]Hello and welcome to a new series here at Slow German. There will be new episodes as before, but I will include a few episodes for absolute beginners. They are meant for people who for example are travelling to Germany and who want to speak a few words in the native language…
First of all, you want to be able to say yes and no. That’s the easy part. If you want to say yes, say „Ja“. „Ja“. If you want to say no, say „nein“. Nein.
When travelling in a foreign country, it is important to be nice to the people you meet. After all, everything you do will reflect on your own country. If you’re an American and you’re acting loud the Germans will say: Americans are loud! So be careful what you do!
Our next words are please, thank you and sorry or pardon. If you want to thank somebody for something, you simply say „Danke“. Danke. In reply to that, the other person will answer „bitte“. Bitte. If you want to attract the attention of somebody, for example a person working in a store, or if you bump into somebody, you say „Entschuldigung“. I know this is a hard word to say and everybody will understand if you say „sorry“, but the correct German word is Entschuldigung. Ent-schul-di-gung.
Alright, very good so far! Now let’s get to four words that you can use for directions. There is left and right. Left is links, links, and right is rechts, rechts. It’s easy to memorize, because the first letter of the words is the same. Links and rechts. In rechts you have a sound that is not common in many other languages, the „ch“-Sound. Your mouth forms a wide grin, like if you want to say „eeeee“. Now if you lift the middle part of your tongue a little bit, you will get this sound. „Ch“. Two more words for directions: Up and down. Up is „oben“, oben, and down is „unten“, unten.
Let’s get to different greeting formulas. You can always say „Guten Tag“, no matter what time it is. It jus means „A good day to you“. If you want to specify, you can wish a good morning or good evening. Then it is „Guten Morgen!“ or „Guten Abend“. Guten Morgen. Guten Abend. The more colloquial form is „Hallo“. Hallo. If you are in Southern Germany, in Bavaria or even in our neighbor-country Austria, you will often hear „Grüß Gott“. This means „God is greeting you“, meaning „God bless you“. I am not a Christian and I say it anyway – it is very common in Southern Germany. Grüß Gott.
If you want to leave, there are also different possibilities. You can say „Auf Wiedersehen“, auf Wiedersehen, meaning „until we see us again“. The more colloquial form is „Tschüss“ or the Italian „ciao“. Tschüss. Ciao. Auf Wiedersehen!
Four more words to go, then we are through with this first episode of Slow German for Absolute Beginners. Let’s say you enter a hotel, or you want to introduce yourself to somebody. Then you say „Ich heiße…“ and then your name. I would say „Ich heiße Annik“. In a hotel, you would follow up with something like „Ich habe eine Reservierung“, if you have a reservation for a room. We also copied the English form of that sentence, so you can also introduce yourself by saying „Mein Name ist…“. Mein Name ist Annik.
Ok, now three important places for every traveler. If you travel by train, you need the trainstation. Bahnhof. Bahnhof. If you fly to Germany, you will arrive at the airport, the Flughafen. Flughafen. And if you need a taxi, guess what? You can call a Taxi! I guess that word is the same in almost every language. We just pronounce it a little differently. Taxi. Taxi.
That’s it for now, in the next easy episode I will tell you what to say if you’re in a restaurant. If you have questions or ideas what to teach next, write me an e-mail at email@example.com . You can find the text and the vocabulary to this episode as well as many infos on slowgerman.com. Auf Wiedersehen! Or better: Auf Wiederhören!
Please give me slow pronouncation of Germany.
Das ist toll
thanks so much.
I found this very useful
Thanks for sharing
This episode is too easy to learn us how to pronounce the German alphabet.
Thank you, I found this very useful.
I am in my seventies and have just started going to Germany, and I love the people I have met and want to speak German.
This has been very helpful
I have ein German friend and almost no hearing, so Slow German is a Godsend. I will try to learn a little every day. Danke
Thanks a lot for sharing it! You speak perfectly. wow 😀
frau oder fraulein annik ich habe nur eine bemerkung am nachstes mal vergessen sie nicht der Namen mit den artikeln zu schreiben weil die artikeln sind sie wichtigste und die schwere sache ins deutsche und vor allem fur uns die beginner und die auslander .
Hallo und Guten Tag!
Thank you for the podcast. I would like to go to Germany someday. 😉 Yes, this information is essential for beginners like me. We need to know how to show courtesy to Germans by saying the appropriate words. Anyway, thanks again. Oops..I should say..Danke! 😉
haallo,ich müchte die verbs in deutchs!!!bitte tshus
Very useful information for us learners of German. A thought: I suppose one could click on the podcast to hear the pronunciation, but it might also be useful to give some hint textually when you introduce a word (like you do above with „recht“) — I believe „Name“ is pronounced „nahm“ (like in Hindi! with the same meaning!)? Thank you.
Sorry, but this is mainly a podcast and supposed to be listened to. The text is also to support the podcast. But thanks for dropping by, I know that you are the great designer of this layout!
Nein, wie gesagt (und geschrieben): Die normalen Slow German-Folgen gehen weiter, das hier ist nur eine Ergänzung für Menschen, die noch gar kein Deutsch können.
Was ist los mit den gewöhnlichen Kapiteln des Deutschen?
Sind sie schon zu seinen Ende gegangen?
Vielen Dank für deine Antwort.