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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 14, Restaurant Part 3. Today we will cover getting out of the restaurant. First you may have to get a hold of the staff. Again you can accomplish this by saying [Verzeihung] Let’s break it down by syllable [Verzeihung] Now let’s hear it once again [Verzeihung] Once at your table, your waiter will probably ask you, did you like it or [Hat es geschmeckt?] Literally this means did it taste. Let’s break that down and hear it again. The first word [Hat] means has. [Hat] Next we have [es] Finally last word [geschmeckt] which literally means tasted. [geschmeckt] Now if you’d like to tell them how good the food is or maybe if you are eating with someone and you want to let them know how good you feel the food is, you can say [Es ist sehr lecker] Let’s break down this phrase and hear it one more time. [Es ist sehr lecker] The first word is [Es] which in English is it [Es] The second word is [ist] which in English is, is [ist] and [ist] The next word is [sehr] meaning very. [sehr] The last word [lecker] means yummy in English. [lecker] So altogether we have [Es ist sehr lecker] it’s very yummy. Now you can ask for the check. In German, check please is [Die Rechnung bitte] Let’s break it down by syllable. [Die Rechnung bitte] Now let’s hear it once again. [Die Rechnung bitte] The first word [die Rechnung] means the check. Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time [die Rechnung] This is followed by [bitte] which in English is please [bitte] Don’t forget to say thank you. After you ask for the check, the waiter asks [Zahlen Sie zusammen oder getrennt] In English this means are you paying together or separate. Let’s break this down. The first word [zahlen] means pay in English. Next we have the formal you in German [Sie] translates to together [zusammen] The second word [oder] means or [oder]. The last word [getrennt] means separate. [getrennt] Altogether we have [Zahlen Sie zusammen oder getrennt?] In Germany, it is more common to do the latter and pay separately.
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: Excuse me [Verzeihung] did you like it [Hat es geschmeckt?]
M: That’s going to do it for today.


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Monday at 06:30 PM
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That's strange, but today's show is not showing up in "my feed"... Vielleicht könnten Sie es beheben ?

Thursday at 07:41 AM
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Hi Emily,

You almost answered your own question perfectly.😄

Entschuldigung can be used it both situations, when you

are asking for something and when you hurt someone's feeling or

did something inadequate.

Verzeihung is mostly used when you did something wrong: Ich bitte um Verzeihung.

There still are people who would say "Verzeihen Sie bitte..." wenn they ask something,

but it's usually older generations.

Thank you.

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

Kind regards,


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Sunday at 12:11 PM
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What is the difference between Verzeihung and Entschuldigung ? Can I use Entschuldigung when asking for the bill? Danke.

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Thursday at 11:22 AM
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Hi Diana V,

Thank you very much for posting!?

If it would be past tense it is "Es war sehr lecker". "Es ist sehr lecker" is present tense, you can use it while eating to emphasize how delicious it is. I hope this helps.

Please let us know if you any questions.



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Diana V
Wednesday at 10:39 AM
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Shouldn't "Es ist sehr lecker" be past tense, since they already had the meal?

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Friday at 05:39 PM
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Hi Dot,

Thanks for your comment. Would you be so kind and let me know which more questions you recognized on the audio which are missing on the PDF?



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Wednesday at 09:04 AM
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There were only two questions on the PDF but quite a few questions in the lesson. :open_mouth:

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Thursday at 12:07 PM
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Hallo Davi,

Thank you for your comment and question!

"geschmeckt" is a past tense form of "schmecken". There are a few verbs that use "ge" when forming the past tense, for example "helfen - geholfen" (to help), "tun - getan" (to do), "wählen - gewählt" (to vote).

I hope this helps!

Vielen Dank!


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Friday at 08:09 PM
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Guten Morgen, können Sie mir erklären, warum "geschmeckt"? wenn "to taste" ist schmecken? Warum die GES vor dem Wort?