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INTRODUCTION
Gabriella: Hi everyone! Welcome back to GermanPod101.com. You’re listening to Absolute Beginner Season 3 Lesson 4, How Do You Spell That Name in German? I’m Gabriella.
Frank: Hi. My name is Frank. What are we learning in this lesson, Gabriella?
Gabriella: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to spell your name in German.
Frank: This conversation takes place at the reception of a language school in Hamburg.
Gabriella: The conversation is between Kate and two people working at the reception.
Frank: The speakers are in a business relationship, so they’re using formal German.
DIALOGUE
Kate: Guten Tag! Ist das hier die Anmeldung?
Frau 1 (genervt): Nein, hier ist nicht die Anmeldung. Die Anmeldung ist da links.
Kate: Ah, danke.
Frau 1: Hmm.
Kate: Guten Tag! Ist das hier die Anmeldung?
Frau 2: Ja. Wie heißen Sie?
Kate: Kate Andrews.
Frau 2: Wie buchstabiert man das?
Kate: Nachname, A- N - D - R - E - W - S, Vorname, K-A-T-E .
Gina: Let's hear the conversation one time slowly.
Kate: Guten Tag! Ist das hier die Anmeldung?
Frau 1 (genervt): Nein, hier ist nicht die Anmeldung. Die Anmeldung ist da links.
Kate: Ah, danke.
Frau 1: Hmm.
Kate: Guten Tag! Ist das hier die Anmeldung?
Frau 2: Ja. Wie heißen Sie?
Kate: Kate Andrews.
Frau 2: Wie buchstabiert man das?
Kate: Nachname, A- N - D - R - E - W - S, Vorname, K-A-T-E .
Gina: Now, let's hear it with English translation.
Kate: Guten Tag! Ist das hier die Anmeldung?
Gabriella: Good day! Is this registration?
Frau 1 (genervt): Nein, hier ist nicht die Anmeldung. Die Anmeldung ist da links.
Gabriella: No, this isn't registration. Registration is there on the left.
Kate: Ah, danke.
Gabriella: Ah, thank you.
Frau 1: Hmm.
Gabriella: Hmm.
Kate: Guten Tag! Ist das hier die Anmeldung?
Gabriella: Good day! Is this registration?
Frau 2: Ja. Wie heißen Sie?
Gabriella: Yes. What's your name?
Kate: Kate Andrews.
Gabriella: Kate Andrews.
Frau 2: Wie buchstabiert man das?
Gabriella: How do you spell that?
Kate: Nachname, A- N - D - R - E - W - S, Vorname, K-A-T-E .
Gabriella: Last name, A-N-D-R-E-W-S, first name, K-A-T-E.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Gabriella: Okay, Frank, let’s talk about spelling things in German!
Frank: Well, German speakers like to give specific words, usually names, beginning with each letter you spell, especially in official situations.
Gabriella: Ah, I see. It makes sense, as it helps both speakers to avoid confusion, which can easily occur when you’re on the phone.
Frank: Genau! Exactly. It’s a great way to get used to German pronunciation and some traditional German names. So how about we have a look at some of these?
Gabriella: Alright - sounds like a good idea, Frank!
Frank: For A there is Anton and then for B, Berta, and it continues with Cäsar…
Gabriella: Hey, is that a name?
Frank: No, no, it’s not a name. It just means “Caesar”. Then there is Dora and Emil, Friedrich and Gustav, and so on until we get to Zacharias.
Gabriella: For the whole list, please check the lesson notes.
Frank: Right.
VOCAB LIST
Frank: Vorname [natural native speed]
Gabriella: given name, first name
Frank: Vorname [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Frank : Vorname [natural native speed]
Frank: Nachname [natural native speed]
Gabriella: surname, last name, family name
Frank: Nachname [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Frank: Nachname [natural native speed]
Frank: danke [natural native speed]
Gabriella: thank you
Frank: danke [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Frank: danke [natural native speed]
Frank: hier [natural native speed]
Gabriella: here
Frank: hier [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Frank: hier [natural native speed]
Frank: wie [natural native speed]
Gabriella: how
Frank: wie [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Frank: wie [natural native speed]
Frank: Anmeldung [natural native speed]
Gabriella : registration, application
Frank: Anmeldung [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Frank: Anmeldung [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Gabriella: Let’s have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Frank: The first word we’re going to talk about is Anmeldung.
Gabriella: Ah, yes, Anmeldung! This is a really important word in Germany, and it's even more important to memorize its many different meanings, because it has so many different uses, doesn’t it Frank?
Fwrank: Yes, this feminine noun can mean “announcement”, “application”, “declaration”, “front desk”, “registration” or “notification.”
Gabriella: That’s a lot of meanings!
Frank: In the context of this lesson’s dialogue, it means “registration” and refers to a registration desk.
Gabriella: It’s also related to the verb anmelden, meaning “to register” and this is usually reflexive to show that the person is registering him or herself - the whole infinitive verb is sich anmelden.
Frank: Genau! Exactly - sich anmelden.
Gabriella: Next up are the terms for “name”; Name, Vorname and Nachname. Name is obviously “name”, but the broken down versions of “first name” and “last name” go like this…
Frank: Vorname
Gabriella: “first name”
Frank: Nachname
Gabriella: “last name”
Frank: Vor means "before".
Gabriella: And Nach means “after”.
Frank: So your "before name" is your first or given name - Vorname.
Gabriella: And your “after name” is your last name, or your family name - Nachname. OK, now let's move on to the grammar.

