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Chuck: Chuck here. Upper Beginner Season 1, Lesson #20. Earth to Germany – Are You There? Hello and welcome back to germanpod101.com, the fastest, easiest and most fun way to learn German. I am joined in the studio by
Judith: Hello everyone, Judith here.
Chuck: In this lesson, you will learn how to make your German sound more native like.
Judith: This conversation takes place on the phone.
Chuck: The conversation is between Joe and Anke.
Judith: The speakers are friends. Therefore they will be speaking informal German.
Chuck: Let’s listen to the conversation.
Anke: Löwen, hallo….
Joe: Hallo Anke.
Anke: Ja, hallo. Wer spricht denn da?
Joe: Hier ist Joe!
Anke: Ach Joe! Du bist es! Wie geht es dir?
Joe: Danke, sehr gut. Dir auch?
Anke: Ja. Joe, du hörst dich ja so weit weg an….Bist du noch in München?
Joe: Ja, ich bin noch bis morgen Abend hier, aber dann komme ich wieder nach Berlin.
Anke: Oh, fährst du also nicht mehr nach Zürich?
Joe: Nein, dafür habe ich leider keine Zeit mehr.
Anke: Ach so. Dann bist du also noch ein paar Tage in Berlin, bevor du wieder in die USA fliegst…
Joe: Genau. Ich möchte ja noch etwas von der Hauptstadt sehen...
Anke: Stimmt, da gibt es sicher noch ein paar Dinge, die du noch sehen musst.
Joe: Ja, auf jeden Fall. Ich muss unbedingt noch auf den Dom, und zum Checkpoint Charlie muss ich auch noch gehen...
Anke: Die Aussicht vom Dom ist sehr schön! Weißt du was... da komme ich mit!
Joe: Oh, das ist ja super! Dann muss ich das nicht alleine machen! Zusammen macht das ja auch mehr Spaß!
Anke: Das stimmt! Hmm, wir können uns ja übermorgen um 13 Uhr am Dom treffen.
Joe: Okay, super! Dann bis übermorgen!
Anke: Ja, bis dann!
Anke: Löwen, hello...
Joe: Hello Anke.
Anke: Yes, hello. Who is speaking?
Joe: This is Joe!
Anke: Ah, Joe! It's you! How are you?
Joe: Thanks, I'm well. You too?
Anke: Yes. Joe, you sound so far away. Are you still in Munich?
Joe: Yes, I'm here until tomorrow evening, but then I'm coming back to Berlin.
Anke: Oh, you're not going to Zurich anymore?
Joe: No, unfortunately I don't have time for that anymore.
Anke: I see. So you'll be in Berlin a couple more days before you're flying back to the USA...
Joe: Exactly. I do want to see something more of the capital.
Anke: Right, there are certainly a few more things, which you have to see still.
Joe: Yes, definitely. I absolutely have to go to the top of the cathedral, and I also still have to go to Checkpoint Charlie...
Anke: The view from the cathedral is really nice! You know what... I'll come along!
Joe: Oh, that's great! Then I don't have to do that alone! Together it's more fun anyway!
Anke: That's right! Hmm, we could meet at the cathedral day after tomorrow at 1pm.
Joe: Okay, great! See you day after tomorrow then!
Anke: Yes, see you then!
Judith: Okay let’s imagine for a moment that Joe didn’t reach Anke immediately but that her husband answered the phone.
Chuck: This could happen to you too when calling a German friend and if you get their parents, chances are that you have to get by in German until they decide you are not an axe murderer.
Judith: So you might say something like Hallo, ich heiße… und ich bin ein Freund von … Ist … gerade zu sprechen?
Chuck: The last bit means, is Anke available to talk right now? Then you will learn if your friend is there.
Judith: If she is, you will hear something like Ich gebe den Hörer weiter, which means that the receiver is being passed on.
Chuck: Mission accomplished. Also note here that Joe kind of did a faux pas here where he didn’t say what his name was when he called.
Judith: Yes well Anke did. Well she said Löwen as a start, that’s her last name so it’s a common way to answer the phone.
Chuck: Yeah and then I think she was a bit disturbed when she had to ask who is this any way?
Judith: Yeah.
Chuck: So don’t make the mistake Joe made.
Chuck: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson. The first word is
Judith: Sich anhören.
Chuck: To listen to something or sound like.
Judith: Sich anhören. Sich anhören. And the an splits off.
Chuck: Next.
Judith: Weg.
Chuck: Gone, not there or away.
Judith: Weg. Weg.
Chuck: Next
Judith: Leider.
Chuck: Unfortunately.
Judith: Leider. Leider.
Chuck: Next
Judith: Bevor.
Chuck: Before.
Judith: Bevor. Bevor. This one always starts as subclause. So don’t use it like before 10 PM.
Chuck: Next
Judith: Fliegen.
Chuck: To fly.
Judith: Fliegen. Fliegen.
Chuck: Next
Judith: Hauptstadt.
Chuck: Capital.
Judith: Hauptstadt. Hauptstadt. Die Hauptstadt and the plural is Hauptstädte.
Chuck: Next
Judith: Fall.
Chuck: Case or fall.
Judith: Fall. Fall. Der Fall and the plural is Fälle.
Chuck: Next.
Judith: Unbedingt.
Chuck: Absolutely, unconditional or absolute.
Judith: Unbedingt. Unbedingt.
Chuck: Next
Judith: Dom.
Chuck: Cathedral or Dome.
Judith: Dom. Dom. Der Dom and the plural is Döme.
Chuck: Next.
Judith: Allein or alleine.
Chuck: Alone.
Judith: Alleine. Alleine.
Chuck: Next
Judith: Übermorgen.
Chuck: Day after tomorrow.
Judith: Übermorgen. Übermorgen.
Chuck: Next.
Judith: Sich treffen.
Chuck: To meet up.
Judith: Sich treffen. Sich treffen. And this is a vowel changing verb. So the third person is er trifft sich.
Chuck: Let’s have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Judith: The first word I want to look at is Haupt.
Chuck: It means main.
Judith: Yes at least it is used for that. For example, we’ve already seen Hauptbahnhof.
Chuck: Main train station.
Judith: And Hauptsache.
Chuck: Main thing or most important thing.
Judith: This lesson introduces the word Hauptstadt.
Chuck: The main city is the capital.
Judith: Of course. Also let’s look at the phrase auf jeden Fall.
Chuck: This is an expression you should memorize. It means in any case or no matter what.
Judith: Similarly there is auf keinen Fall.
Chuck: No way or under no circumstance.
Judith: And we saw the expression weißt du was? It’s an expression but it mirrors the English. So it should be easy for you.
Chuck: The English is, you know what?
Judith: Yeah in German, weißt du was?

