VOCABULARY BUILDING 1
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German has a few sounds that will be unfamiliar to an English speaker. Have you noticed the vowel sound
? It is pronounced a little like
, but with the lips rounded as when you’re pronouncing
. Here it is again:
. For example, the German word for
. Another unfamiliar sound is the sound
. It is a bit similar to the
, 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:
), and, of course,
, which literally means
. 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
). The same is true for saying good-bye. If you’re talking tosomeone you don’t know well, you can say
). If the other person is a friend, you may want to say
). Now, let’s continue with some more words and expressions.