German Language Story: Michaels Reise 5



German Language Story: In the fifth part of Michael's trip to Germany, (Michaels Reise 5), he travels to Munich where he checks into a hotel. (photo by Philipp Bachhuber on unsplash)
He does some sightseeing and spends a day at the Deutsches Museum, famous for its masterpieces of science and technology.
In the evening, he meets up with friends to eat at the Hofbräuhaus.
Later, they take the subway to the trendy Schwabing neighborhood.
Hear and read Part 5 of his journey in German. It contains about 120 essential words and phrases in context.
Play the story as many times as you like.
To practice your pronunciation, repeat each sentence after or along with the speaker.
After the story, you can go through Flash Cards to recall the 10 key verbs below.

10 Key Verbs in Travel Story: Michaels Reise 5

  • sehen - to see
  • helfen - to help
  • aussteigen - to get off (a vehicle)
  • brauchen - to need
  • aufschreiben - to write down
  • besichtigen - to look at, tour
  • hinaufgehen - to go up
  • versuchen - to try
  • verbringen - to spend (time)
  • anrufen - to call (by phone)

Deutsches Museum

Founded in 1903, the German Museum in Munich - Deutsches Museum - is the world's largest museum of science and technology. It's located on a small island - Museumsinsel - in the river Isar.  For anyone interested in science and technology, this is a must.
Note: In German, "Deutsches Museum" changes to "das Deutsche Museum" when you add the article "the" (das).

A translation is available on the computer when you roll over a sentence. (But German only on a phone or tablet).
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German Language Game: Practice "geben"



Quick German Language Game: "geben" - to give.
Learn and practice the present forms of "geben" with this fun interactive online game.
Present Tense: stem vowel changes: du, er/sie/es = "i"; all others = "e" (including the formal "Sie")
"Geben" + indirect object (give "to whom"): Ich gebe dir ... (I give [to] you ...).
"Geben" + direct object (give "what"): Ich gebe das Geld. (I give the money.)

Present Tense of "geben"

ich gebe - I give
du gibst - you give
er/sie/es gibt - he/she/it gives
wir geben - we give
ihr gebt - you-all give
sie/Sie geben - they/you(form.) give

Idiomatic expressions

es gibt - there is
Was gibt's? - What's up?

Indirect Pronoun Objects - give "to whom":

mir - (to) me
dir - (to) you [familiar]
ihm - (to) him/it
ihr - (to) her
uns - (to) us
euch - (to) you-all
ihnen/Ihnen - (to) them/you (formal)

Direct Objects - give "what":

Ich gebe dir den Kaffee. - I give you the coffee. [der Kaffee, masculine]
Ich gebe dir die Adresse. - I give you the address. [die Adresse, feminine]
Ich gebe dir das Geld. - I give you the money. [das Geld, neuter]

Short Sentences: "Geben" + Ind. and Dir. Object

Wir geben ihr die Adresse. - We give her the address.
They give us the money. - Sie geben uns das Geld.
Ich gebe dir den Kaffee. - I'll give you the coffee.
Kannst du mir das Geld geben. - Can you give me the money?
Sie gibt ihnen den Kaffee. - She gives them the coffee.
Es gibt kein Geld. - There's no money.

You'll find more in our post: How to Use the German Modal Verb "Können"

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German Language Game: Modal Verb "können"



Quick German Language Game: "können" - can /to be able. (The picture: Können Sie taekwondo?)
A fun interactive language game to learn and practice the present, past, and conditional forms of "können" (can /to be able)
Present Tense: stem vowel changes: singular = "a"; plural = "ö" (including the formal "Sie")
Simple Past: stem vowel is "o"; add regular endings -te, -test, -te, -ten, -tet, -ten
Conditional: stem vowel is "ö"; otherwise, all forms are the same as Simple Past.
With this game, you'll practice how to pronounce German "a", "o", and "ö".

Present Tense of "können": singular "a", plural "ö"

ich kann - I can
du kannst - you can
er/sie/es kann - he/she/it can
wir können - we can
ihr könnt - you-all can
sie/Sie können - they/you(form.) can

Simple Past Tense of "können": drop the umlaut

ich konnte - I could
du konntest - you could
er/sie/es konnte - he/she/it could
wir konnten - we could
ihr konntet - you-all could
sie/Sie konnten - they/you (form.) could

Conditional Tense of "können": add umlaut to Past

ich könnte - I would be able /could
du könntest - you would be able /could
er/sie/es könnte - he/she/it would be able /could
wir könnten - we would be able /could
ihr könntet - you-all would be able /could
sie/Sie könnten - they/you(form.) would be able /could

Short Sentences:

Er kann nicht. - He can't.
Kann ich? - Can I?
Ja, du kannst. - Yes, you can. (fam.)
Ich konnte gestern nicht anrufen. - I couldn't call yesterday.
Ich kann heute kommen. - I can come today.
Ich könnte dich morgen treffen. - I could meet you tomorrow.

