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English for Economists

If you need to read, write, and speak about the economy in you want to improve your English, you’re in the right place. We know that topics like banking, finance, and government have their own special words and ideas. We are here to help you talk about them confidently in English.

Whether you need to chat about the economy, prepare for a meeting, or just want to feel better when speaking English, we’re here for you.

Courses

Live Online English Classes

One-to-One Lessons

Learn to think in English with these specialized conversation classes. We use up-to-date topics so you can give presentations, conduct meetings, and talk in informal sessions.

Economists in Action

Video Lessons

This four-hour course is for independent learners. Viewers will improve their listening and pronunciation, and they’ll learn 440 high-frequency words that economists use every day.

Latest Podcast

‘White Swan’ and ‘Black Swan’ Events

Today, we're exploring a fascinating topic that has attracted a lot of attention in financial circles: the concept of Black Swan and White Swan events. Our discussion and English class today was inspired by a recent Bloomberg article from January 30th titled, "A...

‘Steel Yourself’ for a Potential Trade War

Our lesson today is based on an article from The Economist Magazine, published on January 9th, titled "Xi Jinping risks setting off another trade war." Listen again, "Xi Jinping risks setting off another trade war."...

Predictions 2024: Dollar Bears, Bond Bulls, and Steady Stocks

The source for today’s lesson is an article taken from Bloomberg News, titled “Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Year”. The article makes several predictions about markets in 2024. They say that there will be “Dollar Bears” “Bond Bulls” and “Steady Stocks”....

Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) is Booming

In Episode 85,  we delve into a fascinating headline from early December published by CNN: ‘It’s lending on steroids’: How Buy Now, Pay Later companies are meeting an influx of demand despite higher costs....

What Is a ‘Windfall’?

Today, we dissect an intriguing headline from The Guardian newspaper, published earlier this week. We'll unravel the vocabulary and concepts it presents. https://open.spotify.com/episode/4gv38LOliwLyMAQkrOIgmB?si=mk5lHPdZR5apuxI8bg8AmQ Our primary focus today revolves...

What is Economic Swagger?

Today, we're focusing on a headline that's making waves from CNN Economic Marketplace Asia: "India regains its economic swagger as China stumbles." The term 'economic swagger' here is a colorful way to describe how India is showing off its economic strength and...

The Meaning of U-Turn

In this podcast, you will learn a few different ways to describe a sudden reversal in policy. Hi everyone. Welcome to English for Economists, the only podcast that focuses on the English needs of anyone who has to speak, read, or even write about the economy in...

Slashing Forecasts and Feeling the Pinch

Today’s episode touches on trade, trends, and forecasts. Join me and learn 3 new words, and one useful expression. https://open.spotify.com/episode/1U1S20PLA5d4OuaEqNlFoC?si=ee4192aeabf04b3d Hello all you happy economists out there. This is Alan Robert, back with...

Europe Chooses New Banknote Design

Money, and specifically banknotes, is the theme of today’s English vocabulary lesson for economists. We will look at how the Eurozone is redesigning its paper money. It turns out that it is harder than you might think. Welcome to English for Economists, the podcast...

The Economic Impact of Henrietta Lacks: Who Profits from Our Cells?

Hello, this is Alan Robert, your host for English for Economists. Welcome to podcast number 79. In today's episode, I touch on a story blending ethics, economics, and medical research so you can learn some great vocabulary....

Recession or Soft Landing?

In today's episode, we'll examine an opinion article that talks about the possibilities of a recession that was published in the New York Times on July 24th, 2023.  In this podcast, I will introduce some really useful vocabulary that will help you discuss the issue of...

Copper Prices

In today's episode, we'll examine an article titled 'Copper is unexpectedly getting cheaper', published in the Economist magazine on July 6th, 2023. We will see why copper is getting cheaper, and you’ll learn some useful vocabulary along the way....

What Are Carbon-Linked Bonds?

Welcome to episode 76 of English for Economists. Today, we will be looking once again at an issue related to climate change, and the role economics can play in reducing air pollution. We’ll be diving into these terms: 'Carbon pricing',  'Carbon-linked bonds',...

Ireland’s Fishing Industry

[Music Break] Today, in our 74th podcast, we're examining a significant economic news piece while learning four key vocabulary words: "Death by a thousand cuts," "Fleets," "Quotas," and "Scrap." Let's take a look at today's headline: “'Death by a Thousand Cuts' for...

Debt Ceilings and ‘A Stitch in Time Saves Nine’

Last week, we looked at how investors were reacting to fears that the US government would reach its legally allowed spending limit, leading to spending cuts and loan defaults. The vocabulary we covered was: brace, debt-ceiling, and default. Brace meant to hold on...

The Debt Ceiling Crisis

Today, our topic is the debt-ceiling debate currently going on in the USA. Let's dive right in! In this episode, we'll focus on three key vocabulary words: brace, debt-ceiling, and default. These words are essential for understanding the headline and sub headline...

In Its Face and Breathing Down Its Neck

Hello and welcome to "English for Economists," episode 72. Today, I'm going to talk about a recent article published earlier this week by the Economist Magazine, which highlights the delicate position of South Korea as it tries to balance its relationship with both...

Wonking Out: Exploring the Future of the US Dollar

Hello and welcome to "English for Economists," episode 71. Today we're going to talk about a recent article published by Paul Krugman in the New York Times newsletter on February 3rd. The title of the article is "Wonking Out: Is the Dollar’s Dominance Under Threat?"....

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