Useful Websites for Learning English / Business English

Useful Websites for English/Business English

www.bbc.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_audio/ (Brit. English)

www.thetimes.co.uk

www.guardian.co.uk/weekly

www.businessweek.com

http://edition.cnn.com/ or: http://edition.cnn.com/video (American Englisch)

www.ft.com/home/uk

http://europe.wsj.com/home-page

www.observer.guardian.co.uk

www.lingua-franca.de

www.sprachzeitungen.de

www.business-spotlight.de

www.spotlight-online.de

www.englisch-lehrbuch.de/

www.presentationmagazine.com/

http://businesscasestudies.co.uk/business-theory/marketing/marketing-mix-price-place-promotion-product.html#axzz2XtgusKb3

www.englisch-lernen-online.de/

*Resources provided/complied by Frau Marion Zink (MZ Bildungs- und Sprachenservice)

Online / E-Dictionaries

Online E-Dictionaries

1. Bilingual Dictionaries:

http://dict.leo.org

http://en.FlexiDict.de

http://dict.cc/

http://odge.de

http://dict.tu-chemnitz.de

www.linguadict.de

www.pons.de

www.langenscheidt.de

www.tulox.de (download for free)

2. Monolingual Dictionaries:

www.babelfish.altavista.com

www.bartleby.com/61 (Dictionary)

www.bartleby.com/65 (Encyclopedia)

www.bartleby.com/100 (Quotations)

http://yourdictionary.com

http://thesaurus.reference.com

www.m-w.com/dictionary.htm

www.macmillandictionary.com

www.oup.com/oald (“Dictionary look-up”)

*Resources provided/compiled by Frau Marion Zink (MZ Bildungs- und Sprachenservice)

Lesson 1 – Systems: Review / Study Tips

Grammar 

Forming questions using the past simple.  

E.g. When did you carry out the rescue?  We carried out the rescue on 18 July.

Reference: https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar/verbs/talking-about-past

Relative Pronouns 

We use relative pronouns:

  • to join two sentences together
  • after a noun, to make clear which person or thing we are talking about
  • tell us more about a person or thing

We use:

  •  who and whom for people
  • which for things
  • Or we can use that for people or things
  • where for location
  • from where for movement from a specific location

In non-defining relative clauses we separate the two clauses using a comma

References:

Writing – Producing an Operating Manual 

Useful words/phrases you can use in an operating manual for an appliance:

Verbs:

  • Connect / Disconnect
  • Switch on / off
  • Plug in (no hyphen!) / Unplug
  • Adjust
  • Immerse
  • Assemble
  • Dismantle
  • Insert
  • Place
  • Press
  • Slide
  • Push
  • Pull
  • Release
  • Detach
  • Remove
  • Illuminate (e.g. control lamp of appliance)

Nouns

  • Heat settings (to regulate temperature)
  • Speed regulator (to adjust speed)
  • On-off switch
  • Motor Unit
  • Power socket
  • Plug
  • Power cord
  • Vent (the grille part of the hairdryer)
  • Control lamp
  • Timer
  • Safety closure
  • Knob
  • Lever

Labelled parts of appliances, see here for some examples:

Toaster : http://visual.merriam-webster.com/food-kitchen/kitchen/domestic-appliances/for-cooking_4.php

Waffle iron : http://visual.merriam-webster.com/food-kitchen/kitchen/domestic-appliances/for-cooking_2.php

Hairdryer:  http://visual.merriam-webster.com/clothing-articles/personal-accessories/hairdressing/hair-dryer.php

*Please note a ‘Wasserkocher’ is also called an electric kettle in English! 🙂