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Old 23.11.2010, 18:05
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Any more suggestions for 'beamer'.
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OHP - Overheadprojektor
I thought that was what they call here a 'Hellraumprojektor' - one of those these where you put 'Folien' onto a flat screen it and draw pretty pictures to show what you are talking about - well I did.

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Old 23.11.2010, 18:06
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Those are all new for me actually. But I find similar improper sentances from many esl people here.

eg: Instead of "Can I borrow a.." or "coud you lend me a..", I hear "Could you borrow me a.."

sentances instead of "sentences"
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Old 23.11.2010, 19:37
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I thought that was what they call here a 'Hellraumprojektor' - one of those these where you put 'Folien' onto a flat screen it and draw pretty pictures to show what you are talking about - well I did.

Let's drop this and get back on topic before some horrible Mod comes and deletes it all.
Overhead projectors are what teachers used to use when they didn't fully understand how to teach a subject even if they understood it.
They could waste time with drawing meaningless scribbles.
Anything they said went, "Over the head" of the pupils.

Hence the term, "Overhead projector".
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Old 23.11.2010, 19:49
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Actually, no.

That's N. American slang, but over here, it's a projector - they won't know what the hell you're going on about if you refer to a car as a beamer...
OK so I thought you were asking to borrow a BMW too..

When I first arrived I was told I should go to visit the zoo as they have some new beers...after wondering why the beer was better at the zoo than anywhere else in Zurich I realised it was the bears that were new not the beer!

(still have no idea if they beer there or not).
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Old 23.11.2010, 20:09
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Re: New English Words

how about can you "itch me" instead "scratch" used when someone has an itch
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Old 23.11.2010, 20:24
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Re: New English Words

I've had a few doctors hand me a "recipe" for medicine at the pharmacy.

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OK so I thought you were asking to borrow a BMW too..

When I first arrived I was told I should go to visit the zoo as they have some new beers...after wondering why the beer was better at the zoo than anywhere else in Zurich I realised it was the bears that were new not the beer!

(still have no idea if they beer there or not).
We had the same when being shown around Bern. It was only when the guy said that "the beers will have a new enclosure soon" that we realised. Incidentally, the beers made at the bears in Bern are worth a try.
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Old 23.11.2010, 20:29
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Re: New English Words

My daughter calls milk, blog.

She knows that milk is milk but always calls it blog. Wont budge on it. Its been a word in our house for the past 3 years.
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Old 24.11.2010, 01:08
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Re: New English Words

hehe - as a young boy i always called milk 'cchhh' with a strong, hard zurich gutteral sound. I think it had more to do with not liking it, rather than preempting my destiny of living here.
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Old 24.11.2010, 09:47
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My daughter calls milk, blog.

She knows that milk is milk but always calls it blog. Wont budge on it. Its been a word in our house for the past 3 years.
Would a milkman be a blogger?
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Old 24.11.2010, 10:37
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Re: New English Words

I have once been advised to write a recommended letter (registered letter)
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Old 24.11.2010, 10:40
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Re: New English Words

Not quite what you mean, but have you noticed how many German speakers all make the same mistakes in English? My favorite: "In the meanwhile...". Yeah right.
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Re: New English Words

I hate 'learnings' and had assumed it was merely a mistake made by German speakers. This morning though we had a corporate email including a quote from an Australian . . . she used the word 'learnings' too. Is this actually acceptable English in Australia?
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Old 24.11.2010, 11:03
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I hate 'learnings' and had assumed it was merely a mistake made by German speakers. This morning though we had a corporate email including a quote from an Australian . . . she used the word 'learnings' too. Is this actually acceptable English in Australia?
Right up there with "informations" and "peoples". They teach English English here in CH now, previous generations were taught US-English, I guess neither involved any kind of study of plurals.
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Old 24.11.2010, 11:19
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Re: New English Words

My son is growing up bilingual (French-English), and he freely adapts English words and grammr to his French sentences. Sometimes the results are quite funny:

- J'ai missé toi (I missed you/Tu m'as manqué)
- J'ai losé mon jouet (I lost my toy/j'ai perdu mon jouet)

He also pronounces 'hamburger' with a strong guttural 'rrr' sound at the beginning, something like 'ramburger'
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Old 24.11.2010, 11:25
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Re: New English Words

Mobile (telephone) = "Handy"

Swiss version better in my opinion. I find it amusing/sweet that the Swiss I know use the term (when speaking English) thinking that this is what we call them in English too.
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Old 24.11.2010, 11:50
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Mobile (telephone) = "Handy"

Swiss version better in my opinion. I find it amusing/sweet that the Swiss I know use the term (when speaking English) thinking that this is what we call them in English too.
I thought 'Handy' was German German. In Switzerland people say 'Natel'.
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embarrassed = pregnant
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Right up there with "informations" and "peoples". They teach English English here in CH now, previous generations were taught US-English, I guess neither involved any kind of study of plurals.
It not so much that it isn't the correct plural.

It's that there's no such thing as 'a learning'. It's the present participle of 'to learn', not a noun.
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Old 24.11.2010, 12:20
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Re: New English Words

More of a concept like knowledge, uncountable.
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My favorite:

"In parallel to eating, we can discuss over this topic"
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