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Let´s vote

August 31st, 2021 Posted by Business Englisch, Englisch kostelos lernen, Englisch lernen, Englisch Vokabeln, Idioms 0 thoughts on “Let´s vote”

Every week we provide you with a new topic and with it useful vocabulary and idioms. This week it is time to vote – wählen! The German federal election – die Bundestagswahl – is coming up on Sunday, September 26th and we have a few interesting facts for you.

A quick history on votes

Elections have been the main means by which modern democracy has operated since the 17th century. But elections have been held long before that, in ancient Greece and Rome. These were used to select – auswählen – rulers and the pope. Suffrage – das Wahlrecht – is typically only for citizens of the country. But the question who is allowed to vote is crucial to the process of elections. The electorate – die Wählerschaft – does not automatically include everyone. In Australia, for example, the Aboriginal people were only allowed to vote after 1962. And for a long time only male citizens in general were allowed to vote. In many countries this is still the situation.

In order to convert a vote into a political decision we need an electoral system – ein Wahlsystem. There are different counting systems and ballot types – proportional, majoritarian – nach Mehrheit – and mixed systems. In most elections the secret ballot – geheime Abstimmung – is now considered crucial for a free and fair result. Furthermore, elected officials are accountable – rechenschaftspflichtig – to the people and must therefore return at prescribed intervals to be reelcted. But there are different schedules for different countries – for instance, the president of the US is elected for four years, the president of Ireland for seven years and the president of France for five years.

Sometimes an election is in danger of being rigged – hier: manipulieren. As a result, the winning party might not actually have the trust of the majority of the electorate. Furthermore, a sham election – die Scheinwahl – is held purely for show while the outcome has already been decided in advance.

My vote for this years election

The last German federal election took place 4 years ago in 2017. Evey German citizen who is at least 18 years old is eligible – hier: berechtigt – to vote. Everyone has the opportunity to vote per postal vote – Briefwahl. On top of that, right now politicians and their supporters attempt to win voters over to their side by campaigning – Wahlkampf. The city of Leipzig is full with campaign posters by the top candidates – Spitzenkandidat:in. And in order to keep track on how your candidate is doing people can consult opinion polls – Meinungsumfrage. Of course, people can also abstain – sich enthalten – from their vote.

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Billionaire Space Race

July 20th, 2021 Posted by Business Englisch, Business News, Englisch kostelos lernen, Englisch lernen, Englisch Vokabeln, Idioms, Unkategorisiert 0 thoughts on “Billionaire Space Race”

Learn English every day – a new topic every week! This week we collected interesting facts and new vocabularies about the ongoing – derzeitig – space race – Wettlauf ins All – between billionaires. Elon Musk wants to fly to Mars. Richard Branson plans to establish space tourism – Weltraumtourismus. And Jeff Bezos dreams of colonising the moon- Mondkolonie.

Online English Course – The space industry

Half a century ago space opened up with the moon landing. Then it was a race between the US and Russia to be the first one on the moon. Now, however, its getting more crowded and highly commercial. About 72 countries have a space programme – Weltraumprogramm. Amongst others India, Brazil, Japan and Canada. After the US the UK is boasting – etw. aufweisen – the most private space startups. Right now the number of rocket flights is still quite low – the whole of 2020 saw 114 attempted – versucht – orbital launches in the world. Up til now the focus on space transportation has been on cargo supply – Frachtlieferung. But this is supposed to change.

The Race off the Earth

More and more, also non-state people play a bigger role in exploring what is out there. Entrepreneurs – Unternehmer – that enter the space industry from outside, especially computing. Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson each have their own space programme. And the billionaires plans are ambitious – ehrgeizig.

On Sunday, July 11th Richard Branson became the first man who flew into space aboard a rocket he helped fund – finanzieren. It took him and four members of his crew to the edge – der Rand – of outer space. Today on Tuesday, July 20th is the day Jeff Bezos is set to follow him. The Amazon founder – Gründer – also has his own rocket that is supposed to fly him and three more crew members to suborbital space and back. And while Elon Musk has no plans to follow them himself (at least not this year), he is due – fällig – to send his all-civilian crew into orbit later this year.

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“to stare off into space” English idiom
“space cadet” English idiom
“It is not rocket science”
“to put a rocket under someone”