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Learn German with German-Podcast.de Podcast

by Stephan Wiesner

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Welcome to German-Podcast.de. This Podcast will teach you German. It is free and you can listen to the Podcast at anytime you want. PDF transcripts containing the new words are provided.

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Family enjoys these podcasts!
Reviewer clothierfamily
 December 09, 2012
Our family, especially my teen daughter and I, have enjoyed these podcasts since about 2007. We lived in Germany for about 7 years. It is a wonderful walk down memory lane when we listen to Stephan, and we have also improved our German! We want more!

Danke sehr!

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  • New VociTach Android App with more than 1000 German words available
    Sun, Jan 20, 2013

    I just released an Android app containing an advanced version of VociTeach, the vocabulary trainer found in the German Podcast App. 
    It contains all the words from the Podcast app and nearly 1000 of the most common German words as well.
    You can find it by searching for VociTeach or following this link:

    Main Features
    - Contains about 1000 words in French, German, English, Spanish and Italian (each)
    - Enter and edit entries
    - Import/Export to .csv format
    - Import data from many sources, eg. http://www.dict.cc
    - Learn mode, quiz mode, review mode
    - High Score to motivate you or to play-learn in a group
    - Learn anything you want. Foreign languages like French, Spanish or German, history data, geography, medical terms, etc.

    See http://stephanwiesner.de/vociteach/ for more info and more screenshots.

    You can use the export/import functions to easily edit the words, add vocabulary (or kick out my French, Spanish and Italian words :-).
    The vocabulary contained in the app is translated by Google translate, by the way, so if there are errors: blame Google not me :-)

    Happy German learning and a great 2013 to you all!

    Stephan Wiesner

    Bern, 20.01.2013

  • German Podcast Android App Bugfixes
    Sat, Feb 25, 2012

    There are two bugs in the Android App which I fixed and which will force you to follow these steps to get the results:

    - open any file browser and delete lessons 2 and 4
    - restart the app and open those lessons from the app. The lessons will be downloaded again and all should be fine. You will NOT loose any data (cross my fingers)

    The fixes are
    - 2 Minute pause in lesson 2
    - no vocabulary file in lesson 4 (see screenshot below)

    By the way, if you are done with a lesson and need the space, you can just delete the .mp3 file. You will still have the lesson text, just no sound.

    I did not udate the paid version. In fact I removed it from the market. There were just 6 people who bought it, so this is clearly not worth my time. If you want you can change to the free version and will still have the downloads. You can export/import your vocabulary if you want to keep it. If you are fine without lesson 2 there is no need to change the version.

    Hope this works for you,
    Luzern, 25.02.2012
    Stephan Wiesner

  • No iPhone App
    Sun, Feb 12, 2012

    Seems not many of you are interested in an iPhone app after all. The pay in advance trial did not work. I received a total of 43$ (THANKs to those of you who DID donate :-)
    As promised I will donate it to the WWF.

    By the way I did buy me an Macbook Air and an iPad. Still trying to get used to all those two/three finger combinations and finding keys like \ which are not writen on the keyboard (grrr!). And really shocked of the bad quality of the iPad display (compared to my Galaxy Note). Guess the one thing that is certain about the next iPad is the improved screen :-)

    Luzern, 12.02.2012
    Stephan Wiesner

  • Lesson 12 - Repetition
    Sat, Jan 21, 2012

    Todays German lesson is all about repetition. We will go through all that we have (hopefully) learned by now...

    Luzern, 21.01.2012
    Stephan Wiesner

  • Learn German Android App: Two Versions
    Sat, Jan 21, 2012

    I just uploaded an update to the Android app for the podcast. It contains several bugfixes, a new layout for the main menu, a direct link to this blog and . . . ads. Additionally there is a new app in the market that is ad free, but costs 1$. So if you feel you want to support me: Buy the app .-)
    Google takes 30% by the way, so  it is not really going to finance my new house, but its a start.

    If you are already working with the app and have a lot of learned vocabulary, you should be able to just export it from the old app and import it into the new one. You do not need to download the lessons again, both apps share the same data folder on your system.
    If there are any issues, please contact me and I will try to help you. Please be fair it really takes a ton of work to ge an Android app running on most systems (and kind of impossible for ALL systems)...

