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INTRODUCTION
Chuck: Absolute Beginners Season 2 Lesson 4, Spelling German Names, Ouch!
Judith: Hi. My name is Judith and I’m joined here by Chuck.
Chuck: Hello everyone and welcome back to GermanPod101.com.
Judith: What are we learning today?
Chuck: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to spell your name in German.
Judith: This conversation takes place at the reception of the Goethe School in Berlin.
Chuck: The conversation is between Paul and two women working at the reception.
Judith: The speakers are in a business relationship therefore they’re only speaking formal German.
Chuck: Let’s listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUES
Chuck: Guten Tag! Ist das hier die Anmeldung?
Judith: Nein, hier ist nicht die Anmeldung. Die Anmeldung ist da links.
Chuck: Ah, danke.
Judith: Hrmm.
Chuck: Guten Tag! Ist das hier die Anmeldung?
Judith: Ja. Wie heißen Sie?
Chuck: Paul Martens
Judith: Hmm, P – O – H -...
Chuck: Nein, P – A – U – L. Paul. Paul auf Deutsch.
Judith: Aha! Und der Nachname?
Chuck: M – A – R – T – E – N – S.
Judith: Danke.
Judith: Now slowly.
Chuck: Guten Tag! Ist das hier die Anmeldung?
Judith: Nein, hier ist nicht die Anmeldung. Die Anmeldung ist da links.
Chuck: Ah, danke.
Judith: Hrmm.
Chuck: Ah, danke.
Judith: Hrmm.
Chuck: Paul Martens
Judith: Hmm, P – O – H -...
Chuck: Nein, P – A – U – L. Paul. Paul auf Deutsch.
Judith: Aha! Und der Nachname?
Chuck: M – A – R – T – E – N – S.
Judith: Danke.
Judith: Now with the translation.
Judith: Guten Tag! Ist das hier die Anmeldung?
Chuck: Good day. Is this registration?
Judith: Nein, hier ist nicht die Anmeldung.
Chuck: No. Here is not the registration.
Judith: Die Anmeldung ist da links.
Chuck: The registration is there on the left.
Judith: Ah, danke.
Chuck: Ah, thanks.
Judith: Hrmm.
Chuck: Hrmm.
Judith: Guten Tag! Ist das hier die Anmeldung?
Chuck: Good day. Is this registration?
Judith: Ja. Wie heißen Sie?
Chuck: Yes, what’s your name?
Judith: Paul Martens.
Chuck: Paul Martens.
Judith: Hmm, P – O – H -...
Chuck: Hmm, P-O-H?
Judith: Nein, P – A – U – L. Paul. Paul auf Deutsch.
Chuck: No, P-A-U-L, Paul in German.
Judith: Aha! Und der Nachname?
Chuck: Aha. And your last name?
Judith: M – A – R – T – E – N – S.
Chuck: M-A-R-T-E-N-S.
Judith: Danke.
Chuck: Thanks.
Judith: Okay.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Chuck: Let’s talk about spelling.
Judith: Not spelling yet. I was just going to say that if you want to spell something really important like maybe if you’re giving your email address to someone interesting then you might use names instead of letters. The first letter of the name is the letter that you were meaning to spell. It’s a great we to get used to German pronunciation and to some traditional German names. So how about we have a look at these?
Chuck: All right.
Judith: Of course some of the names are rather traditional but we’ll see. For A there is Anton and then it continues Beata. So Anton, Beata, Ceasar.
Chuck: Hey, is that a name?
Judith: No, no, it’s not a name. It just means Ceasar. It’s a German pronunciation Ceasar. Then there is Dora and Emil and then some names that you should probably recognize from German history, Fitlisch, Gustav, Heinrich, Ida, Julius then Kaufman.
Chuck: Wait, that could have another meaning, couldn’t it?
Judith: Yeah. It’s a last name. It means merchant.
Chuck: Okay.
Judith: Nordpol.
Chuck: Wait a minute. I don’t know anyone named Nordpol.
Judith: That’s right. It means North Pole. It’s not a name. They couldn’t find anything suitable. I don’t know.
Chuck: I think you’re just trying to trick me.
Judith: And then continuing for O, Otto, Paula, Quelle.
Chuck: Wait a minute.
Judith: Again, it’s not a name. It means source.
Chuck: I thought you said it’s a list of names.
Judith: Well, can you think of a good name with Q?
Chuck: Quixote?
Judith: Not a German name.
Chuck: Oh.
Judith: So Quelle meaning source, then Richard, Samuel, Theodore, Ulrich, Viktor, Wilhelm Xanthippe
Chuck: What?
Judith: Not a German name. Not a German name but a Greek one.
Chuck: Uh-huh.
Judith: Epsilon which is actually just the name of a letter and Zacharias.
VOCAB LIST
Chuck: All right. Well, let’s take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson. The first word we shall look at is?
Judith: gut
Chuck: Good.
Judith: gut
Chuck: Next.
Judith: Tag
Chuck: Day.
Judith: Tag
Chuck: Next.
Judith: Anmeldung
Chuck: Registration or application.
Judith: Anmeldung
Chuck: Next.
Judith: hier
Chuck: Here.
Judith: hier
Chuck: Next.
Judith: danke
Chuck: Thanks.
Judith: danke
Chuck: Next.
Judith: wie
Chuck: How.
Judith: wie
Chuck: Next.
Judith: auf
Chuck: On or on to.
Judith: auf
Chuck: Next.
Judith: nach
Chuck: To or after.
Judith: nach
Chuck: Next.
Judith: Name
Chuck: Name.
Judith: Name masculine.
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Chuck: Let’s have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Judith: The first phrase we’ll look at is Guten Tag!
Chuck: Good day.
Judith: It’s a general greeting used throughout the day. In contrast „Guten Morgen!“ is only used in the mornings as it literally translates to good morning, „Guten Morgen!“. And there’s also a „Guten Abend!“, good evening. The other thing we should look at is „Guten Abend!“
Chuck: Last name.
Judith: It comes Nach.
Chuck: After
Judith: And „Name“.
Chuck: Name.
Judith: So your after name is your last name, your family name Nachname.

