Smalltalk auf Englisch
Englisch Smalltak - Smalltak auf Messen und Reisen, reden über Job und Familie, Urlaub, Sport und das Wetter. Fragen nach dem Befinden. Unterhalten auf Englisch.

Korrespondenz auf Englisch
englische Korrespondenz, englische Briefe verfassen, englische Angebote, englische Mahnbriefe, englische Weihnachtsgrüße, Beschwerdebriefe auf Englisch, Zahlen auf Englisch Korrespondenz

Geschäftsreise auf Englisch
Englisch für die Geschäftsreise, Englisch auf Reisen, Business-Englisch auf Geschäftsreisen, Englisch lernen für Geschäftsreisen

Telefonieren auf Englisch
Englisch Anrufbeantworter, Anruf entgegennehmen auf Englisch, Nachricht hinterlassen auf Englisch, Buchstabieren auf Englisch, Begrüßung auf Englisch

Meetings auf Englisch
Besprechungen auf Englisch, English for Meetings, Englisch für Meetings, Business English Meetings, Meetings in Englisch, Meetings Englisch, Business Englisch Meetings, englischsprachige Meetings

Grammatik auf Englisch
Englische Grammatik, Zeiten in Englisch, Indirekte Rede in Englisch, Präpositionen auf Englisch, englische Satzzeichen, Bedingungssätze auf Englisch, aktiv und passiv Englisch, Konditionalsätze auf Englisch


Achtung Don´t say That

1. False Friends

Be careful of false translations when English and German words have similar spellings or pronunciation.

WLAN: While a technically-correct acronym (wireless local access network), in the US and Britain it's called WiFi (see July edition for a more in-depth explanation of WiFi).

Trainer: In English, someone might have a personal trainer to help them get in shape, but the person in charge of a sports team is called the "coach" in English..

Evergreen: The English evergreen is a plant that has green leaves all year round, not a popular piece of music that is played on the radio all year round.

2. Tired Phrases at Work

Normal business communications is becoming more concise and to the point. Wordy phrases that once sounded impressive are going out of fashion.

In any way, shape or form: This is just a complicated way to say "under any circumstance."

For that matter: A typical filler phrase that really isn't necessary. For instance: "I've never eaten Sushi or any other Japanese food for that matter." Just place the period after "food" and be done with it.

In the final analysis: Similar to "at the end of the day," what it really means is "when all the facts are known." When discussing something, it's preferable to have all your facts anyway.

3. Keep it Professional

Choosing the right word or phrase in a business conversation can make all the difference in how others perceive you and your leadership potential.

"No problem!"

If someone thanks you for something, "no problem" comes off as too casual. A simple "you're welcome" says it all with a professional touch. "

I may be wrong here, but..." Don't preface a suggestion or recommendation with a qualifier. It can lessen your credibility and make you sound insecure. Be confident if you have an opinion: "I'd recommend that we..." You'll earn respect.

"You guys" This Americanism should be avoided in most instances. Even though business conversations are becoming more informal, if you want to impart professionalism while addressing a group, use terms like "you", "your team" or "your organization".

4. Office Jargon

Some business consultants like to create silly-sounding phrases that customer's hear and use at their company, which can result in exasperated looks from co-workers.

Throw someone under the bus: Meaning to sacrifice someone else's reputation for your own purposes, the brutal sound of this phrase is reason enough not to use it.

Rightsizing:This is a euphemism for corporate restructuring that leads to cost cutting and staff reductions. The use of the word "right" offends the sensibilities.

Give 110 percent:This silly expression implies of course that 100 percent is not good enough.

5. Not Politically Correct

Non-PC or Not Politically Correct English is language that could be offensive to minority or ethnic groups.

Bitch: The younger generation has unfortunately adopted this expression. Even though it's the biological term for a female dog, it's long been used as a disparaging word for a woman.

Imbecile: One of many medical terms that have evolved (or devolved in this case) into insults, modern usage refers to a very stupid person, where it once meant someone with limited mental faculties.

Gyp: To gyp is to cheat someone out of money. This term stems from Gypsy. It's in the same category as "to jew" someone. Need we say more?

6. Doppelt-gemoppelt

The use of redundant phrases is so common that we often don't realize how silly they sound, until upon closer inspection. Read these sentences carefully.

We were given advance warning of a heavy storm. A "later" warning serves no purpose.

Investors are looking at bonds as a safe haven for their assets. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a haven is "a safe or peaceful place."

Past history has shown that excess demand does not always lead to inflation. History is always just a thing of the past, right?

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