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1 Coffee Break German Lesson 08 Study Notes Coffee Break German: Lesson 08 - Notes page 1 of 14

2 LESSON NOTES GEHEN SIE ÜBER DEN PLATZ It s time to develop your skills in dealing with directions and finding your way around the town. In this lesson you will build your vocabulary for places in the town and learn to understand more complex directions. We ll also introduce the concept of case in German INTRODUCTION In the introduction to this lesson, Mark says: Mark: Heute lernen wir ein bisschen mehr über die Stadt. ein bisschen a little mehr more REVIEW Before learning some new words and phrases, we practised some of the expressions included in the last lesson. Sie sind hier, aber der Supermarkt ist dort You are here but the supermarket is there Coffee Break German: Lesson 08 - Notes page 2 of 14

3 der Strand ist hier und die Apotheke ist dort the beach is here and the pharmacy is there We introduced a number of new words in the review section to allow us to practise this construction further: das Schwimmbad the swimming pool die Schule the school das Schwimmbad ist hier und die Schule ist dort the swimming pool is here and the school is there die Post the post office das Kino the cinema die Post ist hier und das Kino ist dort the post office is here and the cinema is there der Dom the cathedral das Museum the museum der Dom ist hier und das Museum ist dort the cathedral is here and the museum is there Coffee Break German: Lesson 08 - Notes page 3 of 14

4 das Krankenhaus the hospital der Park the park das Krankenhaus ist hier und der Park ist dort the hospital is here and the park is there MORE DIRECTIONS The following phrases should help you further if you need to ask for directions in the town. ich habe mich verlaufen I am lost Literally this means something like I have got myself lost. We learned the expression Entschuldigung previously as excuse me. However this is actually a noun meaning apology. An alternative is: entschuldigen Sie, bitte excuse me, please / can you please excuse me ist es weit? is it far? ja, es ist weit yes it is far Coffee Break German: Lesson 08 - Notes page 4 of 14

5 nein, es ist nicht weit no, it s not far geradeaus straight on links left rechts right The chances are you may be given more complex directions, but with the aid of a map, these words can be picked out of a conversation, as Thomas demonstrated: Mark: Wo ist das Schwimmbad, bitte? Thomas: Ah, das Schwimmbad... Hmm, ein Moment. Ah! Sie gehen geradeaus, dann nach links, dann wieder geradeaus, und dann nach rechts. Dort ist das Schwimmbad. dann then nach (in this context) towards / to; so dann nach links can mean then to(wards) the left If you have not understood something, you can use the expression: noch einmal, bitte once more, please Coffee Break German: Lesson 08 - Notes page 5 of 14

6 Mark: Noch einmal, bitte. Thomas: Das Schwimmbad? Gehen Sie geradeaus, dann nach links, dann wieder geradeaus, und dann nach rechts. Dort ist das Schwimmbad. gehen Sie... you go... wieder again Did you notice that the phrase dort ist das Schwimmbad gives another example of the verb coming in second position? Since we want to stress there (dort), we start the sentence with this word and the next word which follows has to be the verb ist. Interestingly this word order works in English too! So, you will note that from these directions it is possible to identify the key words geradeaus, links and rechts in order to reach your destination! Here is the full translation of the conversation: Mark: Where is the swimming pool? Thomas: Ah, the swimming pool... Hmm, just a moment. Ah! You go straight on, then to the left, then straight on again, then to the right. The swimming pool is there. Mark: Once more, please. Thomas: The swimming pool? You go straight on, then left, then straight on again, then right. The swimming pool is there. Coffee Break German: Lesson 08 - Notes page 6 of 14

7 die erste Straße rechts the first street on the right die erste Straße links the first street on the left die zweite Straße rechts the second street on the right die zweite Straße links the second street on the left die dritte Straße rechts the third street on the right die dritte Straße links the third street on the left über die Brücke over the bridge über die Kreuzung over the crossroads über den Platz over the square With this final example you will notice that der Platz (the square) changes to den Platz. This is because the word über means that the case of the word which follows changes. Our Grammar Guru explains this in more detail! Coffee Break German: Lesson 08 - Notes page 7 of 14

8 GRAMMAR GURU Well, yes, the whole idea of case is a bit difficult to understand because we don t really have cases in English. However we ll work through this step by step and I ll try to make it clearer for you! Basically, the case of a word is the form that it takes as a result of its relationship to other words in the sentence. I like to think of case as your relationship status on Facebook! You can be single, in a relationship, engaged, married, and of course there s also it s complicated, which works well for German grammar! Your status changes depending on the relationship you have with other people, and it s the same with words and cases. For example, articles, adjectives, nouns and pronouns can change, depending on whether they are the subject or object of a sentence, or if they come after prepositions. Let s look at some examples. We ll focus on the definite article der and how it changes with the different cases. The first case is the nominative case. The nominative form of a word is the way you would find it in the dictionary. If we looked up town square in the dictionary we would find der Platz. Der is the nominative form of the masculine definite article. If we use this noun as the subject of the sentence, it stays in the nominative case, which means it doesn t change from its dictionary form: der Platz ist dort the square is there However, if we want to use der Platz as the object of the sentence, for example I see the square, where the square is the object that we see, we would need to put the word into a different case. This case is called the accusative case. It s almost like you re accusing the square of being the object that you see. We don t notice any difference in English when this happens: we say I Coffee Break German: Lesson 08 - Notes page 8 of 14

