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Starting Out in German by Living Language - Excerpt

Starting Out in German by Living Language - Excerpt

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All the German you need to get started in a simple audio-only program!

Starting Out in German is a beginner-level program on 3 CDs, and it includes short and simple lessons and dialogues. It covers all the basics, with plenty of repetition and practice so it is ideal for audio-only learning.

Starting Out in German is perfect if you want to learn while commuting, running errands, or at the gym, as well as if you want to learn at home and simply prefer an all-audio course. If you want to refer to written material, you can go online to download the audioscript.
All the German you need to get started in a simple audio-only program!

Starting Out in German is a beginner-level program on 3 CDs, and it includes short and simple lessons and dialogues. It covers all the basics, with plenty of repetition and practice so it is ideal for audio-only learning.

Starting Out in German is perfect if you want to learn while commuting, running errands, or at the gym, as well as if you want to learn at home and simply prefer an all-audio course. If you want to refer to written material, you can go online to download the audioscript.

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GERMAN
STARTING OUT IN
Welcome to Living Language’s
Starting Out In German
, anintroductory course teaching the basics of the German language.This all-audio course is designed to be used without any printedmaterial, but should you decide you want to read along as youlisten to the lessons, visit www.livinglanguage.com for a freedownloadable transcript and other resources.
Lektion 1: Wichtige ausdrücke
Lesson 1: Essential expressions
Willkommen!
 
Welcome! 
In this first lesson of your German audio course, you’ll learn some basicexpressions that you will find very useful in everyday interactions, such as greetings, courtesy expressions,and simple questions that will help you to get to know people. You’ll hear these words and phrases first inEnglish and then in German. Repeat each new word or phrase in the pauses provided every time you hear it. Let’s begin!
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VOCABULARY BUILDING 1
Hello./Good day.
Guten Tag.
Good morning.
Guten Morgen.
Good evening.
Guten Abend.
Hi.
Hallo.
Welcome.
Willkommen.
How are you? 
Wie geht’s?
Very well.
Sehr gut.
Thank you.
Danke.
Goodbye.
 Auf Wiedersehen.
Bye.
 Tschüss.
See you soon.
Bis bald.
Take care.
Mach’s gut.
Good job!
TAKE A BREAK 1
German has a few sounds that will be unfamiliar to an English speaker. Have you noticed the vowel sound
ü
in
tschüss
? It is pronounced a little like
 
in
kiss 
, but with the lips rounded as when you’re pronouncing
oo
in
food 
. Here it is again:
ü, ü
. For example, the German word for 
to kiss 
is
küssen
. Another unfamiliar sound is the sound
ch
in
mach’s gut
. It is a bit similar to the
sound in
luck 
, but you need to keeppressing the air out, rather than stopping it abruptly. Try again:
mach’s gut, mach’s gut
.Okay, now let’s go over the rest of what you’ve just learned. First note that there are different kinds of greetings in German depending on the time of day:
guten Morgen
(
good morning 
),
guten Abend
(
good evening 
), and, of course,
guten Tag 
, which literally means
good day 
. When you’re choosing a greeting, youalso need to consider whom you are talking to. If you’re greeting someone you’re friendly with, you maychoose a less formal expression, like
hallo
(
hi 
). The same is true for saying good-bye. If you’re talking tosomeone you don’t know well, you can say
auf Wiedersehen
(
good- bye 
). If the other person is a friend, you may want to say
tschüss
(
bye 
) and
mach’s gut
(
take care 
). Now, let’s continue with some more words and expressions.
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