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Business English Word of the Week (Geschäftsenglisch:)

Consider meaning to Reflect, Contemplate, Cogitate, Ruminate, Think something through carefully.

Law English word of the Week (Recht Englisch)

Deliberate meaning to be Thoughtful, to be Cautious, to have a measured approach. Lawyers, as well as the Jury (die Jury), in a courtroom, are often asked by the Judge (der Richter) to „Deliberate„.

Vocabulary for Contracts

to sign a contract = einen Vertrag unterschreiben, a signature = eine Unterschrift,

to initial a contract = einen Vertrag zu initialisieren.

Vocabulary for Negotiations

To haggle over price means to bargain, barter, quibble, wrangle, negotiate, to beat down.

Word of the day:

To Ponder meaning to Consider, Contemplate, Deliberate, Muse, Think over, Wonder about, Brood over.

 Phrase of the day:

Cheesy (käsig) means to cheesy pick-up lines a direct translation is kitschige Pick-up-Linien.

Cheesy is used to mean something that is very obviously joking or over-the-top. It can be funny, annoying or even uncomfortable and embarrassing to hear someone say something super cheesy. It can be even worse if someone does something cheesy. Similar words to “cheesy” include “corny” and “tacky.” “Corny” is a synonym (a word that means the same thing) of cheesy. However, “tacky” sounds more negative and generally is used to refer to something that is cheap or in bad taste.

 Idiom of the day:

Barking dogs seldom bitePossible meaning: Don’t be afraid of dogs that bark or people that threaten you (say they will do something bad to you) – in both cases they rarely take action.

British (B.E.) / American (A.E.) Vocabulary:

Mobile phone (B.E.) Cellular phone (A.E.) (Cell phone for short); German ‘Handy’.

Special Grammar tip of the week:

The use of „A“ and „An“. There are 5 vowels in the English language = a, e, i, o, u. Any singular word beginning with one of these 5 vowels, then we use „A“  = a box, a candle, a pen, a watch, a computer, a desk, a mobile phone, a printer, etc. However, there are some exceptions to that rule! This is to do with how the word is pronounced. The following words beginning with the letter „H“, but the „H“ is NOT pronounced.

hour, hourly, honour, honest, honesty, there are a few more examples, but not too many. So we say an hour, an honest man.

Then there are the words that begin with the letter „U“ where we do NOT see the letter „U“, but we pronounce it with the letter „Y“. For example:

University, uniform, universal, uniformity, and one or two others. You can see that these words ALL begin with UNI.

So we say, a University and a uniform.

Pronunciation tip:

Taught the letters “au” are pronounced “or” K-or-T (same pronunciation as a Tennis Court or a Court of Law).

False Friends:

Labour / Labor

Translate the following sentences:

  1. The cost of labour is rather high in Germany.

  2. Ich arbeite zwei Tage in der Woche Labor.

1. Die Arbeitskosten sind in Deutschland zeimlich hoch.

2. I work two days a week in the laboratory.

Both the English and the German go back to the Latin verb laborare, meaning „to work“. Laboratorium is a Medieval Latin word meaning „a place for work“ and the short form is the word „Lab“.

 

Slang word of the day:

A Whatchamacallit a person will say when they cannot think of the word for that thing/object etc. in that very moment.

 

Cockney rhyming slang:

Many of us know that „brown bread“ is Cockney rhyming slang for dead, „china plate“ for ‚mate‚, meaning a friend (often a Londoner would say, „Me Ole China„), and „bubble bath“ for laugh. But how many know the meaning of the phrases? The historic native wit of this east-end community (and its followers from around the world) often has an interesting logic to its phrases. Rather than simply a rhyming association, the slang reflects meaning in the expressions themselves. Here’s a guide to the most commonly-used Cockney rhyming slang:

What a load of pony an‘ trap.“ Have a guess what this means?

 

Quote of the week/month:

Thankfulness can take you places where complaining will only leave you stuck!” Mark Brislin.