German directional words and phrases…
The Next 13 Phrases
In German 2 For Travel we added “Where …” questions – if you’re looking for the bathroom, a pharmacy, public transport, a bank/ATM, etc.
Asking such questions in German – especially if you have practiced your pronunciation a bit – may let your conversation partner assume that you understand German quite well.
The result will be an answer and a stream of words that will fly right by you.
So asking the person to speak more slowly could be your first reply in such a case: “Könnten Sie bitte langsamer sprechen!”
And it would be good to also know some basic directional words and phrases in German – left, right, straight ahead – as the typical answers may well include them.
Why These Phrases?
In Essential German 1 and 2, we listed greetings and typical “where is…?” questions. Even if you have never studied German before, it will be useful to learn and practice saying them.
In Essential German 3, there are only two sentences you may want to practice saying: “Could you please speak more slowly?” and “Many thanks for your help.”
The other 11 phrases and sentences will be useful to understand as you receive answers to your “where is…?” question. You still may want to record yourself saying them, so you can confirm, what you thought you understood- and – you’ll also remember them better that way.
Food, Drinks, Restaurants
Finding a recommended restaurant, Café, or bar has been made much easier with GPS equipped smart phones and mobile devices.
Once you have arrived at the place, you may have to ask for a table and the Menu, place an order and then ask for and pay the check.
Knowing a few German key phrases will make all this much easier.
You’ll find them among the next 14 Phrases in German 4 For Travel.
If you are used to the 15-20% tips, generally expected in US restaurants, you’ll be pleasantly surprised: In nearly all West-European countries tips are included in your check.
But for good service 5-10% tips are always welcome.
Asking “Where is…? questions in German…
If you’ve already learned and practiced German 1 For Travel you’ll be ready to tackle the next 12 essentials.
These are words and phrases that’ll help you ask “Where …” questions – if you’re looking for the bathroom, a pharmacy, a bus stop, or the subway or railway station, a bank or an ATM.
You may also want to know if the person you’re talking with speaks French, Spanish, Italian, or English – maybe one of the languages you speak as well.
The Next 12 German Phrases: “Wo ist…?”
Learn and Practice Tips
- Click the black arrow to hear the German speaker.
- Click the red dot once to record yourself.
- Click the black square to stop recording.
- When you click the black arrow again, you’ll hear the speaker and then yourself.
- Do it several times until you sound like the German speaker.
- Then “Choose a Study Mode” and test yourself with one of the Quizlet games! (You may need to adjust your Options with the top right icon .)
Getting Around Austria, Germany, and Switzerland…
Austria, Germany, and Switzerland have excellent rail and bus systems and you can get to nearly everywhere by public transport.
We use the ÖBB (Austria), DBB Navigator (Germany) and SBB (Switzerland) apps to check for schedules and buy tickets online.
During our last visit to Switzerland we stayed for several weeks and bought the half-fare pass. (At SFr 180.- it obviously only makes sense, if you plan several longer trips.)
In all three countries, buying train tickets on-line well in advance and during off-peak travel times lets you also realize substantial savings.
“Wo ist…?”-Questions Answered…
Asking “Wo ist…?”- questions in German could let the person you are asking assume that you speak German.
The result will often be an answer and a stream of German words you may not understand.
It would therefore be good to know some basic directional words and phrases in German – left, right, straight ahead, etc.
You’ll find the next 13 phrases now in German 3 For Travel.