BELF (Business English as a Lingua Franca)

Business English as a Lingua Franca (BELF) refers to the use of English as a common language among non-native speakers in international business contexts. BELF emphasizes effective communication and mutual understanding rather than strict adherence to native-speaker norms. This concept recognizes the diverse linguistic backgrounds of business professionals and focuses on clarity, simplicity, and adaptability in communication. BELF is increasingly important in global business as English continues to be the dominant language for international trade and collaboration.