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15-minute German (DK Eyewitness Travel)

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in just 15

minutes A DAY


London, New York, Munich, Melbourne, Contents 6
and Delhi
How to use this book 8
Dorling Kindersley Limited 10
Senior Editor Angeles Gavira Week 1 12
Project Art Editor Vanessa Marr Introductions 14
DTP Designer John Goldsmid Hello 16
Production Controller Luca Frassinetti Relatives
Publishing Manager Liz Wheeler My family 18
Managing Art Editor Philip Ormerod To be and to have 20
Publishing Director Jonathan Metcalf Review and repeat 22
Art Director Bryn Walls Week 2 26
Eating and drinking
Language content for Dorling Kindersley by In the café 28
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To want 32
Produced for Dorling Kindersley by Dishes 34
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Art Editor Hugh Schermuly Week 3 38
Project Editor Cathy Meeus Making arrangements 40
Special photography Mike Good Days and months 42
Time and numbers 44
First American Edition, 2005 Appointments 46
On the telephone
Published in the United States by Review and repeat
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Week 4
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05 06 07 08 09 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 To go and to take
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Review and repeat
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Week 5 At the hospital 94
Getting around Review and repeat 96

Around town 48 Week 10 98
Finding your way At home 100
Sightseeing 50 102
At the airport 52 104
Review and repeat 106
54 At home
Week 6 108
Accommodation 56 In the house 110
Booking a room The backyard 114
In the hotel 116
Camping Pets
Descriptions 118
Review and repeat Review and repeat 120
Week 7 58 Week 11 124
Shopping Services
Shopping 62
At the market
At the supermarket 64 Bank and post office
Clothes and shoes
Review and repeat 66 Services

Week 8 To come
Work and study
Police and crime
The office Review and repeat
Academic world
In business 68 Week 12
Review and repeat Leisure and socializing
Week 9 72
74 Leisure time
At the pharmacy
The body 76 Sports and hobbies
At the doctor

Review and repeat

78 Reinforce and progress 126

80 128
82 Menu guide

86 English–German dictionary 132

German–English dictionary 146

88 Acknowledgments 160


How to use this book

This main part of the book is devoted to 12 themed
chapters, broken down into five 15-minute daily lessons,
the last of which is a revision lesson. So, in just 12 weeks
you will have completed the course. A concluding
reference section contains a menu guide and English-to-
German and German-to-English dictionaries.

Warm up and clock 1 8 WEEK 2 Im Café
Each day starts with a one-minute warm-up that At the café
encourages you to recall vocabulary or phrases 1 Warm up
you have learned previously. A clock to the right In a German Café the busiest time is
of the heading bar indicates the amount of time Count to ten. the afternoon, when people stop for
you are expected to spend on each exercise. (pp.10–11) coffee and cake. Some savory dishes
are also usually available, but the
Instructions Say “hello” and emphasis is on pastries and cakes.
Each exercise is numbered and introduced by “goodbye.” (pp.8–9)
instructions that explain what to do. In some der Zucker
cases additional information is given about the Ask “Do you have a dair tsook-ker
language point being covered. brother?” (pp.12–13)
Cultural/Conversational tip
These panels provide additional 2 Match and repeat
insights into life in Germany and
language usage. Familiarize yourself with the words
below. Then test yourself by hiding
the German with the cover flap.
Practice the words on the picture also.

der Kaffee ohne black coffee der schwarze Tee
tea with milk dair shvar-tse tay
dair kuf-fay oh-ne pastry black tea
milkh sandwich

der Tee mit Milch
dair tay mit milkh

das Gebäck
duss ge-beck

das Sandwich
duss zent-vitch

Cultural tip Coffee is always served with milk

and sugar, but tea drinkers should specify if they want milk
(“mit Milch”) or lemon (“mit Zitrone”).

3 In conversation

Text styles Ich hätte gern eine Sonst noch etwas? Haben Sie Kuchen?
Distinctive text Tasse Tee mit Milch. zonsst nokh et-vuss hah-ben zee koo-khen
styles differentiate ikh het-te gairn ie-ne
German and tuss-se tay mit milkh Anything else? Do you have any cake?
English, and the
pronunciation I would like a cup of
guide (see right). tea with milk, please.

In conversation
Illustrated dialogues
reflecting how
vocabulary and
phrases are used in
everyday situations
appear throughout
the book.

How to use the flap 8 6 WEEK 8 Wiederholung WORK AND STUDY 8 7
The book’s cover flaps Review and repeat
allow you to conceal Antworten Antworten
the German so that Answers Answers
you can test whether Cover with flap Cover with flap
you have remembered
correctly. 1 At the office 1 At the office 3 Work 3 Work
Name these items.
Revision pages 1 das Heftgerät Answer these 1 Ich bin
A recap of selected duss heft-ge-rayt 2 lamp questions following selbstständig.
elements of previous the English ikh bin zelpst-shten-
lessons helps to 2 die Lampe laptop 31 prompts. dikh
reinforce your dee lum-pe
knowledge. 4 pen clock 7 Bei welcher 2 Ich bin von der
3 der Laptop Firma arbeiten Universität Köln.
dair lap-top 1 stapler Sie? ikh bin fon dair oo-
1 Say: I work for nee-vair-zee-tayt
4 der Stift myself. kewln
dair shtift
Von welcher 3 Ich betreibe
5 der Schreibtisch Universität sind Forschungen
dair shriep-tish Sie? in der Medizin.
2 Say: I’m at the ikh be-trie-be for-
6 der Notizblock University of shoong-en in dair
dair no-teets-blok Köln. may-dee-tseen

7 die Uhr Was ist Ihr 4 Ja, meine
dee oor Gebiet? Sekretärin hat
3 Say: I’m doing den Zeitplan.
medical research. yah, mye-ne
zek-re-tair-in hut
Haben wir uns dayn tsiet-plahn
auf einen
4 Say: Yes, my
secretary has the

2 Jobs 5 desk notepad 6 4 How much? 4 How much?
Answer the question with the amount
1 Arzt/Ärztin 2 Jobs shown in brackets. 1 Das macht zwei
artst/airts-tin What are these jobs in German? Euro fünfzig.
1 doctor 1 Was kostet der Kaffee? duss makht tsvie
2 Klempner(in) 2 plumber ( 2.50) oy-roe fewnf-tsik
klemp-ner(in) 3 store clerk
4 accountant 2 Was kostet das Zimmer? 2 Es kostet sieben-
3 Verkäufer(in) 5 teacher ( 47) undvierzig Euro.
fer-koy-fer(in) 6 lawyer es kos-tet zee-ben-
3 Was kostet das Kilo oont-feer-tsik
4 Buchhalter(in) Tomaten? ( 3.25) oy-roe
4 Was kostet der Parkplatz für 3 Das macht drei
5 Lehrer(in) drei Tage? ( 50) Euro fünfund-
lay-rer(in) zwanzig.
duss makht drie
6 Rechtsanwalt/ oy-roe fewnf-oont-
Rechtsanwältin tsvun-tsik
rekhts-un-vel-tin 4 Er kostet fünfzig
air kos-tet fewnf-
tsik oy-roe

Useful phrases HOW TO USE THIS BOOK 7
Selected phrases
relevant to the topic Pronunciation guide
help you speak and
understand. Many German sounds will already be familiar
to you, but a few require special attention.
ein Stück Kuchen EATING AND DRINKING 1 9 Take note of how these letters are pronounced:
ine shtewck
4 Useful phrases ch pronounced from the back of the
koo-khen Practice these phrases and then test yourself throat, as in the Scottish loch
slice of cake using the cover flap.
j pronounced y as in yes
Ich hätte gern eine r rolled, produced from the back of the
Tasse Kaffee, bitte.
ikh het-te gairn ie-ne throat
tuss-se kuf-fay, bit-te s pronounced either s as in see or z

I’d like a cup of coffee, as in zoo
please. sch pronounced sh as in ship
ß a special character that represents a
Sonst noch etwas?
zonsst nokh et-vuss double ss
v pronounced f as in foot
Anything else? w pronounced v as in van
z/tz pronounced ts as in pets
Ja, ein Teilchen, bitte. German vowels can be tricky, with the same
yah, ine tile-khen, vowel having a number of different
bit-te pronunciations. Watch out also for these
combinations that may look like familiar
Yes, a Danish pastry, English sounds, but are pronounced
please. differently in German:
au as the English now
Was macht das? ee as the English lay
vuss mukht duss ei as the English high
eu as the English boy
How much is that? ie as the English see
After each word or phrase you will find a
der Kaffee pronunciation transcription. Read this, bearing
in mind the tips above, and you will achieve a
dair kuf-fay comprehensible result. But remember that the
(white) coffee transcription can only ever be an approximation
and that there is no real substitute for
Ja, selbstverständlich. Danke. Was macht Vier Euro, bitte. listening to and mimicking native speakers.
yah, zelpst-fer- das? feer oy-roe, bit-te
shtend-likh dun-ke. vuss mukht
duss Four euros, please.
Yes, certainly.
Thank you. How much
is that?

