Don’t confuse!

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    Business Spotlight Audio 7/2022
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    Von Hildegard Rudolph

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    Exercise 1:

    Let’s continue skilling up on our vocabulary by looking at the German word Anhänger, which is translated into English differently depending on the context. If you mix up these translations, it could cause some confusion. In this exercise, we’d like you to translate the four options of the German word and sentence into English. Be careful! Ready?

    The first meaning of the German word Anhänger refers to a piece of Schmuckjewellery. Please translate this word and sentence.

    [ping-pause]

    pendant

    Dieser Anhänger gehörte einst meiner Urgroßmutter.

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    This pendant once belonged to my great-grandmother.

     

    The second meaning of Anhänger is used for someone who loves a sports team or a Prominentecelebrity. Translate the word and sentence in this context.

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    fan or supporter

    Einige tausend Anhänger waren zum Pokalendspiel gereist.

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    Several thousand fans had travelled to the cup finals.

    / Several thousand supporters had travelled to the cup finals.

     

    The German word Anhänger is also used for someone who believes in a specific business theory, for example. Please translate this word and sentence.

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    follower

    Ihre Marketingstrategie wird nicht von vielen Anhängern unterstützt.

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    Their marketing strategy is not supported by many followers.

     

    And the fourth and final meaning of Anhänger refers to the thing that you pull behind your car to carry objects. Translate this word and sentence.

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    trailer

    Dieser Anhänger ist auch zum Transport von Rennpferden geeignet.

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    This trailer is suitable for the transportation of racehorses too.

     

    Well done.

    Exercise 2:

    In this exercise, we’ll practise the use of these four translations of the previous track. First, you’ll hear a sentence with a beep. In the pause, decide whether you need “pendant”, “fan”, “follower” or “trailer” instead of the beep. Then you’ll hear the right sentence again. Ready?

     

    1. You need a specific [beep] to transport your motorbike.

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    You need a specific trailer to transport your motorbike.

     

    2. A dispute broke out among the [beep] of the company’s investment policy.

    [ping-pause]

    A dispute broke out among the followers of the company’s investment policy.

     

    3.Which [beep] shall I wear with my new summer dress?

    [ping-pause]

    Which pendant shall I wear with my new summer dress?

     

    4.The new stadium offers space for almost 100,000 [beep].

    [ping-pause]

    The new stadium offers space for almost 100,000 fans.

     

    Did you choose the right words to complete the sentences? If not, go back and try this exercise again.

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