Lesson focus

Chuck: The focus of this lesson is the use of the particle ja. As you may have noticed, Germans put a lot of jas in their sentences and these usually aren’t translated to English.
Judith: To sound really natural, you have to devolve a feel for this important particle and start using it yourself.
Chuck: Ja! Let’s look at the various ways that was used in this dialogue.
Judith: Hallo Anke. Ja hallo.
Chuck: Here it’s a confirmation that Joe has indeed reached Anke.
Judith: Joe, du hörst dich ja so weit weg an.
Chuck: If you left out the ja in this sentence, the sentence would sound like a fact. With the ja, it sounds like Anke is making a point and that subtedly prompts Joe’s explanation.
Judith: Yeah so he explains that he is still in Munich. Ich möchte ja noch etwas von der Hauptstadt sehen.
Chuck: Again the ja makes the sentence sound like Joe is making a point. Because of this, you might wonder if Joe is defensive about this issue if he wants to prevent anyone implying that Joe is not interested in Berlin.
Judith: Oh das ist ja super.
Chuck: Here the ja expresses surprise as Joe didn’t expect Anke to come along sightseeing.
Judith: Zusammen macht das ja auch mehr Spaß.
Chuck: Joe is making another point for going sightseeing together even though Anke is already convinced.
Judith: Hmm, wir können uns ja übermorgen um 13 Uhr am Dom treffen.
Chuck: Even though Anke uses können instead of könnten, the ja makes it clear that this is just an idea, suggestion. She is not presuming to know that Joe will be able to meet at that time which wir können would imply.


Chuck: That just about does it for today.
Judith: Listeners, do you know the powerful secret behind rapid progress?
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Chuck: Go to germanpod101.com and download the lesson notes for this lesson right now. So see you next week.
Judith: Also, bis nächste Woche.


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Wednesday at 06:30 PM
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Habt ihr schon mal jemanden in Deutschland anrufen müssen? Wie gut habt ihr euch verständigt?

Have you had to call somebody in Germany before? How well did you make yourself understood?

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robert groulx
Saturday at 02:10 AM
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thank you for the lesson trancript

favorite phrase is Zusammen macht das ja auch mehr Spaß.


Thursday at 07:34 AM
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Hi Тарык,

Thank you for your feedback.

Is this your message on the answering machine? Let me make a few tiny

little changes😉:

Hallo!) Ich bin leider noch weg aber ich möchte auf jeden Fall mit Ihnen sprechen!)

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Kind regards,


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Tuesday at 10:27 AM
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Hallo!) Ich bin noch weg aber jeden Fall will ich mit sie sprechen!)

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Hallo Julian,

I am glad to hear that! You are very welcome!

Vielen Dank!


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Saturday at 04:13 PM
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Hello Clara ,

Yes , it is helpful !

Thank you !

Regards ,


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Thursday at 06:03 PM
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Hallo Julian,

Thank you for your comment and question!

That is a very good question! There is no big difference. In most cases you can use either. There is one expression, which is "Das ist nicht mein Ding", which would be used in the sense of. "Rockclimbing? Oh...that is not really my thing..." to express you are not interested in something. There are also two expressions that can be used in the same way as "well...the thing is..." in English, "die Sache ist die ..." and "das Ding ist ..."

If a friend shows you what he bought when he was shopping you might say "Das sind tolle Sachen" and if you forget the name of something you might gesture and say "dieses ... Ding"

I hope this helps!

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Hallo GermanPod101.com,

Wenn/Wann man die Wörter `` Ding `` und ``Sache`` benutzt ?

Könnten Sie ein paar Beispiele mir geben ?

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Hi Roger,

Could you let us know what type of error you get while listening? We were wondering if the file is not able to be opened or you have any other technical issues. That would help us give you more help on the issue.

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Thursday at 02:31 AM
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Hallo,ich kann Nich sehe meinen. Lessons notes while I listen ,warum?