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Chuck: Chuck here. Intermediate Season 4, Lesson 12 – “Registering At The Conference in Germany” Hello and welcome to GermanPod101.com, the fastest, easiest and most fun way to learn German.
Judith: I’m [Judith] and thanks again for being here with us for this Intermediate Season 4 Lesson.
Chuck: In this lesson you’ll learn how to take your participants batch in German.
Judith: This conversation takes place at the registration desk of a Conference.
Chuck: The conversation is between Joe and a woman who’s working there.
Judith: The speakers don’t know each other, therefore they’ll be speaking formal German.
Chuck: Let’s listen to the conversation.
Joe: Hallo, ich möchte meinen Teilnehmerausweis abholen.
Frau: Sie möchten sich für die Konferenz anmelden?
Joe: Nein, ich habe mich schon vor einigen Wochen online angemeldet und auch schon bezahlt.
Frau: Wie ist Ihr Name?
Joe: Joe Cardigan.
Frau: Kardigen mit K?
Joe: Nein, mit C.
Frau: Können Sie Ihren Nachnamen bitte buchstabieren?
Joe: Ja. Das ist C-A-R-D-I-G-A-N. Cardigan.
Frau: Danke. Ah, da habe ich Sie. Ja, Sie sind schon angemeldet. Sie sind auch Sprecher, oder?
Joe: Ein Sprecher?
Frau: Ja, Sie sind eingetragen für einen Vortrag über die Internationalisierung von Firmenwebseiten, am Donnerstag.
Joe: Ohh... Das hatte ich vergessen...
Frau: Möchten Sie den Vortrag noch halten, oder lieber absagen?
Joe: Ja, ich halte ihn. Das geht schon. Die Materialien habe ich schon fast alle.
Frau: Okay. Hier ist Ihr Teilnehmerausweis und Ihr Programmheft. Wenn Sie sich beeilen, können Sie einen Teil der Eröffnungsrede noch hören.
Joe (sarkastisch): Ja, die würde ich ungern verpassen.
Joe: Hello, I'd like to pick up my name badge.
Woman: You'd like to sign up for the conference?
Joe: No, I already signed up online a few weeks ago and I've already paid.
Woman: What's your name?
Joe: Joe Cardigan.
Woman: Kardigen with a K?
Joe: No, with a C.
Woman: Could you please spell your last name?
Joe: Yes, it's C-A-R-D-I-G-A-N. Cardigan.
Woman: Thanks. Ah, here it is. Yes, you're already signed up. You're also a speaker, right?
Joe: A speaker?
Woman: Yes, you're registered for a lecture about the internationalization of corporate websites, on Thursday.
Joe: Ohh... I forgot about that...
Woman: Would you still like to give the lecture, or would you prefer to cancel?
Joe: Yes, I'll give it. It'll work out. I already have almost all the materials.
Woman: Okay. Here's your name badge and your program. If you hurry, you can still listen to part of the opening speech.
Joe (sarcastically): Yes, I wouldn't want to miss it.
Judith: Alright. Now this calls for a lesson on words on forms, because they’re lots of words in German that never appear on anything else but you need them if you want to get a visa, get to participate in anything or lots and lots of forms in Germany.
Chuck: Soon as for placing online orders for.
Judith: Yeah, that too. Okay so here are the most common words you that you’ll need to be able to recognize. First thing is [Titel].
Chuck: “Title”.
Judith: That is if you have an academic degree or maybe you’re noble or something. Then, there’s [Anrede].
Chuck: “Address”.
Judith: That this the form of address, like [Herr] or [Frau]. Then, [*] which also could be split into [Vorname] and [Nachname]
Chuck: “Given name” and “family name” or “first name” and “last name”.
Judith: [Geschlecht]
Chuck: “Gender”.
Judith: Here you put “M” for men or “W” for Woman, the German words are [männlich].
Chuck: “Male”.
Judith: And [weiblich].
Chuck: “Female”.
Judith: So, keep in mind. It’s not an “F” for woman, it’s a “W”. Then, [Alter].
Chuck: “Age”.
Judith: [Nationalität] or also [Staatsangehörigkeit].
Chuck: “Nationality” or “citizenship”.
Judith: [Stadt]
Chuck: “City”.
Judith: [Postleitzahl]
Chuck: “Postal code”.
Judith: [Land]
Chuck: “Country”.
Judith: [Telefonnummer]
Chuck: “Phone number”.
Judith: [Beruf]
Chuck: “Profession”.
Judith: And finally you’ll be asked to do an [Unterschrift].
Chuck: “Signature”.
Judith: [Unterschrift] literally means “under writing”.
Chuck: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
Chuck: The first word we shall look at is?
Judith: [Teilnehmer]
Chuck: “Participant”.
Judith: [Teilnehmer, Teilnehmer] this word is masculine and the plural is the same.
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Ausweis]
Chuck: “Identification” or “identity card”.
Judith: [Ausweis, der Ausweis] and the plural is [Ausweise].
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [anmelden]
Chuck: “To register” or “sign up”.
Judith: [anmelden, anmelden] and the [an] splits off.
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [bezahlen]
Chuck: “To pay”.
Judith: [bezahlen, bezahlen]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [buchstabieren]
Chuck: “To spell”.
Judith: [buchstabieren, buchstabieren]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [eintragen]
Chuck: “To enter” or “record”.
Judith: [eintragen] and this is a splitting, vowel changing verb so [Er trägt ein].
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Firma]
Chuck: “Company”.
Judith: [Firma, die Firma] and the plural is [Firmen].
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Webseite]
Chuck: “Webpage” or “website”.
Judith: [Webseite] this is feminine and the plural is [Webseiten].
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Donnerstag]
Chuck: “Thursday”.
Judith: [Donnerstag, Donnerstag]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [absagen]
Chuck: “To cancel”.
Judith: [absagen, absagen] and [ab] splits off.
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Material]
Chuck: “Material”.
Judith: [Material, Material] this is neutral and [common] the plural is [Materialien] with an extra “I”.
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Programm]
Chuck: “Program” or “TV channel”.
Judith: [Programm] and the plural is [Programme].
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Heft]
Chuck: “Notebook” or “booklet”.
Judith: [Heft, das Heft] and the plural is [Hefte].
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [sich beeilen]
Chuck: “To hurry”.
Judith: [sich beeilen, sich beeilen]
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’ll look at is [Sprecher].
Chuck: “Speaker”.
Judith: This is a noun based on [sprechen].
Chuck: “To speak”.
Judith: The ending “er” usually means a person who does something. Then, [Internationalisierung].
Chuck: “Internationalization”.
Judith: [Internationalisierung] a really long word, but the key thing to remember here is that all German words ending in [sierung] end in “zation” in English, for example also [Globalisierung].
Chuck: “Globalization”.
Judith: Next, the phrase [Das hatte ich vergessen].
Chuck: “I had forgotten that.”
Judith: We’ll get the grammar later. [Das hatte ich vergessen] and [ungern] is the opposite of [gern] as you might have guessed. The [un] prefix typically makes something in opposite, so [ungern] is “reluctantly” or “unwillingly”.

