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Beginner Lesson S1
Don't make this mistake at customs!

Formal German
Formal English
Informal German
Informal English
Vocabulary
Cultural Insight

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Entschuldigung, junger Herr! Haben Sie etwas zu verzollen?


Was meinen Sie?
Wenn Sie teure Waren mitbringen, mssen Sie diese verzollen.
Ich bringe keine teuren Waren mit. Ich habe nichts zu verzollen.
Gut, dann auf Wiedersehen!
Auf Wiedersehen!
Moment! Der Hund riecht etwas. Haben Sie etwa Drogen dabei?
Nein...
Drogenimport ist strafbar, das wissen Sie, oder?
Ja, das ist mir klar. Ich habe keine Drogen im Gepck.
Sie haben keine Drogen im Gepck, aber in der Hosentasche! Der Hund
riecht da etwas!
In meiner Hosentasche habe ich Leckerli fr meinen Hund. Sehen Sie?
Oh, Entschuldigung!

Formal English

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Excuse me, young man! Do you have something to declare?


What do you mean?
When you're bringing expensive goods, you must declare them.
I'm not bringing any expensive goods. I have nothing to declare.
Good, then goodbye!
Goodbye!
One moment! The dog is smelling something. Surely you don't have
drugs with you?
No...
The import of drugs is punishable, you know that, right?
Yes, that's clear. I'm not carrying any drugs in my luggage.
You don't have any drugs in your luggage, but in your pants pocket! The
dog is smelling something there!
In my pants pocket I have treats for my dog. See that?
Oh, I'm sorry!

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LC: 115_B_S1L3_102808

Entschuldigung! Hast du etwas zu verzollen?


Was meinst du?
Wenn du teure Waren mitbringst, musst du diese verzollen.
Ich bringe keine teuren Waren mit. Ich habe nichts zu verzollen.
Gut, dann auf Wiedersehen!

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Auf Wiedersehen!
Moment! Der Hund riecht etwas. Hast du etwa Drogen dabei?
Nein...
Drogenimport ist strafbar, das weit du, oder?
Ja, das ist mir klar. Ich habe keine Drogen im Gepck.
Du hast keine Drogen im Gepck, aber in der Hosentasche! Der Hund
riecht da etwas!
In meiner Hosentasche habe ich Leckerli fr meinen Hund. Siehst du?
Oh, Entschuldigung!

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Informal English
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Excuse me, young man! Do you have something to declare?


What do you mean?
When you're bringing expensive goods, you must declare them.
I'm not bringing any expensive goods. I have nothing to declare.
Good, then goodbye!
Goodbye!
One moment! The dog is smelling something. Surely you don't have
drugs with you?
No...
The import of drugs is punishable, you know that, right?
Yes, that's clear. I'm not carrying any drugs in my luggage.
You don't have any drugs in your luggage, but in your pants pocket! The
dog is smelling something there!
In my pants pocket I have treats for my dog. See that?
Oh, I'm sorry!

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Vocabulary
German
jung
etwas
Hund
teuer
mitbringen

English
young
something
dog
expensive
to bring along

klar
verzollen
meinen
Ware

clear; clearly; of course


to declare, pay duty on
to mean, think
ware, good

LC: 115_B_S1L3_102808

Notes
adjective & adverb
noun
adjective & adverb
verb
adjective & adverb
verb
verb
noun

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masculine
"mit" splits off when
conjugated

weak verb
feminine; plural: Waren

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riechen
Droge
strafbar
wissen

to smell
drug (not in the sense of
medicine)
punishable
to know

verb
noun
adjective
verb

Gepck
Hosentasche

luggage
pants pocket

noun
noun

Leckerli

treat (for animals)

noun

feminine; plural: Drogen

ich wei, du weit, er


wei, wir wissen, ihr
wisst, sie wissen; er
wusste; er hat gewusst
neuter; no plural
feminine; plural:
Hosentaschen. Consists
of "Hose" (pants) and
"Tasche" (bag, pocket)
neuter; plural: Leckerlis

Vocabulary Sample Sentences

Er ist sehr jung.


Ich will etwas trinken.
Wo kommt denn der Hund her?
Ist Bier teuer in Deutschland?
Das ist zu teuer.
Bringst du uns etwas aus der Stadt mit?
Klar komme ich mit!
Teure Waren muss man verzollen.
Das meinst du nicht ehrlich, oder?
Teure Waren muss man verzollen.
Hier riecht es nach Blumen.
Ich rieche nichts.
Haben Sie Drogen im Gepck?
Raubkopieren ist strafbar.
Ich wei nicht, ob das so richtig ist.
Ein paar Leute wissen immer noch nicht, was
passiert ist.
Haben Sie Drogen im Gepck?
Der Schlssel ist in meiner Hosentasche.

He is very young.
I want to drink something.
Where does the dog come from?
Is beer expensive in Germany?
That is too expensive.
Are you getting something for us from the city?
Of course I'm coming along!
You have to pay duty on expensive goods.
You don't seriously mean that, do you?
You have to pay duty on expensive goods.
It smells of flowers here.
I don't smell anything.
Do you carry drugs in your luggage?
Pirating (making illegal copies) is punishable.
I don't know if it's right like this.
A few people still don't know what happened.
Do you carry drugs in your luggage?
The key is in my pants pocket.

Cultural Insight

LC: 115_B_S1L3_102808

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If you bring goods worth more than 150 EUR into Germany (e. g. as gifts, not something you will take
with you again), you will need to pay taxes on them. There are also things that you just mustn't bring
into Germany:
- endangered animals and their products
- medicine from outside the EU, except for your personal use
- drugs and drug ingredients
- fireworks, except in very specific circumstances
- dangerous dog races, except for short-term touristy visits
- certain foods, like potatoes or wild mushrooms
- pirated products, imitations
- media with unconstitutional content (racism, Nazi content and symbols, anti-democratic ideas)
- porn involving children or animals
- certain animals and animal products that may carry a disease
- weapons, weapon parts and ammunition (incl. butterfly knives)