How To Work Comfortably Between Plain English and Legal English
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We train professionals to work comfortably between Plain English and Legal English – it’s a key step to help professionals become Advanced Business English Speakers.
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In an increasingly global context most non native English speaking professionals, and not just lawyers, are coming into more contact with contracts and documents full of legal terms in English.
And often they need to be able to explain legal English terms to non legal people in a simpler way in a meeting, conference call, presentation or by email. This can be particularly challenging in your own language let alone in a second language like English.
We use a simple tool called Plain English, which is a database of legal English terms and their Plain English meanings.
Plain English means explaining a complex term, such as a legal or business term, in a simpler way so more people can understand it.
The website’s database has a search function, which searches for the Plain English term for a legal English term. You can look for the ‘legal English term’ then click on the button ‘show plain English term’ In this case.
Here are some examples from the “Plain English” database:
Legal English Term = Plain English Term
absence of = no, none
abutting = next to
adequate number of = enough
anterior to = before
at the present time = now
at the time when = when
by means of = by
contiguous to = next to
due to the fact that = because; since
during such time as = while
during such time as = while or as long as
excessive number of = too many
for the duration of = during
in as much as = because; since
in case = if
in the event that = if
in the interest of = for
is able to = can
is entitled to = may
it is directed that = must
it is the duty of = must
notwithstanding the fact that = although, even if
on grounds that / on the ground that = because
previous to = before
prior to = before
pursuant to = under law, in accordance with
subsequent to = after
sufficient number of = enough
that certain = a
the reason being that = because
until such time as = until
with reference to = about
I hope this helps you with your professional English and in your professional career, Christopher!
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