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INTRODUCTION
Chuck: Chuck here. Intermediate series, season 3, Lesson 1. You Don’t Get Respect in Germany Unless You Give it first. Hello and welcome to the first lesson of the intermediate series, season 3 at germanpod101.com.
Judith: This series is for all of you who have completed the beginner course and want to further improve your German.
Chuck: Learn more advanced grammar
Judith: And more useful vocabulary.
Chuck: Our main focus this time will be German for the workplace.
Judith: So if you work in Germany
Chuck: Or you’d like to or you plan to
Judith: Or you have a German boss or co-workers.
Chuck: Or maybe you are just coming over to do business
Judith: This series is for you.
Chuck: In this first lesson, you will learn how to use correct etiquette at the job especially when you are new.
Judith: This conversation takes place at the big German company on a Monday morning.
Chuck: The conversation is between Mr. Jones, an American and his new German boss and colleagues.
Judith: The speakers are at work. Therefore, they will be speaking formal German.
Chuck: Let’s listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Müller: Guten Morgen, Herr Jones. Schön, dass Sie da sind.
Jones: Guten Morgen, Herr Müller.
Müller: Kommen Sie, ich zeige Ihnen Ihren Arbeitsplatz und stelle Ihnen Ihre Kollegen vor.
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Müller: Hallo alle zusammen. Ich möchte Ihnen Ihren neuen Kollegen Frank Jones vorstellen. Er arbeitet ab heute in unserer Abteilung.
Alle: Hallo.
Jones: Hallo. Freut mich, Sie alle kennenzulernen.
Müller: Good morning, Mr Jones. Nice that you're here.Müller: Herr Jones, hier ist Ihr Schreibtisch und Ihnen gegenüber sitzt Frau Bayer.
Bayer: Hallo.
Jones: Hallo, nett Sie kennenzulernen.
Müller: Frau Bayer wird Ihnen heute einige Ihrer Aufgaben zeigen. Wenn Sie Fragen haben, können Sie sich jederzeit an mich oder Frau Bayer wenden.
Jones: Vielen Dank.
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Bayer: Also, heute kümmern wir uns um diese Kundendaten. Sie geben einfach die Namen mit Adresse und Telefonnummer in die Datenbank ein und klicken auf „Speichern“. Okay?
Jones: Ja, das scheint nicht schwer zu sein.
Bayer: Gut. Wir können ja später zusammen Mittagspause machen und dann zeige ich Ihnen die Kantine.
Jones: Ja, gerne. Vielen Dank.
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Müller: Herr Jones, wie kommen Sie zurecht?
Jones: Danke, sehr gut. Frau Bayer arbeitet mich gut ein.
Müller: Sehr schön. Dann machen Sie doch jetzt Mittagspause und arbeiten danach weiter.
Jones: Ja, gut. Ich gehe mit Frau Bayer in die Kantine.
Müller: Ah, wunderbar. Dann guten Appetit!
Jones: Dankeschön.
Judith: Now read slowly.
Müller: Guten Morgen, Herr Jones. Schön, dass Sie da sind.
Jones: Guten Morgen, Herr Müller.
Müller: Kommen Sie, ich zeige Ihnen Ihren Arbeitsplatz und stelle Ihnen Ihre Kollegen vor.
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Müller: Hallo alle zusammen. Ich möchte Ihnen Ihren neuen Kollegen Frank Jones vorstellen. Er arbeitet ab heute in unserer Abteilung.
Alle: Hallo.
Jones: Hallo. Freut mich, Sie alle kennenzulernen.
Müller: Good morning, Mr Jones. Nice that you're here.Müller: Herr Jones, hier ist Ihr Schreibtisch und Ihnen gegenüber sitzt Frau Bayer.
Bayer: Hallo.
Jones: Hallo, nett Sie kennenzulernen.
Müller: Frau Bayer wird Ihnen heute einige Ihrer Aufgaben zeigen. Wenn Sie Fragen haben, können Sie sich jederzeit an mich oder Frau Bayer wenden.
Jones: Vielen Dank.
