Better German Podcast with Susi

Susanne Schilk-Blümel

Episode 12 Learn German Words about an Office or Classroom

A lot of Practice for Beginners

2023-11-16 19 min

Description & Show Notes

Episode 12 of the Better German Podcast is an audio version of a lesson from the Beginner German course. The lesson covers a list of words about objects commonly found in a classroom or office. You will get audio repetition for pronunciation practice and you will learn actively by repeating words and translations aloud. You can get a downloadable PDF here or watch the video on Susi’s course platform for free.

In this episode, Susi Blumel provides an audio version of a lesson from her beginner German course, covering a word list of objects commonly found in classrooms or offices. The purpose of the episode is to help listeners learn and practice the pronunciation of these words. 
Key Points Covered in the Episode: 
1. Introduction to the word list of objects found in a classroom or office. 
2. Explanation of the upcoming Total Beginner German Course "A1.1" and its beta access. 
3. Practical instructions for using the lesson well and taking small steps to practice each word. 
4. Providing insights into the differences between Austrian German and German German in terms of language and vocabulary. 
5. Pronunciation practice of the words in both English and German. 
6. Clarification on the usage of English loanwords in German, specifically focusing on modern technology-related terms. 
7. Guidance on using the episode for effective learning and improving German language skills. 
8. Information on accessing transcripts, newsletters, and online German learning courses on 
Next Episode: 
Episode 13 the lands of Austria and Germany through learning about their unique festivals in autumn and winter.
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·      Better German Podcast Episode 12 Additional Material Wordlist Classroom
·      Other additional Materials
·      Interactive German Movie Guide

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Welcome to the Better German podcast. My name is Susi Blümel, and I will teach you German and everything around the language , the countries and the culture. Welcome to this episode, that is episode 12, of the better German podcast. And in this episode, I'm giving you the audio version of a lesson of my beginner German course. We're going to cover a Word List, Word List about. Objects that you will find around when you're learning in a classroom or in an office. It is the audio version. It is easier to follow it. with the video or at the very least with the downloadable PDF that you can get. You can watch the video, the entire video for free on my course platform. I'm going to link it to you. As I said, it is part of the upcoming. Total beginner. German course, it's called a, a one. One is for total beginners. German course. And this is actually starting next year. However, there is already beta access to it. And if you are interested in that, you can get it to however, this particular lesson can be watched by anyone. So you go link to it and you can just watch it for totally free there. So enjoy the lesson. Welcome to this lesson. We're going to have a new Word List. The Word List - I call it classroom, you could call it office. So I'm trying to cover as many words possible, things, objects in your immediate environment. we're going to go through this list a couple of times. The whole purpose at the end of this lesson, of the video, you're going to know all these words, you know what they mean and how to say them, and you will have practiced the pronunciation, so you're able to say them correctly, and you will have started to practice them. to remember them as well, there will be more exercises in a following video, for you to actually use it in sentences, but this is a good first step. And, after the video there are a couple of steps, that I have written up to you for you here, on how to use this video. Make use of this video You will learn just perfectly, if you take small steps at a time, but you practice everything, that you get, And when I tell you to repeat after me, please speak out loudly and proudly. So the first step, write down those words in your notebook, or however you chose to take notes, and if german is not your native language then write the translation right next to the english word die Tür door. die Lampe lamp die Pflanze plant die Decke ceiling, das Fenster window, das Bild Picture der Tisch table, der Sessel chair der Stuhl chair So the reason why we have two times. Basically two words for the same. object here. Blondish tool is there is a language difference between Austrian German and German German. So overall we speak the same language. It's maybe best comparable, a little bit too American in English, German. They have a little different accents, and then in some context, there's different words that are usual. As a general rule, you could say. Every Austrian will normally understand German German. However. we will use sometimes different words. So for chair, a normal chair that we sit on, that I'm sitting on now. in Austria we will say sessile I will tell you more about Austrian and German German at some point Just so you're not confused sometimes you learn two different words der Computer. computer. das Telefon telephone das Mobiltelefon mobile phone das Handy mobile phone der Vorhang curtain der Boden floor der Kuli ballpoint der Stift pen, der Bleistift pencil das Regal shelves, das Zimmer room das Klassenzimmer class room das Büro office das Buch book das Wörterbuch dictionary der Papierkorb. waste paper basket der Bildschirm. screen das Tablet tablet So as the next step, I'm going to say each of the German words twice for you to repeat So i'll just say it and you say it after me loudly and proudly die Tür. die Tür die Lampe die Lampe die Pflanze die Pflanze die Decke die Decke das Fenster das Fenster das Bild das Bild der Tisch der Tisch der Sessel der Sessel der Stuhl der Stuhl der Computer der Computer das Telefon das Telefon das Mobiltelefon das Mobiltelefon das Handy das Handy der Vorhang der Vorhang der Boden der Boden der Kuli der Kuli der Stift der Stift der Bleistift der Bleistift das Regal das Regal das Zimmer das Zimmer das  Klassenzimmer das  Klassenzimmer das Büro das Büro das Buch das Buch das Wörterbuch das Wörterbuch der Papierkorb der Papierkorb der Bildschirm der Bildschirm das Tablet das Tablet Okay, before we go on to the next step, quick note. I'm sure you have noticed, that there're like three words that actually look English. Maybe you just thought two of them were English: the Computer, Tablet, but also Handy. So, before I go into handy, it is very usual to just take English words, particularly in the area of technology or computers or anything modern so to say. And Handy however, seems to be a misunderstanding. So, as far as I know it comes from the English word handy, meaning something that is practical, that is good to have around that is convenient, you could say. However, many people in Austria or Germany, many German speaking people, unless their English is really good, will not know that this is not actually, an English word. Or it is an English word, but it doesn't like mobile phone does not mean handy in English. So, I don't know how it came about. Obviously somebody thought a mobile phone was handy. So we come to the next step and the next step is I'm going to say each of the German words, and I want you in the break after that, I want you to say the English words. So I'm going to say die Tür, and I want you to say door. You can just read, if you don't remember it, you just read the translation. However, I want you to repeat that step, until you can do it without actually reading all the translations. I want you to continue, until you can do it. If it is hard, or if it takes more than two, three times going through the step, just go back and repeat the first and the second step. And then come back to this. You will see it is not as long as you maybe think and whenever we practice something, practice it Until that one step is really good and then go to the next one die Tür die Lampe die Pflanze die Decke das Fenster das Bild der Tisch der Sessel der Stuhl der computer, das Telefon das Mobiltelefon das Handy. der Vorhang der Boden der Kuli der Stift der Bleistift das Regal das Zimmer das  Klassenzimmer das Büro das Buch das Wörterbuch der Papierkorb der Bildschirm das Tablet. All right. Last step. I'm going to say the English words now, and now I want you to say, after I say an English word, I want you to say in the break, the German word. And again, Repeat this step a couple of times over if necessary until you can do it without looking at it. Door lamp plant ceiling window picture table chair chair computer telephone mobile phone mobile phone curtain floor ballpoint pen pencil shelves room class room office book dictionary waste paper basket screen tablet Thank you for listening to this episode. You can find a transcript of this episode at www. bettergerman. info and slash and then the number of the episode. You can also sign up for a newsletter there and then you will be informed when there is a new episode coming or any other important events going on, new articles, new freebies or... things like that. If you liked it and, it was helpful for you, please share it with other people and let them know that this exists. And if you are looking for a course and you want to learn German online, then you can, of course, find all the infos as well on www. bettergerman. info. So, see you there and see you in the next episode.


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