Beginners’ German: Places and people
Beginners’ German: Places and people

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Beginners’ German: Places and people

1.1 People and places

You will start this section by looking at the geography of some German-speaking countries.

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Here is a map showing places in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. To start with, listen to the audio extract beneath the map. Can you understand where the various people are from? Which of the labelled places do you hear mentioned in the clip?

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Sind Sie auch aus Frankfurt?
Nein, München.
Und Sie?
Ich komm’ aus Innsbruck.
Ihr Mann auch?
Nein, nein, aus Zürich.
Ist ja ganz international hier! Und Sie? Woher sind Sie?
Sorry? I’m afraid I don’t understand a word you’re saying!
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The places mentioned were Frankfurt, München (Munich), Berlin, Innsbruck and Zürich.

Which of the places have you heard of before (or perhaps even visited)? Make a note of them. Do you know any other places in Germany, Austria and Switzerland? Where are they?

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What you've written depends entirely on your own experiences. The aim of this activity is to make you think about what you know already, and encourage you to have a look at a map to find out more about the location of places you have heard of.

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Now listen to the pronunciation of the place names. Repeat each name as you hear it.

Hören Sie und sprechen Sie nach.

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Rostock →
Insel Rügen →
Berlin →
München →
Augsburg →
Frankfurt →
Köln →
Hamburg →
Wien →
Salzburg →
Innsbruck →
Zürich →
Bern →
Genf →
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