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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 37, Places to Stay and the German You Need to Know
M: In today’s lesson, we will help you check in. In Germany, there are hotels, bed and breakfast, camping grounds, hostels and also [Ferien auf dem Bauernhof] or farm holidays located in the most beautiful areas of the country such as the Island of Rugen, Ryan Valley or the Black forest. [Ferien auf dem Bauernhof] are always my favorite option. There you can stay and taste the typical local food, ride horses, swim in the pool and walk in the woods. There are many activities for people who decide to have a different holiday and go far away from the cities but let’s not waste time and go see today’s phrases. In Germany, when you get to a hotel and you want to check in, you could use two possible phrases. If you have already booked the room and you want to say, I have a reservation in German, it is [Ich habe eine Reservierung] Let’s break it down by syllable. [Ich habe eine Reservierung] Now let’s hear it once again [Ich habe eine Reservierung] The first word, the personal pronoun [Ich] means I. Let’s hear it one more time [Ich] following is [habe] have. The first person singular form of the verb [haben] to have. Next is [eine] a, a feminine indefinite article and then we have [Reservierung] reservation. Let’s break it down by syllable and hear it one more time [Reservierung] and [Reservierung]. Altogether we have [Ich habe eine Reservierung] which literally means I have a reservation. If you have not booked the room yet, the phrase I would like a room in German is [Ich hätte gerne ein Zimmer] Let’s break it down by syllable and hear it one more time [Ich hätte gerne ein Zimmer] The first word, the personal pronoun [Ich] means I. Let’s hear it one more time [Ich] following this is [hätte] would like to have. The conjunctive first person singular form of the verb [haben] to have. The breakdown for this word is [hätte] and now let’s hear it once again. [hätte] Next is the adverb [gerne] meaning in English with pleasure because of the lack of a verb except for the conjugated helping verb at the beginning of the question, we need the adverb to make the sentence valid. Let’s break down this one and hear it once again [gerne] The next word in the phrase is [ein] a, a neutral indefinite article and then [Zimmer] room. Let’s break it down by syllable and hear it one more time [Zimmer] altogether we have [Ich hätte gerne ein Zimmer] which literally means I would like to have with pleasure a room. And in this case, it means I would like a room. Alternatively you can tell the receptionist that you would like to check in. In German, check in please is [Ich möchte gerne bitte einchecken] Let’s break it down by syllable and hear it one more time. [Ich möchte bitte einchecken] The first word [Ich] means I. Let’s look at the next word [möchte] wish which is the first person singular form of the helping verb [mögen]. Let’s break down this word and hear it once again. [möchte] following this is [bitte] please. [bitte] The last word of this phrase is the infinite verb form [einchecken] to check in. Let’s break down this word and hear it again. [einchecken] altogether we have [Ich möchte gerne einchecken] Literally this means I wish to please check in. Upon stating the phrase, check in please you will most likely be asked your name please which in German is, [Ihr Name bitte] Let’s break it down by syllable and hear it one more time [Ihr Name bitte] The first word [Ihr] means your in the plural form of the possessive pronoun [Sie] you in the formal way of addressing someone. Let’s hear it once again [Ihr] then you have [Name] which means name, a masculine noun [Name] and [Name]. Finally you have [bitte] please. So let’s hear the entire phrase now. [Ihr Name bitte] which literally means your name please. They might also ask you how to spell your name. in German, can you spell it is [Können Sie das buchstabieren] Let’s break it down by syllable and hear it one more time [Können Sie das buchstabieren] The first word [können] means can and the next word is the personal pronoun [Sie] which means you in the formal way of speech. Let’s hear it one more time [Sie] following these words is [das] that. Only in this case meaning it. The neutral demonstrative pronoun. We used this pronoun in place of the noun, name as in can you spell your name. Let’s hear it once more [das]. Then you have the infinitive verb form [buchstabieren] To spell. Let’s break it down and hear it again [buchstabieren] So altogether we have [Können Sie das buchstabieren] which literally means, can you that to spell. As times are changing continuously and the internet is becoming more and more important, many people spare the walk to their local travel agency and book a room in a hotel, hostel or Bed and breakfast via computer. Germany is no exception. Either way, using the traditional way of booking the overnight stay over the internet, when you arrive at a German hotel will greet you friendly before asking if you have a reservation. So it might happen that while you don’t need to tell him that you want a room, he still might ask you, [Haben Sie eine Reservierung] Do you have a reservation and if you have one, you can answer [Ja, ich habe eine Reservierung] Yes I do have a reservation or he will just greet you and wait until you approach the counter to tell him that you want to check in but in case you haven’t booked your stay, the conversation will be longer because he will ask you about the specifics of the room you favor. For that, you need to know some more hotel specific vocabulary. If you want to find out about that and be fully prepared, check out the quick tips in this section.
Okay to close our today’s lesson, we would like you to practice what you’ve just learned. I will 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.
I have a reservation [Ich habe eine Reservierung] I would like a room [Ich hätte gerne ein Zimmer] Check in please [Ich möchte gerne einchecken] Your name please [Ihr Name bitte] Can you spell it [Können Sie das buchstabieren] That’s going to do it for today.