Newsletter zum Englisch lernen - Ausgabe Dezember 2014

 Das LbT-languages Newsletter zum Englisch lernen!

Watch and Listen - Video Chrissy Down Under

Cookies and milk or beer and carrots? What shall it be Down Under? Despite us all speaking English, there are very many different ways of celebrating Christmas in English speaking countries. Tune in and watch and listen as David tells you about his past Christmasses back home in Australia.

Christmas Aussie style

G’day and welcome to Xmas Down Under! It’s the start of summer holidays yet we watch endless replays of Santa bringing joy to Northern Hemisphere wood-fired houses while the snow falls outside. Unfortunately, the only “snow” you’ll find in Oz is produced in a can and sprayed on plastic trees! Christmas Eve (24 Dec.) the kids are tucked up early in bed and wait for Santa to come down the chimney (although most Aussie houses have no chimney!).


Christmas Day (Dec. 25) runs as follows:

6am – kids wake up Mum and Dad and open presents under the tree.

10am – kids are already sick from too much chocolate!

Midday – big family BBQ in the park or at the beach. It’s 35°C, clothing consists of no more than shorts and flip-flops and there is plenty of sausages, steak and beer to be had.

Boxing Day (Dec. 26) It’s another BBQ day with friends and family. The Dad’s watch the cricket on TV and the kids test out their new toys.



Aussie / Ozzie - Australier
G'day (Good day) - Guten Tag
yet - dennoch
replays - Wiederholung
wood-fired houses - Haus mit Kamin
tucked up in bed - ins Bett geschickt
already - bereits / schon
BBQ (barbecue) - Grillparty
consists of - besteht aus
Boxing Day - zweiter Weihnachtsfeiertag
cricket - Cricket (Sportart)

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Writing Christmas Cards in English

The festive season is coming our way again and here at LbT-languages we have prepared some helpful tips about how to write good Christmas cards in English to your clients and friends.

But first, let us wish all of you and your families:

Merry Xmas!

Here are some definitions you may find helpful:

Merry = happy, joyous
X’ derives from the Greek and stands for ‘Christ’
XMAS = Christmas

It is generally expected that Christmas wishes are sent to your business contacts and also to your friends and acquaintances. The festive season can be a good opportunity also to renew contacts with associates you have not heard from in a while. So, when should you start sending your Christmas greetings to your business and private contacts in the Anglophone world? Generally, your written Christmas greetings (i.e. if they are sent by post rather than email) should reach the recipient no later than December 20th. It is customary to make up a Christmas card list early in December, and sending your cards out soon enough gives the recipients time to add you to their own lists and send their cards to you in time, in case you had not been on their lists originally.


Acquaintances – people you know, but not well enough to call them friends
Festive – of celebratory character
Renew – to start again
Customary – habitually / usually done
Recipients – people who receive / those who get something that is being sent

These are some important English phrases that are commonly used for Christmas and New Year’s, which you can use to sign your cards:

General Christmas and New Years Greetings

• Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year
• Hope you have a very merry Christmas and happy New Year
• Hope you will have a very merry Christmas and happy New Year
• Wishing you a merry Christmas and good health in the coming year
• Wishing you all a merry Christmas and good health in the coming year
• ... and health and success in the New Year
• Thinking of you and wishing you a very happy holiday!
• May there be peace, hope and love in your world this holiday season ... and always.
• Wishing you peace, hope and love to last throughout the year.
• Have a lovely holiday and the happiest of new years!


Christmas and New Years Greetings for business letters

• Wishing you a merry Christmas & may we offer you our best wishes for the New Year
• Wishing you the Christmas spirit all year long
• May the snow fall lightly and the sun shine brightly on your Christmas holiday
• Wishing you a heavenly Christmas
• May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace and joy
• All good wishes for a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year
• Whishing you all things bright and beautiful at Christmas and all year
• May your Christmas be blessed with peace and happiness
• Wishing you a most memorable Christmas
• May this New Year find you healthy and happy
• May your New Year be happy, healthy, and prosperous
• Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and all things bright and beautiful
• May love, hope, and happiness be yours at New Year and all through the year
• Wishing you the best of everything in the New Year
• May you have an abundance of good fortune in the new Year
• With sincere wishes for a very Happy New Year
• Wishing you peace, joy and happiness all through the New Year
• We look forward to doing business with you again in the New Year and wish you all the best
• Wishing you a happy holiday season and a new year filled with peace and prosperity.
• We hope you have a nice Christmas and wish you all the best in the New Year
• May we wish you and your staff a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year
• We wish you all a merry Christmas and good health in the coming year


Short Christmas Greetings

• Merry Christmas!
• Happy Christmas!
• Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
• Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
• Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
• Wishing you and your colleagues a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
• Wishing you and your staff a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

In cases where the sender may not know the religious affiliation of the recipient of their card, it is important to offer generic good wishes. This is especially true for holiday cards sent to businesses:

• Happy Holidays!
• Season's Greetings!
• Celebrate the Season!
• Peace!
• Peace on Earth!
• Joy to the World!
• Joy and Happiness!

In cases where - when
religious affiliation – the religion a person follows
generic – universal, general, not specific to a particular Group


How to sign your name on a printed Christmas card

• from Barbara
• Yours, Peter (Deine/Ihre/Dein/Ihr)
• Love from Nicole and Peter (Alles Liebe von...)
• With love from Charles and Jennifer (Alles Liebe von...)


Famous Christmas & New Year Quotations:

At Christmas I no more desire a rose
Than wish snow in May’s newfangled
But like of each thing that in season
-William Shakespeare

At Christmas play and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year.
-Thomas Tresser

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and
Try to keep it all the year.
-Charles Dickens

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
- Benjamin Franklin

Praising what is lost
Makes the remembrance dear.
- William Shakespeare

Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar,
Took his last drink and swore his last oath.
Today we are a pious and exemplary community.
Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our
Reformation to the winds and gone to
Cutting our ancient shortcomings
Considerably shorter than ever.
- Mark Twain

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Learning by Doing

Christmas Crossword puzzle

Here are some words you might hear throughout Christmas time. ...........................................

Fällt Ihnen die gesuchte Vokabel nicht spontan ein, so können Sie sich in der angehängten Vokabelliste für das richtige Wort entscheiden. Bitte berücksichtigen Sie, dass im Crossword Puzzle keine Leerzeichen vorkommen dürfen.

Gesuchte Vokabeln:
Chrissy, Boxing Day, carols, unwrap, eggnog, gift, cookies, Christmas Eve, mistletoe, coal

carols - Weihnachtslieder
unwrap - etwas auspacken
Eggnog - der Eierflip
gift - das Geschenk
cookies - die Kekse
Christmas Eve - Heiligabend
mistletoe - der Mistelzweig
Coal- die Kohle

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