How to change Basic English into Business English

How to change Basic English into Business English

Hi. My name is Rebecca from
Today, you’re going to learn how to speak more professionally in business situations.
Now, at times, it’s all right to use informal language. It’s acceptable in everyday situations.
But there are times when you’ll want to create a more powerful impression. And at that time,
you’ll want to be able to use business English. What’s the difference between general English
and business English? Well, sometimes, there’s not very much difference. Sometimes, general
English is used in business contexts. But sometimes, you use a higher-level word. And
that’s what I’m going to teach you in this lesson. Let’s look at some
really easy, common examples. For example, if you say — or if you want to
say, “I got your email”, in regular English, you might just say, “I got your email.” What
would you say if you want to make it business English? You would say — I’m giving you a clue.
The word starts with R. Instead of saying, “I got your email”; “I
received your email.” Okay? Now, it becomes more
formal and more business-like. Suppose you want to tell someone, “I need
your help” or, “I need some help.” What word could you use that starts
with R instead of “need”? “Require.” So instead
of saying — and you can also change more than the verb. The
verb is the key, but you could say — instead of saying, “I need some help”, you could say, “I
require some assistance.” Now, you’ve changed two words, the verb
and also a noun. Let’s try another one. “Let’s talk about it
later.” Which business word could you use? “Let’s discuss — let’s discuss it later.” That
sounds much more professional than saying, “Let’s talk about it later.” Next one. “How do I get in touch with her?”
What word could you use instead of that? “How do I contact her?” Okay?
Good. “Please make sure you arrive on time.” Which
business word could you use instead of “make sure”? “Please ensure you
arrive on time.” “Please give her your travel plans.”
Instead of saying “give”, you could say, “Please provide her
with your itinerary.” There, we’ve changed another word. Instead
of saying “travel plan” or “travel plans”, you could use the
word “itinerary”. An “itinerary” is
usually a piece of paper or a document that lists your travel
plans, when you’re departing, when you’re arriving, where,
when, and so on. “Please let them know when you will be arriving.”
“Please let them know” — instead of that, you could say, “Please inform them
of your arrival.” Okay? Good. “Please tell me why you’ve
made this decision.” “Please explain your decision.” “Could you please talk some
more about that subject?” “Could you please elaborate? Could you
please elaborate on that.” Now, this is actually a very
useful word if you go to a conference or a meeting and you want someone
to speak some more about a particular point or issue. It’s a good, kind of, question to
learn. “Could you please elaborate on that?” So “to elaborate” means to speak more
or talk more, give more information. “How are you going to fix this problem?”
Better than using the word “fix” is the word “solve”. “How are you going to solve this problem?” All
right? So try to do that for every simple word that you know and basic word that you know
in general English, try to find a slightly more formal version, which will be your business
English word. And use these words in an office environment. If you’ve found this helpful, please subscribe
to my channel on YouTube. And if you’d like to do a quiz on this subject, you can
also go to our website, Thanks very much. Good
luck with your English.

Comments (100)

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  2. Dear Rebeca,
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  3. It was very useful to me and easily to understand .Thank you for the information.

  4. Is recieved spelt differently in the US?

  5. Reassurance received 👍

  6. Right now this channel it's favourite for me thank you

  7. Fukin wit u… I mean interested in future conversations and discussions with you

  8. Thanks for sharing such a good video with us.

  9. Thank you for the video! Really helpful!!!

  10. Very useful thank you

  11. Very useful advice towards formal English, thank you

  12. Ilove this thanks madam

  13. I think that Mrs Rebecca is the best english teacher that you can find on tube.

  14. Mam please tell how to write a letter writing

  15. Oh, so Business English is basically to switch every word of Germanic origin with one with Latin origin lol!

  16. It's clear and useful

  17. I like you woman

  18. 😯 l thought my English was perfect until l came here 😅"inform them is past tence

  19. You explain really simple and understanble.. thanks ! I ve already subscired

  20. Is so exacto thank ver y much

  21. I benefit much by this example and I certainly prove on this reference

  22. Thank you mam post more videos related business eng

  23. Your the best eng teachee i ever saw

  24. Was good but need to know more formal words with proper sentence 😊

  25. nice information superb n very much helpful

  26. Thanks a lot..🤗🤗🤗🤗


  28. Its really helpful..can you share any other video

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  30. Thank you Rebecca mam for this.

  31. Thank you so much, ma’am. I will be using these tips for my upcoming exams and I’m trying to improve my english more by joining Choral Speaking team and Debate team. If it was not for your assistance, I am sure my vocabulary wouldn’t be so good.

  32. Great way to teach

  33. Basic: say 2 or 3 times 'you know' in every sentence.

  34. Thank you Rebecca, I found your tutorial video to be helpful keep up the good work.

  35. thank you you are apower full women

  36. Thank you for the class.

  37. In technical business line, common words used in place of "fix the problem" is "TROUBLESHOOT", though WORKAROUND is also used for a temporary fix.

  38. This is so helping. I thank you dear.

  39. I get wet while watching this video what a nice explanation

  40. Loved the video !!!

  41. Thanks 2000000 times

  42. Thank you so much Mame

  43. Thank u miss rebeka

  44. I'm learning English and I just realize that school only teaches us business English

  45. I've looking for to get this opportunity few passed years so this page I want to the stick to it and I say thanks for everyone

  46. dear Rebecca, I found this video more than useful and I think, this was Excellent! Subbed.Could you please share with us other videos like this? 🙂
    Thanks a lot!

  47. Ttthhhhaannkk yoooouuu!

  48. This lesson is very interesting! Tank you.

  49. God bless you madam

  50. Very informative videos. Thank you!

  51. Nice Information Madam… Thanks a lot 😊👍

  52. Pls share more vedio limit this

  53. I like it,very informative.

  54. very nice , for use of English

  55. Thanks a lot for this video , I like your way in learning . Cheers , Muthana from Syria

  56. head and shoulders 😂

  57. "Make sure" and "ensure" are two completely different concepts. Ensure means to 'make secure.' Make sure implies that one double check something was indeed done.

  58. Thank you for the video. It is really helpful.

  59. Thank you Rebecca. The information was very helpful!

  60. Thanks teacher I need a training program every day

  61. Can you please add few more words,, thank you

  62. I really love to learn the English because I can't speak deeply english

  63. Just noticed that business english uses words of romance origin. But I found the video useful 🙂 Thanks 🙂

  64. wow ! Really i am so lucky to find you on YouTube,your a best teacher in the English world …

  65. walahi! napenda sana kazi ya mikono yako

  66. How incredibly……….


  67. Thanx mam we learn new things

  68. Good information Mam You are explaining fabulously

  69. Now I am a Professional British

  70. Thank you for the wonderful vedio
    Very useful

  71. I feel like a third grader

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