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Hallo, ich heiße Laura. Hi everybody! I’m Laura.
Welcome to GermanPod101.com’s “Deutsch in 3 Minuten”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn German.
In the last lesson, we learned the phrase Entschuldigen Sie, sprechen Sie Englisch? "Excuse me, do you speak English?" We mentioned the word Entschuldigen Sie, which means "excuse me" in formal German.
In this lesson we’re going to learn how to use Entschuldigen Sie and other words when apologizing in German.
We should use Entschuldigen Sie in formal situations, such as when we are ordering something in bars or restaurants. For example:
Entschuldigen Sie, einen Kaffee bitte. "Excuse me, a coffee please."
We can also use it when asking a question:
Entschuldigen Sie, wo ist der Ausgang? "Excuse me, where is the exit, please?"
Sometimes we also hear people say bitte, which means the same thing when you want to draw somebody's attention. We always use this phrase in formal speech.
[slowly] Bitte.
The informal way to say "excuse me" is Entschuldige
[slowly] Entschuldige.
Just like Entschuldigen Sie, we can use Entschuldige when asking a question, or when apologizing.
We can also use the word Entschuldigung if You are not sure whether to use the formal or informal way.
All of these phrases can be used for either “excuse me” or “I’m sorry.” But if you really want to apologize for something, it might be better to use a different phrase.
That phrase is Es tut mir leid. It means “I am sorry.” and can be used in both formal and informal situations.
[slowly] Es tut mir leid.
First we have Es, or “It”. Next, we insert the German word for “to do” tun. When this is conjugated for es in German, it is tut. Mir is the dative form of the reflexive verb tun. In this case it’s oneself, so You use mir. If it was You, one would say Dir.
Finally we have leid, literally meaning "sorrow."
Es tut mir leid.
Now it’s time for Laura’s Insights.
Please remember that in Germany if you accidentally bump into someone, we don’t say “I am sorry,” es tut mir leid; instead we say Entschuldigen Sie, Entschuldige or Entschuldigung for both cases.
Are you are able to count in German? In the next lesson we will learn the numbers in German from one to ten!
I'll be waiting for you in our next Deutsch in 3 Minuten” lesson.
Bis bald zur nächsten Lektion!!

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Hi Sumati,


Thank you for posting.


That's funny. Maybe with a hyphen so as not to confuse

the other learners😄: Ge-learnt.


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Reinhard

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Sumati
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Hi Artem,


Thank you for posting.


I have listened to both, the video and the recordings, and couldn't

really find anything wrong with them.

Please note that with the vocab recordings we sometimes provide both,

a recording at normal, natural speed as well as a slow version for easier listening.

You recognise the slow ones by the "x0.5", meaning half speed.

The reason that for some of the vocabulary only the slow recording is provided is that

you get the natural version in the video.😉


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


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Artem
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Vocabulary sound pieces seem to point to incorrect audio.

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Hi Fairuz,


Thank you for your positive feedback.


I know what you mean and I agree. I will pass

your comment on.😉


If you have any questions, please let us know.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Fairuz
Saturday at 08:07 PM
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I enjoy learning with Laura; each lesson is short enough to remember and the explanation is easy enough to understand 👍👍👍

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Hallo Rita,


Danke schön for leaving your like. 😇

Let us know if you have any questions.


Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Levente

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Rita
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Thursday at 08:59 AM
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Hi Joy,


That's an interesting question.👍 Thank you.


"Ausgang" usually refers to an exit you walk through, while

"Ausfahrt" is a sign you will find on large roads and highways.


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


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Joy
Friday at 05:25 AM
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What is the difference between Ausgang and Ausfahrt?