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M: Hello and welcome to German Survival Phrases brought to you by germanpod101.com, this course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Germany. You will be surprised at how far a little German will go. Now before we jump in, remember to stop by germanpod101.com and there you will find the accompanying PDF and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.
F: German Survival Phrases. Lesson 10. Apologies (I’m Sorry). In today’s lesson, we will cover phrases used for apologizing. Now as we haven’t quite mastered German, it is probably very prudent to go for the phrases for apologizing as they might just come in handy. We will start with [Entschuldigung] Let’s break it down by syllable [Entschuldigung] Now let’s hear it again [Entschuldigung] This phrase is used in many situations. For example, when you bump into someone or if you need someone’s attention. Next we will take a look at [Verzeihung] Let’s break it down by syllable [Verzeihung] Now let’s hear it again. [Verzeihung] This phrase is used more as a way of saying excuse me. You’d use this if you needed to go around someone in a grocery store or if you need to ask for directions. Finally there is the German equivalent of I am sorry [Es tut mir leid] which in English literally means it does me harm. Let’s hear it again [Es tut mir leid] Let’s look at this a bit closer. [Es] means it [Es] The next word [tut] means thus. [tut] Then we have [mir] which is German for me [mir] Finally we have the German word for am which is [leid, Es tut mir leid] I am sorry [Es tut mir leid] Now what if somebody apologizes to you? A good response is [Kein Problem] which is literally no problem [Kein Problem] Let’s break it down by syllable [Kein Problem] Now we will go over how to use these phrases. You are walking down the street and as you go around the corner, you went straight into someone, you say [Entschuldigung] and he answers [Kein Problem] He was mumbling that and you would like to make sure everything is okay. So you politely ask him to repeat what he said [Entschuldigung, ich verstehe nicht. Können Sie das wiederholen?] Let’s try that sentence again [Entschuldigung, ich verstehe nicht. Können Sie das wiederholen?] That is, excuse me, I don’t understand. Could you repeat that? Now you need to find a bathroom. You walk into a café and request to use their bathroom. [Verzeihung, darf ich die Toilette benutzen?]
M: Okay to close our today’s lesson, we’d like you to practice what you’ve just learned. I provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for shouting it out aloud. You have a few seconds before I give you the answer. So [Viel Glück] which means good luck in German.
F: Sorry [Entschuldigung] excuse me [Es tut mir leid] I am sorry [Es tut mir leid] no problem [Kein Problem]
M: That’s going to do it for today.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Wednesday at 10:00 pm
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Hello Gloria & Vita,


Thank you for posting and sharing the info on letter codes! :thumbsup:


Let us know if you have any question.

Cheers,

Lena

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Gloria
Sunday at 4:03 am
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Hi Vita,


Thank you for the information. I had no idea that the German letter code is different for Mac but now I know.

Vita
Wednesday at 11:12 pm
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Hi Gloria,


Vielen Dank ! That's really helpful !

By trying your advice, I fount out that this is how it works on Mac. It's very convenience .

[ → ü

' → ä

; → ö

Same with English when you need it to be capital letter, just press the key "Caps lock".

I like to feeling of learning something new !


Viel Glück ! : )

Gloria
Tuesday at 9:49 am
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Vita,


The codes for writing the German letters are as follows:


ä : ALT + 132 Ä : ALT + 142

ö : ALT + 148 Ö : ALT + 153

ü : ALT + 129 Ü : ALT + 154

ß : ALT + 225


It is necessary to use the numbers to the right of the keyboard. The numbers at the top of the keyboard will not work. Also it is necessary to hold down the ALT key at the same time as using the number keys to the right of the keyboard.

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Wednesday at 11:12 am
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Hi Vita,


Glad to hear you decided to study German. It´ll be a pleasure for me to help you with your German studies.


Ich wünsche dir viel Glück mit dem Deutschlernen. (I wish you luck with learning German.)


Dankeschön!


Jennifer

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Vita
Thursday at 2:50 pm
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Hi GermanPod101 team,


I am Vita in China. I am an absolute beginner and just started to learn German this week. I was wondering should I learn French or German (I speak Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese), now I really enjoy GermanPod101 , It's such a good study tool ! Hopefully I can get German language skill well.


Dankeschon ! Viel Gluck. (Have to figure out how to type "äöü" on laptop later ^_^ )

GermanPod101.comVerified
Friday at 5:29 pm
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Hi Brian,


Thank you for writing!

"Entschuldigen Sie" is formal German (the "Sie" used to address an unknown, adult person), but also very common. It's not outdated or anything :)


I hope this helps,


Katrin

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Brian
Friday at 12:50 am
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Hello, I have a question about excuse me. I have learned elsewhere to say Entschuldigen Sie. Is this a more formal way, a regional thing, or an out of date term? Danke!

GermanPod101.comVerified
Monday at 11:10 am
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Hi Dmitry,


Thank you for your question. Actually, "Verzeihung" and "Entschuldigung" are exchangeable. If you can use one, you may also use the other.

"Verzeihung" is a bit more old fashioned than "Entschuldigung" but it is still a very common word.


Katrin

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Dmitry
Saturday at 4:17 pm
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Are there any situations where i should use 'Verzeihung' rather than 'Entschuldigung'? They both mean 'excuse me' and they are mostly exact synonyms for me right now.