Why young entrepreneurs
must have a second language?
Why is it important to
learn business English language
if you are setting up a project, whether
social or commercially, in France or in a
non-native English country?
English is often considered the
international language of business,
which is increasingly true as international
trade expands every day, bringing new
countries in contact. As a matter of facts, to
make your business more successful, it is good
to commercialise your products or services on
an international level. In this case, it is
very likely that you will have to deal with
clients who are from foreign countries who
will probably speak a different language that
you do not know. In order to make your
negotiation effective, it is definitely
important to learn to communicate in English.
Why English? Because it has been spread
around the world during the expansion of
British Empire between the 16th century and
the 18th century. During this time, British
traders, sailors, soldiers, pilgrims and
missionaries reached all the corners of the
globe and sometimes settled down. In the
countries where the the Britons formed large
colonies, such as Australia, Canada and United
States, the cultures and languages present
before (such as Dutch, Portuguese…) were
almost completely replaced by the English ones.
In other countries, as India and Africa, where
the main goal was to establish trade
relations, English was the language used
mainly for business purposes. These countries,
even after their independence, when they
became multilingual, needed a common language
for the communication between the different
ethnic communities, which was always English.
In other words, it is because of the British
Empire’s colonization that English became the
most spoken language of the globe.
Today, more than 350 million of people
speak English as a first language and more
than 430 million as a second language,
How do I learn Business English?
Always keep in mind that the vocabulary
used in business English is different from the
everyday vocabulary. You can find several
cheap tools on Internet that can help you with
learning business English. Our suggestion is
to not only learn the vocabulary but also to
read articles or watch videos in English that
talk about business. This will help you to
understand in which contexts you can use the
different words. The volunteers of the project
YERRF have also worked on a business glossary
that you can use to learn the words. It
contains business vocabulary in English with
the explanation of the meaning and the link to
the French translation.
You can find it at:
English business Language glossary