Dialogue

Vocabulary

Learn New Words FAST with this Lesson’s Vocab Review List

Get this lesson’s key vocab, their translations and pronunciations. Sign up for your Free Lifetime Account Now and get 7 Days of Premium Access including this feature.

Or sign up using Facebook
Already a Member?

Lesson Notes

Unlock In-Depth Explanations & Exclusive Takeaways with Printable Lesson Notes

Unlock Lesson Notes and Transcripts for every single lesson. Sign Up for a Free Lifetime Account and Get 7 Days of Premium Access.

Or sign up using Facebook
Already a Member?

Lesson Transcript

INTRODUCTION
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to GermanPod101.com. This is Business German for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 15 - Saying You Can't Speak the Language. John Here.
Jennifer: Guten Tag! I'm Jennifer.
John: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask someone to speak another language. The conversation takes place on the phone.
Jennifer: It's between Linda Müller and a receptionist.
John: The speakers are colleagues, therefore, they will speak informal German. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Rezeptionist: Guten Morgen, sie sprechen mit der Euro Bank.
Linda Müller: Hallo, ich bin Linda Müller von der Firma ABC.
Rezeptionist: Wie kann ich Ihnen helfen?
Linda Müller: Ah...Verzeihung, ich spreche kaum Deutsch, können wir auf Englisch weitersprechen?
Rezeptionist: Natürlich, kein Problem.
John: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Rezeptionist: Guten Morgen, sie sprechen mit der Euro Bank.
Linda Müller: Hallo, ich bin Linda Müller von der Firma ABC.
Rezeptionist: Wie kann ich Ihnen helfen?
Linda Müller: Ah...Verzeihung, ich spreche kaum Deutsch, können wir auf Englisch weitersprechen?
Rezeptionist: Natürlich, kein Problem.
John: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Receptionist: Good morning, this is Euro Bank.
Linda Müller: Hello, this is Linda Müller from ABC.
Receptionist: How can I help you?
Linda Müller: Ah ... I'm sorry, I don't know German very well, can we speak in English?
Receptionist: Of course, no problem.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
John: That was very kind of the receptionist to be willing to switch to English for Linda.
Jennifer: It was, wasn’t it?
John: I guess the receptionist can speak pretty good English.
Jennifer: I guess so!
John: Is that typical? Can the average German speak English well?
Jennifer: We study English from elementary school. And at university level, some literature will be given in English.
John: Oh, so I suppose that most German people can speak English?
Jennifer: It all depends on the level of education. The average German can at least speak basic English, though.
John: Does that change in the big cities?
Jennifer: I think that in places like Berlin or Frankfurt, most people can understand English well.
John: I heard that English is the second most spoken language in Berlin.
Jennifer: That’s right. You might even find some restaurants where only English is spoken.
John: Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
John: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is...
Jennifer: kann [natural native speed]
John: can
Jennifer: kann[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Jennifer: kann [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Jennifer: sprechen [natural native speed]
John: to speak
Jennifer: sprechen[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Jennifer: sprechen [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Jennifer: helfen [natural native speed]
John: to help
Jennifer: helfen[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Jennifer: helfen [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Jennifer: Verzeihung [natural native speed]
John: the apology
Jennifer: Verzeihung[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Jennifer: Verzeihung [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Jennifer: kaum [natural native speed]
John: hardly
Jennifer: kaum[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Jennifer: kaum [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Jennifer: weitersprechen [natural native speed]
John: to keep talking
Jennifer: weitersprechen[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Jennifer: weitersprechen [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Jennifer: natürlich [natural native speed]
John: of course, natural, naturally
Jennifer: natürlich[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Jennifer: natürlich [natural native speed]
John: And last...
Jennifer: Kein Problem. [natural native speed]
John: No problem.
Jennifer: Kein Problem.[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Jennifer: Kein Problem. [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
John: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word is...
Jennifer: Verzeihung
John: meaning "Pardon me." What can you tell us about this word?
Jennifer: This is related to the feminine noun die Verzeihung, meaning "the apology."
John: It’s used to ask someone to forgive your mistake or misbehavior.
Jennifer: There is also das Verzeihen, which literally means “the forgive.”
John: This is for the act of forgiving someone. Can you give us another example using “Pardon me?”
Jennifer: Sure. For example, you can say, Ich bitte um Verzeihung.
John: ...which means "I beg your pardon."
John: Okay, what's the next word?
Jennifer: Natürlich, kein Problem.
John: meaning "Of course, no problem." What can you tell us about this phrase?
Jennifer: This is a friendly expression.
John: Can you break it down for us?
Jennifer: First is natürlich.
John: This means “naturally.” Next is...
Jennifer: kein Problem, meaning "no problem."
John: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Jennifer: Sure. I’ll give you a short dialogue. Kann ich das ausleihen? Natürlich, kein Problem.
John: "Can I borrow this? Of course, no problem."
John: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

John: In this lesson, you'll learn about how to ask someone to speak another language. First, how do we say that we don’t speak German very well?
Jennifer: Ich spreche nicht so gut Deutsch.
John: Are there other ways to say this?
Jennifer: You can also say Mein Deutsch ist schlecht.
John: “My German is bad.” How about if your German is actually good and you want to say that?
Jennifer: The expression you should use is Mein Deutsch ist sehr gut.
John: “My German is very good.”
Jennifer: There are other ways to say it, but you should use sehr gut so that it doesn’t sound like bragging.
John: Are there more modest ways of saying that your German is good?
Jennifer: You could say how long you’ve been studying, and let people guess from there. If it’s a business setting, it’s best to be modest.
John: How do I say “I've been studying German for a long time now.”
Jennifer: Ich lerne Deutsch schon seit vielen Jahren.
John: So we’ve explained that we don’t speak German well. How do we ask the other person to speak in English?
Jennifer: Können wir auf Englisch weitersprechen?
John: “Can we speak in English?” If you want to say that you’d like to switch from English to German, use the verb meaning “to keep talking.”
Jennifer: This is weitersprechen.
John: This makes the transition nice and smooth.
Jennifer: weitersprechen is an irregular verb.
John: The conjugation table is in the lesson notes.
Jennifer: Weitersprechen has a prefix, weiter, which means “again.” The other part of the word, sprechen, means “to speak.”
John: Does the order of the words ever change?
Jennifer: When written in a sentence, the word weiter is placed after the verb sprechen, as in Ich spreche jetzt weiter.
John: That literally means “I keep on talking now.”

Outro

John: Okay, that’s all for this lesson. Thank you for listening everyone, and we’ll see you next time! Bye!
Jennifer: Auf Wiedersehen!

3 Comments

Hide
Please to leave a comment.
😄 😞 😳 😁 😒 😎 😠 😆 😅 😜 😉 😭 😇 😴 😮 😈 ❤️️ 👍
Sorry, please keep your comment under 800 characters. Got a complicated question? Try asking your teacher using My Teacher Messenger.
Sorry, please keep your comment under 800 characters.

user profile picture
GermanPod101.com
Monday at 6:30 pm
Pinned Comment
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hi Listeners! Let's practice here!

user profile picture
GermanPod101.com
Monday at 10:52 pm
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hallo Jay Bayer,


Glad to hear that you found our Business German for Beginners lessons helpful!


Next time when you have the chance please use what you've learnt :) We're sure you'll leave a great impression!


Sincerely,

Cristiane

Team GermanPod101.com

user profile picture
Jay Bayer
Friday at 12:26 am
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Very helpful. Wish I knew this on my visit