Coming into the new year can be kind of jarring. One day it's 2018 and the next it's 2019, for me it felt like a quantum leap. I've never seen Dr. Who the series about time travel, but I feel like we time travel every year to a new space and time and we do it without making a big fuss, like it is no big deal. So, travel is the theme, but this is small scale travel, not time travelling although perhaps we should do a series on that. No, this is about commuting and hot desking if you don't know what either of those things are in English you have a treat ahead of you! If you want to learn more about hot desking read the entire article; http://iteslj.org/questions/commuting.html. There is a small talk section in this issue, let's see if you can use it to start a conversation in English, if you would like to learn more questions about commuting and travel, check out; http://iteslj.org/questions/commuting.html
Answer key: You must find your own way out of the maze. Good luck! Which of these professions follows a route? Knowing which one of these professions follows a route might be tricky. My answers are mail courier, paper courier, and semi-driver. You could make an argument for the others, and please do! Finding your way; route, journey, expedition, excursion, gallivanting, wanderlust, pilgrimage. If you liked this issue of Bauenglish tap that button and like it!
There are several different types of managers; some managers simply manage, some lead, and some stand out front; alone. Sometimes, these loners look back to see if anyone is following. The manager was assumed to have all the answers and was incapable of mistakes. Back then, the manager slipped into a telephone booth and changed into his Superman costume. Now, there are no more supermen or women, no more phone booths either. I mean, s/he could change at a gas station, in the loo (toilet stall). However, the world is suspicious of supermen/women; and a mild mannered Clara/Clark Kent, is enough of a hero to save the day (usually). So, we talk about unlikely heroes and the phrasal verbs that help us do business with them.
Answer to the two exercises; exercise 1, Off, upon, on, down, up with. Answers to exercise 2, point out, figure out/work out (both will work), back out, deal with, figure out/work out (both will work) and run through. If you have any comments as always let me know, thanks for learning English with bauenglish.com
Bauenglish is a word play of my last name, Baumann and the word English. Together they form the German word for "to build", "bauen," and "bauen" is the perfect word for my style of teaching English. With me, we begin to build your vocabulary, your presentation, or your elevator pitch.
ANNABELLE B-BAUMANN, ELT
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