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Chuck: Chuck here. Absolute Beginner, Season 1, Lesson 25 – “German Practice Makes German Perfect”. Hello and welcome to GermanPod101.com, the fastest, easiest and most fun way to learn German.
Judith: I’m Judith and thanks again for being here with us for these Absolute Beginner, Season 1 Lessons.
Chuck: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to talk to friends when you’re invited to their home.
Judith: This conversation takes place at [Anke]’s home 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 the conversation.
Anke: Hallo Joe! Schön, dass du da bist!
Joe: Hallo Anke! Danke für die Einladung!
Anke: Kein Ding!
Joe: Bin ich zu früh?
Anke: Ach, nur zehn Minuten, kein Problem…
Joe: Gut!
Anke: Willst du was trinken?
Joe: Ja, was hast du denn?
Anke: Wasser, Apfelsaft oder willst du vielleicht ein Bier...
Joe: Hmm, jetzt schon Bier?… Nee, ich glaub', ich nehm' erst mal 'n Wasser.
Anke: Gut….hier bitte.
Joe: Danke… Du, wer spielt heute noch mal?
Anke: Deutschland gegen Australien.
Joe: Oh, ja natürlich. 'n gutes Spiel. Und wann?
Anke: Um 18 Uhr.
Joe: Ah, ja, stimmt.
Anke: Wie viele Tore es wohl gibt… Was meinst du?
Joe: Hmm, ich sage zwei für Deutschland und eins für Australien. Und du?
Anke: Hmm, zwei zu eins? Ich glaub', das is 'n guter Tipp.
Joe: Anke, kann ich jetzt ein Bier haben?
Anke: Ja, klar! …
Joe: Danke……Man, Anke, dein Fernseher ist ja irre! So groß!
Anke: Haha, ja, der ist neu! Cool oder?
Joe: Ja, echt cool! So einen will ich auch haben!
Anke: Hmm, wo bleiben nur meine Freunde? Gleich geht's doch los!
Joe: Haha, gut so … dann gibt's mehr Bier und Chips für mich!
Anke: Haha!
Anke: Hi Joe! Nice that you're here!
Joe: Hi Anke! Thanks for the invitation!
Anke: That was nothing!
Joe: Am I too early?
Anke: Ah, just ten minutes, no problem…
Joe: Good!
Anke: Do you want something to drink?
Joe: Yeah, what do you have?
Anke: Water, Apple Spritzer, or maybe you want a beer...
Joe: Hmm, already a beer now?… Nah, I believe I'll just first take water.
Anke: Good….here it is.
Joe: Thanks… hey, who's playing today again?
Anke: Germany against Australia.
Joe: Oh yes, of course. A good game. And when?
Anke: At 6pm.
Joe: Ah yes, right.
Anke: How many goals will there be... what do you think?
Joe: Hmm, I say two for Germany and one for Australia. And you?
Anke: Hmm, two to one? I believe that's a good guess.
Joe: Anke, can I have a beer now?
Anke: Yes, of course! …
Joe: Thanks……Man, Anke, your TV is insane! So big!
Anke: Haha, yes, it's new! Cool, eh?
Joe: Yeah, really cool! I want to have one of those too!
Anke: Hmm, what's keeping my friends? It's about to start!
Joe: Haha, good that way … then there's more beer and chips for me!
Anke: Haha!
Judith: Alright! So, what about going out, like meeting people to watch the World Cup or anything?
Chuck: Oh, because of the climate traditionally Germans are less to go out than people, let’s say, like in American countries.
Judith: You mean to go outside, because I think they’re just as likely to leave their apartments it’s just people don’t generally sit in cafes or restaurants in the evenings or at night and in summer, you can sit outside in cafes or restaurants in the afternoon, but evenings are still very rare to see it.
Chuck: Most appointments are still for going inside somewhere. Like someone’s house or a club or to the movies.
Judith: Into a pub. It’s hardly ever for being outside and especially there are no appointments for just going around and see what’s happening, appointments must usually have a purpose.
Chuck: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
Chuck: The first word is?
Judith: [Einladung]
Chuck: “Invitation”.
Judith: [Einladung, die Einladung] and the plural is [Einladungen]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Ding]
Chuck: “Thing”.
Judith: [Ding, das Ding] and the plural is [Dinge]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [früh]
Chuck: “Early”.
Judith: [früh, früh]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Apfel]
Chuck: “Apple”.
Judith: [Apfel, der Apfel] and the plural is [Äpfel]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Saft]
Chuck: “Juice”.
Judith: [Saft, der Saft] and the plural is [Säfte]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Bier]
Chuck: “Beer”.
Judith: [Bier, das Bier] and the plural is [Biere]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [gegen]
Chuck: “Against”.
Judith: [gegen, gegen]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Tor]
Chuck: “Goal”.
Judith: [Tor, das Tor] and the plural is [Tore]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Tipp]
Chuck: “Tip, pointer, lead” or “guess”.
Judith: [Tipp, der Tipp] and the plural is [Tipps]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Fernseher]
Chuck: “TV” as in the machine.
Judith: [Fernseher, der Fernseher] and the plural is the same.
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [irre]
Chuck: “Crazy, mad” or “great”.
Judith: [irre, irre]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [mehr]
Chuck: “More”.
Judith: [mehr, mehr]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Chips]
Chuck: “Chips” in American-English or “crisps” in British-English.
Judith: [Chips, Chips]
Chuck: Let’s have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Judith: The first phrase is [kein Ding]
Chuck: “Not a big issue.”
Judith: [Kein Ding] Next, [nochmal]
Chuck: “Once again” or here it means “Say this again please”.
Judith: Yes, the context was who will be playing the game, so at some point Joe knew and asked [Anke] to say it again to remind him that is [Wer spielt heute nochmal] who is playing again but they’re not playing against the first game. He just needs a reminder. Then, we should talk about [zwei zu eins]
Chuck: “To the one” as in “a score”.
Judith: Yes. [zu] is the word that you put between scores in German. [zwei zu eins] or [eins zu null] and so on.
Chuck: Oh, is there a shorten way to say like [zwei zu zwei]
Judith: [unentschieden] Okay, and finally there’s [so ein]
Chuck: “That kind of thing”. “Such a”?
Judith: Yes, like [so einen Fernseher möchte ich auch] “I want that kind of TV.”
Chuck: The focus of this lesson is colloquial German.
Judith: Today I want us to look at cases where spoken German and written German don’t match up.
Chuck: Quite apart from any dialects or [socialists], there are some things that can be noticed across Germany and across all generations.
Judith: For example, the final “e” of verb forms is almost always dropped if the verb stamp is short. People would say [ich denk] they won’t say [ich denke, ich nehm, ich nehme], and not [ich habe] and not [ich hab] and so on.
Chuck: In fact, I heard [ich hab] so many times that I forgot that you’re supposed to write it [ich habe]
Judith: Yeah, you have to write it [ich habe] or at most you can write [hab] with an apostrophe, but it’s not actually acceptable to write [ich hab] except in song lyrics or transcriptions of speech.
Chuck: I guess in informal emails it would work or chats.
Judith: In chats you can write [Ich hab] in formal emails you should write [Ich habe].
Chuck: Well, in informal emails.
Judith: Yeah, that’s possible.
Chuck: Like with friends. [unintelligible 00:06:35]
Judith: And we also use the apostrophe when the “e” of “es” is missing, in phrases like [wie geht´s]. This is an abbreviation actually of [wie geht es], but we always make it just an apostrophe “s”. For example, [Ich weiß nicht, ob´s ich schaffe] is just so much shorter than [Ich weiß nicht, ob ich´s schaffe] sounds very bad and that’s why “es” is often shortened.
Chuck: [ein, einer] are similarly shortened to just [n] and [ne] and [etwas] is shortened to [was]
Judith: Yes. [Willst du was trinken? Ja, n´ Bier]
Chuck: Also the final “t” in second personal singular form is like [hast, wirst, nimmst] and so on is often replaced by just the longer “s” sound.
Judith: Yeah like -
Chuck: How would that be sounded?
Judith: [has, will´s, was, nimm´s]
Chuck: The final “t” in [nicht] is also dropped in many parts of Germany.
Judith: Yeah, but other parts just have a different pronunciation for it, like [nischt, nisch, nesch] and when staying in Germany you should probably just adapt to whatever is more common in your area.
Chuck: Ha, you forgot the area I used to live in, when they used to say [net]
Judith: Okay, I missed this one. There’s possibly of even other versions, there’s so many dialects in Germany.
Chuck: [das geht doch net]
Judith: Actually I think you lived at the border between [net] and [nischt]
Chuck: No, everyone said [net]. Now in [Heilbronn] so all of you moving to [Heilbronn] now you know how to say [nicht] in that city. These are really the most conservative things that one can say about colloquial German. So, you should just probably adapt them and start to sound more natural this way.
Judith: Alright.
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Chuck: So, see you next week!
Judith: [Also bis nächste Woche]