    Luzern, 21.01.2012
    Stephan Wiesner

  • Interested in an iPhone App?
    Fri, Jan 20, 2012

    Hi everybody, as you might know there is an Android app containing the new lessons, a vocabulary trainer, different interactive quizs, etc.

    Over the last weeks I got quite a few mails asking me for an iPhone version. As you can see however I am one of the last (one might think) PC users out there and iPhone apps can only be developed on a Mac. And you all know what those silver beautys cost.
    So, here is the deal: If enough of you want an iPhone version, buy me a mac. Seriously, there is a donate button on the blog. Donate what ever you want and if we collect enough money for a nice Mac (remember Paypal takes its toll) I will take two weeks of holiday, learn how to program on an iPhone and develop an iPhone application. It will contain all the lessons available at that moment for free (no promise for future lessons) and of course my vocabulary trainer and the verb trainer from the Android app.
    If we do not get enough money, say by mid Februar I will donate half the money connected to a charity trust (and publish the receipt here of course). Fair enough?

    Lucerne, 20.01.2011
    Stephan Wiesner

  • Lesson 11 - Die Zukunft
    Tue, Dec 27, 2011

    Lesson 11 - Die Zukunft

    The year is ending so this is a great time to learn about the future tense - about "die Zukunft". In German to say that you will do something you just need to use the correct form of the verb "werden" and ad the verb you want to use in its basic form.
    So, to say that you will read a book you just say "ich werde ein Buch lesen".
    ich werde
    sie wird
    wir werden
    ihr werdet
    sie werden

    Try to say
    1. we will read a book
    2. we will take the bus
    3. you (sing) will go shopping
    4. they will be late
    5. he will learn German

    1. wir werden ein Buch lesen
    2. wir werden den Bus nehmen
    3. du wirst einkaufen gehen
    4. sie werden sp?t sein
    5. er wird Deutsch lernen

    Luzern, 27.12.2011
    Stephan Wiesner

  • Lesson 10 - Weihnachtszeit
    Tue, Dec 27, 2011

    This weekend is Christimas, so today is a good opportunity to learn some "Weihnachts" vocabulary

    nightdie Nacht
    treeder Baum
    fir treeder Tannenbaum
    the presentdas Geschenk
    to give a presentetwas schenken
    familydie Familie
    a feastdas Festmahl
    Adventder Advent
    Advent wreathder Adventskranz

    In preparation for Weihnachten (Christmas), many German families celebrate Advent. This is a time of religious preparation for the arrival of das Christkind (the Christ Child). Traditional advent activities include the Adventskranz (Advent wreath), which is set up on the 4th sunday before Christmas Day, the beginning of the season. Four candles adorn the wreath, and a new one is lit each week. Families often sing Christmas carols as they gather around the wreath to celebrate the preparation and Christmas season. Children also enjoy the Christmas calendar, which contains 24 doors (one for each day of December leading up to Christmas). Children open one door each day, and find a chocolate treat awaiting them. Many of the calendars also include pictures inside the doors, often Christmas-related. 

    Luzern, 22.12.2011
    Stephan Wiesner

  • Lesson 09 - Verb Drills
    Fri, Dec 23, 2011

    In todays German Lesson I introduce the verb drill program included in the Android app. Give it a try and let me know if it works for you . . .

    Here are the verbs from todays lesson:
    Luzern, 22.12.2011 
    Stephan Wiesner 

  • Lesson 08 - Lebensmittel
    Tue, Dec 20, 2011

    This is a recycled lesson from the podcast about food related words and there is a PDF file with most of the words. 

  • 007 - German-Podcast.de: M?bel im Hotel
    Tue, Dec 20, 2011

    Lesson 07 - M?bel im Hotel

    you can find a video of a hotel room (on Teneriffe) on youtube.
    beddas Bett
    bedside cabinet der Nachtschrank
    nightdie Nacht
    closetder Schrank
    safeder Tresor
    tableder Tisch
    chairder Stuhl
    TVder Fernseher
    mirrorder Spiegel
    bathroomdas Bad
    basindas Waschbecken
    bathtubdie Badewanne
    stoolder Hocker
    fridgeder K?hlschrank
    armchairder Sessel
    Luzern, 21.12.2011 
    Stephan Wiesner 

