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

4.1 Using ‘man’

Making generalisations using ‘man

When you are talking about people in general in English, you might say ‘you’, ‘they’ or ‘people’ rather than the formal-sounding ‘one’. But man doesn’t have the same formal ring to it in German. Man takes the same verb form as er/sie/es. Compare the following sentences, for example:

  • Was kann man hier essen? What can you eat here? (literally: What can one eat here?)

  • Was trinkt man hier? What do people drink here?

  • Man bekommt überall Wein You (can) get wine anywhere

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You can buy food and drink in many different places. In the activity below, match the descriptions with the right picture numbers.

Using the following two lists, match each numbered item with the correct letter.

  1. Photo 3

  2. Photo 6

  3. Photo 4

  4. Photo 2

  5. Photo 5

  6. Photo 1

  • a.Hier kann man Brot kaufen.

  • b.Hier kann man Bratwurst kaufen.

  • c.Hier kann man japanisch essen.

  • d.Hier kann man Kaffee trinken.

  • e.Hier kann man Obst und Gemüse kaufen.

  • f.Hier kann man ein Schinkenbrötchen kaufen.

The correct answers are:
  • 1 = c
  • 2 = d
  • 3 = b
  • 4 = f
  • 5 = e
  • 6 = a

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On the island of Rügen, you might hear someone asking about what you can eat and drink there. Listen for the key words and fill in the gaps in the following sentences. You don’t need to understand everything.

Hören Sie und schreiben Sie.

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Abschnitt 13

Hören Sie bitte.

INTERVIEWERIN
Was kann man hier essen?
MANN
Essen, ja – insbesondere der Fisch hier aus der Umgebung, und ich denke, wer Fisch mag, der is’ hier genau richtig.
INTERVIEWERIN
Und was trinkt man hier?
MANN
Man trinkt Bier. Dieses Bier bekommt man auch in verschiedenen Formen, als Schwarzbier, als helles Bier und man bekommt überall auch Wein.
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  • aus der Umgebung from the surrounding area
  • wer Fisch mag, der ist hier genau richtig anyone who likes fish feels at home here
  • 1. Was kann man auf Rügen essen?

    Man kann _____ essen.

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  • 2. Was trinkt man?

    Man trinkt _____.

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  • 3. Was bekommt man auch?

    Man bekommt überall auch _____.

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Answer

These were the key words.

  1. Man kann Fisch essen.

  2. Man trinkt Bier.

  3. Man bekommt überall auch Wein.

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