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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 3. Please, this please. Today’s phrase will help you take matters into your own hands. In today’s lesson, we will take a look at please as in asking for something. In German, please is [bitte] which you may recall from last lesson. [bitte] Let’s break it down by syllable. [bitte] Now let’s hear it once again [bitte] The most rudimentary way of using please is pointing at something while saying [bitte] but let’s try and build this up a bit, shall we? Let’s start with the expression, this please which in German is [dieses bitte]. In English, this comes before please. In German, the word order is the same. In German, the word for this [dieses] precedes [bitte]. Let’s take a look at the word for this. This in German is [dieses] Looking at the word for this warrants a look at the word for that which is [das bitte] The phrase that please is [das] Let’s break it down by syllable. [das bitte] Now let’s hear it once again. [das bitte] Let’s take a look at an example of how to use this lesson’s phrases. You walk into a bakery in Germany. In front of you, you see a selection of baked goods but you aren’t sure how to say what you want. In that case, you can point at the item you want and say [das bitte] or [dieses bitte]. This will work in general for daily needs. Just a note, the German grammar is complicated and has three definite articles [der] masculine [die] feminine and [das] neutral. These articles are different for each word and dependent on the grammatical gender. This is something we will get into in a later lesson.
M: Okay to close out 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.
F: Please [bitte] this please [dieses bitte] that please [das bitte]
M: That’s going to do it for today.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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A beer in a Bavarian bar? A box of chocolates in a Swiss sweets shop? A hot drink in an Austrian ski lodge? What would you like to ask for in German after hearing today's lesson?

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Sunday at 9:01 am
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Hello Amerikanerin,


Thank you for commenting. That's an interesting question!

The demonstrative pronoun "dieser"/"diese"/"dieses" becomes in plural...

...nominative "diese": "Diese Tafeln Schokolade sind lecker."

...akkusative "diese": "Ich möchte diese Tafeln Schokolade."

...dative "diesen": "Ich gebe diesen Kindern Schokolade."

...genitive "dieser": "Die Schokolade dieser beiden Hersteller ist sehr lecker."


I hope this helps you.


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Anne

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Amerikanerin
Friday at 10:54 pm
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Hi, I'm confused! Dieses Auto, Dieser Name, Diese Wohnung. But what about Theeese, as in plural of something, as in, "These donuts" or "these cars" - is that "Diese" or "Diesen" or is it something else? I'd like some of THESE (chocolates) please, how do we express the plural of "Dies"?

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Monday at 9:06 am
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Hello Krys,


Dankeschön! Thank you very much for your comment!

Please let me correct one little mistake. "bitteshon" should be "bitteschön".


Have a great day!


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Albert

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Krys
Saturday at 2:16 am
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bitteshon!

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Gloria
Tuesday at 2:29 pm
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@ Jennifer: Danke

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Germanpod101
Friday at 10:34 am
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@Gloria: "Drei Kugeln Schokoladeneis, bitte"! ;)

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Gloria
Tuesday at 7:47 am
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Drei Kulgeln Schokolade Eis, bitte.

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Hallo Cristóbal,


Danke für den Kommentar! :smile:


Vielen Dank!


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Cristóbal
Tuesday at 3:06 am
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Mehr Lektionen wie diese, bitte.


I took the construction "...wie diese" from the Die Toten Hosen song Tage wie diese.


Please correct my mistakes if any.

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Hallo Alberkelio,


Danke für den Kommentar!


If you have any questions please let us know!


Vielen Dank!


Clara

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