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INTRODUCTION
Chuck: Chuck here. Intermediate Season 4, Lesson 19 – “An Intriguing German Job Offer”
Judith: Hi, my name is [*] and I’m joined here by Chuck.
Chuck: Hello everyone and welcome back to GermanPod101.com.
Judith: What are we learning today?
Chuck: In this lesson you’ll learn how to talk to a recruiter.
Judith: This conversation takes place at the conference.
Chuck: The conversation is between Joe and [Birke], who’s attending a lecture.
Judith: The speakers are strangers therefore they’ll be using formal German.
Chuck: Let’s listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Birke: Sie arbeiten nicht gern, wenn Sie in Deutschland sind? Das sollten Sie ändern.
Joe: Wozu? Ich bin nie lange hier. Ich möchte meinen Urlaub genießen.
Birke: Ich habe mich noch nicht vorgestellt. Mein Name ist Birke Pfarrer, ich arbeite in der Personalabteilung von Berlin Translated.
Joe: Ah, angenehm, Sie kennen zu lernen.
Birke: Mir hat ihr Vortrag eben wirklich gut gefallen und ich denke, wir könnten Sie gebrauchen.
Joe: Entschuldigung...wovon reden Sie?
Birke: Ich meine, wir könnten Ihnen vielleicht eine Stelle anbieten. Also natürlich müssten Sie sich noch bewerben, aber ich denke, dass Sie qualifiziert sind.
Joe: Ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob ich wieder eine feste Stelle haben oder weiter freiberuflich arbeiten möchte.
Birke: Ja, es gibt ein paar Dinge, über die wir sprechen müssten...
Joe: Worüber müssen wir sprechen?
Birke: Na, zum Beispiel darüber, warum Sie Ihren alten Job aufgegeben haben. Und auch über das Visum und so.
Joe: Ja. Woran würde ich bei Ihnen arbeiten?
Birke: Hauptsächlich an Webseiten. Wenn es da mal nichts zu tun gibt, können wir sehen, wofür Sie sich sonst interessieren.
Joe: Klingt gut. Und ist Ihr Büro in Berlin?
Birke: Ja. Die Hauptstelle ist in Berlin und wir haben auch Niederlassungen in Dresden und Nürnberg.
Birke: You don't like to work when you're in Germany? You should change that.
Joe: What for? I'm never here for long. I'd like to enjoy my vacation.
Birke: I haven't introduced myself yet. My name is Birke Pfarrer, I work in the personnel department of Berlin Translated.
Joe: Ah, pleased to meet you.
Birke: I really enjoyed your lecture, and I think we could use you.
Joe: Excuse me... what are you talking about?
Birke: I think we could possibly offer you a position. Naturally you'd have to apply, but I think that you're qualified.
Joe: I'm not sure whether I want a permanent position, or if I want to continue working as a freelancer.
Birke: Yes, there are a few things that we would need to discuss...
Joe: What do we need to talk about?
Birke: Well, for example, why you left your old job. And also about the work visa and things like that.
Joe: Yes. What would I work on, with you?
Birke: Mainly on websites. If there's nothing to do there, then we can see what else you're interested in.
Joe: Sounds good. And is your office in Berlin?
Birke: Yes. The head office is in Berlin, and we also have branches in Dresden and Nuremberg.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Chuck: Let’s talk about the East German connection.
Judith: Yeah, we mentioned [Dreseden, Nürnberg], Berlin, well a part of it, all of these used to be a part of communist East Germany. What about some good sides of this East Germany? I don’t think they really get much attention these days.
Chuck: Well, there’s cheap culture, free education, ship holidays, camps and youth activities.
Judith: Yeah and bands like [Karat and the Puddies], lot of ignored goodies.
Chuck: And [you can via], a non-religious celebration of achieving adulthood. It’s like confirmation of protestants in church. Still 40 percent of participation in 2000.
Judith: Yes, it was a popular thing and we’re totally lacking something like that now, the only way you can celebrate adulthood is if you’re a part of a church. Also, what I found really amazing is there were more women in engineering and math, like they really had 50-50 split at universities for these kinds of subjects. Gender equality was a matter of course.
Chuck: And they spoil the chances of [bearing] capitalism. Let’s take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
VOCAB LIST
Chuck: The first word we shall see is?
Judith: [nie]
Chuck: “Never”.
Judith: [nie, nie]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Personal]
Chuck: “Personnel”.
Judith: [Personal, das Personal]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Abteilung]
Chuck: “Department”.
Judith: [Abteilung, die Abteilung] and the plural is [Abteilungen]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [eben]
Chuck: “Just, a moment ago” or “indeed”.
Judith: [eben]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [gebrauchen]
Chuck: “To make use of” or “utilize”.
Judith: [gebrauchen, gebrauchen]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [anbieten]
Chuck: “To offer”.
Judith: [anbieten, anbieten] the forms are [Er bietet an, Er bot an, Er hat angeboten]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [sich bewerben]
Chuck: “To apply for”.
Judith: [sich bewerben, sich bewerben] the forms are [Er bewirbt sich, Er bewarb sich, Er hat sich beworben]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [qualifiziert]