Say it Dictionary 1 3 2 DICTIONARY
In these exercises you A mini-dictionary
are asked to apply provides ready Dictionary
what you have learned reference from
using different English to German English to German
vocabulary. and German to
English for 2,500 In German, the gender of a noun is indicated by the
5 Say it words. word for the: der for a masculine noun, die for feminine,
and das for neuter. Die is also used with plural nouns,
Do you have a single and the abbreviations “(m pl),” “(f pl),” and “(nt pl)”
room, please? are used to indicate their gender here. The feminine
form of most occupations and personal attributes is
For six nights. made by adding -in to the masculine form: accountant
Buchhalter(in), for example. Exceptions to this rule are
Is breakfast included? listed separately. Where necessary, adjectives are denoted
by the abbreviation “(adj).”

128 MENU GUIDE A America Amerika in der Nacht; at 3
American der/die o’clock um 3 Uhr
Menu guide about: about 16 etwa 16 athletic shoes die
accelerator das Amerikaner(in); (adj) Turnschuhe
This guide lists the most common ATM der Geldautomat
terms you may encounter on German Gaspedal amerikanisch attic der Dachboden
menus or when shopping for food. If accident der Unfall and und attractive attraktiv
you can’t find an exact phrase, try accommodation die ankle der Knöchel August August
looking up its component parts. another (different) ein aunt die Tante
Unterkunft Australia Australien
Menu guide A Bouillon clear soup Endiviensalat endive accountant der/die anderer; (one more) Australian der/die
Use this guide as a Braten roast meat salad noch ein; another time Australier(in); (adj)
reference for food Aal eel Brathering pickled and Buchhalter(in) ein andermal; another australisch
terminology and am Spieß on the spit englisch rare ache der Schmerz room ein anderes Austria Österreich
popular German Ananas pineapple fried herring, served cold Entenbraten roast duck across from: across from Zimmer; another Austrian der/die
dishes. Äpfel apple Bratkartoffeln fried entgrätet bones (fish) coffee, please noch Österreicher(in); (adj)
Apfel im Schlafrock baked Erbsen peas the hotel gegenüber österreichisch
potatoes Erdbeertorte strawberry einen Kaffee, bitte automatic automatisch
apple in puff pastry Bratwurst grilled pork dem Hotel answering machine away: is it far away? ist
Apfelsaft apple juice cake adapter der Adapter es weit von hier?; go
Apfelsinen oranges sausage Essig vinegar address die Adresse der Anrufbeanworter away! gehen Sie weg!
Apfelstrudel apple strudel Brot bread admission charge der antique shop das awful furchtbar
Apfeltasche apple Brötchen roll F
Brühwurst large Eintrittspreis Antiquitätengeschäft B
turnover Falscher Hase meat loaf after nach antiseptic das
Apfelwein cider frankfurter Fasan pheasant aftershave das baby das Baby
Aprikosen apricots Brust breast Fenchel fennel Antiseptikum back (not front) die
Arme Ritter bread soaked Bückling smoked red Fett fat Rasierwasser apartment die Wohnung
Filet fillet (steak) again nochmal aperitif der Aperitif Rückseite; (part of
in milk and egg then fried herring Fisch fish against gegen appetite der Appetit body) der Rücken
Artischocken artichokes Buletten burgers; rissoles Fischfrikadellen fishcakes agenda die appetizer die Vorspeisen backpack der Rucksack
Auberginen eggplant Bunte Platte mixed platter Fischstäbchen fish sticks bacon der Speck; bacon
Auflauf baked pudding or Burgundersoße Flädlesuppe consommé Tagesordnung (f pl) and eggs Eier mit Speck
agent der Vertreter apple der Apfel bad schlecht
omelet Burgundy wine sauce with crepe strips air die Luft application form das bag die Tasche
Aufschnitt cold meats Buttercremetorte cream flambiert flambéed air conditioning die baggage das Gepäck;
Austern oysters Fleischbrühe bouillon Antragsformular baggage claim die
cake Fleischkäse meat loaf Klimaanlage appointment der Termin Gepäckausgabe
B Buttermilch buttermilk Fleischklößchen aircraft das Flugzeug apricot die Aprikose bait der Köder
airline die Fluglinie are: you are (singular bake backen
Backobst dried fruit C, D meatball(s) airmail die Luftpost baker der Bäcker
Backpflaume prune Fleischpastete meat vol- air mattress informal) du bist; bakery die Konditorei
Baiser meringue Champignons mushrooms (singular formal; balcony der Balkon
Balkansalat cabbage and Cordon bleu veal cordon au-vent die Luftmatratze plural formal) Sie ball der Ball
Fleischsalat diced meat airport der Flughafen sind; (plural informal) ballet das Ballett
pepper salad bleu airport bus ihr seit; we are wir Baltic die Ostsee
Bananen bananas Currywurst mit Pommes salad with mayonnaise sind; they are sie sind banana die Banane
Bandnudeln ribbon Fleischwurst pork der Flughafenbus arm der Arm band (musicians) die
frites curried pork aisle der Gang armchair der Sessel Band
noodles sausage with fries sausage alarm clock der Wecker arrivals die Ankunft bandage der Verband;
Basilikum basil Dampfnudeln sweet yeast Fond meat juices alcohol der Alkohol art die Kunst (adhesive) das
Bauernauflauf bacon and dumpling Forelle trout all alle(s); all the streets art gallery die Pflaster
Deutsches Beefsteak Forelle Müllerin (Art)
potato omelet ground meat or patty alle Straßen; that’s all Kunstgalerie
Bauernfrühstück fried Dicke Bohnen broad breaded trout with artist der/die Künstler(in)
beans butter and lemon das ist alles as: as soon as possible
potato, bacon, and egg Dillsoße dill sauce Frikadelle rissole allergic allergisch
Bauernomelett bacon durchgebraten well-done Frikassee fricassee almost fast so bald wie möglich
durchwachsen with fat fritiert (deep-) fried alone allein ashtray der Aschenbecher
and potato omelet durchwachsener Speck Froschschenkel frog’s already schon asthma das Asthma
bacon legs always immer at: at the post office auf
Bechamelkartoffeln Fruchtsaft fruit juice am: I am ich bin
potatoes in creamy sauce E Frühlingsrolle spring roll ambulance der Post; at the station
am Bahnhof; at night
Bedienung service Eier eggs G der Krankenwagen
Beilagen side dishes Eierauflauf omelet
Berliner jelly doughnut Eierkuchen pancake Gans goose
Bier beer Eierpfannkuchen pancake Gänseleberpastete
Birnen pears Eierspeise egg dish
Biskuit sponge cake eingelegt pickled goose-liver pâté
Bismarckhering filleted Eintopf stew garniert garnished
Eintopfgericht stew Gebäck pastries, cakes
pickled herring
Blätterteig puff pastry
blau cooked in vinegar;

8 WEEK 1 Guten Tag
1 Warm up
In formal situations, Germans greet
The Warm Up panel each other with a handshake. They
appears at the are addressed with title—Herr (for
beginning of each men) and Frau (for women)—and last
topic. Use it to name. Nowadays the title Fräulein
reinforce what you (Miss) is rarely used for adult women.
have already learned Young people may greet each other
and to prepare with a kiss on each cheek.
yourself for moving
ahead with the new

2 Words to remember Hallo!

Learn these expressions. Conceal the German Hal-loe
with the cover flap and test yourself. Hello!

Guten Tag. Hello/Good day.
goo-ten tahk

Guten Abend/Nacht. Good evening/night.
goo-ten ah-bent

Bis bald/morgen. See you
biss balt/mor-gen soon/tomorrow.

Auf Wiedersehen/ Goodbye.
Tschüss. (formal/informal)

owf vee-der-zay-


Cultural tip In addition to proper names, all

nouns start with a capital letter in German—for example,
“der Tag” (the day), as in “Guten Tag” (good day).

3 In conversation: formal

Guten Tag. Ich heiße Guten Tag. Michael Freut mich.
Martina Li. Brand, freut mich. froyt mikh
goo-ten tahk. ikh high- goo-ten tahk. mikh-ah-
se mar-teen-a lee ail brant, froyt mikh Pleased to meet you.

