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Lesson 6: Eating and drinking

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Talking about food and drinks

This page contains a lot of new vocabularies. The new words are all related to food and drinking and are thus important, if you want to go to a restaurant in a German speaking counrty.

Also note that we introduce here for the first time the principle of the plural. However, we will not go into detail as we will cover this topic in the next lesson. For now, just memorize the given vocabularies indicated by (pl.) and note that the definite article for plural nouns is always 'die'.

When Anne and her brother Daniel come back from the supermarket, their parents are already preparing the food but are eagerly waiting for the missing ingredients.

Look at the table below, which shows all the things that the Becker family bought and prepared so far for tonight's dinner.

Click on the blue arrows to hear the words in German.

die Wurst

die Schweinefilets
(pork chops (pl.))

die Nudeln
(noodles (pl.))

die Spätzle
(egg noodles (pl.))

die Eier
(eggs (pl.))

die Knödel
(dumplings (pl.))

das Sauerkraut

das Hühnchen

die Suppe

der Gulasch
(beef chops)

der Reis

der Fisch
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das Obst

die Äpfel
(apples (pl.))

die Birnen
(pears (pl.))

die Kirschen
(cherries (pl.))

die Pflaumen
(plums (pl.))

die Erdbeeren
(strawberries (pl.))

die Ananas

die Bananen
(bananas (pl.))
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das Gemüse

die Möhren
(carrots (pl.))

die Tomaten
(tomatoes (pl.))

die Gurken
(cucumber (pl.))

der Salat

die Kartoffeln
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die Getränke
(beverages/drinks (pl.))

die Milch

der Tee

der Kaffee

der Kakao
(hot chocolate)

der Saft

das Wasser

das Bier

der Wein

die Limonade

Note that some of the words above are given to you in the plural (pl.). All plural nouns in German get the article "die". As you might guess from looking at these forms, it is not straight forward to build the plural in German. It's not as simple as in English, where you just add an 's' to the noun. There are no specific rules for most of the nouns and you have to learn the plural forms along with each noun as you are already doing this with the gender (der, die, das) of nouns. However, there are a couple of guidelines for forming the plural, but we will introduce them in the next lesson - Shopping and Clothing.

For now, please just try to memorize the above vocabularies as good as you can. There will be plenty of opportunities later in this lesson and in the following ones to repeat them and deepen them in your memory.

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