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INTRODUCTION
Chuck: Chuck here. Absolute Beginner, Season 1, Lesson 24 – “Hey Soccer Fans!”
Judith: Hi, my name is Judith and I’m joined here by Chuck.
Chuck: Hello everyone and welcome back to GermanPod101.
Judith: What are we learning today?
Chuck: In this lesson you’ll learn how to describe interesting things that you see!
Judith: This is conversation takes place on a street in Berlin.
Chuck: The conversation is between Joe and Anke.
Judith: The speakers are friends therefore they will be speaking informal German.
Chuck: Let’s listen to this conversation!
DIALOGUE
Joe: Haha, guck mal die da!
Anke: Wer?
Joe: Die Männer da vorne!
Anke: Ach die! Das sind Fußballfans!
Joe: Haha, ja, das kann man nicht übersehen!
Anke: Guckst du Fußball?
Joe: Ja, manchmal. Wenn es Länderspiele sind, gucke ich gerne Fußball.
Anke: Super! Ich hoffe, dass du heute Abend Zeit hast? Ich gucke Fußball mit Freunden bei mir zu Hause. Du musst auch kommen!
Joe: Ich muss? Aber das mache ich doch gerne! Spielt Deutschland heute?
Anke: Ja!
Joe: Oh toll! Ein Deutschland-Spiel mit Deutschen gucken! Das wird sicher toll! Hast du einen Lieblingsspieler?
Anke: Hmm, ich finde Michael Ballack toll.
Joe: Oh, den kenne ich! Er ist Stürmer, oder?
Anke: Nein! Er spielt im Mittelfeld! Aber er spielt jetzt nicht, weil er verletzt ist.
Joe: Oh, schade. Hast du ein Trikot von Michael Ballack oder einen Schal?
Anke: Hmm, nein.
Joe: Was? Du musst doch ein Trikot haben, wenn du ein richtiger Fan bist!
Anke: Ja, stimmt! Dann kaufen wir jetzt Trikots! Ich kaufe ein Trikot von Micheal Ballack! Und du?
Joe: Hmm, ich will ein Trikot von dem Torwart!
Anke: Gut, dann los! Da vorne ist ein Sportladen, der sicher Trikots hat.
Joe: Na dann los! Oléeee, olé olé oléeeee, wir sind die Champions oléeeee!
Anke: Haha, du bist jetzt schon ein richtiger Fan, auch wenn du noch kein Trikot hast!!!
Joe: Haha, look at them over there!
Anke: Who?
Joe: The men up front!
Anke: Oh them! They are soccer fans!
Joe: Haha, yes, that can't be overlooked!
Anke: Do you watch soccer?
Joe: Yeah, sometimes. If there's a match between two countries, I'm happy to watch.
Anke: Great! I hope that you have time tonight? I am going to watch soccer with friends at my home. You must come as well!
Joe: I must? But I like doing that! Is Germany playing today?
Anke: Yes!
Joe: Oh cool! It'll definitely be cool to watch a Germany game with Germans! Do you have a favorite player?
Anke: Hmm, I think Michael Ballack is nice.
Joe: Oh, I know him! He's a forward, right?
Anke: No! He plays in midfield! But he's not playing now, because he's injured.
Joe: Oh, that's too bad. Do you have a Michael Ballack jersey or maybe a scarf?
Anke: Hmm, no.
Joe: What? You really must have a jersey if you're a real fan!
Anke: Yeah, true. Then let's buy jerseys! I'll buy a Michael Ballack jersey! And you?
Joe: Hmm, I want a jersey of the goalie!
Anke: Good, let's go! There up front is a sports store that certainly has jerseys.
Joe: Let's do then! Oléeee, olé olé oléeeee, we are the champions oléeeee!
Anke: Haha, you're already a real fan, even when you don't have a jersey yet!!!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Judith: Alright! Now this lesson should be about soccer, shouldn’t it?
Chuck: Yeah, sure.
Judith: Soccer is everywhere in Germany. It’s a national sport!
Chuck: More than six million people are registered members at the [Deutsche Fußball Bund] bond. The German football association.
Judith: No, soccer association.
Chuck: Ah, that’s right. Be careful, remember that [Fußball] is “soccer”. But I’m pretty sure it’s “football”.
Judith: Yes and – really? Right now it’s so hard to escape the euphoria because Germany is playing in the World Cup and well, people are going crazy.
Chuck: You see German flags everywhere.
Judith: Yes, it’s about the only time you see German flags. This is definitively the occasion for when.
Chuck: I know near us, whenever Germany makes a goal we hear a really loud “BOOM” from across the street.
Judith: Yes. I don’t know what kind of firecrackers they got, but it’s shaking the core of the buildings.
Chuck: I think she jumps about two meters high when it hits.
Judith: It’s bad. Anyway, so another thing about soccer in case you never learned about it. Soccer is played with 11 players on each side and every team has one goalie which called [Torwart] in German and then there’s a variable number of defense players called [Abwehr] in German. There’s also mid-fielders called [Mittelfeld] and forward players, [Stürmer] in German.
Chuck: Oh wait, but I thought [Verteidigung] was defense.
Judith: Yeah, but [Abwehr] is most likely used in soccer.
Chuck: Ah, so it’s pretty much a different term for sports and war for example?
Judith: Yeah.
Chuck: Well, as I mentioned earlier, the game is called [Fußball], it is “foot-ball” in German, because primarily the players use their feet to move the ball forward toward the goal. Well except for the goalie, no one is allowed to use their hands. However it’s possible to move a ball around with your upper body or with your head, well, not with your arms though.
Judith: Yes. Arms are not allowed, except for the goalie. And unlike American football, the game is not violent. The focus is more on intercepting passes, being in your opponent’s way or using techniques to take the ball away from him. And of course there’s a science behind outsmarting the goalie and scoring a goal.
