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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 43, Renting Phones in Germany.
M: In today’s lesson, we will cover renting a cell phone, an indispensable tool for the modern day traveler. In Germany, you can rent a phone at many locations including the airport. So it maybe more convenient to just pick up one there. There are many reasons to pick up a cell phone and with the number of public phones decreasing due to lack of use, renting a cell phone is becoming an indispensable part of one’s travels. If you are coming from the States, cell phones wont’ work as US phones are on a different frequency than European GSM. In order to rent a phone, you will need a credit card and leave a deposit. In German, I would like to rent a cell phone is [Ich möchte ein Handy ausleihen] Let’s break this phrase down by syllable [Ich möchte ein Handy ausleihen] and hear it again [Ich möchte ein Handy ausleihen] 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 to. Helping verb, first person singular. Let’s break this verb down by syllable and listen to it one more time. [möchte] So to recap here, we have [Ich möchte] literally this means I would like to. Let’s take a look at the next words. [ein Handy] A cell phone. [ein] is the neutral indefinite article and [Handy] means cell phone. Let’s break it down by syllable and hear it one more time [ein Handy] Finally we have [ausleihen] to rent [ausleihen] So altogether we have [Ich möchte ein Handy ausleihen] literally this means, I would like a cell phone to rent and we translate it as, I would like to rent a cell phone. In this day and age, there may be instances when you need to rent more than one phone such as you may want a phone for each member of the family. In this case, you would add the number of phones you want. Let’s try it with 2 and 3 cell phones. I would like to rent 2 phones is [Ich möchte zwei Handys ausleihen] I would like to rent 3 phones is [Ich möchte drei Handys ausleihen] Two important questions related to your plan are, are incoming calls free and how much are calls too and to hear the country you want to call, for example friends Canada or the US. Are incoming calls free is [Sind eingehende Anrufe kostenfrei] Let’s break it down by syllable [Sind eingehende Anrufe kostenfrei] Now let’s hear it once again [sind] The first word [sind] in German means are. Let’s hear it once more [sind] This is followed by adjective [eingehende] incoming. Let’s break it down by syllable and hear it one more time. [eingehende] Then we have [Anrufe] calls [Anrufe] The last word of this phrase is [kostenfrei] an adverb that literally means free of charge. So altogether we have [Sind eingehende Anrufe kostenfrei] the literal meaning is, are incoming calls free of charge. And we have the phrase, how much are calls to France which in German is, [Wie teuer sind Anrufe nach Frankreich] Let’s break this phrase down by syllable [Wie teuer sind Anrufe nach Frankreich] Let’s hear it once again. [Wie teuer sind Anrufe nach Frankreich] The word for France is [Frankreich] Let’s break down this word and hear it once more [Frankreich] To ask about another country or destination, simply substitute the word for France. For example, try it with Canada [Wie teuer sind Anrufe nach Kanada] but be aware that Germans use the plural to build the name of some countries like the US. In this case the phrase, how much are calls to the US would be [Wie teuer sind Anrufe in die Vereinigten Staaten] The preposition [nach] to is replaced by [in die] to the followed by the country. You see, it’s quite easy to ask for renting a phone and in case you can’t find a cell phone renting place, search for the airport information desk and ask, where can I rent a phone [Wo kann ich ein Handy ausleihen]
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 would like to rent a cell phone [Ich möchte ein Handy ausleihen] I would like to rent two phones [Ich möchte zwei Handys ausleihen] I would like to rent three phones [Ich möchte drei Handys ausleihen] Are incoming calls free [Sind eingehende Anrufe kostenfrei] How much are calls to France [Wie teuer sind Anrufe nach Frankreich] How much are calls to the US [Wie teuer sind Anrufe in die Vereinigten Staaten] Where can I rent a cell phone [Wo kann ich ein Handy ausleihen]
That’s going to do it for today.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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To where will you call when you get your German cellphone?

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Thursday at 5:02 pm
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Mary Ellen,


Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me.

Well, you don´t need different cell phones. Bring your cell phone you already have with you. When entering the countries you mentioned, you will probably get a short message by the mobile devise company, saying that you can call or send text messages for a set prize. The pricing system of these countries doesn´t differ too much from another. Or you could go to places where you receive WIFI, like coffee shops or tourist spots.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.


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Jennifer

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Mary Ellen
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I would like to be able to call my husband who will be traveling with me and may go off on hikes or bike trips without me but I would also want to be able to call home to the USA. Also, briefly, our son will be in England and I would like to be able to text him. He travels in Europe and says he can text easier than call. We will also be visiting a friend in Switzerland so will need to call him probably plus I'm going to a conference in Austria so may need to call the organizer who will be in Gaming. LOL Regular stuff.

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We'll arrive in Paris, go to England and then to Switzerland and Austria. Do all these countries share the systems or would I need a different cell phone in each country? I also think that my Verizon phone and plan would support calls if I use wifi. any thoughts?

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Hello again Chris,


Thank you for pointing out these mistakes! It's all fixed now!

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Katrin

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Chris
Friday at 7:18 pm
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Mistakes in the PDF:

2. Ich möchte **ein** zwei Handys ausleihen.

3. Ich möchte **ein** drei Handys ausleihen.