You've registered for your fitness class. How will you exercise your brain in 2020? Why not learn a language?
Shoppers in the USA and around the world are looking for great deals today. But how and where did Black Friday start? The magazine Mental Floss explains (CEFR B1-C2).
Our clients often ask us about grammar books. Which one is best and why? We use different books depending on the client's needs, but here are a few that are popular.
Cornelsen's Übungsgrammatik Englisch Grammatik - kein Problem (A2-B1) is one resource we use. For beginners, choose the A1-A2…Lesen Sie hier weiter
The New York Times says both yes and no. A writer tested the language app Duolingo for over 500 days. What did he find? A language app can help you start to learn a language, but won't help you become fluent.
Specifically, he wrote:
1) If a language doesn't use a Latin alphabet, an app might help…Lesen Sie hier weiter
It's great to take some paid time off from work and enjoy the summertime, but what is that time called? British English and American English have different terms for the same concept.
For people using British English, annual leave is called "holiday(s)". American English calls yearly paid time off "vacation".
The differences don't stop at the name. In the UK, full-time employees must receive at least 28 days of holiday per year. In the US, the amount of paid time off isn't regulated by law and there's no minimum amount of paid time off per year for employees.…Lesen Sie hier weiter
Here are the answers to last week's question: Do you know the correct English translations for these German words?
bekommen: to get (to become = werden)
die Billion: trillion
der Chef: the boss
die Hochschule: the college/university (high school (American)/grammar school (British) = das Gymnasium)
die Rente: pension/retirement (rent = die Miete)…Lesen Sie hier weiter
German and English have many false friends. Test yourself. Do you know the correct translations of these German words?
Check your answers here next week.
For fun, sometimes our German clients enjoy testing our German with Zungenbrecher. In English these are called tongue twisters.
Here are a few of the most famous English tongue twisters for you to try.
1. She sells seashells by the seashore.
2. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of picked peppers,
where's the peck of pickled peppers that Peter Piper picked?
3. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if the woodchuck could chuck wood?
He would chuck, he would, as much as he could,
And chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would,
if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
English speakers don't have a saying like "Guten Appetit!" which they say to each other before starting to eat. If you would like to say something, "Enjoy!" or the phrase "Enjoy your meal!" are the best options. Some English speakers might also use the French phrase "bon appetit". Don't use the less formal "Dig in!" (Hau rein!…Lesen Sie hier weiter