Chuck: German kids grew up with soccer. Like, you just need pretty much to ask any random German and they can explain the entire soccer rules to you like the famous off-sides rule. But at least you should know some basics of soccer, watch a game once. And if you want to have fun, if you’re an American try teach a German some baseball rules. It's fun to watch them show you their confusion on their faces as you explain the game.
Judith: Yeah.
Chuck: I guess for the British, cricket would work well.
Judith: Yes. If you want to learn more about soccer in Germany, you should see our audio blog number six.
Chuck: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
VOCAB LIST
Chuck: The first word is?
Judith: [gucken]
Chuck: “To watch”.
Judith: [gucken, gucken]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [wer]
Chuck: “Who”.
Judith: [wer, wer]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Fußball]
Chuck: “Soccer”.
Judith: [Fußball, der Fußball] and the plural is [Fußbälle]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Fan]
Chuck: “Fan”.
Judith: [Fan, der Fan] and the plural is [Fans]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [übersehen]
Chuck: “To overlook”.
Judith: [übersehen, übersehen] the forms are [Er übersieht] and the rest you don’t have to worry about yet. Just remember that is a vowel changing verb.
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Land]
Chuck: “Country, land” or “countryside”.
Judith: [Land, das Land] and the plural is [Länder]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Abend]
Chuck: “Evening”.
Judith: [Abend, der Abend] the plural is [Abende]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Lieblings]
Chuck: “Favorite”.
Judith: [Lieblings, Lieblings]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [verletzt]
Chuck: “Injured” or “hurt”.
Judith: [verletzt, verletzt]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Trikot]
Chuck: “Jersey”.
Judith: [Trikot, das Trikot] and the plural is [Trikots]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Schal]
Chuck: “Scarf”.
Judith: [Schal, der Schal] this word is masculine and the plural is [Schals]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Sport]
Chuck: “Sport”.
Judith: [Sport, der Sport]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Laden]
Chuck: “Shop”.
Judith: [Laden, der Laden] and the plural is [Läden]
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 is [Länderspiel]
Chuck: “Match between two countries”.
Judith: It’s the plural of [Land] which is [Länder] and then [Spiel], so “countries game” or “country’s match”. There’re two new words based on the same root as [spielen], one is [das Spiel]
Chuck: “Game” or “match”.
Judith: And the other is [der Spieler]
Chuck: “Player”.
Judith: This will also be the subject of our grammar point. And then, I want to draw your attention to the phrase [das wird sicher toll], it’s the same as saying [das wird sicher toll sein], but the future tense of the [sein] can be abbreviated like this to make the sentences shorter, more lively, more snappy. [das wird sicher toll]
LESSON FOCUS
Chuck: The focus of this lesson is forming nouns based on verbs in German.
Judith: The first way is by just capitalizing the verb, it might sound too easy to you but it actually works. What you get is the grammatical form called the gerent and it’s always neutral. For example, [arbeiten]
Chuck: “To work”.
Judith: And the noun is [das Arbeiten]
Chuck: “The working”.
Judith: [spielen]
Chuck: “To play”.
Judith: [Das Spielen]
Chuck: “The playing”.
Judith: This kind of form is used in phrases like [Das Spielen von Fußball ist sehr gesund]
Chuck: “The playing of soccer is very healthy.”
Judith: When you want to talk about the action.
Chuck: Another way is by taking out the infinitive ending. Doesn’t always work, but very often it will reveal another noun related to this verb.
Judith: For example, [arbeiten]
Chuck: “To work”.
Judith: [die Arbeit]
Chuck: “The work”.
Judith: [spielen]
Chuck: “To play”.
Judith: [das Spiel]
Chuck: “The game”. For more advanced vocabulary, you’ll often find nouns ending in “ung” instead. These are always feminine and focused on the derivation aspect.
Judith: [besichtigen]
Chuck: “To tour”.
Judith: [die Besichtigung]
Chuck: “The tour”.
Judith: [bestellen]
Chuck: “To order”.
Judith: [die Bestellung]
Chuck: “The order”.
Judith: [erzählen]
Chuck: “To tell”.
Judith: [die Erzählung]
Chuck: “Story”. Finally, when you want the word for somebody who’s doing the action, use the ending “er”. Works pretty much like in English. Words created this way are always masculine and don’t change for plural.
Judith: [arbeiten]
Chuck: “To work”.
Judith: [der Arbeiter]
Chuck: “The worker”.
Judith: [spielen]
Chuck: “To play”.
Judith: [der Spieler]
Chuck: “The player”.
Judith: [erzählen]
Chuck: “To tell”.
Judith: [der Erzähler]
OUTRO
Chuck: “The narrator”. That just about does it for today. Before we go, I want to tell you about a way to drastically improve your pronunciation.
Judith: The voice recording tool.
Chuck: Yes, the voice recording tool.
Judith: Record your voice with a click of a button.
Chuck: Then play it back just as easily.
Judith: Record and listen, then?
Chuck: Compare it to the native speakers.
Judith: And adjust your pronunciation.
Chuck: This will help you improve your pronunciation fast. See you next week!
Judith: Bis nächste Woche.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Habt ihr ein Trikot? Ein Fußball-Trikot oder ein anderes?

