Check out today’s Teatime Titbit: Tina & Dieter
I’m sitting at my desk with a to-do list as long as my arm and it’s 3.45pm. I want to get out of work on time today. Then there’s the yellow sticky note with my boss’s scribble on it that’s been haunting me the whole day. I have to get a mail out to the Brits (British) before I leave or my boss will kill me. I can’t put it off any longer. Tick, tock, tick, tock says the clock!!!
“Dear Dave, I am writing to ……. “ Alexa, ‘mitteilen‘ auf Englisch? Alexa: ‘to inform‘. Oh, of course!!
4 long sentences, 5 Alexa translations and 20 minutes later “I please you to call. Kind greets. Tina Tidbits“.
It’s already 4.10 pm, I hope Dieter is still in to read over the mail. Ring, ring, ring, ring, pick up the phone, Dieter!!! Dieter pretty please, pick up the phone. Don’t say you have yet another dentist appointment. Dieter, why today??? OK, SEND. I hope he calls me back this time!!!
I REMEMBER those days well. That was before our company got the Workplace English Toolkit Set with the PDF book WET (Workplace English Toolkit), the A3 Mini-Mail Dictionary and the A3 Easy Line To Email Success. They put the book on our network and printed out colour copies of the A3 sheets for our desks. Amazing!! www.teatimetitbits.de/store/
Yesterday, I had another yellow note on my desk when I arrived. I sat at my desk, turned my computer on, opened the email copy & paste cheat sheet on my desktop screen and the copy & paste mini mail dictionary in the WET and got to work.
“Hi Dave, hope you are fine and you had a great weekend? Just wanted to let you know …..“ 5 mins later. “Please give me a call when you’ve got a minute. Thanx a million. Take care. Tina.“
Dave called me ten minutes later. I enjoy talking on the phone now. No more nerves, sweaty palms and 5 trips to the coffee machine before I can pick up the phone.
What’s more I’m learning by doing and I know a lot more words thanx to the vocabulary trainer app I read about and the copy & paste list of vocabulary at the end of the book. I now even have time to check out the Teatime Titbits blog and add new vocab to my app. Like MAGIC!
Best money the company spent in a while. I would have definitely bought the WET book for myself and passed it on to all my family & friends. It’s well worth it.
Yours Tina Tidbits.
P.S. I subscribed to the fortnightly newsletter because there’s always that little extra and can’t wait to get hold of the next book ‘Handy English‘. www. teatimetitbits.de
Sticky note(Klebbezettel), scribble (Gekritzel), to haunt(jdn verfolgen, to put sth off (verschieben), to read over sth (durchlesen), pretty please (Ach bitte, bitte,bitte!), dentist appointment (zahnarzttermin), sweaty palms(Schweißhände), “It’s well worth it” (Es lohnt sich), to subscribe (etw abonnieren), fortnightly (14 tägig), to get hold of sth (etw ergattern),