  • 006 - German-Podcast.de:
    Mon, Dec 19, 2011

    Lesson 06 - Wochentage und Monate



  • 005 - German-Podcast.de: haben und sein
    Mon, Dec 19, 2011

    Lesson 05 - haben und sein

    to besein
    to havehaben
    happy, luckygl?cklich
    ich bin
    du bist
    er/sie/es ist
    wir sind
    ihr seid
    sie sind
    ich habe
    du hast
    er/sie/es hat
    wir haben
    ihr habt
    sie haben

  • 004 - German-Podcast.de: Geld und Zahlen
    Mon, Dec 19, 2011

    German Lesson 04 - Geld und Zahlen


    moneydas Geld
    EURder Euro
    CHder Franken
    how much is the book?Wieviel kostet das Buch?
    Some number exercises

    Luzern, 17.12.2011
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 003 - German-Podcast.de: Kaffee bestellen
    Sun, Dec 11, 2011

    In todays German lesson we will learn how to order einen Kaffee oder einen Tee.

    By the way, the audio file from lesson 002 was missing. I updated the link. If you don't find it in your Podcast program, come over to the blog at:
    Sorry for the inconvenience :-(

    milkdie Milch
    coffeeder Kaffee
    teader Tee
    to drinktrinken
    in two hoursin zwei Stunden

    Luzern, 11.12.2011
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 002 - German-Podcast.de: Ich, Du, Er
    Sun, Dec 11, 2011

    German Lesson 2 from the Android app. This is actually based on an old session.

    I, you, he/she/it, we, you, theyich, du, er/sie/es, wir, ihr, sie
    my name ismein Name ist
    what is your name (informal)?wie heisst du?
    what is your name (formal)wie heissen sie?
    You can find more about this at this podcast lesson (PDF): http://german-podcast.blogspot.com/2007/12/055-learn-to-speak-german-sich.html

  • 000 - German-Podcast.de: The new beginning
    Thu, Dec 08, 2011

    Hello and welcome to German-Podcast.de, dem Podcast zum Deutsch lernen.

    I am currently doing a complete overhaul of the podcast. The podcast started about 4 years ago and has been going in a . . . lets say unsystematic way. Time for a rework over the Christmas holidays. Here are three reasons why I decided to do the restart:
    Most importantly: The podcast  never followed a systematic way of building your knowledge. It was a mixture of basic and advanced lessons that did not build upon each others. That’s fine if you are already an advanced student, but can be frustrating if you are a beginner. Therefore I will continue to mix in advanced lessons, but the main focus is to build a systematic set of vocabulary.
    Furthermore there are old audio lessons and/or PDF files missing because the servers I hostet them on don’t exist anymore. Some I still have on a backup in my basement, some are completely gone. I keep getting mails, asking me to send somebody those files. I will try to use more reliable sources in the future, but you know that hosting a large number of big files can become expensive. There are currently over 10000 people downloading those files and I am only willing to pay so much, so please donate a few dollars if you find that the podcast helps you…
    Finally the combination of an audio file and a vocabulary trainer is in my personal point of view the true road to success. You really need to learn those basic words – and repeat them over and over again. There are a number of good training programs for all platforms out there. Personally I find that my smartphone is the best platform, as it allows me to learn my vocis while I wait for a train, take a walk, during my lunch break or whenever I want. That’s the way I learn my French and Spanish vocabulary.

    So, that’s why I decided to do a complete rework of the lessons. For those of you who don’t own an Android phone: I will still post the audio files and the vocabulary to this podcast. Its just that you are on your own about how to handle your flash cards…

    Lucerne, 09.12.2011
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 001 - German-Podcast.de: Introductions
    Thu, Dec 08, 2011

    The first German lesson starts with basic introductions.
    If you have an Android phone you might want to try the Learn German Podcast App. It contains a vocabulary trainer with all the words and the audio files. . .

    Luzern, 9.12.2011
    Stephan Wiesner

    I amich bin
    my name ismein Name ist
    good morningGuten Morgen
    good dayGuten Tag
    good eveningGuten Abend
    eveningder Abend
    the computer scientistder Informatiker
    the bakerder B?cker
    goodbyeauf Wiedersehen

  • Learn German Podcast: M?bel in Hotel Zimmer
    Wed, Dec 07, 2011

    Here are some German words for things you find in a hotel room. Video taken in my hotel room in Teneriffe last week.
    The Android app will get this video soon, including the vocabulary of course
    See the Youtube video.