Hello. My name is Hello. Michael Brand,
Martina Li. pleased to meet you.


4 Put into practice

Join in this conversation. Read the German beside the pictures on the
left and then follow the instructions to make your reply. Then test
yourself by concealing the answers with the cover flap.

Guten Abend, Herr Guten Abend.
Gohl. goo-ten ah-bent

goo-ten ah-bent, hair

Good evening, Mr. Gohl.

Say: Good evening.

Ich heiße Ilse Gerlach. Freut mich.
froyt mikh
ikh high-se ilze gair-lakh.
My name is Ilse

Say: Pleased to meet

5 Useful phrases

Familiarize yourself with these words.
Read them aloud several times and try to
memorize them. Conceal the German with
the cover flap and test yourself.

What’s your name? Wie heißen Sie?
My name is Thomas. vee high-sen zee
Pleased to meet you.
Ich heiße Thomas.
Thank you. ikh high-se toe-mass

Freut mich.
froyt mikh


6 In conversation: informal

Also, bis morgen? Ja, auf Wiedersehen. Tschüss. Bis bald.
ull-zoe, biss mor-gen yah, owf vee-der-zay-en tchews. biss balt

So, see you tomorrow? Yes, goodbye. Goodbye. See you soon.

1 0 WEEK 1 Die Verwandten
1 Warm up
In German things are masculine,
Say “hello” and feminine, or neuter, taking a
“goodbye” in German. different form of “the” according
(pp.8–9) to gender: der (masculine), die
(feminine), and das (neuter).
Now say “My name There is no easy way of knowing
is…”. (pp.8–9) the gender of a word; you will have
to memorize them individually.
Say “Mr” and “Mrs”.

2 Match and repeat

Look at the numbered family members in this scene and match
them with the vocabulary list at the side. Read the German words
aloud. Now, conceal the list with the cover flap and test yourself.

1 der Großvater 1 grandfather 3 sister
dair groes-fah-ter brother 2 4 father
5 mother
2 der Bruder
dair broo-der

3 die Schwester
dee shvess-ter

4 der Vater
dair fah-ter

5 die Mutter
dee moot-ter

6 die Großmutter
dee groes-moot-ter

7 der Sohn
dair zoen

8 die Tochter
dee tokh-ter

grandmother 6 7 son 8 daughter

Conversational tip In German the

word “ein” (a/an) changes according to the gender
of the noun—for example, “Ich habe eine
Schwester” (I have a sister), but “Ich habe
einen Sohn” (I have a son).


3 Words to remember: relatives

Germans commonly refer to their spouses as mein Mann (my man) or
meine Frau (my woman). This is not impolite, but a shortened version
of mein Ehemann and meine Ehefrau.

der die children die Kinder
Ehemann Ehefrau brother-in-law/ dee kin-der

dair dee sister-in-law der Schwager/die
ay-amunn ay-afrow half-brother/half- dair shvar-ger/dee
husband wife sister shvay-ge-rin

stepson/stepdaughter der Halbbruder/die
stepfather/stepmother dair hulp-broo-der/dee

der Stiefsohn/die
dair shteef-zohn/dee

der Stiefvater/die
dair shteef-fah-ter/dee

Ich bin verheiratet. I have two sons Ich habe zwei Söhne.
ikh hah-be tsvie zer-ne.
ikh bin fer-hye-rah-tet
I’m married.

4 Words to remember: numbers

Memorize these words and then test yourself using the cover flap.

In German the plural one eins
is formed by adding an two ients
“en,” “e,” “er,” or “s” three
to the end of the word, four zwei
as in Frau/Frauen five tsvie
(woman/women), six
Tag/Tage (day/days), seven drei
Mann/Männer (man/ eight drie
men), Auto/Autos nine
(car/cars). In many ten vier
cases the main vowel feer
changes to an umlaut,
as in der Bruder/die fünf
Brüder (brother/ fewnf
brothers). In others
there is no change. sechs
5 Say it
One sister. zee-ben

Three sons. acht
Two brothers.


1 2 WEEK 1 Meine Familie
My family
1 Warm up
There are two ways of saying “you”
Say the German for as in German: Sie for people you have
many members of the just met or don’t know very well, and
family as you can. du for family and friends. There are
(pp.10–11) also different words for “your” (see
below). It is best to use Sie when you
Say “I have two sons.” first meet someone and wait until he
(pp.10–11) or she invites you to use du.

2 Words to remember

The words for “my” and “your” change, depending on the gender and
number of the word to which they relate.

mein my (with masculine
mine or neuter)

meine my (with feminine)
my (with plural)
mye-ne your (informal, with
masculine or neuter)
dine your (informal, with
dye-ne your (informal, with
dye-ne your (formal, with
masculine or neuter)

Ihre your (formal, with Das sind meine Eltern.
ee-re feminine or plural) duss zint mye-ne

These are my parents.

3 In conversation

Haben Sie Kinder? Ja, ich habe zwei Hier sind meine
hah-ben zee kin-der Töchter. Töchter. Und Sie?
yah, ikh hah-be tsvie heer zint mye-ne terkh-
Do you have any terkh-ter ter. oont zee
Yes, I have two These are my
daughters. daughters. And you?


Conversational tip The most common

way to ask a question in German is to invert the
verb and the subject: “Sie haben” (you have)
becomes “Haben Sie…?” (have you?, or do you
have?). Similarly, “Sie möchten Kaffee” (you want
coffee) becomes “Möchten Sie Kaffee?” (Do you
want coffee?).

4 Useful phrases

Read these phrases aloud several times and try to memorize them.
Conceal the German with the cover flap and test yourself.

Do you have any Haben Sie Brüder?
brothers? (formal) hah-ben zee brew-der

Do you have any Hast du Brüder?
brothers? (informal) husst doo brew-der

This is my husband. Hier ist mein Mann.
heer isst mine munn

That’s my wife. Dort ist meine Frau.
dort isst mye-ne frow

Is that your sister? Ist das Ihre
(formal) Schwester?
isst duss ee-re
Is that your sister? shvess-ter
Ist das deine
isst duss dye-ne

5 Say it

Do you have any
brothers and sisters?

Do you have any
children? (informal)

I don’t have any sisters.

This is my wife.

Nein, aber ich habe
einen Stiefsohn.
nine, ah-ber ikh hah-
be ie-nen shteef-zohn

No, but I have a

1 4 WEEK 1 Sein und haben
To be and to have
1 Warm up
German verbs have more forms than
Say “See you soon.” English ones, so learn them carefully.
(pp.8–9) The verbs sein (to be) and haben (to
have) are used in many expressions,
Say “I am married” often differently from English. For
and “I have a wife.” example, in English you say “I’m
(pp.10–11 and hungry,” but in German you say Ich
pp.12–13) habe Hunger (literally, I have hunger).

2 Sein: to be

Familiarize yourself with the different forms of sein (to be). Use the
cover flaps to test yourself and, when you are confident, practice the
sample sentences below.

ich bin I am Ich bin Engländerin.
ikh bin
you are (informal, ikh bin ang-lan-darin
du bist singular) I’m English.
doo bisst he/she/it is

er/sie/es ist we are
air/zee/ess isst
you are (informal,
wir sind plural)
veer zint they are/you are
ihr seid
eer ziet

sie sind/Sie sind
zee zint

Ich bin müde. I’m tired.
ikh bin mew-de

Du bist/Sie sind You’re on time.

doo bisst/zee zint


Ist sie glücklich? Is she happy?
isst zee glewk-likh

Wir sind Deutsche. We’re German.
veer zind doitche

3 Haben
Learn this verb and the sample sentences. Use the flap to test yourself.

Haben Sie Brokkoli? I have ich habe
ikh hah-be
hah-ben zee brokolee you have (informal,
Do you have any singular) du hast
broccoli? doo husst
he/she/it has
er/sie/es hat
we have air/zee/ess hut

you have wir haben
(informal, plural) veer hah-ben
they have/you have
ihr habt
(formal) eer hahpt

sie haben/Sie haben
zee hah-ben

He has a meeting. Er hat eine
Do you have a air hut ie-ne
cell phone? be-shpre-khoong

Haben Sie ein
hah-ben zee ine han-di

They have a half- Sie haben einen
brother. Halbbruder.
zee hah-ben ie-nen


4 Negatives

The most common way to make a sentence negative in German is
to put nicht (not) in front of the word that is negated, much as in
English: Wir sind nicht verheiratet (We are not married). Note the
following special negative constructions: not a/not any becomes
kein/keine, not ever/never becomes nie, and not anywhere/nowhere
becomes nirgendwo.

