Discussion 1 Vok. common, octagon; Whats the adjective (>octagonal)? Whats the rule for putting the stress in words of Greek origin (>second to the last syllable)? Do you know other examples with octa (>octave)? What does gon mean (>angle)? Do you know other examples with gon (>Pentagon)?
Question 2 What award, founded in 1901, is funded with the help of the Bank of Sweden?
Discussion 2 Voc. to found (regular) + to fund (regular) + to find (irregular) transl. exercise: 1.Sie gründeten eine Bank. 2.Er fand eine Münze. 3.Die Eltern unterstützten ihre Kinder finanziell beim Studium.
Question 3 Do you know the meaning of the verbs "to assure", "to ensure" and "to insure"? Can you make sentences with these words?
Answer 3 to assure = versichern (jemandem etwas versichern); to ensure = sicherstellen, gewährleisten, sich darum kümmern; to insure = versichern (was Versicherungen tun)
Discussion 3 "We assure you that we will ensure the punctual delivery of the insured goods."
Question 4 How much must a movie gross in U.S. ticket sales to be considered a blockbuster?
Discussion 5 The Bronx (northern, on the North American mainland), Brooklyn (most populous, Manhattan, Queens (the largest and most ethnical diverse), Staten Island (South West of the other boroughs). Harlem River separates The Bronx from the island of Manhattan.
Discussion 8 noggin = slang expression for brain; auch 'kleiner Holzkrug'
Question 9 What is an acronym? a)a word formed from the initial letters of the words of a compound term, e.g. UNO b)an open access encyclopedia which can be used by internet users, e.g. Wikipedia, c)an invertebrate animal with strong grasping forelegs, also called 'praying mantis'
Answer 9 a)a word formed from the initial letters of the words of a compound term, e.g. UNO
Discussion 9 invertebrate = wirbellos Do you know more acronyms (>NAFTA, ASAP etc.)? Do you know more words with the ending -ym (>pseudonym, synonym, homonym)?
Question 10 How high up in the sky do you need to go to be in space? a) 93 miles b) 423 miles c) 1209 miles
Discussion 17 "a must; The dos and donts for software developers (example); a "yuppy": a young person who lives in a rather large city, earns a lot of money (preferably in stock trading) and spends it doing fashionable things and buying expensive possessions. Do you know there is a verb "to yuppify"? It means 'to change the appearance of a place to suit or attract people who earn and spend a lot of money'
Question 18 What does the word "thoroughfare" mean? a) a fee to ride all buses in a city all day b) a lump-sum price, a 'package price' c) a through street for public traffic
Answer 18 c) a through street for public traffic
Discussion 18 a heavily traveled passage (can be a waterway); example: Broadway in New York; through; thorough (thoroughly): exhaustively complete: a thorough search, painstakingly accurate or careful: thorough research, absolute: a thorough pleasure.
Question 19 Whose book with the title Surviving at the Top, spent less time on the New York Times list than any other Number One book?
Discussion 19 Donald Trump (born June 1946 in New York, parents: German/Scottish); in the free- wheeling 1980s, he created an empire in real estate and casinos. Other Books: "The Art of the Deal"(1988), "The Art of the Comeback", "How to Get Rich" (2004)
Question 20 What Washington, D.C., building housed the Democratic Party headquarters in 1972?
Discussion 20 The 'Watergate scandal' (1972-1974) was an American political scandal and constitutional crisis that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Watergate is the name of the hotel complex which White House conspirators broke into to plant bugging devices and wiretaps (see additional information); to house...