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Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute German Season 1, Lesson 16 - Asking for directions. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and understand basic directions in German.
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Eric: Here's the way to ask 'How do I get to the station?' in German.
Albert: [Normal] Wie komme ich zum Bahnhof?
Eric: First is a word meaning 'how'
Albert: [Normal] wie [Slow] wie
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'to come'
Albert: [Normal] komme [Slow] komme
Eric: Next comes the word meaning 'I'
Albert: [Normal] ich [Slow] ich
Eric: Following is the word meaning 'to the'
Albert: [Normal] zum [Slow] zum
Eric: And lastly, we have the word meaning 'Train station'
Albert: [Normal] Bahnhof [Slow] Bahnhof
Eric: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the question meaning 'How do I get to the station?'
Albert: [Slow] Wie komme ich zum Bahnhof? [Normal] Wie komme ich zum Bahnhof?
Eric: Now, imagine that you're speaking to a stranger. Here's how you would say, 'Go straight.'
Albert: [Normal] Gehen Sie geradeaus.
Eric: First is a word meaning 'to go, to walk'
Albert: [Normal] Gehen [Slow] Gehen
Eric: Next comes the word meaning 'you (formal)'
Albert: [Normal] Sie [Slow] Sie
Eric: And last is the word meaning 'straight ahead'
Albert: [Normal] geradeaus [Slow] geradeaus
Eric: Again, note the rising intonation. Listen again to the phrase meaning 'Go straight.'
Albert: [Slow] Gehen Sie geradeaus. [Normal] Gehen Sie geradeaus.
Eric: Here's a response meaning 'Turn right.'
Albert: [Normal] Rechts abbiegen.
Eric: First is a word meaning 'right,’ or ‘on the right'
Albert: [Normal] Rechts [Slow] Rechts
Eric: Followed by the word that means 'to turn (by car)'
Albert: [Normal] abbiegen [Slow] abbiegen
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning 'Turn right.'
Albert: [Slow] Rechts abbiegen. [Normal] Rechts abbiegen.
Eric: Here's a response meaning 'Turn left.'
Albert: [Normal] Links abbiegen.
Eric: First comes a word meaning 'left, on the left'
Albert: [Normal] Links [Slow] Links
Eric: Followed by the word meaning 'to turn (by car)'
Albert: [Normal] abbiegen [Slow] abbiegen
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning 'Turn left.'
Albert: [Slow] Links abbiegen. [Normal] Links abbiegen.
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Albert: German streets, like other European streets, tend to be long, narrow and curvy. When walking down a long street, you may notice the name of that street changes. Street names don’t always remain constant, so be careful when asking about a location or address! When looking for directions to a place, it is probably best to ask a local, because they will be most familiar with the street system.

Outro

Eric: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Do you know any other phrases you can use to give directions? Write them in the comments!

GermanPod101.com
Thursday at 9:20 am
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Hi Charlie,


Thanks for your comment.

I guess you would say that to a taxi driver when

you get to your destination. Good idea.


If you have any further questions, please let us know.


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Reinhard

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Charlie
Sunday at 7:49 am
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Halten Sie bitte.

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Hello Soraya,


Thank you for participating in the task. Well done ?!

I just made some small corrections:


"Wie komme ich zum Goethe-Institut, bitte?

Es ist hinter Ihnen.

Danke Ihnen."


Asking strangers in the street for directions we would rather use the formal "Sie". In this example you find it in form of the personal pronoun "Ihnen".


Sincerely,


Anne

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soraya
Friday at 7:03 am
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Wie komme ich zum Institut Goethe bitte ? es ist hinter dir .Danke sie.❤️️