TRAVEL NEWS WIRE…
Driverless cars on German autobahn Cars that operate without a driver at the wheel will be tested on a designated section of Germany’s A9 Autobahn, in the Southern state of Bavaria. Similar automobile trials are planned in the Swedish city of Gothenburg for 2017, in a collaboration between the Swedish government and Volvo. New laws have to be created which will answer questions about accident liability and the issuance of licenses. The German government plans to announce the new legal framework at the Frankfurt car fair in September of 2015.
THIS WEEK’S NATURAL PHRASE
call it a day
Johann: It’s already 9:30pm. Do you still want to visit the new pizza restaurant on the other side of town?
Alexi: No, I have to be at work early tomorrow morning. Let’s call it a day. We can go to the restaurant next weekend.
Explanation: To “call it a day” means to say that the day is over for us. We don’t want to do anything else. It’s similar to announcing “The day is finished.”
THIS WEEK’S MEDICAL PHRASE
Abagail: Can I use this drug if I have a heart murmur?
Doctor: No, that drug is contraindicated for people with your condition. I need to give you another drug that is safe for patients with cardiovascular difficulties.
Explanation: The term “contraindicated” means that a drug should not be used for people with certain conditions such as heart problems, certain allergies, etc.
THIS WEEK’S BUSINESS/EMAIL PHRASE
We have a staff shortage at the moment and we can’t keep up with our customer orders. We need to quickly hire some temporary workers. Can you contact a temp staff company and bring in ten people to work in the inventory department?
Explanation: The term “staff shortage” means that there are not enough people on the staff to handle the current work.