Basic Business English

Duration: 3m 1s Published: Viewer: 779 Instructor: Paul Beal

Basic Business English

In this video we start of with the basics of any English conversation, Introductions. After watching this video you will obtain the basic vocabulary needed and the common information you will need to give in order to make a successful introduction. This video will also include some basic grammatical structure and phrases needed.
What you should take from this video is that in a business environment it is better to “Say more, using less.” Curious? Then watch the video and find out what it means.

Hi. My name is Paul Beal and I work for IlmuGo online courses as an English teacher and I’ve been in education for over 11 years. At my job, I am responsible for the preparation and teaching of class materials and I work with students of all levels. Now let’s look at some of the grammar that I used to talk about my profession. I am or I’m a teacher. I’m an advertiser. We use I’m plus the article An or A to talk about your profession or you can use the preposition in to talk about field. For example I’m in education or I’m in advertising. After the verb work we can use two different prepositions that will mean two different things. We can say I work at a company. “I work at NIKE”. I work at a place, for example I work at an office. To say basically the same thing, we can use the preposition IN by saying I work in a place, I work in a school, I work in an office or you can use in to talk about the actual field. I work IN advertising or as I said, I work in education. The next words which associate with the word WORK can be FOR and WITH. For example I work FOR ADIDAS, I work for the HRD department or I work for a company (ADIDAS). You can also use I WORK WITH to talk about the types of people you interact with every day. I work with colleagues from different departments or I work with clients and customers. Now let’s look at what I said again but in this slide I will take away all the relevant information pertaining to me. I want you to try to read out the script but fill in the blanks using your own information. Please press pause now!

To conclude our first video for this series, here are the points that you have to remember. First thing, introductions are usually spoken using a present tense. That means present simple, present continuous and then the present perfects. What you need to remember is to try and say more, but use less. For example, in my introduction, I answered 5 different questions but answered it using 2 sentences. The next thing that you have to do is you must review the different prepositions that I had used in my introduction. Prepositions include IN ON AT etc. And last but not least, practice makes perfect.