Business English class on 26 November 2013
How cold is it?
|very cold||not so cold||extremely cold||freezing|
|a dry cold||bitterly cold||fitting the season||glove-wearing weather|
|a hard cold||a harsh cold||frozen||frosty|
|a bit cold|
Another phrase you will hear is “It’s brass monkey weather” which comes from the longer phrase It is cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey This is not seen as polite but might be something you hear said by a native speaker especially from the UK or Ireland.
pages of the book covered
We covered pages 88 – 89 Looking at good and bad presentations
Good and bad presentations
Here are the ideas from the class:
Grammar and vocabulary points
- “To”, “too” and “two” – these three words all sound identical but have very distinct meanings and should not be confused in writing:
- “to” is a preposition and is used in phrases like “to the VHS” as well as some grammatical uses like forming the infinitive in English “to love” etc.
- “too” is an adverb which modifies adjectives and adverbs as in “too cold”, “too fast”, “too detailed”.
- “two” is the number two – which it easy to remember – but in txt-speak the figure 2 is used to replace the other two words.
- Two false friends Beamer and Rhetorik – these words sound English but either are unknown to English speakers or not used in the same way.
- Beamer sounds English but like Handy is not always known by people outside German speaking countries. It is therefore better to use projector or data projector which are the more common words in English.
- Rhetoric is an English word, coming from the Greek word ῥητορικός meaning “public speaking” but in English it has lost out to presentation skills or speaking skills.
- What is a rhetorical question you may ask yourself? It is a question asked by a speaker which they then answer.
- Murphy’s Law is a a saying that has many formulations but is often said to be “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”. In the UK it is often called Sod’s law.
Please prepare a two minute presentation on your place of work.