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Bayer: Also, heute kümmern wir uns um diese Kundendaten. Sie geben einfach die Namen mit Adresse und Telefonnummer in die Datenbank ein und klicken auf „Speichern“. Okay?
Jones: Ja, das scheint nicht schwer zu sein.
Bayer: Gut. Wir können ja später zusammen Mittagspause machen und dann zeige ich Ihnen die Kantine.
Jones: Ja, gerne. Vielen Dank.
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Müller: Herr Jones, wie kommen Sie zurecht?
Jones: Danke, sehr gut. Frau Bayer arbeitet mich gut ein.
Müller: Sehr schön. Dann machen Sie doch jetzt Mittagspause und arbeiten danach weiter.
Jones: Ja, gut. Ich gehe mit Frau Bayer in die Kantine.
Müller: Ah, wunderbar. Dann guten Appetit!
Jones: Dankeschön.
Judith: Now with the translation.
Müller: Guten Morgen, Herr Jones. Schön, dass Sie da sind.
Müller: Good morning, Mr Jones. Nice that you're here.
Jones: Guten Morgen, Herr Müller.
Hr. Jones: Good morning, Mr Müller.
Müller: Kommen Sie, ich zeige Ihnen Ihren Arbeitsplatz und stelle Ihnen Ihre Kollegen vor.
Müller: Come, I'll show you your desk and I'll introduce your colleagues to you.
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Müller: Hallo alle zusammen. Ich möchte Ihnen Ihren neuen Kollegen Frank Jones vorstellen. Er arbeitet ab heute in unserer Abteilung.
Müller: Hello everybody. I would like to introduce your new colleague Frank Jones to you. Starting today, he will work in our department.
Alle: Hallo.
Alle: Hello.
Jones: Hallo. Freut mich, Sie alle kennenzulernen.
Jones: Hello. I'm happy to meet you all.
Müller: Herr Jones, hier ist Ihr Schreibtisch und Ihnen gegenüber sitzt Frau Bayer.
Müller: Mr Jones, here is your desk and Mrs Bayer is sitting across from you.
Bayer: Hallo.
Bayer: Hello.
Jones: Hallo, nett Sie kennenzulernen.
Jones: Hello, nice to get to know you.
Müller: Frau Bayer wird Ihnen heute einige Ihrer Aufgaben zeigen. Wenn Sie Fragen haben, können Sie sich jederzeit an mich oder Frau Bayer wenden.
Müller: Mrs Bayer will show you some of your tasks today. If you have any questions, you can always turn to myself or Mrs Bayer.
Jones: Vielen Dank.
Jones: Thank you very much.
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Bayer: Also, heute kümmern wir uns um diese Kundendaten. Sie geben einfach die Namen mit Adresse und Telefonnummer in die Datenbank ein und klicken auf „Speichern“. Okay?
Bayer: So, today we are dealing with this customer data. You just enter the names with the addresses and phone numbers into the database and click "Save". Okay?
Jones: Ja, das scheint nicht schwer zu sein.
Jones: Yes, that doesn't seem to be difficult.
Bayer: Gut. Wir können ja später zusammen Mittagspause machen und dann zeige ich Ihnen die Kantine.
Bayer: Good. We can take a lunch break together later and I'll show you the cafeteria then.
Jones: Ja, gerne. Vielen Dank.
Jones: Yes, gladly. Thank you very much.
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Müller: Herr Jones, wie kommen Sie zurecht?
Müller: Mr Jones, how are you coming along?
Jones: Danke, sehr gut. Frau Bayer arbeitet mich gut ein.
Jones: Thanks, very well. Mrs Bayer is training me well.
Müller: Sehr schön. Dann machen Sie doch jetzt Mittagspause und arbeiten danach weiter.
Müller: Great. Then how'bout you take a lunch break now and continue working afterwards.
Jones: Ja, gut. Ich gehe mit Frau Bayer in die Kantine.
Jones: Yes, good. I will go to the cafeteria with Mrs Bayer.
Müller: Ah, wunderbar. Dann guten Appetit!
Müller: Ah, wonderful. Then enjoy your meal!
Jones: Dankeschön.
Jones: Thank you very much.
CULTURAL INSIGHTS
Chuck: So I guess today, we could speak about etiquette on the job.
