Thursday, March 18, 2010

Talk Like a German: Ending a Meeting

To continue with my theme of Brevity as the new Courtesy, I have translated some useful phrases for ending a meeting or conversation with a German*:
  • I'm sorry, but I don't believe I can help you any more.
  • I'm afraid I can't help you any more. It would be best if you would talk to Herr/Frau So-and-So yourself.
  • Excuse me but I must now end our meeting. I have something important to do.
  • Would you please now let me continue working?
  • You now have all the necessary information. I can't do anything more for you.
  • I'll give you the telephone number for Herr/Frau So-and-So. Please contact him/her yourself.
*Source: Textbook 'Eismann, Volker (2007): 'Success with Telephone and Office Meetings.'

3 comments:

  1. I've found 'Good heavens! Is that the Russian army?' works quite well too.

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  2. Hi Lady, very interesting. As for me, I'll just say, "Englis no speak". Game over, ha ha.
    Have a nice day and keep a song in your heart, best regards, Lee.

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