das Fahrrad I’m not tired. Ich bin nicht müde.
duss fahr- ikh bin nikht mew-de
bicycle He’s not married. Er ist nicht
Ich habe kein Auto. air isst nikht
ikh hah-be kine ow-to
I don’t have a car. fer-hye-rah-tet

We don’t have any Wir haben keine
children. Kinder.
veer hah-ben kye-ne


1 6 WEEK 1 Wiederholung
Review and repeat

Cover with flap

1 How many? 1 How many?

1 drei Conceal the answers with the cover flap.
drie Then say these numbers in German. Check
to see if you remembered correctly.
2 neun
noyn 38 42 10591 2 3

3 vier 4 6
5 767 9
4 zwei 8

5 acht

6 zehn

7 fünf

8 sieben

9 sechs

2 Hello 2 Hello

1 Guten Tag. Ich You meet someone in a formal situation.
heiße… [your Join in the conversation, replying in
name]. German according to the English prompts.
goo-ten tahk. ikh
high-se… Guten Tag. Ich heiße Claudia.
1 Answer the greeting and give your name.
2 Freut mich.
froyt mikh Das ist mein Mann, Norbert.
2 Say “Pleased to meet you.”
3 Ja, und ich habe
zwei Söhne. Und Sind Sie verheiratet?
Sie? 3 Say “Yes, and I have two sons.
yah, oont ikh
hah-be tsvie zer- And you?”
ne. Oont zee?
Wir haben drei Töchter.
4 Auf 4 Say “Goodbye. See you tomorrow.”
Bis morgen.
owf vee-der-zay-
en. biss mor-gen



Cover with flap

3 To have or be 3 To have or be

Fill in the blanks with the correct form of 1 bin
haben (to have) or sein (to be). Check to see if bin
you remembered the German correctly.
2 ist
1 Ich ____ verheiratet. isst
2 Sie (she) ____ müde.
3 Wir ____ Deutsche. 3 sind
4 ____ Sie eine zint

Besprechung? 4 haben
5 Sie (she) ____ eine Schwägerin. hah-ben
6 Ich ____ kein Handy.
7 ____ du glücklich? 5 hat
8 Das ____ mein Mann. hut

6 habe

7 bist

8 ist

4 Family 4 Family

Say the German for each of the numbered 1 der Großvater
family members. Check to see if you dair groes-fah-ter
remembered the German correctly.
2 der Bruder
brother 2 3 sister dair broo-der
grandfather 1 4 father
5 mother 3 die Schwester
dee shvess-ter

4 der Vater
dair fah-ter

5 die Mutter
dee moot-ter

6 die Großmutter
dee groes-

7 der Sohn
dair zohn

8 die Tochter
dee tokh-ter

grandmother 6 7 son 8 daughter

1 8 WEEK 2 Im Café
At the café
1 Warm up
In a German Café the busiest time is
Count to ten. the afternoon, when people stop for
(pp.10–11) coffee and cake. Some savory dishes
are also usually available, but the
Say “hello” and emphasis is on pastries and cakes.
“goodbye.” (pp.8–9)
der Zucker
Ask “Do you have a dair tsook-ker
brother?” (pp.12–13)

2 Match and repeat

Familiarize yourself with the words
below. Then test yourself by hiding
the German with the cover flap.
Practice the words on the picture also.

der Kaffee ohne black coffee der schwarze Tee
tea with milk dair shvar-tse tay
dair kuf-fay oh-ne pastry black tea
milkh sandwich

der Tee mit Milch
dair tay mit milkh

das Gebäck
duss ge-beck

das Sandwich
duss zent-vitch

Cultural tip Coffee is always served with milk

and sugar, but tea drinkers should specify if they want milk
(“mit Milch”) or lemon (“mit Zitrone”).

3 In conversation

Ich hätte gern eine Sonst noch etwas? Haben Sie Kuchen?
Tasse Tee mit Milch. zonsst nokh et-vuss hah-ben zee koo-khen
ikh het-te gairn ie-ne
tuss-se tay mit milkh Anything else? Do you have any cake?

I would like a cup of
tea with milk, please.

ein Stück Kuchen EATING AND DRINKING 1 9
ine shtewck
4 Useful phrases
slice of cake Practice these phrases and then test yourself
using the cover flap.

Ich hätte gern eine
Tasse Kaffee, bitte.
ikh het-te gairn ie-ne
tuss-se kuf-fay, bit-te

I’d like a cup of coffee,

Sonst noch etwas?
zonsst nokh et-vuss

Anything else?

Ja, ein Teilchen, bitte.
yah, ine tile-khen,

Yes, a Danish pastry,

Was macht das?
vuss mukht duss

How much is that?

der Kaffee

dair kuf-fay
(white) coffee

Ja, selbstverständlich. Danke. Was macht Vier Euro, bitte.
yah, zelpst-fer- das? feer oy-roe, bit-te
shtend-likh dun-ke. vuss mukht
duss Four euros, please.
Yes, certainly.
Thank you. How much
is that?

2 0 WEEK 2 Im Restaurant
In the restaurant
1 Warm up
There are many different eating
How do you say “I’d places in Germany. A Gaststätte serves
like”? (pp.18–19) local or international dishes. In a
Gasthof you’ll get more home-style
Say “I don’t have a cooking. Ratkeller, in the basements
brother.” (pp.14–15) of historic town halls, serve regional
specialties. A Weinstube has local wine
Is “der” masculine or and snacks.
feminine? When do
you use “die”?

2 Words to remember

Memorize these words. Conceal the German
with the cover flap and test yourself.

die Speisekarte menu cup 7
dee shpie-ze-kar-te wine list knife 6
die Weinkarte main courses 5 spoon
dee vine-kar-te desserts
die Vorspeisen dinner
dee for-shpie-zen breakfast

die Hauptgerichte
dee howpt-ge-rikh-te

der Nachtisch
dair nahkh-tish

das Mittagessen
duss mit-tahks-ess-sen

das Abendessen
duss ah-bent-ess-sen

das Frühstück
duss frew-shtewk

4 fork

3 In conversation

Einen Tisch für vier Haben Sie reserviert? Ja, auf den Namen
Personen. hah-ben zee re-zair- Schmidt.
ie-nen tish fewr feer veert yah, owf dayn nah-men
pair-zoe-nen shmitt
Do you have a
A table for four. reservation? Yes, in the name of


4 Match and repeat

Look at the numbered items and match them with the vocabulary
list at the side. Read the German words aloud. Now, conceal the list
with the cover flap and test yourself.

glass 1 1 das Glas
8 saucer duss glahss

2 die Serviette
dee zair-vee-ett-te

3 der Teller
dair tell-ler

4 die Gabel
dee gah-bell

5 der Löffel
dair lerff-fel

6 das Messer
duss mess-ser

7 die Tasse
dee tuss-se

8 die Untertasse
dee unter-tuss-se

5 Useful phrases

Learn these phrases and then test yourself
using the cover flap to conceal the German.

napkin 2 What do you have Was haben Sie zum
plate 3 for dessert? Nachtisch?
vuss hah-ben zee
May I have the check, tsoom nahkh-tish
Könnte ich bitte die
Rechnung haben.
kern-te ikh bit-te dee
rekh-noong hah-ben

Welchen Tisch Am Fenster, bitte Selbstverständlich.
möchten Sie? um fens-ter, bit-te Folgen Sie mir.
vel-khen tish merkh-ten zelpst-fer-shtend-likh.
zee Near the window, fol-gen zee meer
Which table would you Of course. Follow me.

2 2 WEEK 2 Mögen
To want
1 Warm up
In this section, you will learn a verb,
What are “breakfast,” mögen (to want), which is essential to
“lunch,” and “dinner” everyday conversation, as well as a
in German? (pp.20–1) useful polite expression, ich hätte gern
(I would like). Remember to use this
Say “I,” “you” form when requesting something
(informal, singular), because ich möchte (I want) may
“he,” “she,” “it,” sound too forceful.
“we,” “you” (formal),
“they.” (pp.14–15)

2 Mögen: to want

Say the different forms of mögen (to want) aloud and practice the
sample sentences below. Use the cover flaps to test yourself.

ich möchte I want
ikh merkh-te
you want (informal,
du möchtest singular)
doo merkh-test he/she/it wants

er/sie/es möchte we want
air/zee/ess merkh-te
you want
wir möchten (informal,
veer merkh-ten plural)
they want/you
ihr möchtet want (formal)
eer merkh-tet

sie möchten/Sie

zee merkh-ten

Möchtest du Wein? Do you want Ich möchte Bonbons
merkh-test doo vine some wine? haben.
She wants a new car.
Sie möchte ein neues ikh merkh-te bom-bongs
Auto haben. We want to go on
vacation. hah-ben
zee merkh-te ine I want some candy.
noy-es ow-to hah-ben

Wir möchten in
Urlaub fahren.
veer merkh-ten in oor-

lowp fah-ren

Conversational tip In German

you don’t need to say “some” as in “We want
some ice pops.” Say just “Wir möchten Eis am
Stiel haben.” The phrase meaning “some” is
“ein paar.” It is generally used only when you
want to imply some but not all, as in “Ich
habe nur ein paar Bonbons gegessen.”