Judith: Yes sounds good.
Chuck: In all but the smallest companies, you should expect to always use formal language with your boss and have to maintain a certain distance.
Judith: Colleagues of roughly the same standing however tend to form tightly knit groups who also regularly spend free time together.
Chuck: You may have to prove yourself before you will be part of that kind of circle. Also you should wait for older colleagues to offer to use informal language before you start doing so. Anything else would seem disrespectful and well, it would just make for a bad job climate.
Judith: Once you’ve shown each other respect [through this way] the switch to informal language marks the beginning of a friendship.
Chuck: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
VOCAB LIST
Judith: First word [Zeigen]
Chuck: To show.
Judith: [Zeigen, zeigen] Next [Platz]
Chuck: Place or square.
Judith: [Platz, Platz, der Platz] and the plural is [Plätze]. Next [Kollege]
Chuck: Colleague.
Judith: [Kollege, Kollege, der Kollege] and the plural is [Kollegen]. Next [Abteilung]
Chuck: Department.
Judith: [Abteilung, Abteilung, die Abteilung] And the plural is [Abteilungen]. Next [Schreibtisch]
Chuck: Desk.
Judith: [Schreibtisch, Schreibtisch, der Schreibtisch] And the plural is [Schreibtische]. Next [Aufgabe]
Chuck: Task, assignment, mission or to give up.
Judith: [Aufgabe, Aufgabe, die Aufgabe] And the plural is [Aufgaben]. Next [Kunde]
Chuck: Customer or client.
Judith: [Kunde, Kunde, der Kunde] And the plural is [Kunden]. Next [Datenbank]
Chuck: Database.
Judith: [Datenbank, Datenbank, die Datenbank] And the plural is [Datenbanken]. Next [Klicken]
Chuck: To click.
Judith: [Klicken, klicken] Next [Speichern]
Chuck: To store or save as in on the computer.
Judith: [Speichern, speichern] Next [Mittagspause]
Chuck: Lunch break or mid-day break literally.
Judith: [Mittagspause, Mittagspause, die Mittagspause] And the plural is [Mittagspausen]. Next [Kantine]
Chuck: Company cafeteria.
Judith: [Kantine, Kantine, die Kantine] And the plural is [Kantinen]. Next [Einarbeiten]
Chuck: To work in, train somebody or show somebody the ropes.
Judith: [Einarbeiten, einarbeiten] The [Ein] splits off.
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
Chuck: Let’s have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Judith: The first word we will look at is [Arbeitsplatz].
Chuck: Workplace.
Judith: This is a compound noun literally meaning workplace. It can be used in an abstract sense as in “in Deutschland [fehlen vier Millionen Arbeitsplätze”].
Chuck: The Germany is [missing] 4 million jobs.
Judith: Or in a very concrete sense as in today’s dialogue [where is meant] cube or workplace.
Chuck: To introduce somebody, what would you say?
Judith: You would say something like [Ich möchte Ihnen meinen Chef Herrn X vorstellen].
Chuck: I would like to introduce my boss Mr. X, that short company you worked for then.
Judith: Acceptable answers to introduction are [Angenehm Sie kennenzulernen] simply [Angenehm, Freut mich Sie kennenzulernen] or more informally [Nett Sie kennenzulernen]. You can just say [Angenehm or freut mich] and the rest will be understood because these words don’t appear at the beginning of any other common phrases.
Chuck: [Guten Appetit] is what German’s say before having a meal. Literally they are wishing each other good appetite but it is basically a wish so that the others might enjoy their meal. Before eating, be sure to tell everyone this. Otherwise they will look at you a bit strange if you just start chewing down. At work, you might also hear [Mahlzeit]. It’s a general greeting.

