Storage: The old-fashioned way.

Did you know that your smartphone has at least 100 times the computing power that the Apolo rockets had?

NOTE: Business English etc. can be found below the translation exercises.

Translate the Text: Übersetzen

Susann, Faten, Rico, Heike, Simone and Frank.

Apartment:

Ist deine Wohnung sauber?

Nein, wir haben keinen Tisch.

Meine Mitbewohner, Anna und Martin, sind nett.

Meine Mitbewohner sind Peter und Tim.

HEALTH:

Viel

Krank

Bist du Krank?

Mein Mitbewohner und ich sind jetzt krank.

Traurig

Müde

Nachts

Du bist gesund und ich bin glücklich!

Ich habe keine Bauchschmerzen mehr, ich bin gesund.

Ich bin sehr traurig.

Es tut mir leid, wir sind müde.

Meine Freunde besuchen mich nächsten August.

Hast du Verwandten in Frankreich?

Ich besuche meine Oma im Februar.

Meine Familie macht immer im Augist ein Picknick.

Meine Familie macht im Februar eine Party.

Sie besucht ihre Verwandten jedes Jahr.

Warum besuchst du deinen Bruder im Februar?

 

Business English word of the Week  Geschäftsenglisch

In your best interest

If something is done in your best interest, that something will be an advantage or benefit to you.

Sample Sentence:

I think it’d be in your company’s best interest to find a reliable supplier with a good delivery record.”

 

Law English word of the Week  Recht Englisch

Terminate a contract

To terminate a contract is to cancel or end it before it expires. When a contract is terminated, the parties in the contract will no longer need to perform or fulfil the terms of the contract.

Sample Sentence:

“Since I’m going overseas to work, I plan to terminate my mobile phone contract.”

 

Vocabulary for Contracts Verträge

Breach of contract

The breaking of a contract’s terms. If your supplier fails to deliver your goods by the date stated in your contract, that would be a breach of contract.

Sample Sentence:

“I hope you can meet tomorrow’s deadline for completing the repairs, otherwise your company will be in a breach of contract.

 

Vocabulary for Negotiations Verhandlungen

Bargaining power

The influence one party has over another in a negotiation. Having more bargaining power puts you in a better position to win a deal.

Sample Sentence:

“You have more years of experience in sales than him so you should have more bargaining power when negotiating your pay package.”

Word of the day:

Dingleberry means a foolish or inept person.

Sample Sentence:

 “Only a real dingleberry would vote for him to be president!”

 

Phrase of the day:

To be in ”Cloud Cockcoo land”.

a state of absurdly over-optimistic fantasy.

Sample Sentence:

“Anyone who believes that pigs can fly is living in cloud cuckoo land

Idiom of the day:

To be “over the moon means to be very happy about something.  Synonyms and related words. To be, or to become happy or happier. rejoice in.

Sample Sentence:

“Raphael was over the moon about becoming a father.”

 

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

British English / (B.E.) = Chips (Pommes = German)

American English (A.E.) = French fries

Sample Sentence:

“I went to the ‘Fish and Chips‘ shop and ordered a medium portion of chips with a large Haddock” B.E.

NOTE: Americans don’t have ‘Fish and Chip‘ shops as it is not their invention. The British created ‘Fish and Chips‘ and so you will find ‘Fish and Chip‘ shops all over the length and breadth of Great Britain and Ireland.

NOTE: the word Crisps has been turned into Chips by the Americans and so it has become popular in other parts of the world, but it is still wrong!

 

Special Grammar tip of the week:

Link Ideas With a Conjunction

Sometimes you want to link two ideas with a second S+V+O combination. When you do, you need a coordinating conjunction. The addition of the coordinating conjunction creates a new layout for you to follow.

S+V+O, COORDINATING CONJUNCTION+S+V+O

Take this sentence for example;

“Frank found a cat, but it ran into the alley.”

Before “but,” the subject is Frank, the verb is found and the object is cat. After “but,” the subject is it, the verb ‘is ran‘, and the object is ‘alley‘.

Coordinating conjunctions are easy to remember with an acronymic mnemonic device: FANBOYS. Each letter of the acronym stands for one coordinating conjunction: For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So.

 

Pronunciation tip:

“Each Easter Eddie eats eighty Easter eggs.” Try and say this quickly X 10.

 

False Friends Tip of the Week:

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

Bodybag      mono-strap backpack            bodybag                      Leichensack

 

Slang word of the day:

to be “Squiffy” which means to become a little drunk.

Sample Sentence:

“My wife got a little Squiffy the other night, whilst we were at her brother’s birthday party!”

 

Colloquial / Colloquialisms:

 Gibberish

Sample Sentence:

 “You’re talking Gibberish, especially when you’ve had a few!”

 

Cockney rhyming slang:

Brass Tacks” = facts 

Sample Sentence:

 “Let’s get down to Brass Tacts!”

 

Quote of the week:

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.” W. C. Fields.

 

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