Rick Steves' German Phrase Book and Dictionary

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Guten Tag! From ordering bratwurst in Munich to making new friends in the Rhine Valley, it helps to speak some of the native tongue. Rick Steves, bestselling author of travel guides to Europe, offers well-tested phrases and key words to cover every situation a traveler is likely to encounter. This handy guide provides key phrases for use in everyday circumstances, complete with phonetic spelling; an English-German and German-English dictionary; the latest information on European currency and rail transportation,...
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Guten Tag! From ordering bratwurst in Munich to making new friends in the Rhine Valley, it helps to speak some of the native tongue. Rick Steves, bestselling author of travel guides to Europe, offers well-tested phrases and key words to cover every situation a traveler is likely to encounter. This handy guide provides key phrases for use in everyday circumstances, complete with phonetic spelling; an English-German and German-English dictionary; the latest information on European currency and rail transportation, and even a tear-out cheat sheet for continued language practice as you wait in line at the Gemaldegalerie. Informative, concise, and practical, Rick Steves' German Phrase Book and Dictionary is an essential item for any traveler's Rucksack.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598801934
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/2/2008
  • Series: Rick Steves' Phrase Book Series
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Steves
Rick Steves

Rick Steves is on a mission: to help make European travel accessible and meaningful for Americans. Rick has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. He's researched and written 24 travel guidebooks and hosts the public television series Rick Steves' Europe, now in its seventh season. He also organizes and leads tours of Europe and offers an information-packed website (ricksteves.com). Rick lives in Edmonds, WA, just north of Seattle, with his family.

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Table of Contents

Getting Started 1
German Basics 4
Meeting and Greeting 4
Essentials 5
Where? 6
How Much? 6
How Many? 7
When? 7
Struggling with German 8
Handy Questions 9
Das Yin und Yang 11
Big Little Words 12
Very German Expressions 12
Counting 15
Numbers 15
Money 17
Money Words 19
Time 19
Timely Expressions 20
About Time 21
The Day 22
The Week 22
The Month 23
The Year 23
Holidays and Happy Days 23
Key Phrases: Money 18
Key Phrases: Time 20
Traveling 25
Flights 25
Making a Reservation 25
At the Airport 26
Getting to/from the Airport 27
Trains 27
The Train Station 27
Getting a Ticket 29
Reservations, Supplements, and Discounts 31
Ticket Talk 32
Changing Trains 32
On the Platform 33
On the Train 34
Reading Train and Bus Schedules 35
Going Places 36
Buses and Subways 38
At the Bus Station or Metro Stop 38
Taking Buses and Subways 39
Taxis 41
Getting a Taxi 41
In the Taxi 42
Driving 43
Rental Wheels 43
At the Gas Station 44
Car Trouble 45
Parking 46
Finding your Way 47
Route-finding Words 48
The Police 49
Reading Road Signs 50
Other Signs You May See 52
Key Phrases: Trains 29
Key Phrases: Buses and Subways 38
Key Phrases: Taxis 41
Key Phrases: Driving 50
Sleeping 53
Places to Stay 53
Reserving a Room 53
Using a Credit Card 55
Das Alphabet 57
Just the Fax, Ma'am 58
Getting Specific 58
Families 59
Mobility Issues 60
Confirming, Changing, and Canceling Reservations 61
Nailing Down the Price 62
Choosing a Room 63
Breakfast 63
Hotel Help 64
Hotel Hassles 65
Checking Out 67
Camping 68
Key Phrases: Sleeping 54
Eating 69
Restaurants 69
Types of Restaurants 69
Finding a Restaurant 70
Getting a Table 70
The Menu 72
Ordering 73
Tableware and Condiments 75
The Food Arrives 76
Complaints 76
Compliments 76
Paying 77
Special Concerns 78
In a Hurry 78
Dietary Restrictions 78
Children 80
What's Cooking 81
Breakfast 81
Snacks, Quick Lunches, and Appetizers 84
Say Cheese 85
Cheese Specialties 85
Sandwichess 86
If You Knead Bread 87
Soups and Salads 88
Seafood 89
Poultry 90
Meat 90
Main Course Specialties 91
Eating Italian in Germany 92
How Food is Prepared 92
Side Dishes 94
Veggies 94
Fruits 95
Nuts 96
Teutonic Treats 96
Ice Cream 97
Dessert Specialties 98
Drinking 100
Water and Juice 100
Milk 101
Coffee and Tea 102
Wine 103
Wine Words 104
Wine Labels 105
Beer 105
Bar Talk 107
Spirits 108
Picnicking 109
At the Grocery 109
Tasty Picnic Words 110
Key Phrases: Restaurants 72
Best of the Wurst 83
Key Phrases: What's Cooking 87
Avoiding Mis-Steaks 91
Styles of Cooking 93
Key Phrases: Drinking 101
Austrian Coffee Lingo 102
Menu Decoder 113
German / English 113
English / German 125
Activities 136
Sightseeing 136
Where? 136
At the Sight 137
Please 138
Tours 138
Entrance Signs 139
Discounts 139
In the Museum 139
Art and Architecture 140
Castles and Palaces 141
Religious Words 142
Shopping 143
German Shops 143
Shop Till You Drop 145
Street Markets 146
Clothes 147
Colors 148
Materials 149
Jewelry 149
Sports 150
Bicycling 150
Swimming and Boating 151
Sports Talk 152
Entertainment 153
Entertaining Words 154
Key Phrases: Sightseeing 136
Key Phrases: Shopping 144
Connect 155
Phoning 155
Telephone Words 156
Cell Phones 157
E-mail and the Web 158
Web Words 159
On Screen 159
Mailing 160
Licking the Postal Code 161
Key Phrases: E-mail and the Web 159
Key Phrases: Mailing 162
Help! 164
Theft and Loss 165
Helpful Words 166
Help for Women 166
Key Phrases: Help! 164
Services 168
Laundry 168
Clean Words 169
Haircuts 169
Repair 170
Filling Out Forms 171
Health 168
Ailments 174
Women's Health 178
Parts of the Body 178
Medical Words 179
First-Aid Kit 180
Contacts and Glases 182
Toiletries 182
Makeup 183
For Babies 183
More Baby Things 184
Key Phrases: Health 172
Chatting 186
Nothing More Than Feelings 187
Who's Who 188
Family 188
Work 189
Chatting with Children 190
Travel Talk 191
Map Musings 193
Favorite Things 198
Weather 199
Thanks a Million 200
Smoking 201
Responses for all Occasions 201
Conversing with Animals 202
Profanity 202
Sweet Curses 203
Create Your Own Conversation 204
Who 204
What 205
Why 206
You be the Judge 207
Beginnings and Endings 207
A German Romance 208
Words of Love 208
Ah, Liebe 209
Key Phrases: Chatting 187
Dictionary 213
German / English 213
English / German 236
Tips for Hurdling the Language Barrier 262
Don't be Afraid to Communicate 262
International Words 263
German Verbs 264
German Tongue Twisters 268
English Tongue Twisters 268
German Songs 269
Numbers and Stumblers 272
Appendix 273
Let's Talk Telephones 273
Country Codes 274
Directory Assistance 275
U.S. Embassies 275
Tear-Out Cheat Sheet 277
Hotel Reservation Fax Form 279
Illustrations
Standard Road Signs
Parts of the Body
Human Temp Thermometer
Weather Thermometer
Maps
Major Rail Lines in Germany
Germany
Austria
Switzerland
Europe
The United States
The World
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