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Dave Preston Top 5 phrasal verbs for meetings.
Check out today’s Teatime Titbit: Top 5 phrasal verbs for meetings.
Natives often use phrasal verbs instead of more common verbs, which can be tricky for non-natives. A phrasal verb is (verb + preposition etc). Look at the following example.
“Mike is stuck in traffic, so we’ll have postpone the meeting”.
“Mike is stuck in traffic, so we’ll have to put the meeting off”
Here are 5 phrasal verbs,:
to call sth off; to take sth down; to wrap sth up; to butt in (on); to bring sth up;
Can you rewrite the following sentences?
1. I would like to mention that…
2. Would you mind not interrupting me
3. You might want to make notes of the following points.
4. Mike called in sick this morning, so we’ll have to cancel the meeting.
5. That just about completes it for today.
To postpone (vertagen), to mention (erwähnen), to interrupt sb (jdm dreinreden)
1) I would like to bring up that…
2) Would you mind not butting in
3) You might want to take the following points down.
4) Mike called in sick this morning, so we’ll have to call the meeting off.
5) That just about wrap it up for today.
Dave Preston 5 ice-breaker phrases for business associates
Small world’ is a commonly used phrase. Occasionally by chance/coincidence, your paths cross or as we say ‘you bump into sb’ at a trade fair/exhibition, industry conference, meeting, seminar and the like.
My seminar participants often ask/worry about such meet ups, what to say, how to react etc. More often though, you know/expect somebody to be there and you can prepare for it in advance. Check out the following ice breaker phrases:
“Long time, no see!”
“Great to see you again!”
“I thought I might see / bump into you here!”
“I was wondering if I might see / bump into you here!”
“Well, who would have thought it, (you here) (be careful – more joking!)”
Then there’s the common general ‘how are you’ phrases?
“How are you keeping?”
“How have you been?”
“How long’s it been now (since the last time we met)?”
What’s more you can do your homework - be proactive, if you know so and so will be there, get ready with some questions/:
Here are a few I would prepare if I knew I was going to meet myself.
“How’s the bairn (boy) i.e. your son / missus / the better half?”
“How’s Liverpool getting on?” better still, know how Liverpool is getting on by checking the results & league table so you don’t put your foot in it.
“What’s business like?”
And always try to be positive and sensitive to the other, and WHATEVER you do, don’t launch into a 2 minute ‘O woe is me` rant.
by chance/coincidence (Zufall), to bump into sb (jdm zufällig begegnen), to put your foot in it (ins Fettnäpchen treten), “O woe is me” ( Wehe mir), rant (Wutrede)
Patricia Hinsen - Rind Today's the day… / Der Tag der Tage ...
When Frau Schübbe becomes Frau Razlaff …
Wenn aus Frau Schübbe Frau Razlaff wird :-)
Today is the civil wedding ceremony. The civil wedding can take place, for example
• at the registry office or
• at city hall or
• in a courthouse.
The German word for this is "Standesamt". And the civil ceremony is a "standesamtliche Trauung".
The wedding will be performed by a
• registrar or
• justice of the peace or
• judge or
• town/city/county clerk.
The German word for this is "Standesbeamter".
The happy couple's church wedding will follow next week. Die kirchliche Trauung wird nächsten Samstag stattfinden.
Here is an interesting detail:
Unlike in Germany, people in Anglo-Saxon countries like the UK, Canada, Australia, USA etc. don't need to have a civil wedding PLUS a church wedding.
In these countries people can legally get married by their pastor, imam or priest. In these cases, he/she (the religious official) has the additional function of registrar.
In Anglo-Saxon countries only people who don't want a religious wedding go to a registrar to get married. The others get married by their religious official.
In angelsächsischen Ländern ist keine standesamtliche Trauung erforderlich. Hier fungiert der religiöse Funktionär (Pastor, Priester, Rabbi, Immam usw.) als Standesbeamter. Wer also religiös heiraten möchte, der braucht kein zusätzliches Standesamt.
Daher heiraten in diesen Ländern nur die Paare standesamtlich, die keine religiöse Trauung möchten.
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Clive Davies Bring forward / Bring in
Some more ways to use the verb ‘bring’ in your business conversations in English:
Bring forward = change to an earlier date, eg. We have a meeting next week but we should bring it forward to tomorrow.
Bring in = earn, eg. This new product line is expected to bring in fifty thousand euros in the first month.
Bring in = introduce (new legislation), eg. The government will bring in new corporate tax rules next year.
Bring in = employ (a consultant), eg. The CEO has brought in a top management consultant to help develop new business.
Bring in = attract (customers), eg. This new design will bring in younger customers.
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Dave Preston Understanding Cricket
Sport is everywhere! No summer lull. We have had Women’s World Cup in France, Wimbledon got underway last week and right now the Cricket World Cup in England has reached the semi-finals stage.
The BBC learning app/website looked at the Cricket World Cup and prepared a video at:
To help you better understand the game of cricket I wanted to present Cricket to you in a “Recipe” fashion and to get some visual help check out the video sequence on the following website:
Recipe for Cricket.
The winning team is the one with the most points (runs) at the end of a game so you might see 203 for 7, which means the team scored 203 runs and 7 batsmen were out (dismissed).
1 field – Oval shaped (approx 150m diameter) with a boundary.
1 boundary – a rope is the boundary at the edge of the field.
1 pitch - (20m) strip in the centre with a wicket at each end.
2 wickets (made of wood) – 6 stumps / 4 bails
2 teams – 1 batting / 1 fielding
1 ball – 1 bowler
2 bats (made of wood) – 2 batsmen
1. Take 2 batsmen from the batting on the field in front of their wickets and 1 bowler, a wicket keeper (behind the wicket) and other fielding players.
2. The bowler bowls (overarm) towards one of the batsmen and tries to get him out by knocking over the wicket or making the batsman hit a bad shot and a fielder catches the ball.
3. The batsman tries to hit the ball as far as he can and starts running towards the other wicket over the 20 metre pitch and swap positions with the other batsman. Successfully completed this is a ‘run’. The two batsmen try to get as many runs as possible from the one ball.
4. The batsman can hit the ball out of the boundary (edge of the field) he automatically gets 4 (the ball is on the ground when it goes over the boundary) or 6 runs (the ball is in the air).
A cricket match is made up of ‘overs’ (1 over = 6 bowls). There are different types of Cricket competitions and they all depend on the number of ‘overs’ per team.
I hope that gave you a short overview of the words and rules of the game.
For an even more detailed introduction into the game you can watch the brand new ‘Learn English with Gill’ video.


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