    Lucerne, 7.12.2011
    Stephan Wiesner

  • The Android App (BETA)
    Fri, Nov 18, 2011

    I just released a beta version of the learn German Android App. Take a look at it, give me feedback and I will try to get it final in the christmas holidays at the latest.
    You can find a list of my Android Apps here:


    The GermanPodcast.de app provides a German teaching course. It is based on the popular GermanPodcast I maintained for some years (and have discontinued for the moment).
    The lessons contain an audio file, some vocabulary and a review session. They build on each other, so you might want to start in the beginning. The new vocabulary can be imported into VociTeach, the vocabulary learn program included in the app.
    The app is currently in BETA status, check for updates in November/Dezember 2011

    The Lessons
    You can obtain a list of all available lessons from the lessons menu. Just press "more lessons" and the app connects to my server and looks for new lessons. These are not downloaded automatically! Just open any lesson you want to learn and the app starts to download the lessons to your SD card.
    If you go through the review of the lesson, you can add the contained vocabulary to your personal stack.

    The data for the lessons is stored on your SD card. You can use the mp3 files with any mp3 player - and delete them if you need the space. If you just delete the mp3 file, the vocabulary is still displayed in the lesson screen. If you want to download the complete lesson again you need to delete the folder of the lesson (e.g. "lesson03") and reopen that lesson.

    The Quiz The quiz asks you for random vocis from your personal stack. You get 1 point for every correct answer and -2 for every wrong one. Your personal highscore is recorded for each session, so make an effort...

    VociTeach VociTeach is the vocabulary learning program included in the app. It is based on the Leitner System.
    In this method words are sorted into levels according to how well you know each one. This is how it works: you try to recall the answer to the question asked. If you succeed, you send the card to the next level. But if you fail, you send it back to the first level. Each succeeding level has a longer period of time before you are required to revisit the word.
    You can solve the question (but this results in the word moving back to level 1!) or get a hint (first letters of the answer). If you press "Next" you will be asked if you knew the correct answer. Be honest, the sytem only works if you are honest with yourself...
    The beauty of the Leitner system is that you can achieva maximum recall with minimum effort! After all the hard part of learning vocis is not the learning, its the remembering over a long period of time...

    Errors, Feedback, FeaturesIf you find errors in the app itself or the vocabulary, please drop me an email and I will try to fix it. Please don't write it into recessions in the Android market. I can not answer those, I might not even read them and they are sure to be outdated after I fix it. So, be fair, let me know personally, ok?
    The same goes for feedback or feature wishes. I will include a FAQ section in this help file in the future - but you need to contact me to fill that first :-)
    Planned Features
    • Add/Edit vocis
    • Customize the intervals of levels
    • Random function in VociTeach
    • Store name for highscore
    • Layout of list of all vocis could be . . . optimized
    • And, of course, add mor lessons .-)

    Luzern, 18.11.2011
    Stephan Wiesner

  • Android App and Complete Overhaul
    Thu, Nov 17, 2011

    At the moment (November 2011), I am preparing a complete new series of German lessons, starting with the basics. And it will be implemented as an Android app (sorry iPhone Users), including a quiz function and a vocabulary learning program that grows with each new lesson you finish.
    The app will be released on the Android market and a Beta will be available . . . hopefully this weekend. I will let you know :-)

    Luzern, 17.11.2011
    Stephan Wiesner

  • Android App Alpenkalb launched
    Sat, Apr 02, 2011

    Over the last weeks I developed an Android App for Bergportal GmbH that took all my time (and I mean all time).
    We went live last night though :-)
    Sorry, it is German only, but if you are coming to Switzerland for skiing or mountain climbing, this is the thing to take (free).

    Analog den Seiten http://www.skitouren.ch oder http://www.gipfelbuch.ch kann man Gipfelbuch Eintr?ge machen, sich f?r Touren verabreden oder tolle Kletterrouten Beschreibungen herunterladen.

    Luzern, 3.4.2011
    Stephan Wiesner

  • Deutsche Rechtschreibung: Satzanf?nge und Titel
    Thu, Feb 10, 2011

    "Vor" or "vor"? Do you know when to start a word with a capital letter? Here are some simple rules to get you startet...

    The easy part is: In German all nouns start with a captial letter:
    das Haus
    der Bus
    der Mann

    The first word in a sentence starts with a captial letter as well:
    Der Mann geht ?ber die Strasse.