3 Polite requests

It is polite to use the expression ich hätte gern (I would like) to
explain what you would like.

I’d like a beer. Ich hätte gern ein
ikh het-te gairn ine


I’d like a table for Ich hätte gern einen
tonight. Tisch für heute
ikh het-te gairn ie-nen

tish fewr hoy-te ah-


I’d like the menu. Ich hätte gern die
ikh het-te gairn dee


4 Put into practice

Join in this conversation. Read the German beside the pictures on
the left and then follow the instructions to make your reply in
German. Test yourself by concealing the answers with the cover flap.

Guten Abend. Haben Nein, aber ich hätte
Sie reserviert? gern einen Tisch für
drei Personen.
goo-ten ah-bent. hah- nine, ah-ber ikh het-te

ben zee re-zair-veert gairn ie-nen tish fewr
Good evening. Do you
drie per-zoe-nen
have a reservation?

Say: No, but I would
like a table for three.

Sehr gut. Raucher Nichtraucher, bitte.
oder Nichtraucher? nikht-row-kher, bit-te
zair goot. row-kher oe-

der nikht-row-kher
Fine. Smoking or


Say: Nonsmoking,

2 4 WEEK 2 Die Gerichte
1 Warm up
Germany is famous for its sausages
Say “I am tired.” and meat dishes as well as its
(pp.14–15) sauerkraut and dumplings. Today’s
restaurants, however, offer a wide
Ask “Do you have selection of international dishes.
pastries?” (pp.18–19) Although traditionally the cuisine
is meat-based, many restaurants now
Say “I’d like black offer vegetarian dishes.
coffee.” (pp.18–19)

Cultural tip In most restaurants at

lunchtime you will usually have the choice of eating
a “Tagesgericht” (dish of the day) or of choosing
“à la carte” from the menu.

2 Match and repeat

Look at the numbered items and match them to the German words
in the panel on the left. Test yourself using the cover flap.

1 das Gemüse 2 fruit
duss ge-mew-ze
1 vegetables
2 das Obst
duss opst cheese 3

3 der Käse 5 soup poultry 6
dair kay-ze

4 die Nüsse
dee news-se

5 die Suppe
dee zoop-pe

6 das Geflügel
duss ge-flew-gel

7 der Fisch
dair fish

8 die Nudeln
dee noo-deln

9 die Meeresfrüchte

10 das Fleisch
duss fliesh

8 pasta 9 seafood

3 Words to remember: cooking methods
Familiarize yourself with these words and then test yourself.

Ich hätte mein Steak fried gebraten
gern durchgebraten. grilled ge-brah-ten
ikh het-te mine shtayk boiled gegrillt
steamed ge-grillt
gairn doorkh-ge-brah-ten
I’d like my steak well rare geröstet
done. ge-rerss-tet




6 Say it 4 Words to remember: drinks

What is Familiarize yourself with these words.
I’m allergic to water das Wasser
seafood. sparkling water duss vuss-ser
I’d like fruit juice.
still water das Wasser mit
4 nuts Kohlensäure
wine duss vuss-ser mit koe-
fruit juice len-zoy-re

das Wasser ohne
duss vuss-ser oe-ne

der Wein
dair vine

der Fruchtsaft
dair frookht-zufft

5 Useful phrases

Learn these phrases and then test yourself.

7 fish I am a vegetarian. Ich bin Vegetarier/
10 meat I am allergic to nuts. Vegetarierin.
ikh bin vay-ge-tah-ree-
What is “Spätzle”? er/vay-ge-tah-ree-er-in

Ich bin allergisch
gegen Nüsse.
ikh bin ull-lair-gish gay-
gen news-se

Was ist “Spätzle”?
vuss isst shpets-le

2 6 WEEK 2 Wiederholung
Review and repeat
Answers 1 What food? 4 sugar

Cover with flap Name the numbered items.
1 nuts
1 What food?
2 seafood
1 die Nüsse
dee news-se 3 meat

2 die glass 5
dee mair-es-

3 das Fleisch
duss fliesh

4 der Zucker
dair tsook-ker

5 das Glas
duss glahss

2 This is my… 2 This is my…

1 Das ist mein Say these phrases in German.
Ehemann. Use mein or meine.
duss ist mine 1 This is my husband.
2 Here is my daughter.
2 Hier ist meine
Tochter. 3 My children are tired.
heer ist mye-ne

3 Meine Kinder
sind müde.
mye-ne kin-der
zint mew-de

3 I’d like… 3 I’d like…

1 Ich hätte gern Say you’d like the following:
ikh het-te gairn cake 1

2 Ich hätte gern
einen schwarzen
ikh het-te gairn ie-
nen shvar-tsen tay

3 Ich hätte gern
einen Kaffee.
ikh het-te gairn
ie-nen kuf-fay

2 black tea coffee 3



Cover with flap

6 pasta knife 7 1 What food?
9 napkin
8 cheese 6 die Nudeln
beer 10 dee noo-deln

7 das Messer
duss mess-ser

8 der Käse
dair kay-ze

9 die Serviette
dee zair-vee-ett-te

10 das Bier
duss beer

4 Restaurant 4 Restaurant

You arrive at a restaurant. Join in the 1 Guten Tag. Ich
conversation, replying in German following hätte gern einen
the English prompts. Tisch für sechs
Guten Tag. goo-ten tahk. ikh
1 Ask for a table for six. het-te gairn ie-nen
tish fewr zeks
Raucher oder Nichtraucher? pair-zoe-nen
2 Say: nonsmoking.
2 Nichtraucher.
Folgen Sie mir, bitte. nikht-row-kher
3 Ask for the menu.
3 Die Speisekarte,
Möchten Sie die Weinkarte? bitte.
4 Say: No. Sparkling water, please. dee shpie-ze-kar-te,
Bitte schön.
5 Say: I don’t have a glass. 4 Nein. Wasser mit
Kohlensäure, bitte.
nine. vuss-ser mit

5 Ich habe kein Glas.
ikh hah-be kine

2 8 WEEK 3 Die Tage
und die Monate
1 Warm up Days and months

Say “he is” and “they Days of the week and months are
are.” (pp.14–15) all masculine. Die Woche (week) is
feminine. You use im with months:
Say “he is not” and im April (in April), and am with days:
“they are not.” am Montag (on Monday). You also
(pp.14–15) use am with Wochenende (weekend).

What is German for
“the children”?

2 Words to remember: days of the week

Familiarize yourself with these words and test yourself using the flap.

Montag Monday Morgen ist Montag.
moen-tahk Tuesday
Wednesday mor-gen isst moen-tahk
Dienstag Thursday Tomorrow is Monday.
deens-tahk Friday
Mittwoch Sunday
mit-vokh today
Donnerstag yesterday







3 Useful phrases: days

Learn these phrases and then test yourself using the cover flap.

Die Besprechung ist The meeting is on
am Dienstag. Tuesday.

dee be-shpre-khoong

isst am deens-tahk

Ich arbeite sonntags. I work on Sundays.
ikh ar-bie-te zonn-


4 Words to remember: months

Familiarize yourself with these words and test yourself using the flap.

Ostern ist im April. January Januar
oess-tairn isst im February yunn-oo-ahr
Easter is in April. March Februar
April fay-broo-ahr
Weihnachten ist im May
Dezember. June März
vie-nahkh-ten isst im July mairts
day-tsem-bair August
Christmas is in September April
December. October ah-prill
December Mai
month mie

day Juni







der Monat
dair moenat

der Tag
dair tahk

5 Useful phrases: months

Learn these phrases and then test yourself using the cover flap.

