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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 48, German for Getting Help in Germany.
M: In today’s lesson, we will introduce you to some phrases that hopefully you won’t have to use. When traveling to Germany, while the threat of physical violence is not prevalent, one should always be careful. In addition, this phrase is not limited to threatening situations but can also be used in the unfortunate event that you or someone around you is in the need of immediate assistance. Today we will learn how to call for help. In German, help is [Hilfe] Literally this means help. There is another way to call for help and it’s [Hilf mir] Literally this means help me. If you need to call the police, shout [Polizei] Literally this means police. Even if everyone wishes that nothing bad or dangerous happens while on holiday in Germany, it’s better if you know some important useful phrases to use in case of emergency. Very similar to [Hilf mir] is the phrase [Kann mir jemand helfen] The first word [Kann] means be able to. Let’s hear it once more [Kann] It’s followed by [mir] which in English means me [mir]. Then you have [jemand] which in German means someone, an indefinite pronoun. Let’s break down this word by syllable and hear it one more time [jemand] Finally we have [helfen] to help. Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time [helfen] So altogether we have [Kann mir jemand helfen] which literally means, can me someone help but we translate it as someone help me. The phone number for the police in Germany is 110. You can easily call it from a public phone or a cell phone. So make sure to rent a mobile when you are in Germany. Otherwise make sure that in an emergency situation, you know how to ask for a public phone. To ask for a public phone, you can say [Wo ist ein öffentliches Telefon] where is a public phone. Please remember that those phones usually are around train stations, larger bus stops, in and around shopping malls and shopping streets.
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.
Help [Hilfe] Help me [Hilf mir] Someone help me [Kann mir jemand helfen]. That’s going to do it for today.