Saturday, February 1, 2014

Sterotyping ... We ALL do it, don't we.

Klischee = cliché in English.  clichéa phrase or expression that has been used so often that it is no longer original or interesting

stereotype = an often unfair and untrue belief that many people have about all people or things with a particular characteristic

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Germlish: That was stressing

What you want to say = That was stressful

You have stress. You are stressed. Something is stressful

Monday, September 3, 2012

A or An?

A story of A bear in A zoo.

Vor Wörten, deren  gesprochene Form nicht mit einem Vokal anfängt, hat der unbestimmte Artikel die Form A

An animal walked through An open door.

Vor Wörten, deren Aussprache mit einem Vokal beginnt und (wichtig!)als Vokale gesprochen werden, hat der unbestimmte Artikel die Form AN

a, e, i, o, u = vowels

a banana but an apple


Wörter wo ein Vokal beginnt, der als Vokal gesprochen wird, lautet der unbestimmte Artikel A

a European
a university
a US citizen
a union

An Exercise

Monday, August 13, 2012

Funny English Translations

On board a sightseeing ship in the Baltic Sea.

You can buy a BASECAP! What they mean is a BASEBALL cap.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Self-confidence is the magic!

So, you think your English isn't good enough ... ? You want to improve your English language skills?

Well, there is no magic.

Here is what you need:

1. Self-confidence - yes I can and I believe it!

2. Practice and more practice

3. More practice

4. Just do it! "Learn (improve) by doing"

5. Except that not a single person can speak their native language perfectly.

6. Understand and accept that effective communication (understanding each other) is the key, the goal; not perfection.

 It is NOT about the grammar!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Present Perfect

 Germlish = I work here since 2005.

 What you want to say: I have worked here since 2005.


Verwendung des Present Perfect

  • Vorgänge/Zustände begannen in der Vergangenheit und dauern bis in die Gegenwart an

      Bespiel: I have worked here (at this company) since 1999.

  • das Ergebnis wird betont
    Beispiel: She has written many letters today.

  • bis in Gegenwart dauernde Handlung
    Beispiel: The project has not started yet.

  • eben abgeschlossene Handlung
    Beispiel: He has finished the report.

  • abgeschlossene Handlung mit Einfluss auf die Gegenwart
    Beispiel: I have lost my data!

  • bis zum Zeitpunkt des Sprechens nie, 1× oder mehrmals stattgefundene Handlung
    Beispiel: Have you ever been to the USA?

Signalwörter des Present Perfect

  • already, ever, just, never, not yet, so far, till now, up to now
  • since & for

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Loan Words are FUN

 Germlish = Can you borrow me a pen, please?

What you want to say: Can I borrow a pen (from you) OR Can you lend/loan me a pen?

 Borrow something FROM someone

Lend/loan something TO someone

There are many words that the English language has borrowed from German. These are called loan words.

This funny short video by The German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn looks at some of these loan words.


Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Ipad

The Ipad or is it a cutting board ... das Schneidbrett

in Scheiben schneiden - to slice 

Friday, March 16, 2012


I recently received an email saying: " I cannot attend the training because I have my MAG."

What the heck is MAG?

I now know that in this particular company the abbreviation MAG means MitArbeiterGespräch. However, NOT everyone knows this!

TIP: Try not to use uncommon abbreviations.

One translation of Mitarbeitergespräch performance review
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