Do you have a jersey? A soccer jersey or a different one?

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Thursday at 8:48 am
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Hi Adrian,


It sounds very much like you should be working for us.😄

I will forward all your comments to our techies. Let's see if

they make any changes based on your suggestions.


Thanks a lot.👍


If you have any questions, please let us know.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Adrian
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Also the Quiz is really basic, for instance it could save progress, mark words you have issues on.


And overall I feel we're lacking a method. The user interface should guide you (maybe even ~force you) through a series of steps and exercises, like the steps described in your fluency_fast_basic_checklist.pdf.


The user interface process is mostly passive, which makes lowers the learning level I think.


The Flashcards only ask if you know or don't know the word. How about asking user to write it/the translation.


Too bad that the lessens are pretty interesting and makes want to listen to them (maybe except explaining what football is to an European :D). Level of learning would really skyrocket if you'd ask more engagement from the students.


Cheers!

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Adrian
Saturday at 5:54 am
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Hey,


Indeed this was the hardest lesson up to know.


Would be cool if you'd make some technological updates to the website, like replacing Flash with up to date methods of sound playing and voice recording.


Also, there's a bug: if you check a couple of words in the vocabulary and choose "Add to Flashcards Deck" -> New deck it creates the new deck with the words. But if you check a new word and choose this newly created deck it will duplicated it, another word checked and saved will make 3rd copy of deck etc. Instead of just adding all words to one single deck.



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Hi Elijah,


Yes, in the example you give it is

the article that clarifies whether it's plural or singular.

Well spotted.


@ Elijah M,

I love it when I start thinking about my own language

in ways I never have before. Yes, you would translate "oder"

as "right?". The reason, I think, is that it can also mean "or", as you

point out correctly yourself, so "oder" as in "right?" is the short

form of "oder gibt es noch eine andere Antwort/Lösung?".

(or is there also another answer?).

In the example above in the text: "Er ist Stürmer, oder (nicht)?


Thank you.


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


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Elijah
Saturday at 11:42 am
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Reading this lesson has been the hardest so far. I thought "oder" only meant "or" but in your English translations it is showing it as meaning "right." Is this what they do in Germany?

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Elijah M
Friday at 2:32 pm
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You said words don't change for plural. Would the particle make it plural?

der Arbeiter - the worker

die Arbeiter - the workers

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Thursday at 7:29 am
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Hi Jason,


Thank you for your comment.

We decided to use the dictionary form in the lesson itself

but if you open the PDF-file with the lesson notes, you can

find the gender there.

I hope this helps.


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


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Jason
Tuesday at 6:25 pm
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Is it possible for the gender to be added to these vocabulary sections?

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Saturday at 2:37 am
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Hello Trista,


You're teacher is right saying that the "g" in the end of a word usually sounds like "k".

In colloquial language some people also tend to pronounce "g" in the beginning of a word as "k". It depends on their dialect and the area they live in.


Sincerely,

Anne

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Trista
Wednesday at 1:50 am
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I notice that the letter "g" in the word "gucken" is pronounced like /k/, but my teacher told me that we should pronounce "g" as /k/ only when it is at the end of a word, for instance, Tag, Krieg, mag, sag, etc.

I feel a little confused now...or maybe I didn't hear the word clearly?


Hope to get the answer soon. Vielen Dank!