    If a complete sentence follows after a colon the first letter is capital. Otherwise not:
    Folgendes ist wichtig: Die Hausaufgaben m?ssen erledigt werden!
    Bitte mitbringen: mehrere Bleistifte.

    Here is something more difficult: Farbadjektive.
    Das Blond deiner Haare ist sch?n.
    Ich habe mein T-Shirt gr?n gef?rbt.
    If you can ask "was" (what) the letter should be capital

    Z?rich, 11.2.2011
    Stephan Wiesner

  • German Finance Vocabulary: Vokablen rund um Finanzbegriffe 1
    Wed, Jan 26, 2011

    Here are some vocabulary from the finance area:
    sum of acquittance  = das Abfindungsgeld
    take-off fee = das Abfluggeld
    wearout = die Abnutzung
    capital allowance = die (steuerliche) Abschreibung
    financial architecture = die Finanzarchitektur
    index fund / exchange traded fund = der Indexfonds (oder ETF)
    model risk = Modellrisiko
    monthly loans = Monatsgeld

    Bern, 26.1.2011
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 116 - Learn to speak German - Body Mass Index
    Sat, Jan 15, 2011

    In todays German lesson you will learn about the BMI - Body Mass Index.
    You will learn how to calculate it and the German vocabulary connected to it.

    After this lesson you can go to the Android market and download an App that I wrote (search for BMI). It can calculate your BMI, your WtHR and the amount of daily calories you burn.

    weight = das Gewicht
    body = der K?rper
    mass = die Masse
    calculation = die Berechnung
    to calculate = berechnen
    to measure  = messen
    size = die Gr?sse
    scales = die Waage
    age = das Alter
    calorie = die Kalori

    ich bin 178cm gross / ich bin 1.78m gross
    ich wiege 70kg
    mein bmi ist 22

    Bern, 16.01.2011
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 115 - Learn to speak German - Gute Vors?tze
    Sat, Jan 15, 2011

    Ein paar Vokabeln f?r euch:
    Happy new year = frohes neues Jahr
    wish = der Wunsch
    diet = die Di?t, eine Di?t machen
    lose weight = abnehmen
    weight = das Gewicht
    stop smoking = mit dem Rauchen aufh?ren
    exercise more = mehr Sport machen
    holiday = der Urlaub, die Ferien 
    work = die Arbeit, arbeiten
    mobile phone = das Handy, das Nattel (Swiss slang)

    This picture shows one of my new Android apps. It is called "Wie heisst der Gipfel?" and is a simple to use application, that can show you peaks and huts in the Swiss mountains. 
    You can find it by searching for Gipfel (peak) in the Android market.

    - Show World Map
    - Show more than 6600 Huts and Peaks in Switzerland
    - Show Distance from Current Position
    - Show Current Position on Map
    - Show Compass
    - Send a mail with the current position
    - Links all Peaks/Huts to Wikipedia (German Version)
    - Search Places, Huts, Peaks (Only in Full Version)

    The picture was taken on the Christkindli Markt at the Z?rich mainstation. I really hate crowded places and taking that picture at about 6 in the morning was about all I could make my self do.  . .

    Stephan Wiesner

  • Happy New Year - Sch?nes Neues Jahr!
    Sun, Jan 02, 2011

    Euch allen einen sch?nen Start ins neue Jahr!


  • 114 - Learn to speak German - More Vocabulary and a promise to visit a Weihnachtsmarkt
    Tue, Dec 14, 2010

    In todays podcast I will teach you more words from the App (which I fixed) and promise to visit a Weihnachtsmarkt and take some photos...
    Don't forget to download the App and rate it - if you like it.

    Luzern, 14.12.2010
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 113 - Learn to speak German - Vocabulary and the Android Quiz App
    Sun, Dec 05, 2010

    And I present you my first app for Android. A little quiz that you can use to check the words presented today.
    If you own an Android smartphone: go to market and search for Learn German quiz and you should be able to download it. Let me know if it works for you (or if it does not!) and what you think of it.
    The picture shows the famous Matterhorn in Switzerland. I took the picture at dawn when we climbed Mt. Alphubel in the summer of 2010.

