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Verhalten in Problemsituationen und Notfällen

Murphys Gesetz

Probleme mit Maschinen oder Geräten

  • The switch is not working (properly).
  • There is something wrong with the projector (NOT beamer!).
  • The copy machine is out of order.

Etwas ging verloren

  • I've lost my room key / passport / wallet. Do you happen to know ...?
  • I'm afraid I can't find my files anymore. Is there any way I could ...?
  • I seem to have lost my way. Could you tell me how to find ...?

Andere Probleme

  • There seems to be no seat available. Would you mind standing for a bit?
  • I've missed the train from the airport.
  • Unfortunately, public transport has completely broken down.
  • I'm afraid I'm stuck in a traffic jam.
  • I'm sorry, but I'm feeling a bit under the weather today. Can we reschedule our meeting?

Gesundheit und Erste Hilfe

Dinge, die eine kranke oder verletzte Person sagen könnte:

  • I’ve got a cold / temperature / sore throat / stomach ache / the flu.
  • I’m allergic to … (type of food, e.g. nuts)
  • I don’t feel well.
  • I havepain in my leg / arm / chest …
  • My leg / arm / chest … is hurting.
  • I have twisted / sprained my ankle.
  • Do you know first aid?
  • I need a doctor / I need to go to hospital.

Was Sie in dieser Situation sagen könnten:

  • Are you ok?
  • Let me help you.
  • I’m trained in first aid.
  • Where does it hurt?
  • You should take something for it.
  • You should go and see a doctor.
  • You should go back to your hotel for a rest.
  • Shall I call an ambulance?
  • Where’s the first aid kit?

Wortschatz für medizinische Notfälle

Allgemeinmediziner (Hausarzt, Hausärztin)doctor, GP (General Practitioner)
Ambulanzout-patient clinic
Bauchschmerzenabdominal pain, bellyache
blutento bleed
Blutungbleeding, haemorrhage
Erste HilfeFirst Aid
Fieber habento have a temperature
Halsweha sore throat
Magenschmerzenstomach ache
Medikamente verabreichento administer medicine
Notfallambulanzcasualty department
Spezialistspecialist, consultant
Tablette (einnehmen)(to take a) pill
verkühlt seinto have a cold
Zahnarzt, Zahnärztindentist


Culture tip: a spiteful universe?

The classic wording of Murphy’s Law is, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”, although there are of course many variations.

Culture tip: forget it

We can say, “I’ve forgotten my documents” but as soon as we add where, we have to use the verb LEAVE, e.g.” I’ve left my jacket in the conference room.”