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Funny – “lucu” – Funny (Joke in English)

Posted by Wahyudi English on March 26, 2008

Driver and Officer

A man was pulled over for driving too fast, even though he thought he was driving just fine.
Officer : You were speeding.
Man : No, I wasn’t.
Officer : Yes, you were. I’m giving you a ticket (surat tilang).
Man : But I wasn’t speeding.
Officer : Tell that to the judge! (The officer gives man the ticket.)
Man : Would I get another ticket if I called you a jerk (tolol)?
Officer : Yes, you would.
Man : What if I just thought that you were?
Officer : I can’t give you a ticket for what you think.
Man : Fine, I think you’re a jerk!

by: Nick Henry, ESL teacher in Korea

Mouse

A : I’m in a big trouble!
B : Why is that?
A : I saw a mouse in my house!
B : Oh, well, all you need to do is use a trap.
A : I don’t have one.
B : Well then, buy one.
A : Can’t afford one (tidak punya uang untuk membeli).
B : I can give you mine if you want.
A : That sounds good.
B : All you need to do is just use some cheese in order to make the mouse come to the trap.
A : I don’t have any cheese.
B : Okay then, take a piece of bread and put a bit of oil in it and put it in the trap.
A : I don’t have oil.
B : Well, then put only a small piece of bread.
A : I don’t have bread.
B : Then what is the mouse doing at your house?!

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Business English Expression (2)

Posted by Wahyudi English on March 26, 2008

“24/7”

“24/7” is another way of saying “all the time” or continuous. Literally, it means 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A business may use the term to express they are always open for business. For example, “we are open 24/7.” An individual may say, “I work 24/7” as a way of expressing that they work all the time.

“Talk is Cheap”

We mentioned ‘talk is cheap” in an earlier segment entitled “Show me the money.” This expression is used when referring to people who talk alot about doing things but never really do much. In other words, they do not have much of a record of accomplishment. It is always used to refer to people who make empty promises. Empty promises are promises to do something but there is no intention to carry out the promise. So “talk is cheap” means that it is easy to talk about things, but more difficult to do something about it, whether that something is keeping a promise or taking appropriate action.

“Cash is king,” “Cash is trash”

These two expressions mean exactly the opposite. You will often hear them when talking about financial investments. When the stock market is declining, investors want to preserve their cash so stocks are sold and cash is held in their portfolio. Since cash does not generally lose value except to inflation, then “cash is king” in a down stock market. However, in a rising stock market or in inflationary times, investors can make more money by investing their cash in stocks and bonds. Investors lose by holding cash in their portfolio because of the lost opportunity from rising stocks or the loss of purchasing power from inflation. Investors refer to cash as trash in this scenario.

“Purchasing Power”

Purchasing power is a concept that expresses the true value of currency. Currency by itself has no value. The value comes from how much one can buy with the currency. If a currency can buy more today than in the past, then purchasing power has increased. If a currency can buy less today than in the past, then the purchasing power of that currency has decreased. As an example, the US Dollar has lost one-third of its purchasing power or value since early 2001. As a result, US goods are cheaper abroad while imported goods are more expensive in the US.

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Business English Expressions (I)

Posted by Wahyudi English on March 26, 2008

1. 800 pound gorilla – the biggest, most powerful group or company
Example: “If we follow our plan to make this new software, we’re going to have a lot of competition, including from the 800 pound gorilla, Microsoft.”

2. (a rising tide that) lifts all boats – something that helps all people or all groups
Example: “We’re only number three, but the current economic growth will lift all boats, so we’re sure to make a profit this year.”

3. an old hand – a person who has long experience, especially in one place
Example: “He can help us set up a company in Beijing. He’s been working in China for many years and speaks Chinese fluently. He’s an old China hand.”

4. at the 11th hour – very late, at the very last minute
Example: ” .”

5. on a shoestring – with limited money
Example: “They started their company on a shoestring and built it up to one of the largest companies in the world!”

6. bring to the table – whatever you can possibly offer
Example: “I will meet with Teacher Joe’s new company to show him what we can bring to the table.” read more

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