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Top Twenty German Words for Absolute Beginners

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Here are a list of the top twenty words you need to know before heading to Germany or learning German. Also comes with a few facts and statistics to help you learn more.

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Top Twenty German Words for Absolute Beginners

  1. 1. { German for Beginners Top Twenty Words for Absolute Beginners!
  2. 2. Ñ  The “hall” part rhymes with tull Ñ  Informal greeting for younger people Ñ  If you want to start a conversation with a stranger. Hallo = Hello Hallo – instead of Hello
  3. 3. Ñ  Informally saying goodbye Ñ  Formal is “Auf Wiedersehn” or “Wiederschau’en Ñ  Informally you can also use Servus, Tschau, (ciao) or bis bald, mach’s gut, lass es dir gut gehen, schönen Tag, hau rein, Wiederluege Tschüss = bye-bye Tschüss – rhymes with miss
  4. 4. Ñ  Are you hungry? Ñ  Do you want some beer? Ñ  Was your plane on time? Ja = Yes Ja – rhymes with “ah”
  5. 5. Ñ  Do you like Canadian bread? Ñ  Is it possible to drink too much beer? Ñ  Is it easy to learn German? Nein = No Nein – rhymes with “pine”
  6. 6. Ñ  What do some Bavarans drink in the morning? Ñ  What did they set up the Purity Law to govern? Ñ  What is the best drink to have with sausage? Bier = Beer Bier – rhymes with “here”
  7. 7. Ñ  There are 14 main types: Bratwurst, Nürnberger, Blutwurst, Frankfurter (Bockwurst), Bregenwurst, Knackwurst, Landjäger, Leberwurst, Leberkäse, Teewurst, Gelbwurst, Weisswurst, Thüringer, Me^wurst Wurst = Sausage Wurst – soft “r”
  8. 8. Ñ  What is usually paired with the word “Guten”? Ñ  There are 7 of these a week Ñ  Friday is usually the favourite one Tag = Day Tag – rhymes with “lug”
  9. 9. Ñ  Often people add the word “Gute” in front of this. Ñ  Only refers to the hours roughly between 11 pm until 6 am Ñ  You would say “let’s drink a beer this evening”, rather than let’s drink a beer tonight Nacht = Night Nacht – soft “ch”
  10. 10. Ñ  Man kann auch Ozean sagen. Ñ  Ferienhaus direkt am See Ñ  Man kann im See Fischen gehen. See = Ocean or Sea See rhymes with “way”
  11. 11. Ñ  What do you find in Bavaria and Southern Germany? Ñ  Can also be known as Alps… Ñ  Zugspiee is the highest mountain and belongs to the Bavarian Alps, The Northern Limestone Alps and the We^erstein Mountains Berg = soft “r” like baerg
  12. 12. Ñ  Where do you live? Ñ  How many bedrooms does it have? Ñ  Is it made out of wood or stone? Haus = House Haus rhymes with “house”
  13. 13. Ñ  Major brands are Audi, BMW, Ford-Werke, Mercedes, Opel, Porsche, Volkswagen… Ñ  Apparently a few weeks ago, an unnamed German premium automaker bought and dismantled a Model 3 Tesla Car Ñ  There is no speed limit on the Autobahn – be careful! Auto – au sounds like ou(t)
  14. 14. Ñ  Wieviel Uhr ist es? Ñ  Haben sie die Uhrzeit? Ñ  Germany uses the 24-hour time clock Uhr = Clock Uhr – pronounced “uah”
  15. 15. Ñ  Also known as WC – Water Closet – or Klo Ñ  May use words like “das stille Örtchen” or “ich muss mal verschwinden” or “ich geh mich eben frisch machen Ñ  In hotels will often be labelled “00” Toile^e = toilet Toile^e – toy le^ah (approx)
  16. 16. Ñ  Do you have one available? Ñ  You can have an Einzelzimmer, a Doppelzimmer, a Familienzimmer, a Mehrbe^zimmer, a Zweibe^zimmer and even Zimmerdienst (room service) Ñ  Where will you sleep tonight? Zimmer = room Zimmer – tsimmer (soft r)
  17. 17. Ñ  Hauptbahnhof is the name of the main train station in town Ñ  There are around 4500 train stations and stops in Germany divided into 7 categories Ñ  Category #1 have shops and customer service Bahnhof = train station Bahnhof – bahn hoaf
  18. 18. Ñ  Germany has bread called “Brötchen” (bread rolls), Brezel, Vollkornbrot, Milchbrötchen (milk roll), croissant (Hörnchen) Ñ  Types of bread include Vollkornbrot, Roggenbrot, Pumpernickel and 297 others Ñ  Germans eat 87 kilos of bread a year Brot = Bread Brot – rhymes with boat
  19. 19. Ñ  Also known as Seleer Wasser or Sprudelwasser Ñ  Mineralwasser is the most popular non- alcoholic beverage Ñ  Germans drink around 177.3 litres per person per year Sprudel – Fizzy Water Sprudel – sproo dell
  20. 20. Ñ  Currency is now the Euro Ñ  Used to be DM or Deutschmarks until 2002 Ñ  You can change DM at the Bundesbank (the German Central Bank) Geld = Currency/Money Geld = sounds like “gelt”
  21. 21. Ñ  In case you want to perfect your pronunciation and learn how native speakers say it, head to Forvo. Ñ  German is one of the langues with more than 100,000 pronunciations and here you can type a word into the search bar and then hear a native speaker say it out loud. h^ps://forvo.com
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