Lesson focus

Frank: In this lesson, you’ll learn about the German alphabet, which consists of the same letters as the English one but with four additions, so it totals 30 letters. Let’s go through the obvious letters first!
Gabriella: Note the different names of the letters you have. You need to know these, so that you can spell out your name or your email address.
Frank: Ah is “A”. Ah. And when you’re pronouncing it, you should also be careful to make this sound clearly. This applies to all vowels in fact.
Gabriella: That’s right, listeners, pay particular attention to the vowels.
Frank: [Following should be spoken in the German way] A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, which is {English way}H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V that’s {English way}“V”, W that’s {English way} “W”, X , Y, that’s {English way} “Y”, and Z.
Gabriella: The last one you heard is “Zed” in british English. The American English for this is “Zee”.
Frank: Now let’s move on to the four letters unique to German.
Gabriella: Okay - what are they Frank?
Frank: They are äh, öh, üh, and es-zett.
Gabriella: I see! Tell us more!
Frank: äh is an “A” with two dots on top. This is called an umlaut and you may hear this term used in German spelling.
Gabriella: Got that listeners? If you've wondered about those two dots over some letters, now you know it's called an umlaut.
Frank: öh is an “O” with an umlaut, üh is a “U” with an umlaut, and finally there’s the character that looks like a curvy “B”, (ß) pronounced like es-zett. It’s called scharfes S which means “sharp S”, like the sound a snake might make. It sounds like, “ss”.
Gabriella: And it looks a bit like the Greek beta or a capital letter “B”, but please don’t write it as a capital “B” as that’s a totally different letter.
Frank: Yeah, if you’re really struggling to write this letter, just write a double “S”, which is the standard latin alphabet equivalent used for es-zett.
Gabriella: This is also useful to remember when you’re using a non-German keyboard or don’t have access to the es-zett.
Frank: Nützlich! “Useful!”
Gabriella: Well, that just about does it for this lesson!

Outro

Gabriella: Okay. Thank you for tuning in everyone.!
Frank: And we’ll see you next time, tschüss!

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Can you do the spelling in German?

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Thursday at 8:59 am
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Hello Ty,


Thank you for your feedback!


We wouldn't be able to constantly improve our website without

our learners help.

In this particular case though, I think it might have been fixed

by now after Tina pointed it out earlier.


If you can still see it somewhere, please get back to us.


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Ty
Wednesday at 4:32 am
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In the translation, it says registration is on the right, aber in the text it says it on the left..

Really like the website though, dankeschön

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Friday at 11:13 am
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Hi SJ,


Thank you for posting.👍


1. I personally have installed the German language support

package on my PC. If you use a Mac, I am certain they would have

one too.

Or you can just go to this website:

https://german.typeit.org/


2. If I have understood this correctly, you are saying that the regular vowel "u"

and the "ö" sound similar and that you have already listened to both of them

too many times. So I don't know whether there is any point in recommending any more of our lessons, which

might cover the difference.

I think, the best advice for you right now is to find a native German speaker and practice pronouncing umlaute

face to face. I hope I was able to help a little bit. 😉


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


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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SJ
Tuesday at 4:12 am
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Hello everyone! I need help with two things:

1. How do I type the umlaute vowels and Esszet? I am using a Google Surface computer in America. I have tried googling the answer and am having troubles!

2. How do you tell the difference between the regular vowel "u" and the umlaute vowel "o"? (with the dots over it. I can't type it because I don't know how). I listened to the two many times and they sound almost exactly the same. But the lessons say to pronounce the vowels very clearly in German so I want to make sure I'm doing it correctly.


Thank you so much for all of your help! I am loving my lessons so far!

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Hi Khanh,


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Khanh
Wednesday at 10:25 am
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help I , english to german


" let's try that again"

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Wednesday at 7:43 am
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Hi Tina,


Wow! I like your attention to detail!👍❤️️

Thank you for pointing this out to us!

I'll have it fixed as soon as possible.


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


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Tina
Monday at 7:17 pm
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I noticed that during the dialogue with English translation there is an error:

German: Nein, hier ist nicht die Anmeldung. Die Anmeldung ist da links.

But the English translation in the recording says: No, this isn't registration. Registration is on the RIGHT.

The lady says "RIGHT" but the correct translation is "LEFT".

The translation is correct in the English version of the written transcript.


You might want to fix the recorded translation.

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Hello Pam McCarty,


Thank you for posting.

Please check the following pages:


https://www.germanpod101.com/lesson-library/mastering-level-1-german/

https://www.germanpod101.com/lesson-library/absolute-beginner-season-1/

I hope these will help you get started.


Cheers,

Lena

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Pam McCarty
Tuesday at 6:27 am
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I'm thinking I might be in the wrong place. I am VERY beginning, yet the sentences are not simple. I don't understand WHY there are different words for you, your, etc. and how we are supposed to be able to tell when to use which word. I know about formal and informal, but there are a lot of ways to speak generally that are not clear to me.