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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.

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Hi Christine,


Could it be the "please" in the English version that

is causing the confusion?

I think, natives would just say "Excuse me, ..."

In the German sentence it definitely is that simple starter phrase before asking the way to the museum

that is meant. The formal "Sie" is used here because most Germans

above 40 would use the polite form when speaking to a stranger.


Thank you.


If you have any further questions, please let us know.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Christine
Tuesday at 8:56 am
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In the second example for "wo" -- "Entschuldigen Sie bitte, wo finde ich das Deutsche Museum" -- I am confused by the translation of "Entschuldigen Sie bitte" as "Excuse me, please." Is "Sie" intended as a formal "you," so the phrase is something like "You will please excuse me"?


Vielen Dank!

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@Gloria: Thanks so much! We are happy to hear that!


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Ana
Saturday at 2:20 am
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:thumbsup:

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Gloria
Sunday at 11:23 am
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When I started the very first lesson (Absolute Beginner) with GermanPod101, I have to say it appeared to me that everyone else knew much more than I did. I could not read any of the comments sent in by others that were written in German.


However, even though I am slower at learning German than the others, I am learning. I am seeing progress in myself and that is encouraging. My favorite parts are the Review Quizzes Questions and Writing Questions.


In this lesson are two sentences that I always need to use.

“Wo ist die Toilette?” und “Darf ich deine Toilette benutzen?” ich brauche immer benutzen.

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Hallo Dylan,


Thank you for your comment and question!


"Rein" is often used instead of "herein" or "hinein". For example "hereindürfen" means to be allowed into somewhere, for example "der Hund darf nicht rein" means "the dog is not allowed in".


I hope this helps!


Vielen Dank!


Clara

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Dylan
Tuesday at 3:30 am
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Hallo,

I have a question from the sample sentences. I'm not sure how "rein" functions in this sentence.

Entschuldigung, Sie dürfen hier nicht rein!


Does it just add emphasis?


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Tuesday at 1:04 pm
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Hallo Narender,


Thank you for your comment and nice feedback!


You would say "Ich danke Ihnen vielmals!" :) Gern geschehen!! (You are welcome!)


Vielen Dank!


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Narender
Sunday at 3:23 pm
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Very nice way of teaching

Danke sehr ihnen

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Thursday at 1:55 pm
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Hi Kate,


Thank you for your comment and question!


"die Toilette" is more polite, "das Klo" is quite colloquial so not used as much when talking to people outside of your immediate friends and family, some people might not use it at all.


Vielen Dank!


Clara

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