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INTRODUCTION
Chuck: Chuck here, Absolute Beginner Season 2 Lesson 8, Getting What You Want in German. Hello and welcome back to GermanPod101.com the fastest, easiest and most fun way to learn German. I’m joined in the studio by...
Judith: Hello everyone, Judith here.
Chuck: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to talk about what you want.
Judith: This conversation takes place at a German home where Paul is staying with the host family.
Chuck: The conversation is between Paul and Mrs. Schneider, the mother in his host family.
Judith: The speakers don’t know each other well. Therefore, they would be speaking formal German.
Chuck: Let’s listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUES
Judith: Is everything all right, do you need anything?
Chuck: Bitte... ich möchte Deutsch lernen.
Judith: Okay. Möchten Sie etwas essen?
Chuck: Ja, gerne.
Judith: Good. In zehn Minuten gibt es Essen.
Chuck: Essen wir alle zusammen?
Judith: Ja, mein Mann und meine Tochter möchten auch etwas essen.
Judith: Now, slowly.
Judith: Is everything all right, do you need anything?
Chuck: Bitte... ich möchte Deutsch lernen.
Judith: Okay. Möchten Sie etwas essen?
Chuck: Ja, gerne.
Judith: Good. In zehn Minuten gibt es Essen.
Chuck: Essen wir alle zusammen?
Judith: Ja, mein Mann und meine Tochter möchten auch etwas essen.
Judith: Now with the translation.
Judith: Is everything all right, do you need anything?
Judith: Bitte... ich möchte Deutsch lernen.
Chuck: Please I’d like to learn German.
Judith: Okay. Möchten Sie etwas essen?
Chuck: Okay. Would you like to eat something?
Judith: Ja, gerne
Chuck: Yes, I’d like that.
Judith: Good. In zehn Minuten gibt es Essen.
Chuck: Good. In 10 minutes there would be food.
Judith: Essen wir alle zusammen?
Chuck: Are we all eating together?
Judith: Ja, mein Mann und meine Tochter möchten auch etwas essen.
Chuck: Yes. My husband and my daughter would also like to eat something.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Judith: Okay. Let’s talk about food.
Chuck: How about German meals in meal times.
Judith: Yes. The meal times are easy. Breakfast is whenever people get up. And then the traditional lunch time in Germany is from 12 to2 PM and traditional dinner time is somewhere between 6 and 8.
Chuck: Lunch is the biggest meal of the day while dinner is often just some bread with cheese or the like.
Judith: If you’re going to have a meal with a German family, here’s some useful things to know.
Chuck: Families have meals together. That means they don’t eat meals on the side while watching TV or the like.
Judith: Yeah. And when you have a meal, first of all, you sit down and then you say “Guten Appetit” or “Danke, gleichfalls” if somebody already said so. And then everyone can start eating. Don’t start before.
Chuck: Some families pray before the meal. If you’re with a big party, somebody might want to make a speech before people start eating.
Judith: Just assume it’s going to be like this. And if different, people will tell you.
Chuck: Don’t get up immediately when you’re done either. That feels like you’re rushing people.
VOCAB LIST
Judith: bitte
Chuck: Please.
Judith: bitte
Chuck: Next.
Judith: möchte
Chuck: Would like.
Judith: möchte
Chuck: Next.
Judith: etwas
Chuck: Something.
Judith: etwas
Chuck: Next.
Judith: essen
Chuck: To eat.
Judith: essen
Chuck: Next.
Judith: Essen
Chuck: Food.
Judith: Essen This one is spelled with a capital letter. This means it’s a noun and is neuter.
Chuck: Next.
Judith: gern(e)
Chuck: Gladly.
Judith: gern(e)
Chuck: Next.
Judith: zehn
Chuck: “Ten” as in the number.
Judith: zehn
Chuck: Next.
Judith: Minute
Chuck: Minute.
Judith: Minute. Minute, die Minute this is feminine and the plural is Minuten.
Chuck: Next.
Judith: es gibt
Chuck: “There is” or “there are.”
Judith: es gibt
Chuck: Next.
Judith: zusammen
Chuck: Together.
Judith: zusammen
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 „es gibt“. This is a special expression which can’t be translated literally. Well, literally, it would be “it gives” but it doesn’t give you any clue as to how it’s used. In English, you translate „es gibt“ as “there is.” For example, „Es gibt eine Schule“
Chuck: There’s a school.
Judith: Or „Es gibt Essen“.
Chuck: There’s food.
Judith: Note that even for plural words, you still say „Es gibt“, for example, „Es gibt Gäste“.
Chuck: There are guests.
Judith: „Es gibt Städte“
Chuck: There are cities.

