Category Archives: Language topics

Happy, sad and angry

You don’t always want to use the same words again and again. Perhaps you even feel that your English vocabulary is limited. So Ed Batista’s Vocabulary of Emotions might be quite useful. The intensity of each emotion increases as you go down the list. Continue Reading

How diplomatic are you?

According to The Public Speaker Lisa Marshall, a diplomatic communicator is someone who can “get their message across and convince people to change without damaging the relationship”. Is that you? Or would you like to learn to communicate more diplomatically? All you need to do is to follow Lisa’s Quick and Dirty Tips. We particularly like what… Continue Reading

The English Words that Germans get wrong

Here are the English words a lot of the people we work with seem to get wrong (link to: buzzfeed.com). Do you go into a training room and ask for the ‘beamer’ when you should be looking for a ‘projector’? And do you sometimes offer your participants ‘cakes’ when they’re really small ‘biscuits’? Not to… Continue Reading

“Schwein gehabt” in English?

We know it’s not easy to translate idioms into another language. So how can we explain these well-known German idioms? Schwein gehabt! Er hat nicht alle Tassen im Schrank. Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof. Das Leben ist kein Ponyhof. Ich habe die Nase voll. Da ist Hopfen und Malz verloren. Schönen Feierabend. Es ist mir Wurst. Ich drücke… Continue Reading

How to explain German proverbs

Perhaps you have a favourite proverb that you often use in your training sessions or workshops. Something like “Reden ist Silber, Schweigen ist Gold”. Would you be able to explain it to an English-speaking audience? The Deutsche Welle presents a collection of some of the most well-known proverbs – with some original illustrations and wonderful… Continue Reading

Need a proofreader?

You need to write an important text in English, but don’t have anybody to proofread it for you? Turn to www.grammarly.com to improve your writing. It can help you identify: confused prepositions wordy sentences overuse of the passive voice repetitive words spelling mistakes common writing mistakes Continue Reading