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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 27, Visiting Friends.
M: In today’s lesson, we will introduce you to a phrase that you will need if you plan on stopping by to visit any friends in Germany. Today, we will provide you with the phrases needed to get insight and the replies you can expect to hear. In Germany, may I come in is [Darf ich eintreten] let’s break it down by syllable. [Darf ich eintreten] Now let’s hear it once again [Darf ich eintreten] The first word [darf] in English means may. It’s the first singular person of the verb [dürfen] may. Let’s break this right down by syllable and hear it once more [dürfen] Next is [ich] which means I [ich] So to recap here, we have [darf ich] literally this means may I. Let’s take a look at the next word [eintreten] Enter. Let’s break it down [eintreten] and let’s hear it again [eintreten] So altogether we have [Darf ich eintreten] literally this means may I enter but it will be translated as May I come in? Hopefully after using this phrase the correct way, you will be invited in. If not, it may be time to make some new friends. In Germany, please come in is [Kommen Sie bitte herein] Let’s break it down by syllable [Kommen Sie bitte herein] Let’s hear it once again [Kommen Sie bitte herein] The first word [kommen] means come and it is the conjugated verb from third person plural of the verb [kommen] to come. Then we have [Sie] which in English is you. The phrase [Kommen Sie] is used in the formal level of speech and literally means come you. This is followed by [bitte] please. [bitte] Lastly [herein] in English means in. Let’s break down this adverb and hear it one more time [herein] altogether we have [Kommen Sie bitte herein] literally this means come you please in, but we translate it as please come in. If you meet with closer friends, you will hear them telling you to come in in a more casual way [Komm bitte herein] please come in. Let’s break this phrase down by syllable [Komm bitte herein] And now let’s hear it one more time [Komm bitte herein] As you can see, not too much change compared to the previous phrase. We just replaced the formal [kommen Sie] with come, second singular person of the verb [komm] to come, come [kommen]. Now let’s hear the whole phrase once again [Komm bitte herein] In many households, it’s generally a good idea to get a gift for your home visit. Germans like those kinds of small gifts. Anything will do, usually something small is a token of your appreciation. In German, this is just a small gift is [Dies ist nur ein kleines Geschenk] Let’s break it down by syllable [Dies ist nur ein kleines Geschenk] Let’s hear it once more [Dies ist nur ein kleines Geschenk] The first word [dies] means this. And it’s a demonstrative pronoun [dies] Next is [ist] is, third singular person of the verb [sein] to be. Let’s hear it once again [ist] it’s followed by adverb [nur] which in English means just [just] To recap here, we have [Dies ist nur] which literally means this is just. Let’s continue with the next word [ein] a. Indefinite article masculine singular. Let’s listen to this word one more time [ein] It’s followed by [kleines] small [kleines] Lastly we have [Geschenk] which in English is gift. Let’s break it down by syllable [Geschenk] And now let’s hear it once again [Geschenk] So altogether we have [Dies ist nur ein kleines Geschenk] Literally this means this is just a small gift.
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.
May I come in [Darf ich eintreten] please come in [Kommen Sie bitte herein] please come in, informal [Komm bitte herein] This is just a small gift [Dies ist nur ein kleines Geschenk] That’s going to do it for today.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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What small gift would you bring back from Germany to your friends and family?

Gloria
Tuesday at 9:27 am
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I read all the comments for all the lessons and Salivia Baker has been a great inspiration to me to learn German. I am a beginner and, yes, the English translations really help me since I still don't know a lot of German words. I do well with English and Spanish and hope to master German and French. But it takes a lot of study and perseverance.

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Hello Landon Wood,

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Hallo mein freundeun, I spreche die Deutsch sprache und Englisch sprache. Ich bin ein Amerikanor, und Ich bin in Amerika. Ich hab der Deutsch sprache aber nich an dies website. Ich hat mein Deutsch sprache an ein fruendeun von mein.


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Hallo Salivia,


Vielen Dank für Deine Kommentare! :grin:


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Salivia Baker
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Ich helfe, wo ich nur kann / I help where ever I can :)


Übung macht den Meister / practise makes perfect.

Was man vorallem braucht ist Durchhaltevermögen / The one thing you need the most is perseverance.

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Hi Salivia Baker,


Guten tag. I'm from GermanPod101.com


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We’re really glad to have you here.


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Language always takes time :( However, the more you practice the better you will be forsure!


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Salivia Baker
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So you think my German needs improving.... (*hust*Muttersprachlerin*hust*) :mrgreen:


Wenn überhaupt, dann mein Englisch - aber dafür ist ja EnglishClass101 da^^

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Thank you,Salivia : )


We thought that it would help other listeners understand what you meant, and also help you improve your German ^^


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Salivia Baker
Thursday at 8:22 pm
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Das war auf Deutsch ;) You probably mean English.


When hearing "eintreten" (to come in) I always think of "die Tür eintreten" (to kick in the door).


better?

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If you have any further questions, please feel free to let us know. Please post a translation of your comment in German too. It’s good practice for you, and others can understand you too. : )


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