    Happy learning,
    Lucerne, 5.12.2010

  • 112 - Learn to speak German - Do you own a smartphone?
    Sat, Dec 04, 2010

    Winter has come to Switzerland. Snow and ice (and closed airports) and long evenings at home. So this is a good time to start some new projects. I am currently thinking about resuming the podcast and I would like to write some small helper applications for smartphones. Word trainer, small vocabulary games and the like.

    So, if you own a smartphone, let me know which one. Please fill in the poll on the podcast homepage at

    Weisse Gr?sse aus Luzern,

  • 111 - Learn to speak German - Papiliorama
    Fri, Mar 05, 2010

    In todays German lesson I will show you a short film taken in the Papiliorama at Kerzers, near Bern in Switzerland.

    You can see a kind of indoor jungle and a lot of butterflies.On a cold day like today it is a perfect way to soak in the hot air and get a feel of summer. The Papiliorama is a fantastic place for children as well.

    butterfly - der Schmetterling
    jungle - der Jungle
    plant - die Pflanze
    bird - der Vogel
    fish - der Fisch
    monkey - der Affe

    They even have a large room with night active animals. Hard to photograph, but very interesting to see!

    Bern, 05.03.2010

  • Sore Throat - Halsschmerzen
    Sat, Feb 20, 2010

    Sorry I have a sore throat for some days by now and can't really speak very well :-(

    sore throat - die Halsschmerzen

    Luzern, 21.02.2010

  • 110 - Learn to speak German - Reisebericht Chile und Ojos del Salado
    Fri, Mar 12, 2010

    Ich bin zur?ck aus Chile und erz?hle euch in der heutigen Folge, wie es uns in Chile ergangen ist und vor allem nat?rlich, wie wir den Ojos del Salado, den h?chsten Vulkan der Welt, erlebt haben.
    Ein schriftlicher Reisebericht vom Ojos del Salado kann hier nachgelesen werden:

    Ein Lama vor dem Vulkan Parinacotta

    Farbige Berge im Lauca Nationalpark (hier bei knapp 5000m)

    Im Altiplano braucht es Spanischkenntnisse, um auch mal nach dem Weg zu fragen...

    Die Laguna Miscanti und Laguna Minique, zwei blaue Augen mitten im Nichts. Wir sind auf den Vulkan Minique gestiegen (es braucht ein Permit).

    Das Basislager am Ojos del Salado (im Hintergrund). Unser Zelt ist das rechte gr?ne...

    Fischer am Strand des Pazifiks im Nationalpark Pan de Azucar

    Hektisches Treiben in Lima

    06.02.2010 Luzern,
    Stephan Wiesner

  • Greetings from San Pedro de Atacama
    Fri, Jan 15, 2010

    Hallo zusammen,
    einen schoenen Gruss aus dem immer sonnigen San Pedro de Atacama.
    I really can not recommend San Pedro (pure tourism town, very expensive, no attractions at all), though the nature around here is awesome!

    We spend last week in the lauca national park and that was fantastic! Incredible nature, many animals and flores. One of the most beautiful places i have ever visited.
    Will post more pictures and do a lesson, when I am back in Switzerland in February...

    15.01.2010, San Pedro de Atacama.
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 109 - Learn to speak German - Farben - Colors
    Fri, Dec 25, 2009

    In todays lesson of German-Podcast.de, the christmas lesson, I will teach you some colorfull words.



    Luzern, 25.12.2009
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 108 - Learn to Speak German - Ferien in Chile
    Sun, Dec 20, 2009

    In todays German lesson I will tell you about my trip to Chile in January. Sorry about the sound quality. I still could not make my soundcard work properly so I used my movile phone and converted the files to mp3 files for the upload to itunes.
    This might actually be a good exercise for you to get a feeling about how it would be to talk to somebody on the phone . . . .

    In Chile we will start in Putre and the Lauca National Parc in the north of Chile. For more information. You can see some pictures and read about the parc at Wikipedia:

    The picture from Google Earth shows Mt. Parinacota as seen from the Lauca National Parc. And here is a map of the area. As you can see it is quite a wilderness....

    And here is an overview of the region around ojos del salado. It is right next to the border to Argentinia (Argentinien) and there are some beautiful lakes and even some hot springs to soak in and get warm again :-)

    Gr??ere Kartenansicht

    Bern, 20.12.2009

    Stephan Wiesner

  • 107 - Learn to Speak German - Schneeschuhlaufen (Video)
    Mon, Dec 14, 2009

    Here is a short video taken on a Schneeschuh Tour in the Berner Oberland video taken on a Schneeschuh Tour in the Berner Oberland last weekend. We climbed Mt. Wist?tthorn (2360m) next to Lenk.

