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Going to a public viewing?

Every four years, it's time for people around the world to tune into the World Cup. Since sports are usually a safe small talk topic, the matches might give you a good opportunity to make some small talk with your business partners.

But if you make small talk about the World Cup games with business partners from the U.S. or U.K., it might be good to avoid using the phrase "public viewing".

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

Business etiquette during business meetings

Along with the beauty of the spring and summer come pollens circulating throughout the air -- today they're from grasses, next month they will be from stinging nettle, rye, and linden trees, too. Sneezing during these months is a fact of life.

But what should you do if you sneeze during an appointment or phone call …Lesen Sie hier weiter

Leaning English as a foreign language: false friends and idioms

Avoiding false friends and using idioms correctly make learning English as a foreign language challenging, and not just for German native speakers. During President Macron's recent trip to Australia, the French president called the wife of the Australian Prime Minister "delicious" (lecker). Certainly not what he wanted to say. Test your knowledge of some Business English idioms with an online quiz from SpiegelLesen Sie hier weiter

Small talk: the weather

Why talk about the weather? It's something that everyone has to deal with and experience. Even if people know each other well, it's common for English speakers to start a conversation with brief small talk about the weather. It's a way to reconnect and build common ground. You can also get a feeling for what kind of mood your conversation partner is in:  Is today a good day to ask your boss about taking a three-week holiday during the busiest time of year, or did s/he get caught in a downpourLesen Sie hier weiter

Small talk: sports

Since making small talk about personal interests is one of the best ways to connect and build relationships, it's always good to know a bit about the most popular sports in a business partner's country.

For example, Super Bowl LII took place last week in the U.S. Do you know who won?

Each sport comes with its own set of vocabulary. In (American) footballLesen Sie hier weiter

Idiom of the Week - Week 52

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

"water under the bridge / water over the dam": a past event; Schnee von gestern sein

Example 1:  It's water over the dam now. All we can do is move forward and try to prevent misunderstandings in the future.

Example 2:Lesen Sie hier weiter