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Beginner Lesson S2
Get Some Beer For Me, Will You?

German
English
Vocabulary
Phrase Usage
Grammar Points
Cultural Insight

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Wie wre es mit Bratapfel zum Nachtisch? Dann bist du auch satt.
Hmm, Bratapfel ist lecker.
Okay, dann brauche ich aber noch ein paar Sachen. Ich gehe kurz
einkaufen.
Gehst du zum Supermarkt?
Ja. Brauchst du noch etwas?
Ja, ich brauche Bier.
Okay, dann kaufe ich auch Bier ein.
Danke.

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How'bout baked apple for dessert? Then you'll be full as well.


Hmm, baked apple is yummy.
Okay, however then I will need a few more things. I'm going shopping
briefly.
Are you going to the supermarket?
Yes. Do you need something else?
Yes, I need beer.
Okay, then I'll buy beer as well.
Thanks.

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Vocabulary
German
wie wre es (mit)
Bratapfel

English
how bout (having)
baked apple

expression
noun

Nachtisch
satt
lecker
brauchen
ein paar
Sache
kurz

dessert
full, sated
yummy, delicious
to need
a couple, a few
thing
short, brief; briefly

noun
adjective & adverb
adjective
verb
expression
noun
adjective & adverb

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Notes

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masculine; plural:
Bratpfel
masculine

feminine; plural: Sachen

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einkaufen
Supermarkt

to go shopping, buy
supermarket

verb
noun

Bier

beer

noun

"ein" splits off


masculine; plural:
Supermrkte
neuter; plural: Biere;
plural is only used when
talking about different
types of beer

Vocabulary Sample Sentences

Wie wre es mit morgen?


Wie wre es mit einem Eis?
Bratapfel ist ein beliebtes Gericht fr Wintertage.
Heute gibt es keinen Nachtisch.
Bist du schon satt?
In Deutschland gibt es richtig leckere Wrstchen.
Dieser Raum braucht neue Mbel.
Brauchen Sie eine Rechnung?
Ein paar Leute wissen immer noch nicht, was
passiert ist.
Diese Sache macht mir Probleme.
Jetzt tragen die Mdchen alle kurze Rcke.
Kannst du das kurz halten?
Ich gehe jetzt einkaufen.
Wo ist der nchste Supermarkt?
Ist Bier teuer in Deutschland?
Ich htte gern ein Bier.
Ich trinke kein Bier.

How about toworrow?


How about having an ice-cream?
Baked apple is a popular dish for winter days.
Today there is no dessert.
Are you full already?
In Germany there are really delicious sausages.
This room needs new furniture.
Do you need a bill?
A few people still don't know what happened.
This thing is troublesome to me.
Now all the girls are wearing short skirts.
Can you hold that for a second?
I'm going shopping now.
Where is the next supermarket?
Is beer expensive in Germany?
I would like a beer.
I dont drink any beer.

Vocabulary Phrase Usage


1. Wie wre es mit... literally means how would it be with.... In German, it is used to politely make
a suggestion, for example Wie wre es mit einem Bier? (How would you like a beer?) or Wie wre
es mit Kino heute abend? (Would you like to go to the movies tonight?). 2. In this dialog you saw
zum several times. zum is not a new word but a contraction of zu and dem (a form of der). In
phrases like zum Nachtisch or zum Mittagessen, zum has the meaning of for: for dessert, for

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lunch... In most other phrases, like Gehst du zum Supermarkt? (Are you going to the supermarket?),
it just means to.

Grammar Points
The focus of this lesson is separable verbs.
Okay, dann kaufe ich auch Bier ein.
"Okay, then I'll buy beer as well."

A separable verb" is one that splits in two at the slightest provocation. For example einkaufen" (to
shop, buy). In the infinitive it's one word, as you can also see in the phrase Ich gehe einkaufen" (I'm
going shopping).
However, when it's conjugated, the ein" part splits off and positions itself at the end of the sentence:
Ich kaufe Bier ein." (I'm buying beer).

It's always the same prefixes that split off, so this is not really difficult, but it is an annoyance. Another
verb like this is mitkommen" (to come along). Here, the mit" splits off, so that you can clearly see
the stem kommen" again. Kommst du mit?" (Are you coming along?). In some dialects of English,
you will even hear Are you coming with?" - that's the German influence. But really, mit" is used
whenever an English phrasal verb uses along", and in a lot of cases where English uses another word.
If you understand mit" as a prefix, you can improve your German vocabulary quickly. Just look at the
following forms:
mitgehen - to go along
mitschreiben - to write along" = to take notes
mitmachen - to do along" = to participate
mitessen - to eat along" = join for a meal
mitdenken - to think along" = follow somebody's train of thought and think ahead

Cultural Insight

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Beer

Good beer is one of the items that Germans tend to miss abroad. In Germany, there are hundreds of
brands of beer, most of them limited to one region. There also many different types of beer offered,
such as pilsener, alt, lager, export, dark beer, strong beer...
The average German beer is stronger than American beer, but weaker than Belgian beer.

Beer is typically consumed with hearty foods, but wine is preferred for fancy foods. Consumption is
very high. Some Germans can drink 6 or 7 in the course of an evening, also, Germany's per-capita
yearly beer consumption is among the highest in the world. Bavaria in particular is a heartland for
beer.
If you want to learn more about German beer, try GermanPod101's Advanced Audioblog No. 4, one of
our earliest audioblogs ever. It's all about beer.

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