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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 13, Restaurant part 2. Today we will cover getting by at the table. First you may have to get a hold of the staff. You can accomplish this by saying [Können wir bestellen?] which means can we order. [Können wir bestellen?] Let’s break it down by syllable. [Können wir bestellen?] Now let’s hear it once again. [Können] The first word [Können] means can. Let’s break that down and hear it again. [Können] The next word [wir] means we in English. [wir] The last word is German for order [bestellen] Once the waiter or the waitress comes to your table, you can go with the standard point and this please. Now I know we covered this earlier but let’s hear it again. In German, this please is [dieses bitte] Let’s break it down by syllable. [dieses bitte] Now let’s hear it once again [dieses bitte] The first word [dieses] means this. Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time. [dieses] This is followed by [bitte] which in English is please. [dieses bitte] Now if you are feeling ambitious, you could go for what do you recommend. In German, what do you recommend is [Was empfehlen Sie?] Let’s break it down by syllable [Was empfehlen Sie?] Now let’s hear it once again [Was empfehlen Sie?] The first word [was] means what. Let’s hear this word slowly one more time. [was] This is followed by [empfehlen] which in English is recommend. [empfehlen] Finally this is followed by Sie which in English means you. [Sie] So altogether we have [Was empfehlen Sie] One more very important word is the word for menu. In German, menu is [Speisekarte] Let’s break that down and hear it again [Speisekarte] The word menu in German actually means a set meal with at least three courses. So asking for the menu might win you more than you bargained for.
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: Can we order [Können wir bestellen] This please [dieses bitte] menu [Speisekarte] what do you recommend [Was empfehlen Sie?]
M: That’s going to do it for today.