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Monday at 6:30 pm
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How do you like lessons using colloquial language like this? Do you think it's too early to have them in the beginner series?

Thursday at 8:04 am
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Hi Elizabeth,

I totally agree. 👍

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Tuesday at 5:41 pm
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For me I really enjoy it because it helps me make sense of the German I hear around me.

Vielen Dank! 👍

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Hi Zachariah,

I agree with you though.😄

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Saturday at 10:34 am
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Is this helpful? I'd say yes, because up until now, I hadn't realized there would be colloquial quirks like this, so now I won't be too confused when I see it/ hear it!

I don't agree completely with Pysifr's observation. There's probably regional variations for English too! Sometimes I hear just the numbers (two-one for Germany), but in my area, I also hear "two to one", spoken out loud, but the 'to' is shortened, "Two t' one." There's definitely three syllables, but the middle one is very short and quick [sounds like "too tuh won"], and is easy to miss.

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Hello pysifr,

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Friday at 12:25 pm
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When talking about goals scored in a game (football, or anything) the German is eg: "zwei zu eins". The literal translation is "two to one", but this would never be said in English - we would simply say "Two, one" and to avoid any doubt, we may add the name of the winning team - eg two, one for Germany.

Monday at 10:25 pm
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Hi Regina,

Thank you very much for your positive feedback!

You can also check out this series with Chuck and Judith as hosts:

Newbie Season 1


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Saturday at 2:21 pm
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Thanks for these podcasts! I really enjoyed this whole series and the casual interaction between the hosts! The dialogues too are well written and I totally enjoyed each one of them.

I particularly found the explanation about the clauses my biggest aha moment! I encountered these constructions in my readings and very confused about them. I got very clear about them here.

It's a very holistic kind of learning where it uses words in daily life with questions and answers, line-by-line review with English translations, cultural points, grammar focus, and notes to go with it. It's really worth it and I can say this helped me a lot to expose myself to the language in bite-size and meaty chunks! I must say that these two hosts are my favorites. Hope there's more material with the two of them. I can listen to them all day...

Vielen Dank! Entschuldigung this is too long.

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Hi, how can i download the audio part of the lessons?