    It was very cold but luckily we did not have any wind, so the cold was easy to stand :-)

    I have a problem with my laptop soundcard and can't record any audio files. That will be fixed soon, though. Hopefully...

    Bern, 14.12.2009

    Stephan Wiesner

  • 106 - Learn to Speak German - Am Lagerfeuer
    Mon, Nov 30, 2009

    In this lesson of German-Podcast.de I present you a short video taken in the Swiss Alps last weekend. I went camping with my girlfriend as part of our training for our trip to Chile in January.

    As you can imagine, the hot "Abendbrot" tasted wonderful :-)

    Bern, 30.11.2009

    Stephan Wiesner

  • 105 - Learn to Speak German - Chapter 4
    Fri, Nov 13, 2009

    Todays German podcast lesson continues with the book. I read from chapter 4.

    Sorry for not posting for three weeks. I had a ton of work to do at the office, got a cold and started planing my trip to Chile/Peru in January.

    Next week I will go on a business trip to Wien ( Vienna ), so here is a picture of the most famous thing Wien has to offer:


    Lucerne, 12.11.2009

    Stephan Wiesner

  • 104 - Learn to Speak German - Urlaub in S?dfrankreich
    Tue, Oct 27, 2009

    I am back from my holiday in the south of France and will tell you a little bit about what I have seen and done there in todays Podcast.

    Die Madonna in Le Puy in der Auvergne
    There is even a video of the town:

    Ein Blick auf den einsamen Leuchtturm am Mittelmeer Strand nahe Montpellier.
    Stephan Wiesner auf demLe Pont du Gard et l'Aqueduc de N?mes.
    Eine der typischen K?he der Auvergne

    Ein Blick in den K?se-Keller in Roquefort
    Unsere herrliche Unterkunft in der Morgensonne.

    Das Amphitheather in Nimes.
    Ein Blick nach aussen vom Papspalast in Avignon.

    Luzern, 25.10.2010
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 103 - Learn to Speak German - Chapter 3
    Fri, Oct 09, 2009

    Todays German lesson continues with the book (second part). I read from chapter 3 and provide you some information about the Swiss railway system as well.
    Here are the flashcards with the vocabulary.

    Here you can see a picture of the Freiburger Alpen
    And here is autumn in Switzerland. Die Laubb?ume sind wundersch?n eingef?rbt :-)

    The first video shows me at the start of the bike tour, near Thun

    The second video was taken at 1600m in the Freiburger Alpen

    Z?rich, 09.10.2009
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 102 - Learn to Speak German - Grammar Possessivpronomen
    Sun, Oct 04, 2009

    Todays German lesson covers some grammar: Die Possessivpronomen.

    What are Possessivpronomen?
    Die deutschen Possesivpronomen geben ein Besitzverh?ltnis oder eine Beziehung an. Es sind:

    das Haus – the house
    die Katze – the cat

    Bonus question: Can you guess what flag is displayed on todays picture?

    mein Haus
    meine Katze

    dein Haus
    deine Katze

    sein Haus
    seine Katze
    ihr Haus
    ihre Katze

    unser Haus
    unsere Katze

    euer Haus
    eure Katze

    The neutral sex uses the same Possessivpronomen as the male sex (mein Haus (das Haus), mein Mann, but meine Frau).
    The 3rd person singular has different forms, depending on whether we are talking about a male or female person.
    The Possessivpronomen can replace nouns as well:
    Wem geh?rt der Stift?
    Das ist mein Stift ? Das ist meiner.
    Wem geh?rt die Katze?
    Das ist meine Katze ? Das ist meine.
    Wem geh?rt das Haus?
    Das ist mein Haus ? Das ist meins.
    Wem geh?ren die Katzen?
    Das sind meine Katzen ? Das sind meine.

    Download the Flashcards with the vocabulary of todays lesson.

