13 November

The Igel has landed

The Igel has landed

  Picture the following situation: Maria walks up to the coffee machine where her colleague Gabi is standing with the new Italian Sales Manager, Stefano. Gabi makes the introductions. And Maria says “Yes, we met on the floor yesterday.” Stefano looks confused and a bit embarrassed. Gabi grins and says “I think you mean you […]

7 May

Don’t call it a beamer!

The German word Beamer may sound pretty English, but in fact it’s a classic false friend (a word which looks or sounds the same in both languages, but actually has completely different meanings). The English word for Beamer is projector. The word Beemer (with double e) is used to talk about a BMW. False friends […]

1 November

Expressions explained | to be barking up the wrong tree

He thought the boss was annoyed because he hadn’t finished the project yet, but he was barking up the wrong tree. She thinks I can get her the job, but I’m afraid she’s barking up the wrong tree. You’re barking up the wrong tree if you think putting the customer under pressure will achieve anything. To be barking up […]