Word of the day: Overwhelming

Today’s word of the day is: Overwheming (adjective)

Overwhelming is a word we use to describe something serious, complex, or powerful. It is used to describe a situation or a thing. An overwhelming situation is not impossible to overcome, but it will certainly require a lot of effort.

Let’s see some examples for overwhelming things and situations:

  1. There was an overwhelming view from the cliff. I almost began to cry from its beauty. desert_milano_scuola_inglese
    Note:This is obviously a very positive side of overwhelming, generally used for art or beauty.
  1. Sharon has an overwhelming amount of work to do. Where should she start?

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  1. Math is an overwhelming subject for Jeff at university!

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As is the case with your typical –ing adjectives, this one can also be converted into an –ed adjective (think exciting vs. excited, interesting vs. interested).

I was overwhelmed by the view from the cliff. (It’s an overwhelming view).

Sharon is overwhelmed by the amount of work to do. (She has an overwhelming amount of work to do.)

Jeff is overwhelmed by math. (Math is an overwhelming subject).

 

Take a test for yourself with overwhelmed vs. overwhelming:

 

  1. Last night I stayed at the office until 8 p.m. It was an ______________ night!
  1. After the performance, the crowd applauded for over 5 minutes. The orchestra’s conductor was _________________ by the respect.
  1. The last time I was here was over 20 years ago. I can’t believe how many ______________ changes have occurred here since then.
  1. Working at this company is an ________________ challenge.
  1. We were so ______________ by this project that we didn’t even get a chance to eat lunch!

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Le 5 Frasi più importanti per l’inglese Business (avanzato)

Talvolta il mondo degli affari sembra complesso come la scienza missilistica – e persino quando è nella tua lingua madre! Includi anche la possibilità di non essere in grado di esprimerti perfettamente quando fai affari in inglese, e ti ritrovi in un vortice di problemi.

Ecco dunque perché oggi il blog di Scrambled Eggs ha dedicato un post per prendere una scorciatoia nel mondo del business, concentrandosi sulle cinque più importanti e, allo stesso tempo, onnicomprensive frasi che devi sapere quando ti cimenti con l’inglese business (avanzato).

 

  1. Feasible (Fattibile)

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Fattibile è una parola che si usa per descrivere se un compito sia possibile o meno. Può essere usata in una vasta varietà di contesti, da qui la sua importanza nel mondo del business. Ecco alcuni esempi:

We need the product in our warehouse by June 6th; is this a feasible request?

How feasible is it for our company to expand into 6 nations by 2019?

We need at least 7 more clients if we want to make a profit this quarter. Talk to the sales department and see if this is feasible.

 

  1. Follow up (Far seguito a)

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Questa è una delle espressioni maggiormente usate nelle vendite e reti di conoscenze. Dopo aver incontrato una persona, si può scrivere una mail di continuazione o fare una chiamata successiva per sviluppare ulteriormente la propria relazione professionale. Far seguito a è anche un verbo frasale (phrasal verb) e può anche essere utilizzato nelle mail o chiamate o per sollecitare cortesemente un aggiornamento. Ad esempio:

(Email) Dear John, I haven’t heard from you regarding the Jones project, so I am writing to follow up and see if there are any updates.

Hello Mr. Axelson, this is Chris Martin from L&L. We met last week at the conference in Brussels. I am just calling to follow up on our conversation and see if you are interested in…

Sarah, we need more information on the project. Could you write a follow-up email to the project manager?

 

  1. It’s (not) worth it / (Non) ne vale la pena

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Un’espressione che dice tutto: ne vale la pena. Il modo migliore di descrivere questa insostituibile espressione è dare alcuni esempi del suo uso:

Your company should definitely present at the conference next week. It’s expensive, but it’s worth it.

That supplier offers a high quality product, but it’s too expensive. It’s not worth it to work with them.

Don’t waste your money on Google advertising. It’s not worth it. We spent a ton of money and only gained a little business.

 

  1. Demand (Richiedere / richiesta)

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In inglese, un sinonimo di “to demand” (richiedere) è “to request”, ma il primo ha più autorità.

In tal senso, se si richiede qualcosa e non la si ottiene, si sarà seriamente amareggiati. Ecco alcuni esempi di richieste:

We made a serious mistake in the order, and now the client is demanding a full refund.

Before we accept you as one of our certified supplies, we have a few demands that need to be implemented in your plant.

 

  1. Reliable (Affidabile)

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Affidabile è un termine usato per descrivere qualcuno o qualcosa di cui ci si fida. Queste persone o cose soddisferanno sempre le aspettative. Non arrivano tardi ad un appuntamento, non dimenticano una scadenza, o funzionano sempre nelle situazioni più importanti e urgenti.

John is a good employee. You can count on him to help you out because he’s extremely reliable.

I need a more reliable cell phone provider. I always lose service during important calls.

We can no longer work with that supplier. We need someone who is more reliable and won’t disappoint us.

 

Quelle summenzionate sono soltanto cinque di tante parole/frasi che ti aiuteranno ad avere successo nel mondo internazionale degli affari. Riesci a pensare ad altre importanti parole del business che ti aiuteranno durante la tua giornata?

 

 

Word of the Day: Whatever

Today’s word of the day is: Whatever

 

Whatever is a word that can be used in a wide range of contexts, and can be both extremely rude and extremely polite. It’s just that meaningful!

We’ll start with the nicest of versions: whatever as a polite word.

  1. A buffet at a restaurant offers unlimited food. This means the waiter will tell you:

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“You can eat whatever you want.”

  1. If you and your friends are going to a party and you’re unsure about what to wear, just ask. They respond saying it is informal, so:

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“You can wear whatever you want”.

  1. If your boss calls you for a favor, you can respond by saying you are completely at his/her disposal:

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“I’ll do whatever you need.”

But the word doesn’t stop there, that’s for sure. If you want to show that you really don’t care about something (rude/unpolite), whatever is the perfect single word to describe your mood.

Exhibit A:

Emma: Johnny, there’s a coffee stain on your shirt!

Johnny: Whatever. (Read: I don’t care, can we talk about something else?)

Exhibit B:

Chris: See that whale over there? That is one big animal!

Eric: Actually, it’s a mammal.

Chris: Whatever. (Read: Don’t judge me!)

Exhibit C:

Liz: I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was eleven!

Mom: Actually, you were twelve.

Liz: Whatever. (Read: That’s not the point, I was old!)

 

I think this GIF explains the “rude” version of whatever quite well, taken from the “Gif-able” tumbler and a clip from movie Clueless:

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So what do you readers think? Is it a word you have ever used before? If it isn’t, beware: it’s not the nicest word to use in certain contexts!