Lesson focus

Chuck: The focus of this lesson is compound nouns, as you’ve seen in many occasions, German nouns are often shoved together. The higher the level language, the more likely that you’ll seek huge compounds of nouns, but even in everyday language there are a fair amount of them.
Judith: There’s no upper limit as to how many nouns you can put into a singular compound noun. However, in everyday language most compounds consist of only two parts or three at maximum.
Chuck: Compound nouns enrich the language, unfortunately they’re not as straightforward as you might hope. For one thing, compound nouns often don’t consist of just two nouns.
Judith: There might be verb stamps or preposition prefixes involved, for example as in [Nachname] or [Anrede]. They might also be in between sounds like “s” or “n”, but they’re just here for the flow.
Chuck: Plus, the noun’s maybe singular or plural.
Judith: Another thing is that the semantic relationship between two nouns can be very different. For example [Schweineschnitzel].
Chuck: That’s definitively a “schnitzel made out of pork”.
Judith: But consider [Kalbschnitzel].
Chuck: It’s made out of “calf meat”.
Judith: And now consider [Jägerschnitzel].
Chuck: It’s made out of hunters! Oh, wait…
Judith: It’s the schnitzel hunter style.
Chuck: Yeah, it doesn’t quite work.
Judith: Let’s have some examples of compound nouns from this dialogue. One thing is [Webseite].
Chuck: “Website”.
Judith: It’s a classic example where English also uses a compound noun. Then [Programmheft].
Chuck: “Program” as in the brochure that tells you the program.
Judith: Here German uses a compound noun in order to be more precise. [Teilnehmerausweis].
Chuck: A “name batch” or “participant ID”.
Judith: A special type of ID that’s for participants. [Firmenwebseite].
Chuck: “Company website”.
Judith: For some un-explicable reason German uses the plural of “company” here, probably because [Firmawebseite] doesn’t flow as easily as [Firmenwebseite]. A “website for a company” and [Eröffnungsrede].
Chuck: “Opening speech”.
Judith: Note that there’s an extra “s” in between [Eröffnung] and [Rede], also for reasons of flow. [Eröffnungsrede] is a talk at the time of opening or maybe for the purpose of opening a conference.


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Judith: [Wir hoffen, euch hat diese Lektion gefallen. Bis nächste Woche!].


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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Habt Ihr schon einmal einen Vortrag auf einer Konferenz halten müssen? Worüber war der Vortrag?

Have you ever had to make a speech at a conference? What was the speech about?

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Friday at 04:29 PM
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Hi Mary,

Thank you for your feedback. 👍

We work with various video hosts, who do their best to make your and other

users' German learning experience as effective and enjoyable as possible.

Please check out our other series as well.

As for the gender of nouns, our company decided to display the nouns in their dictionary form and then we add the gender information in either brackets in the Vocabulary list, or in the Lesson Notes PDF.

We found that encouraging the student to actively look for the article aids the learning process.

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Mary Pickering
Monday at 02:56 PM
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I was wondering why one of the interlocuters in these lessons has a very noticeable American accent. It is annoying to pay for German lessons and not to hear a native's German accent. The way he says "ich" does not seem correct, for example.

Also, why isn't the gender of the noun included under "vocabulary"?

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Hallo robert groulx,

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robert groulx
Thursday at 10:44 PM
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thanks for the lesson

my favorite words are : Sie möchten sich für die Konferenz anmelden?


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Wednesday at 08:35 AM
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Hi Larry,

Thank you for posting.

And for the new word.😉

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Larry Peterson
Monday at 11:27 PM
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Mein Lieblingswort ist Kraftwageneinstecksgebäude, oder Garage. 😁

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Wednesday at 11:22 AM
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Hi Elizabeth,

Sounds comlicated!😳

A little change in sentence no.2, if I may:

Wir haben Instruktionsdesign in unserem/unseren Sprachenprogramm/en benutzt.

Thank you.

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Friday at 02:36 AM
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Ich hatte über Instruktionsdesign gesprochen. Wir haben Instruktionsdesign in unser Sprachenprogramme benutzt. 👍

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My name is Reinhard. How can I help?

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Friday at 04:23 AM
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Hi . Are you Dear Alicia ?Please let me know . Thanks alot .