Author: bzzlingua

Compound Nouns – Written Separately or Together?

Should you write the words as one word or two? That is the question!  There are not hard, fast rules.  Why is that? Historically, compound nouns that have established themselves in the spoken language are written as two words.  As time goes by, they’re separated with a hyphen, and finally, they’re written as one word. make up        […]

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When to use “from” and when to use “of”

Two little words can cause such uncertainty with regard to using English! With the help of the following example sentences, you can recognize the difference. Put these example sentences (or similar sentences) in your SRS and repeat often. -OF- “Of“ indicates “a part of a larger whole”, for example  “A member of the club”  (a member is part of a larger […]

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Common Mistakes When Using Prepositions (German-English)

Non-native speakers not only have to deal with the English tenses, they also have to think about the other grammar topics.  Especially many people make mistakes when using the English prepositions. The biggest hurdle when learning  a foreign language is lack of study time.  Many people don’t have enough time during the day to study grammar.  It happens  a lot:  […]

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The Problem with Language Courses

There are so many language courses out there… The problem with language courses is two-fold.  For one, language courses are often not dynamic enough to match the growing needs of the job market. There’s a huge gap between textbook knowledge and usage.  Secondly, people rely too heavily on using just one program for their success.  If this program or language […]

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Business Conversations (German-English)

Business Conversations at Work Do you need German for business? International projects, where more than one language is spoken, are on the rise.  Sometimes it’s good to have some German under you belt.  Would you like to improve your business German? Practice the following phrases!  And no, these aren’t empty, flowery business phrases for PAs!  I used to work for […]

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Learn the English Tenses!

Du you have to learn the English tenses? Simple Past (the definite past form) Use the second form of the verb. Interrogative sentences (questions) are written with the helping verb, “did“. The infinitive form of the verb is used with “did”! Did you play yesterday?  Hast du gestern gespielt? Did he play yesterday?  Hat er gestern gespielt? Negative sentences are […]

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Payment Reminder Texts in German

When the customer doesn’t make a payment on time, it increases the risk of you not meeting your obligations as well.  How can you get your customer to settle the bill more quickly?  I’ve translated 3 reminder texts in German and English. Need help swaying your customers? Feel free to scroll down further!     Reminder 1: German Auf unsere […]

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Realtime Writing: Short and Sweet!

What is Realtime Writing? Realtime writing is when a reporter records conversations verbatim with the help of a special stenotype machine. Different key combinations represent the various vowel sounds, words and (oftentimes) entire phrases.  Similar to a piano chord, multiple key combinations can be pressed at once. Realtime reporters can write much faster than with a normal computer keyboard. There […]

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