Lesson focus

Chuck: The focus of this lesson is the German word „möchte“ and also the word order after an adverbial.
Judith: „möchte“ is an important German word because it’s so common. We use it to talk about what we want as in „Ich möchte Deutsch lernen“.
Chuck: I’d like to learn German.
Judith: And we can also use it to make suggestions like „Möchten Sie etwas essen?“.
Chuck: Would you like to eat something?
Judith: „möchte“ is not actually a full German verb. It’s the conditional of “to like” the direct equivalent of the English, “would like.”
Chuck: Ignore this for now though because you can use „möchte“ just like a normal verb. The only difference in conjugation is the missing “T” when talking about “he”, “she” or “it.”
Judith: So the forms are ich möchte, du möchtest, er möchte careful there, er möchte not er möchtet. Then wir möchten, ihr möchtet, sie möchten.
Chuck: Oh, one more thing. You may be confused about the word order in the phrase „In zehn Minuten gibt es Essen“.
Judith: Normally, you should expect something like „Es gibt Essen“.
Chuck: However in German, the rule is that the verb must be in the second position. In this sentence, the time is the most important information. So we put it in the first position in order to stress it.
Judith: Then, the verb has to follow in second position and everything else is relegated to the back.
Chuck: Do you have a second example maybe?
Judith: Yeah. I could say "Ich kenne Colorado." or I could say "Colorado kenne ich."
Chuck: Wait, could you say „Colorado ich kenne“?
Judith: No, no that’s wrong. You have to say "Ich kenne Colorado." because the verb has to be in second position and it usually comes out the same as in English because the English you have subject verb object, so the verb would be always after the subject, but if you have anything other than the subject in front, then German and English differ. And in German the verb’s always in the second position.
Chuck: Well, that just about does it for today.
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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Paul said "Ich möchte Deutsch lernen" in order to convince Mrs Schneider to speak German. Do you have other suggestions for how to get Germans to stop using English?

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Monday at 3:20 pm
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Hallo Cristina,


Thank you for your comment!


The correct order is "Meine Tochter isst auch gerne Speck."


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Cristina
Tuesday at 6:26 am
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Hallo germanpod 101 Team,

Wenn ich im Südtirol bin, ich esse immer gerne Speck, Bergerkäse und Röstl. Meine Töcher isst gern auch Speck. Sie ist vier Jahre alt.

Ich esse gerne auch das Brot mit Sonnenblumenkernen. Wenn ich nach Hause fahren, ich kaufe immer viele Brot von Südtirol.


...not sure where 'auch' should sit in the phrase ' my daughter too likes Speck


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Monday at 3:33 am
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Hi Julian,


Thank you for writing!


A small correction - it should be "Mitbewohner" (someone living with you) :)


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Julian
Thursday at 7:03 pm
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Hallo GermanPod101 Team,


Ich möchte Deutsch lernen.

Heute Morgen habe ich Brötchen mit Käse und Speck gegessen.

Morgen möchte ich esse Brötchen mit Emmentaler und Schinken.

Meine Wohnung Kollegen esst dieselbe auch Essen.

Meine Wohnung Kollegen werden dieselbe auch Essen essen.


:stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: I hope that is corect.


Viele Grüße,

Julian

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Friday at 3:13 pm
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Hi Anya,


Thank you so much for writing!


The Absolute Beginner seasons are actually all on a similar level - to improve more, you may want to upgrade to the "Beginner" series!


Have fun learning with us!


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Anya
Thursday at 6:14 pm
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Hi hi, I have finished learning absolute Beginner Season one. It was very good my German improved very fast. Thank you very much! :) I thought season 2 would be higher and more difficult level, making the learning progressive. However, season 2&3 seems to be easier than the last several lessons of season 1? Not improving as fast anymore. :flushed:

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Friday at 5:21 pm
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Hi Freddy,


Thank you for writing!


das ist ein guter Trick! Viele Deutsche wollen helfen, wenn jemand versucht, Deutsch mit ihnen zu reden, und wechseln ins Englische - was dir dann im Endeffekt nicht hilft...


That's a nice trick! Many Germans want to be helpful if someone talks to them in German and switch to English - whin in the end is not helping you...


Keep up the good work learning German, you're doing fine!


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Freddy
Thursday at 5:03 am
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Ja, ich habe gleich Probleme und ich habe ein Alt zu lösen das gefunden.

Normalweiser spreche ich deutsch, aber ein deutsch Person versteht dass ich bin kein deutsch und menschenmal antwortet in englisch. Wann das passiert sage ich: "ich spreche keine English". Natürlich das ist falsch, aber immer funktionieret :)

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William
Thursday at 11:27 am
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I can't to listen the audio...is the site going through maintenance?

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Wanderson
Tuesday at 3:23 am
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Maybe, Würden Sie uns Deutsch sprechen? :roll:


Danke!