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

Translate the Text: Übersetzen

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

Meine Freundin plant eine Party.

Duo kommt ganz bestimmt zur Party.

Wir planen ein Picknick für seinen Geburtstag.

Heute ist ein wichtiger Tag, Ich kann endlich schlafen.

Ich komme ganz bestimmt zur Party.

Nina ist aufgeregt, ihre Partner hat bald Geburtstag.

Ich hoffe, jeden Tag zu schwimmen.

Warum ist morgen ein wichtiger Tag für dich?

Die Kinder planen, Volleyball zu spielen.

Dein Pferd hat Geburtstag, wo ist meine Einladung?

Meine Oma hofft, ihre Schwester kommt zur Party.

Seine Frau muss arbeiten und kommt nicht zur Party.

Ich kaufe ganz bestimmt einen Kuchen für die Party.

Wo ist der Biergarten?

Wohin gehst du morgen?

Which is this?

We’ll talk about these ones more in-depth later.

Ich treffe meine Freunde jede Woche.

Ich treffe meine Freunde jedes Wochenende

Welchen Film möchtest du sehen?

Welche Sprachen sprichst du?

Wir möchten dieses Jahr in Mexiko bleiben.

Wir möchten diesen Film in Mexiko sehen..

The ims and outs

In German, um is used with telling time, am with days, and im with months.


Business English word of the Week  Geschäftsenglisch

“to sign on their behalf” means (also on someone’s behalf) done for another person’s benefit or support, or because you are representing the interests of that person: as a representative of someone or US in behalf of someone or in someone’s behalf: for the benefit of someone: in support of someone.

Sample Sentence:

I’d like to say on behalf of the whole group that we wish you well in your new career.

He spoke on behalf of the other candidates.

The science teacher accepted the award on behalf of the whole class.

According to UpCounsel, “on behalf of” means the legal permission for an individual to sign official documents for a separate legal entity. Therefore, an individual can sign documents for the company, i.e. “on behalf of”. Of course, not just anyone can sign “on behalf of” the company.

Law English word of the Week  Recht Englisch

1. pp is written before a person’s name at the bottom of a formal or business letter in order to indicate that they have signed the letter on behalf of the person whose name appears before theirs. [business].

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or the Managing Director (MD) or the manager; the Company Secretary; the Whole-time director; the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and so they have the legal right within the Law to put their signature to any contract, bank credit etc.

Sample Sentence:

The Deputy Manager has been nominated with the legal right to P.P. (countersign) any document on behalf of the MD, whilst he is out of the office.


Vocabulary for Contracts Verträge

A loophole in a contract: What is a loophole in a contract?

Contract loopholes are omissions or ambiguities found in contracts that are included to create ways for parties to avoid following requirements in the contract. They may not be noticeable until the damage has been done, so it’s essential that no loopholes exist in contracts.

Sample Sentence:

“Did you know that there is a man that found a loophole within the claim of the USA to own the Moon? The loophole that he found meant that he had the legal right to sell plots of land on the Moon. You can Google this and find his website.


Vocabulary for Negotiations Verhandlungen

To quibble over the price (argue) to quibble to argue over stupid facts/information/dates.

Sample Sentence:

“Let’s not quibble over price as I have plenty of money for this art treasure. What I am most interested in is to find out if this is the genuine article!”

Word of the day:

The word “Gobbledygook” means language that is meaningless or is made unintelligible by excessive use of technical terms such as computer speak, financial, law terms and so on. Definition of gobbledygook: wordy and generally unintelligible jargon.

What exactly is “gobbledygook“, and where does the word come from? Texas Congressman Maury Maverick coined the word in 1944 to describe the frustrating jargon used by policymakers in Washington. It reminded him of the sound of turkeys gobbling. This is funny to me because there was a BBC series (1990’s) called, “Black Adder” where some of the characters used the word, “Gobbledygook“, the problem was that in the 4th series entitled, “Black Adder goes Fourth” which is set in the First World War – 1914 – 1918 the word Gobbledygook” had not even been invented, so that is a bad mark for the BBC and its writers of this comedy show.

Sample Sentence:

“… reams of financial gobbledygook

When I listen to a foreign language it all sounds like gobbledygook to me!


Phrase of the day:

You’ll have to lash outmeans to spend a large amount of money in a way that is unnecessary or that wastes it.

Sample Sentence:

They lashed out £15,000 on their daughter’s wedding.” My own lovely daughter, Sophia got married this August and yes, I had to lash out a significant amount of cash for her wedding. Any contributions to my bank account are welcome 😀

I wish this picture I found had a pound sign or even a Euro, but not a dollar…….

Idiom of the day:

barking up the wrong tree– having the wrong impression of a person or situation.

Sample Sentence:

 “If you think that the Mayor of London is going to vote for that, then you are barking up the wrong tree!


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

British English / (B.E.) = Reception

American English (A.E.) = Front Desk

Sample Sentence:

 “Can Mr Poohtin come to the Reception to pick up his troops?” B.E.

Can a Miss Truuss come to the Front Desk as there is a Mr T. Rump to meet her?” A. E.


Special Grammar tip of the week:

General rules for the use of SOME & ANY:

Use ANY together with countable and uncountable nouns in a NEGATIVE sentence.

Sample Sentences:I don’t have any more bullets!” “I don’t have any more beer!

Use ANY together with countable and uncountable nouns in a QUESTION sentence.

Sample Sentences:

Do you have any more bullets?” “Do you have any more beer?


Use SOME together with countable and uncountable nouns in a POSITIVE sentence.

Use SOME together with countable and uncountable nouns in a sentence which has an OFFER

Sample Sentence:Would you like another beer Mark?

NOTE: The “Would you like…?” phrase is the important thing to remember here; as this is an OFFER and yes it is a question, but you still use SOME and NOT ANY!

Use SOME together with countable and uncountable nouns in a sentence which has the person asking for a FAVOUR (ein Gefallen) – for example –

Sample Sentences:

Can I have some more beer, please?

Can you lend me some more money as I’ve already run out?

NOTE: The “Can I have some…” and the “Can you do this or this for me?” style of sentences are a QUESTION – yes, this is true, BUT – as you are asking someone to do you a FAVOUR, then we use SOME and NOT ANY!

Pronunciation tip:

Willy’s real rear wheel wobbled.

Try and say this sentence ten times quickly without a mistake.

Versuchen Sie, diesen Satz zehnmal schnell und fehlerfrei zu sagen.


False Friends Tip of the Week:

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

Box                        (loud) speaker         box                            Schachtel


Slang word of the day:

Bloke. A man—could be compared to the American term ‘dude‘.

Sample Sentence:

“Listen, I was talking to this bloke from the north side and he told me I was wrong with my thinking ’bout Aliens.


Colloquial / Colloquialisms:

“I get it ” – this means that I understand.

Sample Sentence:

I get it now! Thank you for explaining that.


Cockney rhyming slang:

Aunt Joanna” = piano (often shortened to just ‘Joanna‘).

Sample Sentence:

“Come on Jack, get on that old Joanna and give us a happy tune!”


Quote of the week:

I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” W. C. Fields.

All this computer speak is Gobbledygook to me!


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