Have a nice holiday? Or is it "vacation"?

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

Now try this: German/English False Friends (answers)

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

Now try this: German/English False Friends

German and English have many false friends. Test yourself. Do you know the correct translations of these German words?


die Billion

der Chef

die Hochschule

die Rente

der See

Check your answers here next week.

Now try this: English tongue twisters (CEFR B1 and above)

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.

Visit Rachel's English for more tongue twisters and tipsLesen Sie hier weiter

Enjoy your meal!

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