follow the conversations on your topic of interest. Once you feel confident enough, join in! Social media is a public conversation that anyone can contribute to. Leave a comment, send a reply tweet and you will be getting great practice for your professional English.

8. Go face to face.

Nothing beats real conversations và meeting people in person!

Talk khổng lồ people who work in the business you are interested in, visit meetings or special events xuất hiện to the public, & just get yourself out there! You will be getting practice, but you will also be networking—that is, meeting people who might be able to help you in your career one day in the future.

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If you are nervous about your màn chơi of English, và it is preventing you from joining conversations, tell people that you are still learning. Most people will be happy lớn help, slow down, or explain things if they know you are learning.

Professional English learning does not have lớn happen only in the classroom. Now get out there and start learning!

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