Business English word of the Week  Geschäftsenglisch

“To get the ball rolling”

This idiom means to start something, usually a project or process.

sentence example:

Come on guys let’s get the ball rolling on this new billion-dollar project by contacting some of our suppliers and asking them to provide us with some estimates.


Law English word of the Week Recht Englisch

A Judge

The person who makes the final decision in a legal case.

sentence example:

“My Uncle is a Supreme Court Judge. He decides on several important cases every week.”


Vocabulary for Contracts Verträge


A term used in contracts that means, “further on in the document.

sentence example:

“Cyber’s Computers will be referred to as Company A and Port’s Electronics will be referred to as Company B hereinafter.”


Vocabulary for Negotiations Verhandlungen

“We need to talk about…, so let me start by telling you all that I have in mind.”


Word of the day:

Cattywampus is the same as in: askew, awry.

Definitionaskew, awry, kitty-corner. Cattywampus is a variant of catawampus, another example of grand 19th-century American slang. In addition to “askew” catawampus may refer to “an imaginary fierce wild animal,” or may mean “savage, destructive.

Cattywampus sentence example:

After the shocking news, Becky couldn’t settle down and study because her thoughts were all cattywampus.” The unfinished renovation project had left the laundry room cattywampus; the washer and dryer were unhooked, the walls were unpainted and the sink was disconnected. 

Phrase of the day:

toproofread text‘ / Text Korrektur lesen. 

Idiom of the day:

A new broom sweeps cleanmeans

According to the proverb, a new broom sweeps clean,this saying promotes great changes, and a fresh new start. Just as so; we encourage you to gain a new perspective on the importance of owning a brand-new broom for your household or business.


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

British English = water biscuit (unsweetened, used to put savoury food on and not sweet things)
/ American English = a cracker.


Special Grammar tip of the week:

Connect your ideas with conjunctions

If you want to connect two ideas or short phrases, you can do so by using a conjunction. For example,

“I’m studying English. English is important.”


“I’m studying English because it’s important.”

The most common conjunctions are:

and – addition

because – to give the reason

but – to express contrast

so – to describe a consequence

or – to describe an alternative

Here are some examples:

  • She likes handball and she plays in a team.

  • We’re going out because we’re bored.

  • He wants to study more, but he doesn’t have time.

  • Jim is coming round so I’m cleaning my flat.

  • Would you like some tea or coffee?


Pronunciation tip:

‘Pay’ = paid’ / BUT look at the word say’ = ‘said’ pronunciation is the same like‘Dead’,
but the spelling changes with the word =‘Stay’ = ‘stayed’.


False Friends Tip of the Week:

 German    Translation     False Friend (F.F.)    Meaning of F.F.

   also               so                      also                          auch


Slang word of the day:

‘Cheers’ (exclamation)

So you might know the word ‘cheers’ like the word you use to toast your drink in English. But, as the British like to be different, we also use it for something else. We use ‘cheers’ to mean ‘thank you’, and ‘goodbye’ and often use it pretty sarcastically.

sentence example:

Do you want to help me clean the car?

Nah I’m good, cheers


Colloquial / Colloquialisms:

1. Laidback – Relaxed or calm.

sentence example:

This weekend was very laid back.

2. Chill – (Same as above).

3. Sweet – Fantastic.

sentence example:

“I passed the test!”


4. Cool – (Same as above).

5. Lame – The opposite of cool or fantastic.

sentence example:

That’s so lame that you can’t go out tonight.


Cockney rhyming slang:

‘Barnaby Rudge’ = judge


Quote of the week:

I’m so disappointed, well, get re-appointed!” Joyce Meyer.

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