make an effort

Discussion in 'Deutsch (German)' started by zinc, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. zinc Senior Member

    Marseille
    England/ English
    Hallo. How do I politely tell someone, as a manager/ instructor to "make an effort". The context is a workshop I am running that starts at 07.00. Nobody really wants to be there, the subject matter is boring, everyone is tired, and nobody is answering any of the questions I am asking. I want to say: "make an effort". Is this "Bitte, strengen Sie an" ?
     
  2. Demiurg

    Demiurg Senior Member

    Germany
    German
    There's a "sich" missing:

    Bitte strengen Sie sich an.

    Or in motivational lingo:

    Es wäre schön, wenn Sie sich etwas mehr einbringen würden. ;)
     
  3. Gernot Back

    Gernot Back Senior Member

    Cologne, Germany
    German - Germany
    As a teacher, I would prefer to talk turkey with students unwilling to take an effort and to participate in the lesson:

    • Geben Sie sich (gefälligst) mal mehr Mühe!
    • Jetzt reißen Sie sich mal am Riemen!
    • Von nichts kommt nichts!
    • Ohne Fleiß kein Preis!
    • Hallo, ist da noch jemand zu Hause?!
     

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