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Beginner Lesson S2

Making Suggestions in German: Let’s Eat and Then Walk Along the Spree!

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German English Vocabulary Phrase Usage Grammar Points Cultural Insight

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M

Hallo, da bin ich wieder!

B

Willkommen zurück! Hast du alles?

M

Ja, kein Problem. Jetzt habe ich wirklich Hunger, und du?

B

Ja, ich auch.

M

Ich mache jetzt die Suppe warm, und die Bratäpfel gibt es später, okay?

B

Okay.

B

Mhmm, das riecht gut.

M

Danke.

B

Was machst du später?

M

Ich denke ich bleibe einfach hier, warum fragst du?

B

Lass uns doch einen Spaziergang an der Spree machen. Das Wetter ist so schön heute!

M

Ach nee, ich habe keine Lust.

English

M

Hallo, I'm back again!

B

Welcome back! Do you have everything?

M

Yes, no problem. Now I'm really hungry, and you?

B

Yes, me too.

M

I'll heat up the soup now, and the baked apples will come later, okay?

B

Okay.

B

Mhmm, that smells good.

M

Thanks.

B

What are you doing later?

M

I think I'll just stay here, why are you asking?

B

Let's take a walk along the Spree. The weather is so nice today!

M

Bah, I'm not in the mood.

 

Vocabulary

 

German

English

 

Notes

Willkommen

Welcome

expression

 

zurück

back

adverb

also a verb prefix with that meaning, e. g.

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“zurückkommen”, “zurückgeben”, …

alles

everything, all

pronoun

 

Kein Problem.

No problem.

sentence

 

warm

warm

adjective & adverb

 

später

later today

adverb

 

riechen

to smell

verb

 

einfach

easy; simply, just

adjective & adverb

 

doch

affirmative particle, encouraging particle

modifier

 

Spaziergang

walk, stroll

noun

masculine; plural:

Spaziergänge

Wetter

weather

noun

neuter

Lust (auf)

desire (of)

noun

feminine, no plural

Vocabulary Sample Sentences

Willkommen in Deutschland! Wann wirst du zurück sein? Nächstes Mal wird alles anders. Formale Bildung ist nicht alles.

Im Süden Europas wird es früher warm, deswegen In the South of Europe it gets warm earlier,

Welcome to Germany! When will you be back? Next time it will be completely different. Formal education isn't everything.

3 reisen viele Deutschen im Frühling dorthin. Es wird später Regen geben. Hier riecht es nach Blumen. Ich rieche nichts. Diese Lektion war sehr einfach. Sag doch was! Komm doch! Du magst doch keine Schokolade, oder? - Doch!

Lass uns einen Spaziergang machen! Das Wetter heute ist sehr schwül. Ich habe Lust auf Fernsehen. Ich habe Lust auf Kaffee.

therefore many Germans travel there in spring. There will be rain later. It smells of flowers here. I don't smell anything. This lesson was very easy. Come on, say something! Do come! You surely don’t like chocolate, do you? – Yes I do! Let's take a walk! The weather is really humid today. I am in the mood for TV. I am in the mood for coffee. (literally: I have desire of coffee)

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Vocabulary Phrase Usage

1. „nee“ = colloquial pronunciation of „nein“

2. „Lust haben auf etwas“ = to be in the mood for

3. Sounds in German: „mhmm“ for „yummy“, „achhh“ for sorrow/unhappiness, „aha“ when you just

made a discovery or acknowledge something, „m-hmm“(yes) or „m-m“(no) are sounds you can expect to hear while talking.

Grammar Points

The focus of this lesson is making suggestions. Lass uns doch einen Spaziergang an der Spree machen! "Let's take a walk along the Spree!"

“. This means „Let's“

and is followed by the rest of the sentence and finally the verb. For example: „Lass uns morgen ins Kino gehen!“ (Let's go

to the cinema tomorrow!)

There are several ways to make a suggestion in German. One way is by using the phrase „Lass uns

4 Alternatively, and a little less politely, you can just use the imperative for the 1 st person plural, the „we“ form. That one is formed just like the formal imperative: take an actual verb form, like „wir gehen“ and put the verb first, so „Gehen wir!“ (Let's go!). This would be appropriate to say if a group has already decided to go somewhere and they are just waiting for a signal to go. However, if you just want to make a suggestion, you may want to add a „doch“. German particles like „doch“

„Gehen wir doch ins Kino!“

are hard to translate, but in this sentence the „doch“ has the same function as „how'bout (How'bout we go to the cinema!)

“.

More politely, you could phrase your suggestion with „Ich finde wir sollten “

sollten

For example: „Ich finde wir sollten nicht mehr länger warten“ (I find we shouldn't wait any longer).

(I find we should

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or „Ich denke wir

(I think we should

).

This phrase works just like in English, so just stick an infinitive after it and you're good.

Cultural Insight

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Because of the climate, Germans are a lot less likely to go outside than people in Latin countries

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People may sit outside in cafés or restaurants in the afternoons in summer, not much in the evenings

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Most appointments are still for going inside, e. g. go to somebody's place, go to a club, go to the movies

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Appointments must have a purpose, there are few for just going around and seeing what's happening

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