Lesson focus

Chuck: The focus of this lesson are the German ABCs.
Judith: The German alphabet consists of the same letters as the English one with four additions. First, the part that’s the same.
Chuck: Not the different names the letters have. You need to know these so that you can spell out your name or your email address.
Judith: ah this is A. It’s ah and when you’re pronouncing it you should also be careful to make this clear sound. This applies to all vowels. Pay particular attention to the vowels this time. A, B, C, D, E, F, G then H, this is H, H, I, J, that’s J, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, that’s V, V, W that’s W, W, X , Y, that’s Y, Y, Z.
Chuck: That’s Z.
Judith: Z.
Chuck: Z.
Judith: It’s zett
Chuck: It’s Z.
Judith: Okay. Let’s not argue. They are the four ones that don’t exist in English. They are äh,öh, üh. es-zett is A with äh that is two dots on top. öh is O with two dots on top. üh is U with two dots on top and there’s the ß the es-zett pronounced like es-zett so we call it „scharfes S“ sharp S. Like a snake. And it looks kind of like a Greek beta or kind of like a capital B but please don’t write it capital B. If you can’t write this particular letter, put double S.
Chuck: Well, that just about does it for today.
Judith: Listeners, are you looking for a cheat sheet to memorize German vocabulary? Have you checked out our video vocab series?
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Judith: Just another effective method of learning and retaining thousands of vocabulary words.
Chuck: Go to GermanPod101.com
Judith: Click on the video lessons tab.
Chuck: And hit play.
Judith: It’s that easy.
Chuck: But don’t take our word for it.
Judith: Try it for yourself at GermanPod101.com.
Chuck: Okay. See you next week.
Judith: Also, Bis nächste Woche!

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GermanPod101.com
Monday at 6:30 pm
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Wie findet ihr diese neue Serie?

How do you like this new series?

GermanPod101.com
Thursday at 7:46 am
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Hello Maria,


Thank you for your feedback.👍

It is really important to us.

I will pass your comments on and hope you will find

something suitable for yourself among the large number of lessons

on this site.


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


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Maria
Saturday at 8:10 am
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Unfortunately I have to say that this is one of my least favorite series. The audios are too long and the girl speaks too quickly, making it difficult to speed up the listening. I also find the bantering between the hosts unnecessary and time consuming.

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Tuesday at 1:57 pm
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Hallo Danna,


Thank you for your comment and question.


Both "ist das hier die Anmeldung?" and "ist hier die Anmeldung?" is fine and basically means the same thing. "ist das hier" means "is this" and "ist hier" means "is ... located here?".


Vielen Dank!


Clara

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Danna
Wednesday at 3:48 am
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Why do I say "ist das hier" and not just "ist hier"?

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Thursday at 5:01 pm
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Hi Nina,


Thanks for the feedback!

I'm glad to hear that you like these new series! :flushed::smile:


Fira

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Nina
Tuesday at 11:01 pm
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I like the new series!:thumbsup: as the first one never mention how to pronounce the alphabets...

However, I've enjoyed in both series 1 & 2 so far :smile:

Team GermanPod101.com
Thursday at 9:23 am
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Guten Tag Ioan,


Vielen vielen Dank für den netten Kommentar! Wir freuen uns sehr, das zu hören! :)


Ein paar kleine Punkte:

"Ich heiße..."

"Ich muss sagen, dass der Unterricht sehr gut ist."

"Ich habe 3 Monate lang Deutsch gelernt..."

"... aber es ist nicht so gut wie Germanpod."

"Ich glaube, der Unterschied ist, dass die Lehrer engagiert sind." oder "Ich glaube, der Unterschied ist, dass die Lektionen interaktiv sind." (the difference is that the teachers are motivated" or "the difference is that the lessons are interactive".)


Vielen Dank! Und weiterhin viel Spaß beim Lernen!


Clara

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John
Monday at 7:38 pm
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Guten Tag,


Ich hieße Ioan Tomoiaga. I muss sagen dass die Unterricht sehr gut sind. Ich habe für drei Monate Deutsch gelernt und ich mag die Aufmachung. Ich habe auch Rosetta Stone aber es ist kein gut wie Germanpod. Ich glaube, dass die Unterschied ist das die Unterricht engagieren sind.

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Monday at 3:19 am
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Hi Julian,


You actually know the German spelling rules better than I do ;) (that's a good thing!)


Regards,

Katrin

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Julian
Monday at 12:29 pm
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Hallo,


Ich heiße Julian Zaharescu, das buchstabiert man J-U-L-I-A-N Z-A-H-A-R-E-S-C-U .!


Julius Zacharias

Ulrich Anton

Ludwig Heinrich

Ida Anton

Anton Richard

Nordpol Emil

Siegfried

Cäsar

Ulrich


Viele Grüße.

Julian