The secret language of the natives 1.

Check out today’s Teatime Titbit: Randomsome. The secret language of the natives 1.

As you know ‘Randomsome’ is a made up word of mine as post name for randomly chosen words or phrases. I guess you are all thinking, what on earth the secret language of the natives is?

Phrasal verbs – things that separate the men from the boys (die Spreu vom Weizen trennen) in terms of (in puncto) knowledge and use of English ! If you are already MAN enough to know the following – great, if you are in your infancy or teenage years, this post will help you on the way to manhood.

As with all good things – they come in 5s –– so here are ‘your 5 a day’ phrasal verbs for today:

  1. to take sb on = to employ = We’ve taken on 5 new IT specialists to meet the growing demand (Nachfrage).
  2. to step down = to resign = The Prime Minister was forced to stand down after a series of scandals.
  3. to call for sth = to publically ask for sth to happen = In the wake of (infolge) the recent (neueste) cyberattacks, police chiefs are calling for more funding to combat cybercrime.
  4. to put sth down to sth = to attribute to sth (zuschreiben) = Many scientists put the rising sea levels down to global warming and the melting of the polar caps.
  5. to tell sb off = to reprimand (jdn zurechtweisen)= I can’t believe he just told him off in front of all the colleagues.

Have a great start to the week.

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