English small talk with clients - public holidays

Are your international clients or customers wondering why they couldn't reach anyone in your Dresden office yesterday? What do you tell them? Do you know the name of the public holiday in English? (Keep reading to find out.) Use public holidays as a chance to build a stronger relationship with your client -- English small talk about holidays is usually a safe small talk topic.

Before you call an international client or start your online meeting, check this website or this website to find out which holidays will soon be celebrated in their country or region. Then do a quick Google search to find out a few key facts. Make English small talk with clients by asking "How to you celebrate (holiday name)?" "Is there a special food you eat, special clothes you wear, or a special place you go?"

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Learn English with films

The more you use English, the faster you'll learn! Learn English with films -- it's great practice for listening to English pronunciation and melody, even if you don't understand every word the actors say.

Here are some tips to improve English with films:

  1. Listen to a film like you listen to music. Don't try to understand the words. Listen to the melody and how actors express their feelings. Hearing their tone will help when you practice speaking later.
  2. Watch a film you've seen before. Do you really like a film, but usually watch it dubbed in German or with subtitles? Watch it again in English! You already know the story, so you can relax and listen to the actors. If you know the movie well, you can also learn new vocabulary!
  3. Use subtitles to learn English with films. Watch a movie with subtitles, then again without subtitles. That way you understand the story, but you can still listen to the English melody.
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Small talk - Business English

Do you find it difficult to start small talk in Business English? Try a three-step strategy that can start a conversation anywhere.

1. Introduce a topic: Say something about a topic that you and your business partners have in common, for example something that you are experiencing or recently experienced. This might be the weather, a cup of coffee or buffet (buf-FAY) at a meeting or reception, slow traffic, or even the current work situation with Corona.

For example: "I find this coffee to be especially good."

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A small talk tip: Going to a public viewing?

Sports are usually a safe small talk topic, so the European Football Championship might come up in some of your business conversations.

Here's a small talk tip: if you make small talk about the games with business partners from the U.S. or U.K., it might be best to avoid using the phrase "public viewing".

In English, "public viewing" generally means öffentliche Aufbahrung.Lesen Sie hier weiter

Is it important to learn English idioms?

Skip the English idioms and focus on what really matters

English idioms are fun to learn (and teach!), but do you really need to learn them? The answer is usually "no", especially if you are working with other non-native speakers who most likely wouldn't know them either.

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Ihre englische Aussprache verbessern - Improve your English pronunciation

Wie kann ich meine englische Aussprache verbessern? Einige Tipps für Sie.

Viele Kunden haben Angst, dass ihr Akzent problematisch ist. Ich habe aber in mehr als 13 Jahren als Englischtrainerin kaum Kunden gehabt, die tatsächlich einen problematischen Akzent hatten. Häufiger fehlt die Aufmerksamkeit auf die Betonung und Laute einzelner Wörter.

Betonung:Lesen Sie hier weiter

Typische Fehler im Englischen: costumer / customer

Hier erklären wir Ihnen, wie Sie typische Fehler im Englischen vermeiden können.

My story

This morning I went to a shop with a sign that said "26 costumers allowed".

Can you guess what's incorrect? The word "costumer". It means someone who makes costumes for the theater or special events.

Swap the O and U and you've corrected the mistake:  customer

Would you like to check your pronunciation? Visit the Oxford Dictionary's entry for "customer"Lesen Sie hier weiter

Englischkurse Online: Fragen und Antworten

Wie oft finden die Englischkurse Online statt?

Diese Kurse folgen dem gleichen Zeitplan wie Präsenzkurse. Im Allgemeinen bedeutet das 2 UE (90 Minuten) pro Treffen pro Woche für das Niveau GERS B1-C2. Englischkurse Online für das Niveau GERS A1-A2 bedeutet das normalerweise ein oder zwei Treffen pro Woche, jeweils mit 2 UE (90 Minuten).

Welche Themen werden in den Online-Kursen behandelt?

In den Online-Kursen behandeln wir die gleichen Themen, die wir auch bei einem persönlichen Treffen behandeln würden: Geschäftsenglisch, technisches Englisch, E-Mails, Telefonieren, Präsentationen, Meetings, Berichte, Hören, Lesen, Schreiben, Sprechen, u.s.w. - die Liste ist lang!Lesen Sie hier weiter

Englische Phrasen lernen mithilfe der BBC

Ein Hinweis wie Sie wöchentlich englische Phrasen lernen können - mithilfe der BBC.

Learn new English phrases or words every Tuesday with the BBC podcast The English We Speak. In addition to words and phrases that have been in the English language for a long time, it also explains new phrases.

This week's phrase is "contact tracing" -- not a new phrase in English, but one that we hear quite often these days. Listen to the podcast to hear how it's used in English.

This podcast is perfect for learners who are CEFR B1 and above.

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Denglisch vermeiden: No, you don't "have home office" tomorrow.

Für professionelle Kommunikation müßen Sie Denglisch vermeiden. Hier finden Sie einen Tipp!

The problem

Many people are working both in the office and at home. It's important to know how to talk about this in English.

In our lessons, we often hear our clients say "I have home office." This is a direct German translation and isn't correct in English.

The solution

A "home office" is an office in your home -- a noun (SubstantivLesen Sie hier weiter