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A tricky word to translate

People seem to find  kündigen a difficult word to translate. So here we go …

If your employer decides that s/he doesn’t want to work with you anymore, s/he might choose to dismiss or to fire you.

If you want to stop working with your employer (that means that you want to terminate the contract), you might decide to resign or to quit (this is quite informal).

How to stop someone talking for too long

We’ve all been in meetings where one person goes on talking for what seems like hours and hours on end, haven’t we? To stop someone complaining or speaking for too long, mtdtraining.com suggests that someone hands this person a toffee. The rule is that the person chewing the toffee can’t talk again until s/he hasContinue Reading

Let’s be a bit more positive

Replace a negative phrase (a phrase with not) with just one word to make your sentences shorter and easier to understand. So instead of writing: We were not able to …, write: We were unable to …. Instead of writing: We are not certain if …, write: We are uncertain if …

On happiness

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” Aristotle

Are you a Bollywood beginner?

Read this BBC article to find out the things you need to know about Bollywood – the Hindi language film industry based in Mumbai.

Ready for a riddle?

A riddle is a problem that is not always easy to solve or that has no clear answer. Here’s one for you: Re-arrange the letters: O O U S W T D N E J R to spell just one word. Scroll down the page to read the answer.            Continue Reading

Are you a punctuation perfectionist?

            Do you know how to use apostrophes correctly? Do the apostrophe quiz to find out. I made one silly mistake, as you can see in the picture above. Of course, I know what I did wrong. See if you can do better. 😉 Good luck!

A tricky translation

So you go to someone with an Anliegen. You could say that you have a request to make. But you could, quite simply, say that you have something important you’d like to talk about.

Overcoming procrastination

When we procrastinate, we don’t do or we delay doing something that needs to be done. Why do we do that? It can be because we don’t like the task. Or we have too much to do. Or we don’t know where to start. What can we do? Set ourselves a deadline (it might beContinue Reading

If I eat too much chocolate …

We use the first conditional to talk about something that will happen (the result), if a particular condition (which is likely to happen) is met. An example: If you eat too much of that chocolate cake, you’ll feel ill afterwards. If you’re not sure how to form a sentence like this, take a look atContinue Reading