My children are on Meine Kinder haben
vacation in August. im August Ferien.
mye-ne kin-der hah-
ben im ow-goosst fay-

My birthday is Mein Geburtstag ist
in June. im Juni.
mine ge-boorts-tahk

isst im yoo-nee

3 0 WEEK 3 Die Zeit
und die Zahlen
1 Warm up Time and numbers

Count in German from Germans use the 12-hour clock in
1 to 10. (pp.10–11) everyday conversation and the 24-
hour clock in official contexts such
Say “I have a as timetables. Note that in German,
reservation.” five-thirty is expressed as halb sechs
(pp.20–1) (literally, half six).

Say “The meeting is
on Wednesday.”

2 Words to remember: time

Familiarize yourself with these words.

ein Uhr one o’clock
ine oor five after one
quarter after one
fünf nach eins one-thirty
fewnf nahkh ients twenty after one
quarter to two
Viertel nach eins ten to two
feer-tel nahkh ients

halb zwei
hulp tsvie

ein Uhr zwanzig
ine oor tsvun-tsik

Viertel vor zwei
feer-tel for tsvie

zehn Minuten vor zwei
tsayn mee-noo-ten for

3 Useful phrases

Learn these phrases and then test yourself using the cover flap.

Wie spät ist es? What time is it?
vee shpayt isst es

Wann möchten Sie What time do you
frühstücken? want breakfast?

vunn merkh-ten zee


Die Besprechung ist The meeting is at
um 12 Uhr. noon.

dee be-shpre-khoong

isst oom tsverlf oor


4 Words to remember: higher numbers

In German, units are eleven elf
said before tens, so twelve elf
32 is zweiunddreißig thirteen
(literally, two-plus- fourteen zwölf
thirty). Because of fifteen tsverlf
this, Germans often
write numbers dreizehn
starting at the right drie-tsayn
and working toward
the left. vierzehn


sixteen sechzehn

seventeen siebzehn

eighteen achtzehn

Ich habe viele Bücher. nineteen neunzehn
ikh hah-be fee-le twenty noyn-tsayn
bew-kher zwanzig
I have many books. tsvun-tsik


forty vierzig

fifty fünfzig

sixty sechzig

seventy siebzig

Das macht eighty achtzig
fünfundachtzig Euro. ninety akh-tsik

duss makht fewnf-oont- neunzig
akh-tsik oy-roe
That’s eighty-five euros.

5 Say it one hundred hundert

twenty-five three hundred dreihundert
sixty-eight one thousand drie-hoon-dairt

ninety-one ten thousand zehntausend
It’s five to ten. tsayn-tow-zent
It’s eleven-thirty. two hundred
thousand zweihunderttausend

What time is lunch? one million eine Million
ie-ne mill-ee-oen

3 2 WEEK 3 Die Termine
1 Warm up
Business in Germany is generally
Say the days of the conducted more formally than in
week. (pp.28–9) the US. Business associates generally
call each other by their title and last
Say “It’s three name and use the formal form of
o’clock.” (pp.30–1) “you,” Sie. Appointments are usually
fixed using the 24-hour clock, e.g.,
What’s the German for fünfzehn Uhr (3 pm).
“today,” “tomorrow,”
and “yesterday”?

2 Useful phrases

Learn these phrases and then test yourself.

Können wir uns Can we meet der
morgen treffen? tomorrow? Händedruck
kernen veer oons dair hen-de-
mor-gen treff-fen With whom? drook
Mit wem? When are you
mit vaym free? Willkommen.
I’m sorry, I’m vil-komm-men
Wann sind Sie frei? busy. Welcome.
vunn zint zee frie
How about
Es tut mir Leid, ich Thursday?
bin beschäftigt.
That’s good for
es toot meer liet, ikh me.
bin be-sheff-tikht

Wie wär’s mit
vee vairs mit

Das passt mir gut.
duss pusst meer goot

3 In conversation

Guten Tage. Ich habe Mit wem, bitte? Mit Dieter Frenger.
einen Termin. mit vaym, bit-te mit dee-ter fren-ger
goo-ten tahk. ikh hah-be
ie-nen terr-meen With whom, please? With Dieter Frenger.

Hello. I have an


4 Put into practice

Join in this conversation. Cover up the text on the right and say the
answering part of the dialogue in German. Check your answers and
repeat if necessary.

Können wir uns am Es tut mir Leid, ich
Donnertsag treffen? bin beschäftigt.
kernen veer oons am es toot meer liet, ikh
don-ners-tahk treff-fen
bin be-sheff-tikht
Shall we meet

Say: Sorry, I’m busy.

Wann sind Sie frei? Dienstag Nachmittag.
vunn zint zee frie deens-tahk
When are you free?

Say: Tuesday

Das passt mir gut. Um wieviel Uhr?
duss pusst meer goot oom vee-feel oor

That’s good for me.

Ask: At what time?

Um sechzehn Uhr, Das passt mir gut.
wenn es Ihnen passt. duss pusst meer goot

oom zekh-tsayn oor,
venn ess ee-nen pusst

At 16:00 hours, if
that’s good for you.

Say: It’s good for me.

Sehr gut. Um wieviel Um fünfzehn Uhr, aber Kein Problem. Setzen
Uhr? ich bin etwas Sie sich, bitte.
zair goot. oom vee-feel verspätet. kine pro-blaym. zet-sen
oor oom fewnf-tsayn oor, zee zikh, bit-te
ah-ber ikh bin et-vuss
Fine. What time? fer-shpay-tet Don’t worry. Sit down,
At 15:00 hours, but
I’m a little late.

3 4 WEEK 3 Am Telefon
On the telephone
1 Warm up
Emergency phone numbers are:
Say “I’m sorry.” Polizei (police) 110; Feuerwehr (fire
(pp.32–3) service) 112; and Rettungsdienst
(ambulance) 192 22. Directory
What is the German assistance is 118 33 for domestic
for “I’d like an numbers, 118 34 for international, and
appointment”? 118 37 for an English-
(pp.32–3) speaking service.

Ask “with whom?” in
German. (pp.32–3)

2 Match and repeat

Match the numbered items to the German.

1 das Ladegerät 1 charger
duss lah-de-ge-rayt
2 telephone
2 das Telefon
duss tay-lay-foen

3 der
dair un-roof-bay-

4 die Kopfhörer
dee kopf-her-er

5 das Handy
duss han-di

6 die Telefonkarte
dee tay-lay-foen-

4 headphones cell phone 5
phone card 6

3 In conversation

Hallo. Elke Rubin am Guten Tag. Ich möchte Mit wem spreche ich?
Apparat. bitte Peter Harnisch mit vaym shpre-khe ikh
hul-lo. el-ke roo-been sprechen.
umm up-pa-raht goo-ten tahk. ikh merkh- Who’s calling?
te bit-te peeter har-
Hello. Elke Rubin neesh shpre-khen
Hello. I’d like to speak
to Peter Harnisch.


4 Useful phrases

Learn these phrases. Then test yourself using the cover flap.

Ich möchte einen
ikh merkh-te ie-nen

I’d like an outside

Ich möchte ein R- I’d like to speak to Ich möchte mit Rita
Gespräch. Rita Wolbert. Wolbert sprechen.
ikh merkh-te ine air- ikh merkh-te mit ree-ta
geshprekh vol-bert shpre-khen
I’d like to make a
Kann ich eine
collect call. Nachricht
3 answering kunn ikh ie-ne nahkh-
machine rikht hin-ter-luss-sen

5 Say it Can I leave a Es tut mir Leid, ich
message? habe mich verwählt.
I’d like to speak to ess toot meer liet, ikh
Mr. Braun. Sorry, I have the hah-be mikh fer-vaylt
wrong number.
Hello, Gaby
Meyer speaking.

Mit Norbert Lorenz Es tut mir Leid. Es ist Würden Sie ihn bitten,
von der Druckerei besetzt. mich anzurufen?
Knickmann. ess toot meer liet. ess vewr-den see een bit-
mit nor-bert loe-rents isst be-zetst ten, mikh un-tsoo-roo-
fon dair drook-er-ie fen
knick-munn I’m sorry. The line is
busy. Can he call me back,
Norbert Lorenz of please?
Knickmann Printers.

3 6 WEEK 3 Wiederholung
Review and repeat

Cover with flap

1 Sums 1 Sums 3 Telephones

1 sechzehn Say the answers What are the numbered
zekh-tsayn to these sums items in German?
aloud in German.
2 neununddreißig Then check to see cell phone 1
noyn-oont-drie- if you remembered
ssik correctly. phone card 3

3 dreiundfünfzig 1 10 + 6 = ?
2 14 + 25 = ?
4 vierundsiebzig
feer-oont-zeep-tsik 3 66 – 13 = ?

