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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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Have you met anybody interesting or freaky on the airplane?

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Hi Ivan,


The second example is the reflexive version "sich sicher sein".

You could apply this to the polite/formal version too:

Sind Sie sich sicher?

The meaning of both is the same.


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Hi there,


In this dialogue we hear: "Sind Sie sicher?"

But in "Expansion" part there is an example: "Bist du dir sicher?"

Why do we have "dir" in second sentence?


Thnx,


Ivan

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