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Business English self-study links

One of my students recently asked me what she could do to help her work on her business English at home, in addition to attending the general English classes she has with me. I found a few links to start her off, and thought they might be useful for other students too.

Business English Pod is a podcast series which you can download for free, although you have to pay if you want to get any of the extra resources that are published with the episodes. They are divided into categories like meetings, telephoning and negotiations.

The business and work section of the British Council Learn English website has two podcasts and a business English online magazine.聽British Council also has an English for business section.

Business English Resources聽has lots of lists of phrases and vocabulary in their student section, along with some short exercises to practise them.

Business Spotlight magazine is published in Germany. Here’s an example of one edition.The magazine is available at three levels, A2, B1-B2 and C1-C2. All of the articles are in English, with a glossary of English-German translations for difficult words with each article.聽Their website is mostly in German, but there are lots of useful exercises on there if you dig a little – I think it’s worth it even if you don’t speak German. You can listen, read, and practise vocabulary.

Christine Burgmer has a business English blog aimed at students.

Business English Study has complete lessons based around video recordings, which you can work through as self-study.

What else would you recommend?


Wall Street, here you come! (Photo by Marjorie Rosenberg, taken from ELTpics

P.S. Teachers might be interested in this list of links for teaching business English from my other blog.

P.P.S. Hopefully this post marks me starting to post on this blog again 馃槈


Twitter for English-Language Learners

Do you have a Twitter account? Do you tweet in English? Did you know there are lots of people you can follow who can help you with your English?

If you don’t have a Twitter account, this video will help you to join. You don’t have to write on it, because you will learn a lot just from reading the things you find on Twitter, but writing is great practice!


Here are some of the people/organisations you can follow, along with their bios. Most of the tweeters here share useful links or teach you vocabulary in a word/phrase of the day format. If they do other things too, it tells you in their bios.


Tweets in Spanish

  • madridESL

    Mejora tu ingl茅s! Pronunciaci贸n, gram谩tica, vocabulario y cultura americana en mi web.

    Madrid, Spain聽路聽


A hashtag is a topic on Twitter. Every time someone includes # followed by a word, it becomes a hashtag. You can read hashtags without joining Twitter by using Tweetchat.

#twinglish is a hashtag especially for English-language learners, where learners from around the world share what they are doing and practise their English at the same time. Others are聽#engpls聽and #eigo.

You can also find hashtags for any of your hobbies. It’s a great way to learn words connected to the things you like. For example, if you enjoy films, you could follow the #film hashtag.


If you think I’ve missed any useful tweeters or hashtags for English-language learners, please let me know in the comments, and tell me why English learners should follow them.

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