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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 5. Parting greetings, Goodbye. Today we will introduce parting greetings. A parting expression that can be used for all occasions is [Tschüss] which literally means bye. [Tschüss] Now let’s hear it again [Tschüss] Another parting expression is [Auf Wiedersehen] This one is somewhat more formal than [Tschüss] Let’s take a look at the components. The first word [Auf] means upon. Let’s hear it one more time [Auf] This is followed by [Wiedersehen, wieder] in English is again. [Sehen] is the verb for see in English. Let’s hear this [sehen] So altogether we have [Auf Wiedersehen] Let’s break it down by syllable [Auf Wiedersehen] When parting or saying goodbye at night, there is the greeting [Gute Nacht] Let’s break it down by syllable. [Gute Nacht] And now let’s hear it again [Gute Nacht] Let’s take a look at the components. The first word [Gute] which might look familiar to you means good. Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time. [Gute] This is German for good. It is followed by [Nacht] which in English is night. [Gute] And [Nacht] In German, the way of saying goodbye on the phone is [Auf Wiederhören]. We’ve already worked on [Auf] which means upon in English and [wieder] means again. Now let’s take a look at [hören] is the German word for to hear. [wieder hören] means to hear again. Let’s break it down by syllable [wieder hören, hören] Now hear it altogether [Auf Wiederhören] which in English is literally hear you later. In German, a more casual way of saying goodbye is [Bis später, bis] means until in German. [Bis] and [später] is German for later [später] Let’s hear it once again [Bis später]. In English, that would be until later. You can also use [Bis] with other points of time. For example [Bis morgen] till tomorrow. [Bis Montag] till Monday or [Bis dann] till when. In [Bayern] which is German for Bavaria, the word [Tschüss] is rarely used. Instead when two people from Bavaria say goodbye, they say [Tschau] or [Servus]. These partings are also often used in Switzerland and Austria.
M: Okay to close our today’s lesson, we’d 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: [Tschüss] bye [Bis später] see you later [Auf Wiedersehen] goodnight [Gute Nacht]
M: That’s going to do it for today.