5 neunundneunzig 4 40 + 34 = ?
tsik 5 90 + 9 = ?

6 einundvierzig 6 46 – 5 = ?

2 I want… 2 I want…

1 möchten Fill the gaps with
merkh-ten the correct form
of mögen (to want).
2 möchte
merkh-te 1 ____ Sie einen
3 möchten
merkh-ten 2 Sie (singular)
____ in Urlaub
4 möchtest fahren.
3 Wir ____ einen Tisch für drei Personen.
5 möchte
merkh-te 4 Du ____ ein Bier.

6 möchte 5 Ich ____ Bonbons.
6 Er ____ Obst.



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2 answering 3 Telephones
1 das Handy
headphones 5 duss han-di
telephone 4
2 der
dair un-roof-bay-

3 die Telefonkarte
dee tay-lay-foen-

4 das Telefon
duss tay-lay-foen

5 die Kopfhörer
dee kopf-her-er

4 When? 4 When?

What do these sentences mean? 1 I have an
appointment on
1 Ich habe einen Termin am Montag, den Monday, May 20.
zwanzigsten Mai.
2 My birthday is in
2 Mein Geburtstag ist im September. September.
3 Ich arbeite freitags.
4 Sie arbeiten nicht im August. 3 I work on Fridays.

4 They don’t work
in August.

5 Time 5 Time

Say these times in German. 1 ein Uhr
12 ine oor

34 2 fünf nach eins
fewnf nahkh ients
3 zwanzig Minuten
nach eins
tsvun-tsik mee-
noo-ten nahkh

4 halb zwei
hulp tsvie

5 Viertel nach eins
feer-tel nahkh

6 zehn Minuten vor
zwei (Uhr)
tsayn mee-noo-ten
for tsvie (oor)

3 8 WEEK 4

1 Warm up Am
Count to 100 in tens. At the ticket office
(pp.10–11, pp.30–1)
On German trains, children under
Ask “At what time?” the age of four travel free, and
(pp.32–3) children from 4 to 11 years old
pay half fare. There are also other
Say “One-thirty.” concessions—for example, for senior
(pp.30–1) citizens, groups, and weekend travel.

2 Words to remember der Bahnsteig
dair bahn-shtiek
Learn these words and then test yourself.
der Bahnhof station das Schild
dair bahn-hoef train
schedule duss shilt
der Zug ticket sign
dair tsook one-way ticket
Der Bahnhof ist
der Fahrplan round-trip ticket überfüllt.
dair fahr-plahn first class/second class dair bahn-hoef isst
die Fahrkarte The station is crowded.
dee fahr-kar-te

eine einfache

ie-ne ine-fa-khe

eine Rückfahrkarte
ie-ne rewck-fahr-kar-te

erster/zweiter Klasse

3 In conversation

Zwei Fahrkarten nach Rückfahrkarten? Ja. Muss ich die Sitze
Berlin, bitte. rewck-fahr-kar-ten reservieren?
tsvie fahr-kar-ten nahkh yah. mooss ikh dee
bair-leen, bit-te Round-trip? zit-se re-zair-vee-ren

Two tickets to Berlin, Yes. Do I need to
please. reserve seats?

4 Useful phrases
Learn these phrases and then test yourself using the cover flap.

Der Zug hat zehn How much is a ticket Was kostet eine
Minuten Verspätung. to Cologne? Fahrkarte nach Köln?
dair tsook hut tsayn vuss kos-tet ie-ne fahr-
mee-noo-ten Can I pay by credit kar-te nahkh kerln
fer-shpay-toong card?
The train is ten Kann ich mit
minutes late. Do I have to change Kreditkarte zahlen?
trains? kunn ikh mit kray-deet-
der Fahrgast kar-te tsah-len
dair fahr-gust Which platform does
passenger the train leave from? Muss ich umsteigen?
mooss ikh
Are there any oomm-shtie-gen
Von welchem
What time does the Bahnsteig fährt der
train to Dresden Zug ab?
leave? fon vel-khem
bahn-shtiek fairt dair
tsook up

Gibt es
geept ess

Wann fährt der Zug
nach Dresden ab?
vunn fairt dair tsook
nahkh dres-den up

5 Say it Cultural tip Most

Which platform does stations have automatic ticket
the train to Leipzig machines (Fahrkartenautomaten).
leave from? If you are in a hurry, you can buy
tickets on the train, but you won’t
Three round-trip tickets be able to get any discounts.
to Hamburg, please.

Nein. Vierzig Euro, Nehmen Sie Ja. Der Zug fährt auf
bitte. Kreditkarten? Bahnsteig zehn ab.
nine. feer-tsik oy-roe, nay-men zee yah. dair tsook fairt owf
bit-te kray-deet-kar-ten bahn-shtiek tsayn up

No. Forty euros, please. Do you take credit Yes. The train leaves
cards? from platform ten.

4 0 WEEK 4 Gehen und
1 Warm up To go and to take

Say “train” in German. Gehen (to go) and nehmen (to take) are
(pp.38–9) essential verbs in German and form
part of many useful expressions. Note
What does “von that these verbs are not always used
welchem Bahnsteig in the same way as in English and you
fährt der Zug ab?” need to learn phrases individually.
mean? (pp.38–9)

Ask “When are you
free?” (pp.32–3)

2 Gehen: to go

Say the different forms of gehen (to go) aloud. Use the cover flaps to
test yourself and, when you are confident, practice the sample
sentences below.

ich gehe I go
ikh gay-e
you go (informal,
du gehst singular)
doo gayst he/she/it goes

er/sie/es geht we go
air/zee/ess gayt
you go (informal,
wir gehen plural)
veer gay-en they go/you go
ihr geht
eer gayt

sie gehen/Sie gehen
zee gay-en

Wo gehen Sie hin? Where are you going?
voe gay-en zee hin I’m going to Bonn.

Ich gehe nach Bonn.
ikh gay-e nahkh bonn

Wie geht es Ihnen? How are you? Ich gehe zum
vee gayt ess ee-nen Brandenburger Tor.

ikh gay-e tsoom brun-

den-boor-ger tor
I’m going to the
Brandenburg Gate.

Conversational tip German

uses the same verb form for both “I go”
and “I am going.” There is no equivalent
of the English present continuous tense,
which uses the “-ing” ending. For
example, “Ich gehe nach Hamburg”
means both “I am going to Hamburg”
and “I go to Hamburg.” The same is true
of other verbs: “Ich nehme den Zug”
(I am taking the train/I take the train).


3 Nehmen: to take

Say the different forms of nehmen (to take) aloud and then practice
the sample sentences below. Use the cover flaps to test yourself.

Ich nehme die I take ich nehme
Straßenbahn jeden ikh nay-me
Tag. you take (informal,
singular) du nimmst
ikh nay-me dee shtrahs- doo nimmst
he/she/it takes
sen-bahn yay-den tahk er/sie/es nimmt
I take the tram every we take air/zee/ess nimmt
you take (informal, wir nehmen
plural) veer nay-men

they take/you take ihr nehmt
(formal) eer naymt

sie nehmen/Sie
zee nay-men

I don’t want to take Ich möchte kein Taxi
a taxi. nehmen.
ikh merkh-te kine

tuck-see nay-men

Take the first left. Nehmen Sie die erste
Straße links.
nay-men zee dee

airs-te shtrahs-se links

He’ll have the roast Er nimmt den
venison. Rehbraten.
air nimmt dayn


4 Put into practice

Cover the text on the right and complete the dialogue in German.

Wo gehen Sie hin? Ich gehe zum
voe gay-en zee hin Bahnhof.
ikh gay-e tsoom bahn-
Where are you going?
Say: I’m going to the

Möchten Sie die Nein, wir wollen den
U-Bahn nehmen? Bus nehmen.
merkh-ten zee dee oo- nine. veer vol-len dayn

bahn nay-men booss nay-men
Do you want to take

the metro?

Say: No, we want to
go by bus.

4 2 WEEK 4 Taxi, Bus
und Bahn
1 Warm up Public transportation

Ask “Where are you The larger towns have underground
going?” (pp.40–1) trains (U-Bahn). Many also have over-
ground trams (Straßenbahn) or
Say “I’m going express trains (S-Bahn). In most cases
to the station.” you need to buy and validate your
(pp.40–1) ticket before you start the journey.

