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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.

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Idiom of the Week - Week 51

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

"to have bigger fish to fry":  to have more important matters to deal with; Wichtigeres zu tun haben

Example 1:  We can't worry about it at the moment -- we have bigger fish to fry.

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Idiom of the Week - Week 50

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

"cover your back":  take action to protect yourself; sich absichern

Example 1:  Just to cover my back in case there are questions later, I've sent an email that documents what we agreed when we met in person.

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Idiom of the Week - Week 49

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

"to be out of the woods":  to be safe from danger or difficulty; noch nicht über den Berg sein; noch nicht aus dem Schneider sein

Example 1:  The fusion went rather well. We seem to be out of the woods.

Example 2:  We're not quite out of the woods yet. We still have some important terms to negotiate.

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Idiom of the Week - Week 48

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

"to jump start":  to take action to improve a situation; etw. wieder in Gang bringen

Example 1:  The government is trying to jump start the economy by lowering interest rates.

Example 2:  A big cup of coffee in the morning always jump starts my day.

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