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John: 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.
Judith: German Survival Phrases. Lesson 19, Internet. In this lesson, we will learn about a place crucial to your travels in this modern age, the Internet café. In German, Internet café [Internetcafé], very easy, isn’t it? Internet café, just pronounced a bit differently. There are many internet cafes located throughout the cities. So finding one should be no problem. However, so that things go smoothly once you are inside, I will guide you through the internet café experience. In Germany, when you walk into the store, approach their reception desk and tell them what you are here for. Just say, [Ich möchte im Internet surfen] Let’s break it down by syllable [Ich möchte im Internet surfen] Now let’s hear it once again. [Ich möchte im Internet surfen] This sentence literally means I want to surf the internet. Here surf is like the German word for browsing. The first word [Ich] means I. Let’s hear it one more time [Ich] This is followed by [möchte] which in German is, would like. [möchte] Be careful with the [ö] sound and the [ch]. Next comes [im] which means in the. Let’s hear it again [im] followed by internet. This should be easy [Internet] internet. Last but not least, we have [surfen] which is colloquial for to browse or to surf the internet [surfen] surfing. Normally, the PC has a special software keeping track of the time that you are already using the internet or the amount of traffic you downloaded and alike. In some café’s you only pay by time. In others, they do let you pay for the amount of data you download. Usually, if you see a sign advertising a certain price [pro Stunde] meaning per hour, you normally know that the data traffic is not charged. Another critical system for all you laptop packing trackers is, does this store have Wi-Fi access? In German, does this store have Wi-Fi access is [Haben Sie einen Wi-Fi Zugang?]. Let’s break it down by syllable [Haben Sie einen Wi-Fi Zugang?] Now let’s hear it once again [Haben Sie einen Wi-Fi Zugang?] The first word [haben] means do you have. Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time. [haben] This is followed by [Sie] which is the formal you. In this case, it implies that you don’t just mean the person that you are talking to but also the café you currently are standing in. [einen] is German for A [einen] Wi-Fi, of course, is Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, Wi-Fi isn’t standard in Germany yet. So chances are, you won’t be understood. Try the word Ethernet if all you get say a blank stare. If this doesn’t get you further either, chances are the answer to your question is no but let’s finish with the question first. The last word is [Zugang] which is German for access. [Zugang] Let’s break it down by syllables. [Zugang] And one more time [Zugang] So altogether we have [Haben Sie einen Wi-Fi Zugang?] Literally this means have you a Wi-Fi access and finally, here is one more phrase that might prove useful. Password and username, please. In German, password and username please is [Passwort und Benutzername, bitte] Let’s break it down by syllable. [Passwort und Benutzername, bitte] Now let’s hear it once again [Passwort und Benutzername, bitte] The first word [Passwort] means password. Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time. [Passwort] Password. This is followed by [und] which in German is [und] and. Username in German means [Benutzername] And last but not least, [bitte] which means please. A useful little word that is always going to make things easier for you. Let’s hear it again [bitte] So altogether we have [Passwort und Benutzername, bitte] Literally this means password and username, please.
John: Okay to close our today’s lesson, we would 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.
Judith: I would like to surf the internet [Ich möchte im Internet surfen]
Do you have a Wi-Fi access [Haben Sie Wi-Fi Zugang]
Password and username please [Passwort und Benutzername, bitte]
John: That’s going to do it for today.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Have you ever been in a German internet cafe?

Jacqueline
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Danke Schon :smile:

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"die Zahlen" = the numbers (die Zahl)

"die Nummer" = the digit / the number


One is plural, the other not. Also, "die Zahlen" refers to the numbers in a maths context, whereas "die Nummer" would be something like an ID, if referring to several digits.

Jacqueline
Wednesday at 3:36 am
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What is the difference in use between "die Zahlen" and " die Nummer"?