You'll find more in our post: How to Use the German Modal Verb "Können"

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German Language Game: Jetzt sollten wir...



Quick German Language Game: "Jetzt sollten wir..." - (Now we should...)
An online game to practice German word order with various types of sentences.
The mini-story: Michael is at his friend Karl's apartment in Heidelberg, where he has just met Karl's girlfriend and her sister Claudia.
Karl returns after his classes, just in time to help put lunch together. 
This language game focuses on simple conversational German word order.
Playing this game won't make you a word order expert, but it will certainly help you understand basic patterns.
Say the sentences several times, out loud if you can.
Even if you know the word-order "rules", using them while you talk takes plenty of practice. 

Sentences with basic word order patterns:

1. Ein wenig später kommt Karl nach Hause. 
[A time phrase "ein wenig später" starts the sentence.]
2. Ich bin froh, dass du uns besuchst.
[A sentence with the conjunction "dass" (that).]
3. Ich freue mich auch, dich wiederzusehen.
[The verb "wiedersehen" becomes "wiederzusehen".] 
4. Jetzt sollten wir ans Mittagessen denken.
[A sentence with a "modal" verb (sollten).]
5. Claudia und ich können den Tisch decken.
[Two subjects "Claudia und ich".]

Words in German Language Game

  • Karl kommt nach Hause - Karl comes home [kommen]
  • ein wenig später - a little later
  • ich bin froh - I'm glad [sein]
  • dass du uns besuchst - that you're visiting us (fam.) [besuchen]
  • ich freue mich auch - I'm also pleased [sich freuen]
  • dich wiederzusehen - to see you again (fam.) [wiedersehen]
  • wir sollten - we should [sollen] 
  • jetzt - now
  • ans Mittagessen denken - to think about lunch
  • ich kann - I can [können]
  • uns - us
  • eine Pizza bestellen - to order a pizza
  • Gute Idee. - Good idea.
  • einen Salat machen - to make a salad
  • Claudia und ich können - Claudia and I can
  • den Tisch decken - to set the table

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German Language Game: Ja gerne



Quick German Language Game: "Ja gerne!" - (Yes, I'd like to!)
A quick online German game to learn and practice 20 words and phrases in the context of a mini-story.
Michael arrives at his friend Karl's place in Heidelberg. 
Karl's girlfriend Renate opens the door. 
Her sister Claudia is also there, and introductions follow. 
What is the right form of address to use here, "Sie" or "du"? 

If you're visiting a German-speaking country, it's important to understand when to use "Sie" or "du".
Sometimes a mistake is cute, as when an American student addressed my six-year-old son with "Sie". 
Still, kids aside, it's always safe to address someone you don't know with "Sie" (shop keepers, people on the telephone, new people you're introduced to, etc.)
If anyone wants to switch to "du", they'll let you know. And anyway, that's a fun little social ritual.

Say the words and phrases OUT LOUD, right after or along with the speaker. 
That's a great way to sharpen your pronunciation and to internalize idiomatic expressions.
For example, standard expressions such as:
Freut mich, Sie kennenzulernen. [Pleased to meet you. (formal)]
Wenn es dir recht ist. [If it's all right with you. (familiar)]
Wir duzen uns. [We say "du" to each other.]
Wir können uns treffen. [We can meet.]

NOTE that "studieren" means "to study at a university or college".
Studierst du? [Do you go to university? (fam.)]
Gehst du in die Schule? [Do you go to school? = grade, middle or high school].

Words in German Language Game

  • Freut mich... - I'm pleased...
  • ...Sie kennenzulernen - ...to meet you (formal) [kennenlernen]
  • Sei nicht so formell. - Don't be so formal. (familiar) [sein]
  • duzen - to use "du", the familar form of address
  • euch - to each other [referring to "you"]
  • ihr könnt euch duzen - you can say "du" to each other (fam.)
  • wenn - if [conjunction]
  • Wenn es dir recht ist. - If it's all right with you. (fam.) 
  • natürlich - of course
  • wir Studenten - we students
  • uns - to each other [referring to "we"]
  • wir duzen uns alle - we all say "du" to each other
  • studieren - to go to university or college
  • studierst du? - do you go to university? (fam.)
  • hier in Heidelberg - here in Heidelberg
  • ich studiere in München - I go to university in Munich
  • vielleicht - perhaps
  • sich treffen - to meet each other
  • vielleicht können wir uns treffen - perhaps we can meet each other
  • Ja gerne! - Yes, I'd like to!

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