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

3.1 Where do you come from?

Start this section by listening to conversations about various countries. You may find this vocabulary useful:

  • Vokabeln
  • Entschuldigung excuse me
  • Entschuldigung, woher kommen Sie? excuse me, where do you come from?
  • bitte please
  • wohnen to live

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Listen to people being asked where they come from, paying particular attention to which countries are mentioned. After listening, complete the activity below, organising the countries in the order they were mentioned.

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Dialogue 1

INTERVIEWERIN
Entschuldigung, woher kommen Sie?
FRAU
Aus der Schweiz.

Dialogue 2

INTERVIEWERIN
Entschuldigung, woher kommen Sie?
FRAU
Wir kommen aus Großbritannien.
INTERVIEWERIN
Aus England?
FRAU
Nein, nein! Ich komme aus Schottland.
MANN
Und ich aus Wales.
INTERVIEWERIN
Ach so!

Dialogue 3

INTERVIEWERIN
Und Sie? Woher kommen Sie?
MANN
Aus Deutschland.
INTERVIEWERIN
Und Ihre Frau – kommt sie auch aus Deutschland?
MANN
Nein, meine Frau kommt aus Russland.

Dialogue 4

INTERVIEWER
Entschuldigung, woher kommst du?
MÄDCHEN
Aus Irland.

Dialogue 5

INTERVIEWERIN
Entschuldigung, woher kommen Sie?
MANN
Aus Brasilien.
INTERVIEWERIN
Ach, wirklich?

Dialogue 6

INTERVIEWER
Bitte, woher kommen Sie?
FRAU
Aus Südtirol.
INTERVIEWER
Wo ist das?
FRAU
Ja, in Norditalien.

Dialogue 7

INTERVIEWERIN
Hallo, woher kommt ihr?
KINDER
Wir kommen aus Frankreich.
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Using the following two lists, match each numbered item with the correct letter.

  1. der Schweiz

  2. Großbritannien

  3. England

  4. Schottland

  5. Wales

  6. Deutschland

  7. Russland

  8. Irland

  9. Brasilien

  10. Italien (Norditalien)

  11. Frankreich

  • a.1

  • b.7

  • c.3

  • d.10

  • e.11

  • f.2

  • g.5

  • h.8

  • i.9

  • j.6

  • k.4

The correct answers are:
  • 1 = a
  • 2 = f
  • 3 = c
  • 4 = k
  • 5 = g
  • 6 = j
  • 7 = b
  • 8 = h
  • 9 = i
  • 10 = d
  • 11 = e

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Below is a map with arrows pointing to different countries. Listen to the audio and look at the map at the same time. When asked where you come from, answer as indicated by the arrows.

Bitte hören Sie und sprechen Sie. Hier ist ein Beispiel.

  • Sie hören: Woher kommen Sie?

  • Sie sagen: Ich komme aus Deutschland.

  • (because arrow no. 1 is pointing to Germany)

  • Sie hören: Ich komme aus Deutschland.

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Abschnitt 10

Bitte hören Sie und sprechen Sie.

Dialogue 1

INTERVIEWER
Woher kommen Sie?
FRAU
Ich komme aus Deutschland.

Dialogue 2

INTERVIEWERIN
Woher kommen Sie?
MANN
Ich komme aus Österreich.

Dialogue 3

INTERVIEWER
Entschuldigung, woher kommen Sie?
FRAU
Ich komme aus der Schweiz.

Dialogue 4

INTERVIEWER:IN
Hallo, woher kommen Sie?
FRAU
Ich komme aus England.
INTERVIEWERIN
Aus Nordengland oder aus Südengland?
FRAU
Aus Südengland.

Dialogue 5

INTERVIEWER
Bitte, woher kommen Sie?
FRAU
Ich komme aus Schottland.
INTERVIEWER
Ach ja?

Dialogue 6

INTERVIEWERIN
Woher kommen Sie?
MANN
Ich komme aus Wales.

Dialogue 7

INTERVIEWER
Entschuldigung, woher kommen Sie?
FRAU
Ich komme aus Irland.
INTERVIEWER
Aus Nordirland oder aus der Republik Irland?
FRAU
Aus der Republik Irland.
INTERVIEWER
Ja? Ich war im August in Cork. Das war fantastisch!
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Übung 17

Below is some information about eight people who all have German as their mother tongue, but they come from and live in different countries. You were introduced to some of them in the previous sections. Fill in the gaps in the table below, noting where they live and which country they come from.

Bitte lesen Sie und schreiben Sie.

Namewohnt inkommt aus
Marcos Schneider
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Zita Schweigert
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Michael Schweigert
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Frau Lengenfelder
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Frank Börner
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Melanie
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Christian
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Answer

Here's the table correctly filled out:

Name wohnt in kommt aus
Marcos SchneiderBlumenau (Brasilien)Brasilien
Zita SchweigertMünchenKasachstan
Michael SchweigertMünchenDeutschland
Frau LengenfelderMünchenRussland
Frank BörnerRügen/BerlinBerlin
MelanieRostockNorddeutschland
ChristianRostockNorddeutschland
Helga AdamsLeeds (Nordengland)Österreich
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