Feel more confident working with both Business English and Legal English
Feel more confident working with both Business English and Legal English by learning common business and legal terms in English.
Learn to work with both Business English and Legal English
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.
Effective communication in English means being able to work with both Business English and Legal English with clients and suppliers who may not understand technical legal terms. So being able to use ‘plain English’ can help them to quickly understand in a meeting, conference call, presentation or email.
We understand working with both business and legal terms can be particularly challenging in your own language let alone in a second language like English.
Solution – Plain English tool and how to use it
In our Business English training we help professionals use a simple tool called Plain English which enables them to learn and work with both Business English and Legal English terms.
Plain English means using “clear and simple English language, without the use of technical or difficult terms.” See the Cambridge English dictionary.
PLAIN ENGLISH TOOL – go to the Plain English website and on the home page (right column / right side) you will see the word ‘search’, click on it. It will give you access to a database which searches for a legal English term and gives you the ‘plain English’ equivalent. In this case ‘Plain English’ means a simpler way in English to explain a legal English term.
Here are some examples from the ‘Plain English’ database:
Legal English Term = Plain English Term
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 in your job and professional career, Christopher Wright!
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