Business Vocabulary from Newspapers

Newspapers are a great source of new vocabulary for your English. Use this strategy to expand your vocabulary effectively. English language newspapers are widely available, however, if you can't get your hands on one there are plenty of online papers that you can use in the same way. Some good ones for business English include Bloomberg and the Sydney Morning Herald.

It's a good idea to get to know a variety of text types and follow this strategy:

Step 1.

  • Skim read the article for 10 or 20 seconds. Read the headline, look at the pictures of graphs, and read the first sentence.

Step 2.

  • Scan for 3 words that you don't know. Write them down. Only find 3 words. If you find 3 new words in the first sentence, great! Write them down and stop reading. 3 words is enough for one session.

Step 3.

Look up your new words in a dictionary. Avoid translating the words because it is best to remain in English as much as possible. If you don't have a hard-copy dictionary then you can use the free Cambridge Online Dictionary.


Done! Repeat that every day. Check out the video below for an example of this strategy.