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

Translate the Text: Übersetzen

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

Ich habe Elf Katzen und Zwölf Hunde

Ich sehe Zahlen.

Sie hat sechs Brüder und Zwei Schwestern

Zwölf sind ein Dutzend.

Ihre Telefonnummer

Sechs, drei, sieben, fünf

Sie zählt die Orangen

Die Telefonnummer

Du hast die hälfte

ist es Zwölf

Die Zahl ist hoch.

Zwei vier sechs

Meals In Germany What is the English names of meals and what is typical to be eaten?


Frühstück, most Germans have bread with an assortment of spreads, cheeses and sliced meats.

Das Mittagessen is the largest meal of the day, and usually the only hot meal of the day.

Das Abendessen is typically served cold and is smaller than lunch. Germans typically have bread, cold cuts, cheeses, and vegetables.

On some Sundays or for special occasions, Germans enjoy a late afternoon

Kaffee und Kuchen! Zwiebel, zwei, Zwilling ts immediately followed by v.

Knopf, Knoblauch, knapp k is not silent.

Nüsse, Frühstück, Müsli as in “see“, but with puckered lips.

Ihre Kuchen sind lecker.

Das Müsli



Business English word of the Week  Geschäftsenglisch

Shift work – late, night early shift.


Law English word of the Week  Recht Englisch

Obey – to obey the law.


Vocabulary for Contracts Verträge

Purchase order form
A pre-printed form is used to enter into an agreement with a supplier and usually includes the buyer’s terms and conditions


Vocabulary for Negotiations Verhandlungen

Agent = a person or a company that acts for another and provides a specific service.


Quite complaining and eat it …. Number one, soup is good for Flu, and number two; it’s nobody we know!


Word of the day:


a medicine or treatment for a disease or injury.

Sample Sentence:

“herbal remedies for aches and pains” There is a song with the title of ‘Remedy‘ by The Black Crowes


Phrase of the day:

A running commentary

a verbal description of events, given as they occur.

Sample Sentence:

“At the crowning of King Charles, the Third, experts provided the crowd with a running commentary of the action.”


Idiom of the day:

It’s Greek to me” or “it’s all Greek to me” is an English idiom meaning “I don’t understand it.” That could apply to videos or texts or lectures full of jargon, science, technology, complicated diagrams, dialect, or anything difficult to understand.

It’s Greek to me” was an idiom, even in Shakespeare’s time, used by ordinary Elizabethans. Shakespeare used the idiom in Julius Caesar (1599). In using the phrase in a play Shakespeare, was using an everyday expression that his audience would have related to.

Sample Sentence:

“Well! Julius baby it’s all Greek to me!” said Mark Anthony when reporting on his visit to Eygpt and Cleopatra’s Palace.


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

British English / (B.E.) = suspender belt – suspenders

American English (A.E.) = garter belt – garters

Size one size Men's Big & Tall Non-Elasticized Button End Work Suspenders - Walmart.comBlack or White GRACE Semi Sheer V Style Garter Belt Wide Suspender Belt Size XS-3XL

Sample Sentence:

 The problem here is that we use the same words for the same things which are different things at the same time. The picture on the left is a pair of braces for holding up your trousers (pants) or if you come from Bavaria your Lederhosen, while on the right are women’s garters.


Pronunciation tip:

Babbling baby boys blurted boldly

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.

Etikett      label, price tag      etiquette                   Etikette


Slang word of the day:


A word used to describe a woman.

Sample Sentence:

In the 1966 film ‘ALFIEwhich starred Sir Michael Caine; his character repeatedly referred to women as ‘birds’.

“I pulled a good bird the other night, cor blimey mate she was a looker!”


Colloquial / Colloquialisms:

(My next 5 examples, watch for the next five in my next blog; can you think of any more?)

  1. A very little ant = Infant.

  2. Ant that has a gun = Militant.

  3. Ant that is fat = Abundant.

  4. A proud ant = Arrogant.

  5. Ant that is a specialist = Consultant.


Cockney rhyming slang:

Dicky = dicky dirt = shirt 

Sample Sentence:

‘Ere, I’ve just spilled red wine all over me brand new Dicky; Cor Blimey what’s the Missus goin’ to say?


Quote of the week:

 “I like it when a task is too hard to do, because I can quickly decide to give up on it.” Mark Brislin (2015 – 2016).

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