Chuck: “Qualified”.
Judith: [qualifiziert, qualifiziert]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [aufgeben]
Chuck: “To give up”.
Judith: [aufgeben, aufgeben] the forms are [Er gibt auf, Er gab auf, Er hat aufgegeben]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Visum]
Chuck: “Visa”.
Judith: [Visum, das Visum]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [hauptsächlich]
Chuck: “Mainly” or “mostly”.
Judith: [hauptsächlich, hauptsächlich]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Haupt]
Chuck: “Main”.
Judith: [Haupt, Haupt]
Chuck: Next?
Judith: [Niederlassung]
Chuck: “Office” or “subsidiary”.
Judith: [Niederlassung, die Niederlassung] and the plural is [Niederlassungen].
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’ll look at closely is [reden].
Chuck: “To talk”.
Judith: Because it’s the base word for [die Rede].
Chuck: “The talk” or “the speech”.
Judith: Then, we found the form [müssten].
Chuck: “Would have to”.
Judith: You know, [müssten] without the “t” means “must”, but [müssten] with extra “t” means “would have to”. Finally, [freiberuflich].
Chuck: “Freelancing”.
Judith: It’s an adjective or adverb for [der Freiberufler].
Chuck: “Freelancer”.
Judith: A lot of adjectives and adverbs are forms are formed using [-lich].
LESSON FOCUS
Chuck: The focus of this lesson is [wo] and [wor].
Judith: In Lesson 17, we already looked the prefix [da], which is used in words like [davon, damit, daran, darüber] and so on. Now, let’s look at the similar case, the prefix [wo].
Chuck: [wo] is the direct equivalent of [da] except it’s used to create question words. The [da] prefix can be translated as “that”, in the [wo] prefix can be translated as “what”.
Judith: To form the question words, just use [wo] and any preposition or [wor] with an extra “r” if the preposition starts with a vowel, like [womit].
Chuck: “With what”?
Judith: [wofür]
Chuck: “For what”?
Judith: [wovon]
Chuck: “Of what”?
Judith: Is a combination of [wo] and [von, woran].
Chuck: “On what”?
Judith: Here we have the first one with an “r”, because [an] starts with a vowel, so [woran, woran].
Chuck: [woran] sounds so weird.
Judith: Yeah. [woran, of what], “on what” [worüber].
Chuck: “About what” or “above what”.
Judith: [woraus]
Chuck: “Out of what”?
Judith: And so on, and so on. For every [wo] question word, the [da] word provides the answer. So, if you have a very annoying, small kid bugging you, asking lots of questions then you can always answer with the [da] word, like if the question is [womit], the easiest answer is [damit] and if the question is [worüber], the easiest answer is [darüber].
Chuck: Be sure to use the preposition that’s appropriate for the verb. For example, in English you can go by car, but in German it’s [mit dem Auto], so the appropriate question is [womit].
Judith: [Womit fahren Sie zur Arbeit]
OUTRO
Chuck: [damit]. That just about does it for today.
Judith: Listeners, have you ever dreamt of starring in one of our lessons?
Chuck: If your answer is “yes”, use the voice recording tool on lessons’ page.
Judith: Record your voice with a click of a button.
Chuck: Then play it back just as easily.
Judith: Then, compare it to the native speakers in the lesson.
Chuck: And adjust your pronunciation.
Judith: After a few tries, you’ll be speaking better German than Chuck here.
Chuck: Hey!
Judith: Go to GermanPod101.com and rapidly improve your German pronunciation.
Chuck: See you next week!
Judith: [Bis nächste Woche]!

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Tuesday at 6:30 pm
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Wenn Ihr die Wahl hättet, in welchem Land würdet Ihr gerne arbeiten? Und warum?

If you had the choice, in which country would you like to work? And why?

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Hello Reed,


Thank you for your attentiveness.


I agree that the subtitle of this lesson can be a bit

misleading. However, it doesn't strictly say that Nürnberg is in

East Germany. The message it tries to convey is: A company whose

origin seems to be in East Germany, also has a branch in Nürnberg.

I think what the lesson is really trying to do is introduce students of

the German language to less well known places, including some in "former" East Germany.


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


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Reed
Sunday at 5:53 pm
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Why are you saying that Nuremberg used to be part of East Germany? This should be corrected.

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Thursday at 2:30 pm
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Hi Ali,


Danke für den Kommentar! (Thanks for commenting!)


Vielleicht kannst du mal in Deutschland arbeiten! (Maybe you might be able to work in Germany some time!)


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Katrin

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Ali
Sunday at 2:44 pm
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Ich würde in Deutschland arbeiten,wenn ich es könnte weil ich möchte mein Deutsch verbesser und mag die leute dort.