Today was a bit different from my other days this week. I went with my girlfriend and her family to the Tegernsee (a lake near Munich). While I spent the entire day speaking a bit of German here and there, we got back rather late and I didn’t find an opportunity to film a video.

A beautiful view of the Tegernsee lake.
Looking out across the Tegernsee.

So, I decided to try and make the most of the situation and thought that talking about our trip to the Tegernsee would be a good opportunity to practice my past-tense German.

I also assumed that speaking with someone I already knew would help calm my nerves while speaking and thus prevent me from making simple mistakes, that I wouldn’t make if I was writing for example. This turned out not to be the case (i.e. “Er hat vier Monate Jahre alt.” = he has four months years old), but I’m sure I will fix those sorts of mistakes with more practice.


My Script

I prepared my script for today in the past-tense:

- Gestern, ich bin mit meine Freundin, ihr Schwester, ihre Eltern, und
Pascal, nach der Tegernsee gegangen.
- Wir sind im Wald gewandert, im See geschwommen, und haben Bayerische
- Was war dein Liebslingaktivitär, Pascal?

- Was über das hast du geniesst?

- Wir haben auch ein Mai Baum gesehen. Kannst du die Tradition von der
Mai Baum bitte mir erklären?

I also went over some specific vocabulary based on what we had done. Mostly food related.


The Conversation

This time, I talk about hiking, swimming and eating in and around the Tegernsee. Part way through we are briefly interrupted by Nanuq, the old German shepherd dog. And then we discuss the German May Tree tradition (although this part of the conversation is somewhat one-sided).

Here I am sitting next to an old German Shepard.
Behold the mighty Nanuq!

I would really recommend going for a hike if you are in Germany (or anywhere else for that matter). Hiking seems to be particularly popular here, and it also makes an excellent break from city life. You should also try some Kaiserschmarrn (Emporer’s mess) if you ever get the chance. Be warned though, like most German food, it is incredibly filling!

A tasty German dessert served with apple sauce.
Two portions of Kaiserschmarrn.

I decided not to add subtitles to this video as it was taking me about 45 minutes to add one minute of subtitles and, although they were quite useful to me as a learning exercise, I don’t think they were worth that much time. I hope you enjoy it anyway though:


What Needs Improvement?

As I mentioned before, I’m still making a lot of mistakes that I could probably avoid with more practice. StayPuftShrimp from /r/German recommended drilling simple phrases to help slow down the pace of the conversation such as “Wie sagt man…” and “Wie heißt… auf Deutsch”. I make sure I am armed with a handful of these useful snippets the next time I go out!


See yesterday’s post here.

See tomorrow’s post here.

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