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Interviews – Das ABC

Let's listen to some native speakers saying the alphabet. When I ask them to spell their names, both of them use the spelling alphabet.

 

Dagmar

 

 

Wie lautet das Alphabet? Kannst du mal das Alphabet aufsagen?

- A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z.

- Super. Sehr gut! Und wie buchstabiert man deinen Vornamen?

- Also: D, A, G, M, A, R oder “Dora”, “Anton”, “Gustav”, “Martha”, und “Anton”, “Richard”.

- Ok! Gut!

How does the alphabet go? Can you recite the alphabet?

- A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z.

- Great. Very good! And how do you spell your first name?

- Ok, so: D, A, G, M, A, R or “Dora”, “Anton”, “Gustav”, “Martha”, und “Anton”, “Richard”.

- Ok! Good!

 

Anette

 

 

Könntest du mir mal das Alphabet aufsagen?

- A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z.

- Sehr gut! Ok! Und wie buchstabiert man deinen Vornamen?

- Anton, Nordpol, Emil, Theodor, Theodor, Emil.

Could you recite the alphabet for me?

- A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z.

- Very good! Ok! And how do you spell your first name?

- Anton, Nordpol, Emil, Theodor, Theodor, Emil.

  • Maria Virginia Semana2020-10-04 at 09:08

    Hi Juliana, why She spell her 1st name using like phoenic code… ?

    • Juliane Klingenberg Nery2020-10-04 at 08:51

      Hallo Maria,

       

      this is usually done in formal contexts, or on the phone, or when the name is a bit unusual or complicated, to make sure the other person really understands it. But it doesn’t have to be done like that. We also have your first name here in Germany. So when you say it, you won’t need to do this, everybody knows it. 🙂

       

      I will introduce this spelling alphabet at the beginning of level B1, on day 324.

       

      Viele Grüße und bis bald,

      Juliane

  • Heather Travar2019-10-27 at 13:35

    How would you rate Google Translate? My Slovenian teacher said it was very bad for Slovenian and wanted us to use Pons. But Slovenian is not widely spoken like German, of course, so maybe Google is fine for German. I find Pons limited sometimes as to phrases and need to resort to Google. But I don’t want to use it if it’s going to teach me incorrectly. Danke!

    • Juliane Klingenberg Nery2019-10-27 at 22:05

      Hi Heather,

       

      Kako si? 😉

       

      Well, I usually do really like Google Translate for when you want to check the meaning of a German sentence or text in your language. You can also use it if you need to express yourself in German, when you are still at the beginning of your learning journey – to say things you are simply not capable of trying to say yourself yet.

       

      But as a teacher, I can usually recognize whether a text was written with Google Translate or by the students themselves. With Google, there are some mistakes that the students wouldn’t make. I very much prefer when the students use simpler sentences, only containing the grammar structures they have already learned, also if there are mistakes. But then, I will be able to explain the mistakes and the students can understand them and try to avoid them the next time. So, as soon as you are a bit more advanced, do try to write your texts all on your own. Feel free to write a lot of practise sentences below my videos, I will be happy to correct them and explain the mistakes to you. 🙂

       

      Bis bald,

      Juliane

  • NicoleTania2018-02-14 at 17:59

    What is the meaning of “mal” here?

     

    • Juliane Klingenberg Nery2018-02-14 at 19:12

      Hi Nicole,

      good question! “Mal” is a so-called filler word here. It doesn’t have any specific meaning. We just use it a lot when we ask people to do something so that the request doesn’t sound too direct or strict, mainly in informal language.

      Viele Grüße und bis bald,

      Juliane

  • Wayne2017-11-30 at 22:51

    The spelling alphabet the interviewees used is obviously a phonetic alphabet similar to that used in aviation and the military. Is there a standard one for German? Will we learn it?

    Danke,

    Wayne

    • Juliane Klingenberg Nery2017-11-30 at 23:00

      Hi Wayne, 

      yes, you are right. It is used from time to time, especially when you give your name over the phone. You will learn more about it at the beginning of level B1. But actually, it is good to insert it here as well. You can see the German spelling alphabet here: https://www.germantogo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/GTG-0499-078-Arbeit-Das-Buchstabieralphabet-kurz.pdf

      Bis bald,

      Juliane

      • Wayne2017-11-30 at 23:15

        Danke, Juliane. Sehr interessant und nuetzlich.