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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 6. Where is the bathroom? In today’s lesson, we will cover an extremely important phrase, where is the bathroom? In German, where is the bathroom is [Wo ist die Toilette] Let’s break it down by syllable. [Wo ist die Toilette] Now let’s hear it again [Wo ist die Toilette] Let’s take a look at the components. The first word [Wo] means where. Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time [Wo] This is followed by [ist] which in English is is. [ist] So to recap here, we have [Wo ist] literally this means where is. Let’s take a look at the next word [die] which means the. [Toilette] Finally the last word is [Toilette] which in English is toilet. [Toilette] So altogether we have [Wo ist die Toilette] literally this means where is the toilet. There are also very few public toilets in Germany. So you may find yourself having to ask in a bar or a café if you can use their toilet. One of the most polite way to ask this is [Darf ich die Toilette benutzen?] Let’s break that down. The first word [Darf] is the German equivalent of may [Darf] Then comes [ich] which means I in German [ich] Let’s take a look at the next word. [die] Again means the. [die] And finally we have [Toilette] again which is still toilet in English. [Toilette] So far, that makes [Darf ich die Toilette] Finally we have the word [benutzen] which is German for to use. [benutzen, Darf ich die Toilette benutzen?] Now when you finally get to the bathroom, there may be one last hurdle. In some instances, only the German words are written on the doors. What to do, what to do? Well you can stop by the website and find the words for man and woman there. Find them inside the PDF or if you have an iPod, click the center button and you can find them there. The word for men is [Mann] or [Herr]. The word for woman is [Frau] or [Dame]. Let’s talk a little about how to use these phrases. You are eating in a restaurant and you find that you need to use the restroom. You simply ask your host [Wo ist die Toilette] or maybe you are out sightseeing in the city and again you need to find a bathroom. You walk into the nearest café or bar and ask [Darf ich die Toilette benutzen?]. When visiting someone’s home, the polite way of asking for the toilet is also [Darf ich die Toilette benutzen?]
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: Where is the toilet [Wo ist die Toilette?] May I use the bathroom [Darf ich die Toilette benutzen?]
M: That’s going to do it for today.