Lesson focus

Judith: Okay now about some grammar. In this series, we will review and expand on your knowledge of German grammar. As this is a series for intermediate students, we are assuming some basic knowledge of German grammar already though. Obviously you should know the genders of German nouns, the plural and the present tense conjugation of verbs including some irregular ones such as [Sein] and [Haben]. Other things as a quick recap.
Chuck: The future tense is formed with [Werden] and the infinitive.
Judith: The simple past tense of [Sein] is based on the stem [War]
Chuck: There are verbs that adopt a lighter vowel for the second and third person singular.
Judith: There are also verbs that have prefixes which alter the meaning a bit. Many of these prefixes split off for the present tense but are attached to the verb for the infinitive.
Chuck: The first verb in the sentence – it always comes in second position. The second and any other verb is placed at the very end of the sentence after everything else. Split off prefixes also typically go to the end of the sentence. And in sub clause, even the first verb is at the end of the sentence.
Judith: [Möchte] means would like. It is the conditional tense of [Mögen] to like but it’s too useful to be kept until we learn the conditional tense. Similarly [Könnte] is could in polite requests.
Chuck: Can is [Können] in German. [Ich kann, Du kannst, Er kann, Wir können, Ihr könnt, Sie können]
Judith: Must is [Müssen] in German [Ich muss, Du musst, Er muss, Wir müssen, Ihr müsst, Sie müssen].
Chuck: May is [Dürfen] in German [Ich darf, Du darfst, Er darf, Wir dürfen, Ihr dürft, Sie dürfen]. If most of this sounds familiar to you, you really have to improve your German using this series.
Judith: If there is a lot of things that you didn’t know before, please stick to the beginner series instead.

Outro

Chuck: Well that just about does it for today. Okay some of our listeners already know about the most powerful tool in germanpod101.
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Chuck: So tune in again next week. We will publish a new intermediate lesson every Wednesday.
Judith: [Bis nächsten Mittwoch]
Chuck: Bye.

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Tuesday at 03:45 AM
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Der erste Tag auf der neuen Arbeit - Traum oder Albtraum?

First day at the new job - a dream or a nightmare?

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Hi Mariana,


Thank you for posting, and yes, you got it right.


"Hallo alle zusammen." is somewhere in the middle between formal and informal.

There isn't really anything else to get everyone's attention that wouldn't sound way too stiff.

And then yes, the rest is formal German, the informal alternatives being "euch" und "euren".


Great work!👍


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Mariana
Wednesday at 08:34 AM
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Hallo, again...


I think I get it. So is Sie (formal) being used in this case because it's a work place? So, it that's the case, I didn't know Sie (formal) was used in plural.


Did I get it right? LOL


Dankeschön!

Mariana
Wednesday at 08:29 AM
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Hallo!

I'm confused!

"Ich möchte Ihnen Ihren neuen Kollegen Frank Jones vorstellen."

Herr Müller is speaking to the people in the department, so how come he used Ihnen and Ihren? Shoudn't have been Euch and Eueren since he's speaking to "you all" and not "they"?


Dankeschön!

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Hallo Theresa,


This is one lesson from a whole course dedicated to Intermediate-level German students. This series of lessons contains 25 lessons. Each lesson includes an audio (a native conversation with explanations in English), a detailed grammar note, and in many cases a short cultural insight.


If you have any precise questions on what you are missing from our lessons, please let us know, we are happy to help.


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Theresa Graham
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I don't know how you're supposed to learn the language from this. This is the course?

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adham
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es ist toll

dankschon 101 ;)


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Hi Luiz,


If you really feel it is a little too challenging at

this stage, do try some of our lessons in the beginners

series. We have so many lessons and levels on GermanPod101,

there is something for everyone.

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i think this level is a bit high for me =(

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Here are two links to lessons dealing with dative and accusative respectively,

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Just go to search at the top of the page (magnifying glass) and enter a word describing

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https://www.germanpod101.com/lesson/beginner-lesson-s2-24-im-proud-to-be-making-progress-in-german/

https://www.germanpod101.com/lesson/beginner-lesson-s2-32-emotions-jealous-a-german-woman-could-wear-a-dress-like-that-any-day/


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