Friends International English Conversation Group

Dear Friends of the German language,

in our first two meetings of conversational German, we learned the following phrases:

Greeting somebody and saying good bye:

Guten Morgen – in the morning

Guten Tag – during the day

Guten Abend – in the evening

Gute Nacht – only for saying good bye at night

Auf Wiedersehen – good bye

Tschüß – colloquial saying good bye

Mahlzeit (= “Gesegnete Mahlzeit”) – at noontime for lunch

Asking a direction:

Fährt dieser Bus zum Zoo? – Does this bus go to the zoo?

Wohin fährt dieser Bus? – Wher does this bus go?

Being late (e.g. for an appointment, a meeting):

Es tut mir leid, dass ich zu spät bin – Sorry for being late

Die S-Bahn war verspätet – the S-Bahn was delayed

Ich habe verschlafen – I overslept

At the station:

Der Bahnsteig – the platform

Das Gleis – the track

Der Zug fährt von Bahnsteig / Gleis 1 – the train leaves from platform 1

Zug in Richtung Leipzig – train for Leipzig

Der Zug ist schon weg – the train has already left

Der Zug kommt noch – the train will arrive

Der Zug ist noch nicht weg – the train has not yet left

=> schon – already

=> noch – still

=> noch nicht – not yet

Eating

essen – for humans

futtern – eat fast and much (colloquial)

fressen – for animals or insulting for humans

füttern – feed

Ich esse gerade Mittag – I am just having lunch

Er futtert ganz schön viel – he eats quite a lot

Die Katze frisst eine Maus – the cat is eating a mouse

Addressing people:

Addressing someone by “du” is informal and only for friends or someone you know well. In some professions, colleages address each other by “du”, like IKEA or the media branch. It is the same as being on first name terms in English.

If you are on the job or you don´t know someone well or not at all, you better use “Sie”, especially if the person is much older than you or in a higher position and you want or have to express esteem. It is the same as being on second name terms in English.

Keep learning and practising German, especially if you live in Germany. Conditions are favourable if you live in a native language environment.

Friends help friends with learning German! Additionally to our regular meetings on Tuesdays, we are introducing a meeting on Mondays at a Berlin location to learn phrases and words to be able to communicate in German instantly and use it in German context. We are starting with the topics introducing oneself, buying something, asking the way and using numbers.

This is no commercial language course and absolutely free. It is there for friends getting assistance from friends. If you are interested in participating, contact berlinfriendsclub@arcor.de.

During our last Friends Club meeting, somebody brought this up:

Everybody knows the feeling that after a good round of walking, running or playing football or tennis, there is a funny feeling in your muscles which makes it nearly unable to move.

In German, the word is “Muskelkater”. But there is no use translating it literally, as for “Muskel” the English word is “muscle”, but the German word “Kater” means “tom cat” in English, That does not make any sense. Still, there is another meaning for “Kater” in English: “hangover”! And this gets us nearer to the meaning of “Muskelkater”, as you use “Kater” in German for any state of physical indisposition coming from a reason such as too much alcohol or physical exercise.

So, for the German word “Muskelkater” you would use “sore muscles” or “aching muscles”, as the LEO dictionary tells us. The Google translater only knows “ache”, which is fairly unspecific.

For more of these discussions, why don´t you join us at Berlin Friends Club? You will get a warm welcome and you can sure to spend some joyful, interesting hours each Tuesday.

See you then!

Last Tuesday, we talked about wintertime in Berlin. Currently, we have temperatures around freezing, but the sun is shining. From Friday on, so the forecast says, we will have storm, low temperatures and snow or sleet. Watch out!

Some of our friends from the south of the US, Japan, Brazil and South Africa are dreading the winter. They think it is cold enough, even now. Indeed, winter can impair public life quite a lot. In former winters, we had obstructions in public transport, such as the S-Bahn; automatic doors could not close and switches were frozen and couldn´t move. As to city streets, total chaos is likely if snow falls. People cannot reach work on time or not at all. Berlin is just not prepared for this sort of weather.

There is just one thing to do: Stay calm, don´t panic, and wait for better weather.

Have a nice and safe winter!

Why I like Berlin Friends Club:

  • Friends meet regularly every Tuesday without fail
  • It is absolutely free of charge
  • There is no formal membership
  • You can drop by whenever you feel like talking to friends
  • The nations of the world are in reach for all participants
  • Everybody is highly rated and welcome, no matter which nationality
  • Participants can communicate freely without any preset agenda
  • If you need assistance, it can be provided
  • You are at the source of direct information about Berlin and Germany and how to get along in an unknown country and city

This all and the cordial, welcoming atmosphere makes BERLIN FRIENDS CLUB so special in comparison to other clubs in the city. Come and find out!

 

As every year, FRIENDS CLUB will hold its annual Christmas party, the 13th event of this kind. The date will be Sunday Dec. 8, 2013, 13 to 16 hrs. This is a good opportunity to meet current members as well as those who cannot attend meetings regularly. The price for the eat-as-much-as-you-can Indian buffet is € 6,90 per person, excluding drinks. You are invited to bring anyone you know and who would like to participate.

If you would like to attend, please confirm participation via e-mail to psmaxyusuf@aol.com as soon as possible, so that seats can be reserved. Participation can only be accepted with confirmation. You will be told the exact location with confirmation.

Let´s have a good time meeting friends at our Christmas party! Hope to see you there!

Now that we have a new location at Thai Sushi at Checkpoint Charlie, we are able to accommodate more Friends on Tuesday evenings. Last meeting, we had 23 Friends from Sweden, the USA, Spain, the Ukraine, and Germany as well. It was very lively, with people talking and joking, getting to know each other and making friends. So let´s go on like that, having a good time.

Things like that may happen: The landlord family is giving up business and the owner takes over himself. “If you don´t want to have a meal, sit in the back”, 15 members squeezed at a table too small for feeling ok. One hour waiting for a pizza you have ordered. No taking orders for drinks.

We have decided that this is an atmosphere we are not willing to tolerate!

Sorry, dear landlord, but you have just lost 15 to 20 guests every Tuesday, and some turnover which you obviously can do without and are not worth.

Our principles are no membership fees, sitting and talking together, paying for own drinks and meals. We will not help making a landlord rich, but we are willing to spend some money. Landlords who think of making more money with us than casual guests won´t be supported by us.

So now, we have found a landlord who is happy to welcome us on Tuesdays. From next Tuiesday on, we meet at

Taisu Restaurant

Rudi-Dutschke-Str. 28

10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg.

This location is situated conveniently at Kochstr. U-Bahn-station, just around the corner of Checkpoint Charlie, side-to-side of the world famous Checkpoint Charlie Museum. You can´t miss it.

So come on, have a look and see what the new location is like.

See you all on Tuesday 10th Sept.

Berlin Friends Club is now meeting at Tolerance Café in Friedrichstr. 211, just across the entrance to Kochstr. U-Bahn station, just around the corner of our old location.

Hope to see you there!

Last week cold and rainy – but today in Berlin: Sunshine, heat, best weather. The right atmosphere to really celebrate a FRIENDS meeting in the evening with a cold beer or whatever. So see you then!

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