Business English word of the Week  Geschäftsenglisch

To bite off more than you can chew.

If you put too much food in your mouth at once, it’s difficult to eat. Likewise, if you accept too much work or a project that is too big or difficult, you might not be able to complete it. This is called biting off more than you can chew.

Sample Sentence:

„Designing a new website all by myself is a real challenge. I might have bitten off more than I can chew.“

 

Law English word of the Week Recht Englisch

Parole

The early release of someone from prison/ jail, often for good behaviour, before the end of their prison sentence.

Sample Sentence:

„The man was granted parole two years before his actual prison sentence would have ended.“

Vocabulary for Contracts Verträge

appendix

n. extra material or additional content at the end of a book, contract, report etc.

Sample Sentence:

The tables and graphs in Appendix A are based on the latest data.

 

Vocabulary for Negotiations Verhandlungen

 Sample Sentence:

„Do you mind if I take a couple of days to consider your offer?“

 

Word of the day:

Decades means = 10 years. Jahrzehnte

Sample Sentence:

When speaking to an old school friend, „Wow mate, I have not seen you in decades! You look so different!

 

Phrase of the day:

BOGOF means By One Get One Free.

Sample Sentence:

„The best ever BOGOF I have ever seen was to buy an American car and to get a second car, the same type of car, for free.“

 

Idiom of the day:

„To cut somebody some slack“, the common meaning is Don’t be so critical„.

Sample Sentence:

„Heh Boss, cut the kid some slack, he doesn’t know the ropes yet!“

 

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

(B.E.) Turn-ups (at the bottom of your trousers) / (A.E.) Cuffs (at the bottom of your pants). Interestingly enough the word cuffs in

British English means the end of the sleeves of a shirt.

 

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.“

becomes:

„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:

  • He likes football and he plays in a team.

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

  • She wants to study more but she doesn’t have time.

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

  • Would you like tea or coffee?

 

Pronunciation tip:

Vase (B.E.)= Varr see.  (A.E.) Vase V-ay-se (short pronunciation).

 

False Friends Tip of the Week:

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

Art            way, sort, kind            art                          Kunst

 

Slang word of the day:

Gutted (adj)

Extremely disappointed or upset.

Sample Sentence:

“I was really gutted when Donna broke up with me. She was the biggest girl I’d ever met.”

Colloquial / Colloquialisms:

 ‚Two-Spitch means = two spades/shovels depth in the earth in a plot of land to grow vegetables. Going two spades depth down means that the vegetables can push down deeper and therefore grow bigger and rounder.

 

Cockney rhyming slang:

Boracic (freq. contracted to brassic) = boracic lint = skint (i.e. penniless)

Sample Sentence:

„Cor Blimey! After paying out for all that lot I was Boracic I did not have a penny left to spend!“

 

Quote of the week:

Your victory begins the day you stop being impressed by the size of the problem.” Bill Johnson.

 

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