Cleared for take-off vom Flughafen Erfurt in einer TL 96 Sting
Cleared for take-off vom Flughafen Erfurt in einer TL 96 Sting
"CLEARED FOR TAKE-OFF"
"CLEARED FOR TAKE-OFF"

Language Tips

1. Aviation English Vocabulary

 

2. False Friends

 

An impatient german guest in a London restaurant: "Waiter, when will I become a beefsteak?" The waiter's response: "I hope never, Sir!"  

 

This is the most famous and also one of the worst false friends german students of the  English language may encounter. But there are a lot of them lingering around. If you want to avoid or get rid of them have a look at the list below.

 

you want to say ...

you should not say ...

... because this means ...

you should say ...

bekommen 

become                      

werden

get

starten (Flugzeug)

start

beginnen, anfangen 

take-off

meinen 

mean 

sagen wollen, bedeuten 

think 

aktuell 

actual 

tatsächlich 

current 

eventuell 

eventually

schließlich 

may be 

selbstbewusst 

self-conscious 

verlegen, befangen, gehemmt

self-confident 

sensibel 

sensible

vernünftig 

sensitive 

kontrollieren (überprüfen)

control 

steuern, regeln 

check 

Handy

handy 

handlich 

mobile (BE), cell-phone (AE) 

Grund (Ursache)

ground

Boden

reason, cause 

also 

also

auch 

so, thus

schauen 

show

zeigen 

look at

Formular 

formula

Formel

form

Plan (Stadtplan, Karte) 

plan

Entwurf, Plan

map, chart

 

 

 

 

               

 

 

More false friends

 

3. Singular and Plural

 

 

Information and advice do not have a plural:

 

"Where can I get more information?". 

"You never take advice!"                                                     

 

Otherwise you have to use "a piece of information, a piece of advice". 

 

News  is a singular word: "There was bad news yesterday."

Police is a plural word: "Police have arrested two suspects."    

Staffgovernment, crew, team and company can be singular or plural: "The crew have/has decided to declare an emergency."

 

There are a lot of irregular plural forms:

 

 one..

many...

 aircraft

 aircraft

 foot

 feet

 life

 lives

 datum

 data

 vortex

 vortices

 phenomenum

 phenomena

 axis

 axes

 

 

 

 

 

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