Want to Learn Business English? Here are 5 Websites You Should be Reading
Updated: Nov 24, 2018
If you want to learn business English, then you should be constantly hunting new vocabulary. And there is no better way of improving your vocabulary than reading and listening to authentic content.
Sure there are specialty magazines, newspapers and blogs of all types, but to me these five are going to give you the biggest bang for your buck in terms of comprehensive, interesting and timely business content.
Get in the habit of reading these publications and you can be sure that you’ll be ready at any moment to chat with CEOs, thought leaders and ambitious professionals anywhere that English is spoken.
Without further ado, here are my top 5 sites that every business English learner should be reading.
I have also ranked the vocabulary of each publication from 1 to 10, with 1 being beginner and 10 extremely advanced. Value for the money is ranked from $$$$$ (great value) to $ (expensive for what you get).
I start with Bloomberg because it is the most versatile of the publications in my top 5. It is a great source of up-to-the-minute news about financial markets, companies and politics.
If you’re interested in financial market data, Bloomberg is easily the winner on this list. From global stock markets to bonds and commodities prices, Bloomberg provides real-time data through the web and its wonderfully designed mobile app.
The written content is not as in-depth or thought-provoking as some of the other publications on this list, but if you’re on your way to an important meeting or professional event and want to inject tons of small talk starters into your brain FAST, then Bloomberg should be your first choice.
Value: $$$$$ (free)
The Financial Times (FT) is somewhere between Bloomberg and The Economist.
It is a daily newspaper with articles about business and politics, updated throughout the day on its website and app.
Whereas Bloomberg is quicker to release news on its website, the FT’s written content provides more detailed analysis of the impact of this news.
The Financial Times also has in-depth special reports that can be interesting.
My advice would be to go to Bloomberg if you want the latest market news and data extremely fast, the FT if you want a bit more in-depth analysis of the impact of news and current events and the next publication on my list if you want the best analysis and research to really make you think about the long term.
The king of content.
Don’t let the name mislead you.
Of course The Economist offers well-written economic analysis on a wide range of topics. But the Finance and Economics section is only one of at least 15 that The Economist includes in its weekly magazine:
The world this week (summary)
Middle East & Africa
Finance and economics
Science and technology
Books and arts
Economic and financial indicators
In addition to the outstanding weekly content, The Economist often publishes special reports. My favorite is Technology Quarterly which, every three months, provides a fascinating look into different areas of technology.
Through its app each week, The Economist also offers an audio version of the entire magazine (word for word) so you can improve your listening skills while performing other tasks.
Or if you have more time you can employ a powerful technique that I absolutely love: listening to and reading the same article simultaneously.
So no matter when, where or how you choose to learn business English, one thing is for certain: The Economist has you covered!
Are you the owner of your own business? A CEO? A business student? An ascending professional?
If you answered yes to any of the above then you should be reading Entrepreneur magazine.
Innovation is everybody’s business and Entrepreneur will both give you exposure to start-up and innovation-related vocabulary, and provide inspirational stories of creativity and innovation in business.
Entrepreneur is a monthly magazine available in both a print and online version.
Like Entrepreneur, TechCrunch is a bit more specialized than the first three sites on this list.
But given the growing impact of technology on all aspects of society, I highly recommend it if your goal in learning business English is to improve your career opportunities.
Unlike the other publications in my top 5, TechCrunch is purely a blog and thus only available digitally. It covers all the latest technology news from gadget reviews to company strategy and personnel decisions.
There are several other technology blogs and magazines, but the one thing that I especially like about TechCrunch is the simple, easy to navigate interface. The posts are listed by date so you can easily scroll through and find content of interest. Best of all, there is a constant flow of interesting articles.
So if you want to gain both the comprehension and vocabulary to participate in important discussions and debates about the technologies that are changing the world, then TechCrunch is a good place to start.
Value: $$$ (free)
BONUS: MIT Technology Review
MIT Technology Review is a cutting-edge magazine published every two months (print and online versions) by, perhaps, the leading technological university in the world. It brings the latest topics in technology to the masses by using vocabulary that normal people like you and I can understand.
The magazine also does an excellent job of explaining the larger societal implications of these technologies.
I think of MIT Technology Review as The Economist of technology publications.
There you have it. My top 5 +1 websites that you should be reading if you want to learn business English.
Come back soon for more business English resources. In my next post I’ll tell you five websites that every business English student should be watching.
And don’t forget to tell me what you like, dislike or would add to my list. Comments below.
About the Author
Jason Gower is the creator and instructor of Expand Life Business English courses. He has more than fifteen years of business experience and has learned both German and Spanish to a C2 level. Click to learn more about Expand Life Business English courses.