9 see the square and the square is there. However in German it s a bit more complicated. In the sentence I see the square you change the definite article der into den, so it becomes: ich sehe den Platz I see the square Den is therefore the accusative form of the masculine definite article. This accusative form isn t only used when the noun is the object of the sentence: it s also used after certain prepositions. One of these prepositions is über which we have seen in this lesson. So if you are telling someone to go over the square, you would say: gehen Sie über den Platz go across the square You may also have noticed that die Kreuzung stayed the same after über. This is because the accusative form of the feminine definite article stays the same: it s die in both nominative and accusative. The same happens with das which remains the same in both the nominative and accusative. Let s recap with the help of this table: MASCULINE FEMININE NEUTER NOMINATIVE der die das ACCUSATIVE den die das Hopefully you now feel more confident understanding the mystery of German cases! Coffee Break German: Lesson 08 - Notes page 9 of 14

10 CULTURAL CORRESPONDENT In this lesson s Cultural Correspondent feature, Julia continues her tour of the biggest cities in the German-speaking world. Hallo Mark, grüß Gott, Thomas, und moin moin an alle unsere Coffee Break German Zuhörer. Ich bin s, Julia, your Cultural Correspondent, and as promise today I m bringing you the second part of our little tour through the biggest cities of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We ve done Germany, so today we re going to focus on the cities you really shouldn t miss when travelling to Austria and Switzerland. Let s start in the east with Austria s beautiful capital Vienna, or as we say Wien. Vienna is the city of music: the waltzes of Johann Strauss are known the world over. The river Danube flows through Vienna and I m sure you ve heard of Strauss s An der Schönen Blauen Donau. Another interesting fact about Vienna is that in the international Quality of Living Survey, Vienna has been ranked first for four years running since 2009! Moving further west, we come to Salzburg, another beautiful and graceful city sitting on the river Salzach. What Vienna is to Strauss, Salzburg is to another very famous composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Everywhere you go in Salzburg you will see Mozart somewhere! For British and American listeners, you may well know Salzburg from a famous film set in the city about a nun and the family of children she looked after. The hills around the city are indeed alive with the Sound of Music! Before we reach Switzerland on our journey westwards through Austria, we reach the capital of the Tyrol region, Innsbruck. It s the fifth biggest town in Austria and a huge winter sports town. Indeed it was the location of the 1976 Winter Olympics and in January 2012 the Winter Youth Olympic Games took place there. Coffee Break German: Lesson 08 - Notes page 10 of 14

11 Zürich Salzburg Crossing the border to Switzerland, we reach the largest city in the country, Zürich. It is among the world s largest financial centres, and it is home to many museums and art galleries. Our last stop on our Luzern German-speaking Innsbruck Wien tourist trail is Luzern, Lucerne, which is a beautiful city nestled in the mountains. It is very popular with tourists who can stroll through the old town and marvel at the timberframed buildings - we call this Fachwerk in German - and in summer can take a boat out onto the lake and enjoy spectacular views of the Alps on all sides! So there you have it! What are you waiting for? Start planning your tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland, so that you can put your Coffee Break German into practice! DAS REICHT FÜR HEUTE Ready for more? Turn the page to continue with the bonus materials for this lesson. Coffee Break German: Lesson 08 - Notes page 11 of 14

12 CORE VOCABULARY das Schwimmbad the swimming pool die Schule the school die Post the post office das Kino the cinema der Dom the cathedral das Museum the museum das Krankenhaus the hospital der Park the park ich habe mich verlaufen I am lost entschuldigen Sie, bitte excuse me, please / can you please excuse me Coffee Break German: Lesson 08 - Notes page 12 of 14

13 ist es weit? is it far? ja, es ist weit yes it is far nein, es ist nicht weit no, it s not far geradeaus straight on links left rechts right noch einmal, bitte once more, please die erste Straße rechts the first street on the right die erste Straße links the first street on the left die zweite Straße rechts the second street on the right die zweite Straße links the second street on the left Coffee Break German: Lesson 08 - Notes page 13 of 14

14 die dritte Straße rechts the third street on the right die dritte Straße links the third street on the left über die Brücke over the bridge über die Kreuzung over the crossroads über den Platz over the square BONUS VOCABULARY die Einbahnstraße the one-way street der Tunnel the tunnel der Kreisverkehr the roundabout die Ampel the traffic light der Zebrastreifen zebra crossing / pedestrian crossing Coffee Break German: Lesson 08 - Notes page 14 of 14

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