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.
„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
The early release of someone from prison/ jail, often for good behaviour, before the end of their prison sentence.
„The man was granted parole two years before his actual prison sentence would have ended.“
Vocabulary for Contracts Verträge
n. extra material or additional content at the end of a book, contract, report etc.
„The tables and graphs in Appendix A are based on the latest data.„
Vocabulary for Negotiations Verhandlungen
„Do you mind if I take a couple of days to consider your offer?“
Word of the day:
Decades means = 10 years. Jahrzehnte
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.
„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„.
„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.“
„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?
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:
Extremely disappointed or upset.
“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)
„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.