Say “fruit” and
“cheese.” (pp.24–5)

2 Words to remember

Familiarize yourself with these words.

der Bus bus (local) Hält der Bus Nummer
dair booss bus (long-distance) hundertzwanzig hier?
bus station
der Überlandbus bus stop helt dair booss noom-
dair ew-ber-lunt-boos fare
taxi mer hoon-dairt-tsvun-
der Busbahnhof taxi stand
dair booss-bahn-hoef subway station tsik heer
Does the Route 120 bus
die Bushaltestelle stop here?
dee booss-hal-te-shtel-le

der Fahrpreis
dair fahr-priess

das Taxi
duss tuck-see

der Taxistand
dair tuck-see-shtunt

die U-Bahnstation


3 In conversation: taxi

Zum Flughafen, bitte. Jawohl, kein Problem. Können Sie mich bitte
tsoom flook-hah-fen, yah-voel. kine pro-blaym hier absetzen?
bit-te ker-nen zee mikh bit-te
Yes, no problem. heer up-zet-sen
The airport, please.
Can you drop me here,

4 Useful phrases
Practice these phrases and then test yourself using the cover flap.

I would like a taxi to Ich hätte gern ein Taxi
the cathedral. zum Dom.
ikh het-te gairn ine tuck-

see tsoom doem

When is the next bus? Wann fährt der
nächste Bus?
vunn fairt dair nekh-ste


How do you get to the Wie komme ich zum
museum? Museum?
vee kom-me ikh tsoom


How long is the trip? Wie lange dauert die
vee lan-ge dow-airt

dee fahrt

Please wait for me. Bitte warten Sie auf
bit-te vahr-ten zee owf


Cultural tip Taxis in Germany all 6 Say it

have meters. You can hail a taxi in the street Do you go near the
when the lights are switched on, board one train station?
at a taxi stand, or call for a
taxi from your hotel or The bus station,
private address. please.
Round up the fare to
tip the driver. When’s the next coach
to Kiel?

5 In conversation: bus

Fahren Sie in der Nähe Ja. Das kostet achtzig Können Sie mir sagen,
vom Museum entlang? Cent. wann wir da sind?
fah-ren zee in dair nay-e yah. duss kos-tet akh- ker-nen zee meer zah-
fom moo-zay-oom ent- tsik tsent gen, vunn veer dah zind
Yes. That’s 80 cents. Can you tell me when
Do you go near the we arrive?

4 4 WEEK 4 Auf der Straße
On the road
1 Warm up
German Autobahnen (expressways) are
How do you say “I fast, but on many stretches there is
have...”? (pp.14–15) now a speed limit of 80 mph (130
km/h). They are marked with the
Say “my father,” “my letter “A” on a blue sign; international
sister,” and “my expressways are “E” (Europastraße) on
parents.” (pp.10–11 a green sign, and main roads “B”
and pp.12–13) (Bundesstraße) on a white sign.

Say “I’m going to
Berlin.” (pp.40–1)

2 Match and repeat

Match the numbered items to the list on the left, then test yourself.

1 der Kofferraum Cultural tip In Germany it is
dair kof-fer-rowm
mandatory to carry with you in the car at all
2 die Windschutz- times your driver’s license, car registration
scheibe document, and a valid insurance certificate.
dee vint-shoots-
shie-be 1 trunk

3 die Motorhaube 4 tire 6 door bumper 7
dee mo-tor-how-be 5 wheel

4 der Reifen
dair rie-fen

5 das Rad
duss raht

6 die Tür
dee tewr

7 die Stoßstange
dee shtoess-

8 die Scheinwerfer
dee shien-vair-fer

3 Road signs

die Einbahnstraße der Kreisverkehr Vorfahrt achten
dee ine-bahn-shtrah-se dair kries-fer-kair for-fahrt akh-ten

One way Roundabout Yield

4 Useful phrases
Learn these phrases and then test yourself using the cover flap.

My turn signal isn’t Mein Blinker
working. funktioniert nicht.
mine blin-ker
Fill it up, please. foonk-tsee-oe-neert

Volltanken, bitte.
foll-tan-ken, bit-te

5 Words to remember

Familiarize yourself with these words, then test yourself using the flap.

6 Say it gasoline das Benzin
diesel duss ben-tseen
My gearbox isn’t oil
working. engine der Diesel
I have a flat tire. dair dee-zel
2 windshield gearbox
turn signal das Öl
3 hood duss erl
flat tire
headlights 8 exhaust der Motor
driver’s license dair moe-tor

das Getriebe
duss ge-tree-be

der Blinker
dair blin-ker

ein Platten
ine plutt-ten

der Auspuff
dair ows-pooff

der Führerschein
dair few-rer-shien

die Vorfahrtstraße Einfahrt verboten Parken verboten
dee for-fahrt-shtrah-se ine-fahrt fer-boe-ten par-ken fer-boe-ten

Priority route No entry No parking

4 6 WEEK 4 Wiederholung
Review and repeat

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1 Transportation 1 Transportation

1 der Bus Name these forms of transportation in German.
dair booss
bus 1
2 das Taxi
duss tuk-see 2 taxi

3 das Auto
duss ow-toe

4 das Fahrrad
duss fahr-raht

5 der Zug
dair tsook

5 train

2 Go and take 2 Go and take

1 gehe Use the correct form of the verb in brackets.
1 Ich ____ zum Bahnhof. (gehen)
2 geht 2 Wie ____ es dir? (gehen)
gayt 3 Ich ____ den Rehbraten. (nehmen)

3 nehme 4 Wir ____ nach Berlin.
nay-me (gehen)

4 gehen 5 ____ Sie die erste
gay-en Straße links. (nehmen)

5 nehmen 6 Wo ____ Sie hin?
nay-men (gehen)

6 gehen



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3 car 3 Du or Sie? 3 Du or Sie?
4 bicycle
Use the correct 1 Haben Sie
form of you. Kuchen?
hah-ben zee
1 You are in a café. koo-khen
Ask “Do you
have any cake?” 2 Möchtest du ein
2 You are with merkh-test doo ine
a friend. Ask beer
“Do you want
a beer?” 3 Haben Sie einen
3 A stranger hah-ben zee
approaches you ie-nen terr-meen
at your company’s
reception desk. 4 Fahren Sie in
Ask “Do you have der Nähe vom
an appointment?” Bahnhof
4 You are on the fah-ren zee in
bus. Ask “Do dair nay-e fom
you go near the bahn-hoef ent-
station?” lung

5 Ask your mother 5 Wo gehst du hin?
where she’s voe gayst doo hin

4 Tickets 4 Tickets

You’re buying tickets at a train station. 1 Ich hätte gern
Follow the conversation, replying in German zwei Fahrkarten
following the numbered English prompts. nach Berlin.
ikh het-te gairn
Kann ich Ihnen helfen? tsvie fahr-kar-ten
1 I’d like two tickets to Berlin. nahkh bair-leen

Rückfahrkarte oder einfach? 2 Rückfahrkarte,
2 Round-trip, please. bitte.
Bitte schön. Fünfzig Euro, bitte. bit-te
3 What time does the train leave?
3 Wann fährt der
Um dreizehn Uhr zehn. Zug ab?
4 What platform vunn fairt dair
tsook up
does the train
leave from? 4 Von welchem
Bahnsteig fährt
Bahnsteig sieben. der Zug ab?
5 Thank you fon vel-khem
bahn-shtiek fairt
very much. dair tsook up
5 Vielen Dank. Auf
fee-len dunk. owf

4 8 WEEK 5 In der Stadt
Around town
1 Warm up
Most German towns still have a
Ask “How do you get market day and a thriving community
to the musuem?” of small shops. Even small villages
(pp.42–3) tend to have a mayor and a town hall.
Parking is usually regulated. Look for
Say “I want to take the blue parking zones, where you can
bus” and “I don’t want park your car for a limited time
to take a taxi.” without charge.

2 Match and repeat

Match the numbered locations to the words in the panel.

1 das Rathaus church 3
duss raht-hows
1 town hall
2 die Brücke 2 bridge
dee brew-ke

3 die Kirche
dee keer-khe

4 der Parkplatz
dair park-pluts

5 das Stadtzentrum
duss shtutt-tsen-

6 der Platz
dair pluts

7 die Kunstgalerie
dee koonst-gal-le-ree

8 das Museum
duss moo-zay-oom

3 Words to remember

Familiarize yourself with these words.

die Tankstelle gas station square 6
dee tunk-shtel-le tourist information 7 art gallery
car repairs
das Verkehrsbüro swimming pool
duss fer-kairs-bew-roe library

die Werkstatt
dee vairk-shtutt

das Schwimmbad
duss shvim-bad

die Bibliothek
dee beeb-lee-o-tayk

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