Email has survived every social media trend and is still going strong.
The business magazine Fast Company has even called email “the next great media platform,” due to the growing popularity of email newsletters.
Yes, newsletters! And you thought they were just spam.
Well, they don’t have to be. There are actually a lot of incredibly useful and interesting newsletters that you can use to improve your business English skills.
There are many different types to choose from, depending on what you want to learn. We’ll cover eight of our favorite business-related and business English newsletters in this article.
The best part is, they’re free and are delivered regularly right to your inbox!
How to Make the Most of Your Business English Newsletter Subscriptions
Before signing up for the newsletters, it might be helpful to read through these tips to get more out of this innovative learning format.
- Subscribe to three or fewer newsletters in the beginning. Since you’re just starting out, too many newsletters may be a lot to handle and will simply clog up your inbox. So start small. Subscribe to just a few business English newsletters so that you can learn something new each day without getting overwhelmed.
- Read articles whenever you’re free. If you find it difficult to balance a job and make time for business English learning, try to spend your “down time” productively. For example, when you’re commuting or waiting in line at the store, open up the latest newsletter in your inbox. You can also catch up on your reading during lunch breaks at work.
- Take notes and review them. In order to remember and apply what you learn from the newsletters, make it a point to write things down and periodically go through your notes.
- Check the dictionary whenever you come across an unfamiliar term. Often, you’ll stumble on words, phrases or concepts that may be difficult to understand and it’s always best to check an offline or online business dictionary to help you understand them.
- Save important emails. Sometimes you may be too caught up in your work, or a newsletter may take more than one sitting to understand. In that case, save the important emails in a special folder, or simply mark them as “unread” to make sure you don’t forget about them. Here’s how to do that in Gmail and in Outlook.
Learn While You Email: The 8 Best Business English Newsletters to Subscribe To
As a student of business English, you’re expected to know the rules of grammar, learn the right buzzwords (up-to-date vocabulary) for your industry and know about the latest happenings in the business world. These newsletters below will cover all of that and more.
Alternatively, you can go through the list below and subscribe to the ones that you feel will be most useful to your learning process.
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Down to Business English Newsletter
Down to Business English is a wonderful podcast for those who use English as a foreign language. The podcast helps students acclimate to (get comfortable/familiar with) a workplace environment, by using business-related discussions as a starting point for lessons on grammar, vocabulary and cultural differences.
Their newsletter will help you stay on top of what’s happening in the world of business.
When you sign up, you can choose from a variety of business topics to read about, including business personalities, company profiles, finance, politics and trade, among others.
We suggest you choose two or three topics in the beginning and once you’ve adjusted to the flow of information, you can edit your selections. Meanwhile, if you’re curious about their podcast, they even have some free episodes on their website that you can download and listen to.
Investopedia is a brilliant resource for professionals working in finance or economics. Their website is constantly updated with the latest stock market reports and developments in the finance world. They have a large list of newsletters to choose from.
For instance, “Investopedia Insights: News to Use” delivers the most important headlines to your inbox, while “Investing Basics” gives you a rundown on how to be an investor via email lessons.
We suggest you sign up for their “Term of the Day” newsletter where you’ll learn a business-related word each day as well as get links to some relevant articles, to develop your vocabulary and knowledge base.
FluentU’s Business English Newsletter
Looking for a weekly dose of business English knowledge? FluentU’s newsletters provide a summary of all the latest articles on the FluentU Business English blog, from learning resources to communication tips and more. Just click the link above and enter your email in the box on the righthand side.
You’ll also get tips on how to get the most out of the FluentU app, a unique tool that teaches you through authentic English videos.
Unlike traditional language learning sites, FluentU uses a natural approach that helps you ease into the English language and culture over time. You’ll learn English as it’s spoken in real life.
FluentU has a variety of engaging content from popular talk shows, nature documentaries and funny commercials, as you can see here:
FluentU makes it really easy to watch English videos. There are captions that are interactive. That means you can tap on any word to see an image, definition and useful examples.
For example, when you tap on the word "searching," you'll see this:
Learn all the vocabulary in any video with quizzes. Swipe left or right to see more examples for the word you’re learning.
The best part is that FluentU keeps track of the vocabulary that you’re learning and recommends examples and videos to you based on the words you’ve already learned. Every learner has a truly personalized experience, even if they’re learning the same video.
You can start using the FluentU website on your computer or tablet or, better yet, by downloading the app from the iTunes or Google Play stores.
Byte Sized English Newsletter
Byte Sized English has the perfect newsletter for English learners with a strong focus on business communication and conversations. Think of it as a personal business English trainer!
By subscribing to the newsletter, you’ll receive links to educational blog posts, vocabulary crosswords or quizzes, pronunciation and grammar advice and even information on certain idiomatic and cultural expressions.
Once you sign up, you’ll also receive an invite to join a private Facebook group where you’ll meet other learners like you and have a friendly space to practice business English.
British Council’s LearnEnglish Newsletter
Your local British Council is a great place to learn English. But did you know that their website is constantly updated with educational content? They have an A-to-Z list of grammar topics that cover key concepts in an easy-to-understand way, exercises to learn new words and even a section specifically dedicated to business English.
Their LearnEnglish newsletter is sent out monthly and will keep you informed of the latest educational information on their site. If your English proficiency is still basic or you’re struggling with grammar rules and communication, we recommend that you subscribe to this newsletter before trying out the information-heavy ones.
English in Your Inbox from EC
EC provides language lessons globally, and has an amazing website packed with grammar quizzes, comprehension tests and other language lessons. Their free, semi-monthly (twice a month) newsletter is packed with quizzes, lessons and book reviews that’ll surely strengthen your language skills.
Somewhat similar to British Council’s LearnEnglish newsletter, this will be particularly useful for anyone working with English basics.
Fast Company Newsletters
Fast Company’s website is a must-visit for those looking for career advice, tips on adjusting to a workaholic lifestyle, productivity hacks and start-up culture. If you’re about to join an English workplace or start your own company and you’re feeling scared or nervous, this website will give you a crash course on how to make the most out of it.
They have two daily newsletters and several weekly newsletters to choose from. Whether you’re looking for advice from creative people, inspiring stories of entrepreneurs, business trends or updates about currency or finance, Fast Company has it all.
These newsletters won’t just help you develop your business vocabulary for daily communication, presentations and conferences but will also make you a very informed individual—a trait that’s bound to impress your colleagues and seniors.
Harvard Business Review Newsletters
The Harvard Business Review is one of the go-to magazines for specialists, CEOs and industry experts, packed with quality and critically-aware articles and stellar research. Their newsletters too are tailored to suit specific needs.
“Management Tip of the Day,” delivered on weekdays, will gradually help you become better at your job by incorporating mindful changes to your work. “Business Bookshelf” will keep you updated about the latest books from the Harvard Business Review Press. “Best of the Issue” contains the most relevant articles in the magazine, selected by the editors.
Once again, by perusing these newsletters you’ll learn a lot about business communication and how best to climb the corporate ladder.
Learning is a lifelong process, and signing up for educational and informative newsletters will make it a weekly if not daily practice. By checking your emails in the morning, you’re also using the time to learn something new pretty quickly, in addition to replying to work-related queries. You can also spend your free time reading up on business articles and learning new things and new words.
And who knows? Maybe you’ll master business English so well that you’ll be the one asked to write the company newsletter soon enough!
Archita Mittra is a freelance writer, journalist, editor and educator. Feel free to check out her blog or contact her for freelancing/educational inquiries.
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