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Do you know who invented the “Gulaschkanone” or, as English speakers would say, the mobile field kitchen?

It was Fissler! Back in 1892 the family company, which now specialises in premium cookware, developed and patented this piece of equipment for feeding hungry troops on the march. But this is not Fissler’s only claim to fame. In the 1920s Fissler created the first aluminum pans for electric stoves; in the 1953 they introduced the first pressure cooker with a multi-setting control valve and in 1956 they were the first German manufacturer to produce a non-stick (PTFE) coating for pans making them durable and easy to clean. Fissler also produces what is reputed to be the world’s most expensive pan; selling at over £100,000 it has solid gold handles and is studded with over 200 diamonds!

 

Last year Fissler celebrated its 170th birthday. Based in Idar-Oberstein, it is still a family-owned business producing knives, pots, pans, pressure cookers and kitchen accessories. It is one of the world’s leading brands for high-quality cookware, marketing its products in over 80 countries and employing around 700 people worldwide.

 

State-of-the-art technology, precise manufacture and stringent quality controls, guarantee Fissler’s “Made in Germany” standard. This is highly valued around the world with a Fissler brand product being bought every three seconds! Fissler continues to be innovative and is constantly developing new products and perfecting existing ones. For example, the Fissler “Bionic” knife which never needs sharpening and the “vitacontrol digital” and associated Fissler Cooking App which make food preparation in the pressure cooker easier than ever before. The company holds numerous international patents and registered designs and has won a wide range of prestigious awards.

 

TIP TOP trainers have been working together with Fissler since 2013 delivering interactive and informative lessons to employees in all departments ... from pan production to accounting, from HR to R&D and from marketing to customer care. We ensure that Fissler’s communication in English with its international partners is as excellent, professional and “non-stick” as its top quality cookware!

 

 

Vocabulary

troops - Truppen

claim to fame - zur Berühmtheit gelangen

electric stove - Elektorherd, Elektroofen

pressure cooker - Schnellkochtopf

valve - Ventil

non-stick (PTFE) coating - Antihaftbeschichtung

durable - haltbar, langlebig

reputed to be - ist angeblich

studded with - übersät, bespickt

kitchen accessories - Küchenzubehör

state-of-the-art - hochmodern, neuster Stand der Technik

precise - präzise, exakt, akkurat

stringent - streng

numerous - zahlreich

prestigious awards - renommierte / angesehene Auszeichnungen

HR or the Human Resources Department - Personalabteilung

R&D or the Research and Development Department - Forschungs- und Entwicklungsabteilung

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 A devastating and costly natural disaster

For the past week the city of Fort McMurray in north-east Alberta has been ravaged by one of the worst wildfires in Canada’s history. More than 1,000 fire fighters, 150 helicopters, 295 pieces of heavy equipment and 27 aircraft water tankers were deployed in an effort to control the blaze. Unusually dry weather and shifting winds are thought to have caused the fire, which has now destroyed over 1,600 square kilometres of urban and rural land. More than 100,000 residents were forced to evacuate the city and, although the blaze is now under control, they will not be able to return to their homes for at least two weeks. Miraculously no deaths or injuries were reported and it is estimated that about 85% of buildings in the city have survived, with the hospital and most schools still intact. The wildfire was a terrible and devastating natural disaster but it seems that Fort McMurray and its residents had a very lucky escape

 

Vocabulary

ravaged by - verwüstet von

deployed - einsetzen

blaze - Feuer

shifting winds - wechselnde Winde

urban and rural land - städtisches und ländliches Gebiet

estimated - geschätzt

devastating - verheerend, vehement

residents - Bewohner, Einwohner

escape - Entkommen, Flucht

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Surprising facts on how our brain works!

 

1. It is impossible for our brain to multi-task

The problem with multi-tasking is that we split our brain’s resources. We give less attention to each task and probably perform worse on all of them. Naturally we would switch back-and-forth between different jobs quickly, rather than doing them at the same time. Research shows that your error rate rises by 50% when you multi-task and it takes you twice as long to achieve what you are trying to do. So don’t put yourself under pressure to accomplish two or more things simultaneously, just take it step by step!

 

2. Naps improve your brain’s day to day performance.

Researchers have discovered that short bursts of sleep help to improve your memory. Napping, it seems, pushes memories to the neocortex, the brain’s more permanent storage area, preventing them from being “overwritten” by new knowledge. Taking a nap helps to clear information out of your brain’s temporary storage areas, preparing them to absorb new in-coming facts and experiences. What happens during a nap? While sleeping, the right side of the brain is much more active than the left side, which stays fairly passive. The fact that 95% of people are right-handed means when they are awake the left side of their brain is the most dominant hemisphere. So during sleep, the left side takes some time off to relax and the right side pushes information into the long term storage zone.

So, after having gained some new English skills – take a nap ;)

  

3. Vision trumps all other senses

All the senses are important but vision seems to take precedence over the others. Text is artificial, manmade and inefficient compared to images. One reason for this is that the brain sees words as lots of tiny pictures, like complex little art-museum masterpieces with hundreds of features embedded in them. To our cortex there is no such thing as text and to transform it into pictures takes time and uses up energy. So, when conveying, understanding or memorising information try to avoid using too many words and replace them instead with images. And when learning, remember that the brain retains pictures far better and for much longer than it does words!

 

Vocabulary

split - aufteilen

attention - Aufmerksamkeit

worse - bad, worse, worst - schlechter

perform worse - schlechter abschneiden

back-and-forth - hin und her

achieve - erreichen,leisten

accomplish - erreichen, bewerkstelligen

short bursts - kleine Mengen

napping - schlafen, schlummern

storage areas - Speicherplatz, Speicherbereich

take precedence over - die Überhand haben

artificial - künstlich, aufgesetzt

inefficient - ineffizient, leistungsschwach

embedded in - eingebettet in 

convey - übertragen, vermitteln

avoid using - vermeiden... zu benutzen

replace...with - ersetzen durch

retains pictures - behält Bilder

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