Business English word of the Week Geschäftsenglisch
‚To pull strings‚
What happens when you pull the strings to a puppet? It does what you want it to do. This phrase means to use your power or influence to make something happen that would usually be difficult or impossible.
„People aren’t usually allowed to schedule meeting with the stars of this show, but if I pull some strings, I might be able to find a time for you to meet them.“
Law English word of the Week Recht Englisch
Someone who studied and practices law.
„My firm has 6 lawyers on staff, including contract lawyers, a criminal lawyer and a couple of civil law lawyers.“
Vocabulary for Contracts Verträge
„Null and void“
Cancelled or invalid.
„This contract is null and void the moment you are in breach of clause one!“
Vocabulary for Negotiations Verhandlungen
„We have arrived at this figure: £5,000,000. Tell me, would that be quite acceptable to you?“
Word of the day:
meaningless talk; nonsense.
„Please, don’t give me all that malarkey.„
Phrase of the day:
„To drive a hard bargain“ means to be uncompromising in making a deal.
„The CEO’s prowess in driving a hard bargain has placed severe pressure on our suppliers.“
Definition of drive a hard bargain:
: to be very determined to get what one wants when discussing something and especially a business deal.
„I must say that you drive a hard bargain, therefore I have to accept your terms and conditions.“
Idiom of the day:
To ‚Call it a day‚ means to stop working on something
„I think we have worked hard enough so let’s call it a day and go and have something to eat.„
British English (B.E.) / American English (A.E.) Vocabulary:
„Semolina pudding“ = B.E. / „Cream of wheat“ = A.E.
Semolina pudding is basically made of 2 ingredients: milk and semolina, but you can choose to make it as flavourful and sweet as you like. All you need to do is bring the milk to boil, add the semolina gradually and keep whisking until it thickens.
Special Grammar tip of the week:
Use the Semicolon to Join Two Ideas
When it comes to a list of grammar rules, you have to include the scariest of punctuation marks. It might look funny, but don’t be afraid of the semicolon; it’s the easiest thing in the world to use! Say you want to join two ideas but can’t figure out or can’t be bothered to use a coordinating conjunction. The two ideas can be separate sentences, but you think that they are so closely connected; they really should be one. Use a semicolon.
Mark’s dog is hyperactive; it won’t stop barking or sit still.
Her heart is like a cup of Lapsang Souchong tea; it’s bitter and smoky.
Mark must walk his dog three times every day; it is a rather large Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Here are six top tips for you to practice and perfect your pronunciation.
1 – Listen! Listening to examples of authentic speech is the most obvious way to improve your own pronunciation. …
Record yourself. …
Get to know the phonemic chart. …
Use a dictionary. …
Do some exercise! …
Get to know your minimal pairs.
What are the 6 steps to improve English pronunciation?
STEP 1: Prioritise it! Spend 15 minutes a day to improve English pronunciation. …
Listen More – to yourself and others! …
STEP 3: Speak More – to yourself & others. …
STEP 4: Focus on Your Mouth! …
STEP 5: Tune into the Stress & Rhythm – the ‚MUSIC‘ of English. …
STEP 6: Beware of Spelling Traps!
False Friends Tip of the Week:
Pension (Guest House) / pension = False Friend money you get from the Government when you retire / when you stop work = Pensioner / An OAP (Old Aged Pensioner) / Senior Citizen.
Slang word of the day:
So ‚naff‘ is a word with an interesting history. Back in the 1960s, it was illegal to be gay in the UK and so gay men began to use a kind of code language or slang that was a mix of Italian, Romany and rhyming slang. ‘Naff’ was one of these words that actually meant someone was heterosexual. Now, the word ‘naff’ is used to mean that something is lacking in style or good taste.
“I was going to buy a pink suit for my daughter’s wedding, but I thought it looked a bit naff.”
Colloquial / Colloquialisms:
to cut „doorstep“ pieces of bread
„Whenever I try to cut a few slices of bread for myself I always seem to cut great doorsteps.„
Cockney rhyming slang:
Berk or Burk = Berkshire Hunt = cunt (used as an insult, never as an anatomical reference)
Boat = boat race = face
„Nice legs shame about the boat race„, this was used in a song in the 70’s or the 80’s, I forget exactly when.
Quote of the week:
“I am merely trying to get from ‘A’ to ‘B’ which in-between appears to comprise of letters of the Alphabet that I previously did not know existed”.
Mark Brislin 15th January 2019. Written when thinking about trying to write my latest book.