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Idiom of the Week – Week 4

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

"to beat someone to the punch": to do something before someone else does it

Example 1:  Oh, hello, Zach, I just wanted to phone you. Looks like you beat me to the punch.

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Idiom of the Week – Week 3

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

“to take one for the team”: to make a sacrifice so that your team / the group can succeed

Example 1:  Our poor communication with the client was a departmental problem. It wasn’t her fault, but Sam took one for the team and told the client that it had been her mistake. The client doesn't want to deal with Sam now, but we were able to keep the contract.

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Idiom of the Week – Week 2

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

“it's six of one, half-dozen of another”:  it’s the same either way you look at it or count it / both options are equal

Example 1:  We could buy our new fleet of company cars from carmaker A or from carmaker B. It’s six of one, half-dozen of another.

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Idiom of the Week - Week 1

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

"when pigs fly":  something is either impossible or unlikely to happen

Example 1:  It's true that my colleague and I are part of the same sales team, but we're paid based on the deals we close. Will I share my client data with her? When pigs fly!

Example 2:
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False Friend of the Week – Dec. 26

During 2016 we present one false friend every week.

handeln (DE) = to trade (kaufen/verkaufen) / to haggle (over sth) (feilschen) (EN)

to handle sth (EN) = etw bearbeiten, für etw zuständig sein (DE)

Example – to trade: “The company trades on the DAX.” / “At the moment, the company is trading for/at EUR 25.75.”

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Happy Holidays!

You'd like to send a special note to clients and business partners in English-speaking countries this time of year. Which phrase is best?

In addition to Christmas and New Year's Day, December and January are full of important holidays that are celebrated in English-speaking countries. In the US, the Jewish holiday Hanukkah often takes place in December, and KwanzaaLesen Sie hier weiter

False Friend of the Week – Dec. 19

During 2016 we present one false friend each week.

spenden (DE) = to donate (EN)

to spend (EN) = ausgeben (DE)

Example – donate: This year, our company donated 1,000 Euro to a local charity.

Example – spend: I spent too much on Christmas presents this year!

False Friend of the Week – Dec. 12

During 2016 we present one false friend each week.

Billion (DE) = trillion (EN)

billion (EN) = Milliarde (DE)

Example – trillion:
1,000,000,000,000.00

Example – billion:
1,000,000,000.00

False Friend of the Week – Dec. 5

During 2016 we present one false friend each week.

eventuell (DE) = possible, possibly, perhaps (EN)

eventual/eventually (EN) = schliesslich (DE)

Example – possible (adj.): Always use a formal writing style when corresponding with possible clients.

Example – possibly (adv.): We are possibly the only company in the city that offers customers a full range of services in our field.

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