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INTRODUCTION
Chuck:
Chuck here. Absolute Beginners Series, Season 1, Lesson 1 – “Is Your Coffee as Strong as Your German Apologies?” Hello everyone, welcome to GermanPod101.
Judith:
If you’re looking for the best place online to learn German.
Chuck:
You found it.
Judith:
Today we’re making a clean, fresh start. If you haven’t studied any German before, start learning today with this lesson.
Chuck:
And then just study a new lesson every week and you’ll be speaking German in no time.
Judith:
If you have studied German before, use these series for review or check out our intermediate series to learn more.
Chuck:
In this lesson you’ll be learning how to apologize in German.
Judith:
This conversation takes place during a flight to Germany.
Chuck:
The conversation is between Joe and [Anke].
Judith:
Joe just spilled his water on [Ankes]’s lap.
Chuck:
The speakers don’t know each other. Therefore, they’re speaking formal German. Let’s listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
(A spills his water onto the next passenger's lap)
A:
Oh! Entschuldigung! … Entschuldigung, es tut mir wirklich leid.
D:
Es ist schon okay.
A:
Sind Sie sicher?
D:
Ja. Es ist okay.
A:
Sind Sie wirklich sicher?
D (grins):
Ja. Es ist nur Wasser.
A:
Kein Problem?
D:
Nein, kein Problem.
A:
Ich bin Joe Cardigan, und Sie?
D:
Ich bin Anke Löwen.
(A spills his water onto the next passenger's lap)
A:
Oh! Excuse me! ... Excuse me, I'm really sorry.
D:
It's okay.
A:
Are you sure?
D:
Yes. It's okay.
A:
Are you really sure?
D (grins):
Yes. It's just water.
A:
No problem?
D:
No, no problem.
A:
I'm Joe Cardigan, and you?
D:
I'm Anke Löwen.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Judith:
Well, I think this lesson is perfect to teach you the word [Entschuldigung] because it appears so often. It’s the most general word of apology in German.
Chuck:
This literally means “apology” and it’s used in most situations.
Judith:
It is however not used when somebody tells you some sad news about themselves.
Chuck:
Because that’s not something you should apologize for. Unless you has any stake in it.
Judith:
If you need something stronger than [Entschuldigung] use [Es tut mir leid].
Chuck:
That means literally “It does me harm.” And you can make it even stronger by adding an adverb before the leid].
Judith:
[Es tut mir wirklich leid]
Chuck:
“I’m really sorry.”
Judith:
[Es tut mir sehr leid]
Chuck:
“I’m very sorry.” So, [Judith] how do you accept an apology informally?
Judith:
[Es ist okay, Es ist schon okay]
Chuck:
“It’s okay.” “It’s okay already.”
Judith:
[Kein Problem]
Chuck:
“No problem.” Let’s take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
VOCAB LIST
Judith:
First word. [wirklich]
Chuck:
“Really”.
Judith:
[wirklich, wirklich] Next, [sein]
Chuck:
“To be”.
Judith:
[sein, sein] Next, [es]
Chuck:
“It”.
Judith:
[es, es] Next, [schon]
Chuck:
“Already”.
Judith:
[schon, schon] Next, [Sie]
Chuck:
“You” – formally.
Judith:
[Sie, Sie] Next, [sicher]
Chuck:
“Certain” or “sure”.
Judith:
[sicher, sicher] Next, [ja]
Chuck:
“Yes”.
Judith:
[ja, ja] Next, [nur]
Chuck:
“Only” or “just”.
Judith:
[nur, nur] Next, [Wasser]
Chuck:
“Water”.
Judith:
[Wasser, das Wasser] This is neutral. Next, [nein]
Chuck:
“No”.
Judith:
[nein, nein] Next, [Ich]
Chuck:
“I”.
Judith:
[Ich, Ich] Next, [und]
Chuck:
“And”.
Judith:
[und, und]
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
Chuck:
Let’s have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Judith:
The first word we’ll look at is [Sie].
Chuck:
“You” – formally. It does national formality in German just like in French, Spanish, Italian and other languages.
Judith:
If you’re addressing somebody by their family name you should also call them [Sie] and you should use the corresponding form of the verbs.
Chuck:
If you’re addressing somebody by their first name, you usually use another pronoun, [Du].
Judith:
The formal address is the default in German, unless you’re talking to children or people who exclusively ask you to switch to an informal address. As a foreigner, you do well to address everybody as [Sie], initially.
Chuck:
Though you might occasionally get some laughs if you’re younger and you did that to people about your own age.
Judith:
Yeah, about student age.
Chuck:
Did you learn that in a text book?
Judith:
It’s worst than offending somebody by calling them [Du] when they don’t want you to.
Chuck:
Yeah, that’s true.
LESSON FOCUS
Chuck:
In this lesson, we’ve seen a few forms of the verb [sein], “to be”. This verb is regular on almost all languages and German is no exception. Here’re the forms we’ve seen.
Judith:
[sein]
Chuck:
“To be”.
Judith:
[Ich bin]
Chuck:
“I am”.
Judith:
[Es ist]
Chuck:
“It is”.
Judith:
[Sie sind]
Chuck:
“You are” – formally.
Judith:
I’ll repeat. [Ich bin, Es ist, Sie sind]
Chuck:
We’ve also seen the German word order corresponds to English so far. When you’re asking a question, the verb is most in front of the sentence in German, just like in English.
Judith:
[Sind Sie Joe]
Chuck:
“Are you Joe?”
Judith:
[Sind Sie sicher]?
Chuck:
“Are you sure?” Well, that just about does it for today. Before we go, I want to tell you about a way to drastically improve your pronunciation.
OUTRO
Judith:
The voice recording tool.
Chuck:
Yes, the voice recording tool in the premium learning center.
Judith:
Record your voice with the click of a button.
Chuck:
Then play it back just as easily.
Judith:
So, you record your voice then you listen to it.
Chuck:
Compare it to the native speakers.
Judith:
And adjust your pronunciation.
Chuck:
This will help you improve your pronunciation fast.
Judith:
Also, I recommend you to listen to our accent improvement lessons that we published last year. And tune in again next week for the next beginner lesson. [Bis dann]!
Chuck:
See you then.
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