Lurgy – Word of the Week

word of the week

“Lurgy” – if you’ve got the lurgy, it means you are ill with the flu or a virus. It means that people will stay away from you. Example: “Where’s Sarah today?” “She’s off sick. She’s got the lurgy“.     This post is part of our “Word of the Week” …

Why British English is full of funny words

Why British English is full of silly-sounding words

Lots of people ask me why British English can sometimes sound strange and why there are so many funny words which are hard to understand. I really enjoy teaching some of these as they can be very useful for strengthening relationships with Brits – especially in Business English situations where …

Englisch Lernen – The Right Way – Part 2

We’re all pretty clear on the lie that means an untruth. It’s the other usage that gets us. Lie also means to recline: “Why don’t you lie down and rest?” Lay requires an object: “Lay the book on the table.” Lie is something you can do by yourself, but you need an object to lay. These two words sound similar but have …

Englisch Lernen – The Right Way

To make these words even more confusing than they already are, both can be used as either a noun or a verb. Let’s start with the verbs. Affect means to influence something or someone; effect means to accomplish something. “Your job was affected by the organisational restructuring” but “These changes will be effected on Monday.” As a …

False Friends Deutsch Englisch

Deutsch Englisch

Weil wir öfters zwischen Deutsch und Englisch Wörter verwenden die die gleiche Aussprache haben bzw. sich ähnlich anhören, aber trotzdem nicht wirklich oder manchmal überhaupt nichts mit einander zu tun haben, werden wir jeder Woche ein paar neue False Friends (Falsche Freunde) hier für euch klären. Richtig übersetzt = Advertisement …

How Best to translate German to English

translate German to English

In 2016 we are all part of the global economy. It is now much easier for companies to do global business than it used to be. Today’s modern customer expects to be able to buy a company’s product in multiple countries – and this easily & in their local language. …