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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 46, Simple Steps to Eating Unknown Foods Gracefully.
M: In Germany, there are many delicious dishes. We’ve already covered how to order them but not how to eat them. That however is not always so straightforward. So in today’s Wie isst man das] Let’s break it down by syllable [Wie isst man das] Now let’s hear it once again [Wie isst man das] The first word [wie] means how. Let’s hear it one more time [wie] This is followed by [isst] which means [eat]. It’s the third person singular form of the verb [essen] to eat. Next is [man] a pronoun used for impersonal phrases [man] one, you. Let’s hear it one more time. [man] Let’s take a look at the last word [das] which means that [das]. So altogether we have [Wie isst man das] Literally this means how does one eat that but we translate it as how do you eat this. Hopefully they don’t answer with a smart remark such as with your mouth which by the way is [mit dem Mund] If you hear this, you are in for a long night. There are other instances when you may want to add some sauce et cetera to your dish. In this case, you can ask, could you add something to this which in German is [Können Sie noch etwas hinzufügen] Let’s break it down by syllable. [Können Sie noch etwas hinzufügen] Now let’s hear it once again [Können Sie noch etwas hinzufügen] So the first word is [Können] which means can. It’s the first plural person form in the polite way of expressing. Let’s break it down by syllable [Können] Now let’s hear it once again [Können] It’s followed by [Sie] which is you in the formal way of speech. Then we have [noch etwas] which in German means, a little something. Let’s break down these words by syllable and listen to them one more time. [ncoh etwas] Finally we have the infinite verb form [hinzufügen] to add. Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time [hinzufügen] So altogether we have [Können Sie noch etwas hinzufügen] Literally this means can you eat a little something to add but we translate it as could you add something to this. Now we should ask for this something that we want to add to our dish. Let’s try it with cream sauce in German [Rahmsauce] The question could you add some cream sauce to this in German is [Können Sie noch etwas Rahmsauce hinzufügen] Let’s break it down by syllable [Können Sie noch etwas Rahmsauce hinzufügen] And let’s hear it one more time [Können Sie noch etwas Rahmsauce hinzufügen] The only thing that changes is that we add [Rahmsauce] cream sauce to the sentence. In between [noch etwas] a little something and [hinzufügen] to add. Finally something that may come in handy for everyone out there adverse to hot things. German cuisine is not known for being spicy but Germany is also famous for its international cuisine. So in some international restaurants are these popular Mexican or South American style bars that you can find basically everywhere in Germany. You will probably find some spicy dishes. The question, is this hot in German is [Ist das scharf] The first word [is] means is. It’s the third singular person form of the verb [sein] to be. Let’s hear it one more time sein]. This is followed by [das] which is that and finally we have [scharf] which in English is hot, spicy [scharf] So altogether we have [ist das scharf] Literally this means, is that spicy. Maybe one more thing about German cuisine. While you may find German dishes not spicy, usually we just use salt and pepper and sometimes small amounts of paprika. There is a famous German fast food dish called [Currywurst] curry sausage. This dish simply is made out of the sausage, lots of ketchup and a good amount of curry spice. You can get it with a slice of toast bread or French fries and it’s actually quite spicy. So if you are in the mood for a real German fast food and you don’t mind spicy food, then this snack might be perfect for you. By the way, it’s the German’s most popular fast food.
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.
How do you eat this [Wie isst man das] could you add something to this [Können Sie noch etwas hinzufügen] could you add some cream sauce to this [Können Sie noch etwas Rahmsauce hinzufügen] is this hot [Ist das scharf] That’s going to do it for today.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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What kinds of traditional German dishes have you tried?

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Friday at 8:31 am
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Hi Tale,


Thank you for your feedback.


"Apfelkuchen mit Messer und Gabel"! 😄

If you want to try something spicy, try Gulasch. It's originally

Hungarian, but the Germans love it and make it so much, I'd almost

call it a German dish.


If you have any questions, please let us know.


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Reinhard

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Tale ALLAHVERDIYEV
Wednesday at 11:10 am
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Hallo Germanpod101.com!) Ich würde gerne einen Apfelkuchen mit Gabel und Messer essen. Weiter ein bisschen scharfe Sache essen.

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Hallo Anita,


Glad to hear that you found our lessons helpful!. Hope you like the rest of our series. :)


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anita
Friday at 11:51 am
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Very helpful. Vielen dank!

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Hello Bronwyn,


thank you for pointing this out! It has been corrected now in the pdf :smile:

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Bronwyn
Wednesday at 11:16 am
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Please review last paragraph of lesson notes as Löffel is masculine and Messer is neutral. These are incorrectly labelled in the notes!!