    Luzern, 04.10.2009
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 101 - Learn to Speak German- Chapter 1
    Tue, Sep 29, 2009

    In todays German lesson I read an excerpt from the book "Welcome to Switzerland", provide you with a number of new flashcards with German vocabulary and tell you how beautiful the autumn in Switzerland is (wie sch?n der Herbst in der Schweiz ist) . . .
    The next lesson is already in the making and it will teach you all you need to know about Possesivpronomen (mein Haus, meine Katze, etc.) . . .

    Die Bilder sind vom Flughafen Z?rich . I sometimes change train there on my way to work. That always makes me want to go on a looong holiday again .-)

    Lucerne, 29.09.2009
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 100 - Learn to Speak German - A new Beginning
    Sat, Sep 26, 2009

    Welcome to German Podcast.de dem Podcast zum Deutsch lernen.

    All your mails and comments made me change my mind about the German podcast: I will continue with it!
    This lesson is not a German lesson, but an introduction. I will continue the next few lessons with text excerpts and exercises from the book Learn German with a story, which you can buy at amazon or lulu.com (link on the homepage), so you might want to order it. Its only 2.5 EUR and available as a download or printed book.

    Please download the Flashcards with German Vocabulary.

    Note about the old lessons
    Please note that there are old lessons from previous years. I restarted the Podcast in the autumn 2009 and the new lessons start with the number 100. Please note that there is a gap in the numbering.

    The picture displays the famous Mt. Matterhorn, probably the most famous Mountain of Switzerland and some alpinists on their way to climp Mt. Dom, near Zermatt. The Dom is the highest Mountain in Switzerland. I took the picture on my way to Mt. Lenzspitze. The video is taken before dawn, when we left the glacier a few minutes before I took the picture.

    About the Podcast
    This podcast will help you learn to understand and even speak German. There are currently three types of German lessons available:

    1. Beginners German lessons: These start with the very first words in German and will build upon each other. Please start with lesson 100 and follow them in the order of their numbering. Some of these lessons will even teach you basic German grammar.

    2. Special Topics (advanced): Some lessons will have a special topic. These lessons are for advanced listeners and are therefore mostly in German. I do provide some vocabulary and there will be special information to download and help you further. Examples might be a lesson about Bern, the capital of Switzerland, where I currently work. Or a lesson about making hotel reservations or about fruits and vegetables.

    3. Freerider lessons: Lessons with all kind of stuff that doesn’t fit into any other category.

    How does the Podcast work?
    Start by subscribing to the podcast. It is free! Go to this page: http://feeds.feedburner.com/German-podcast and click on the subscribe button on the right. Or use iTunes: Open iTunes, search for German and choose subscribe to this podcast.
    Most of my listeners use iTunes (download it for free from Apple), but you can use a varity of tools. Each new episode will be downloaded automatically with this subscription.
    The more active YOU work, the more YOU will profit from the podcast. I provide a lot of different exercises and it is up to you to use them. Let’s face it: You will not learn to speak German by just passively listening to a single lesson a week . . .

    Please visit the homepage of the podcast: http://german-podcast.blogspot.com/. I will provide a lot of extra goodies with the German podcast. Some, but not all, are free. Examples include:
    Personally I have an IPod nano and those can display pictures as well as text. I will provide you with flashcards for the lessons, so that you can learn some vocabulary on your IPod, while you listen to your favourite music. This should work with all devices that can display pictures.
    Though I will not provide complete transcripts of the lessons (who wants to read those?), I do provide some text. Check out the homepage to see what you will find.
    Interviews and videos
    From time to time I interview friends of mine or even make a small movie. The interviews will help you prepare for different speakers and local accents.

    It is expensive to host so many large audio and video files and it takes an enormous amount of work to produce the lessons. So, if you like the podcast, please feel free to donate something (link on the homepage). Furthermore I will provide some extra stuff that you can download only if you pay for it. This includes the texts I use for the beginners lessons and extra information or exercises for some lessons. They are very cheap, so please grab them all :-)

    Seriously, if everybody of you buys some of the stuff I can offer you more of my time, improving on the podcast and offering you better services. So everybody wins . . .

    I am German, from the northern part of Germany (near Hamburg). I therefore speak what we call “reines Hochdeutsch”. This means that I do not have a German accent. During some of the lessons you will hear other people speak and some of them come from different parts of Germany or Switzerland and I will point out how there accents are different.
    Please note that I have never lived for a long period in an English speaking country and I am told that I do have a strong German accent when speaking English. I do make mistakes when I write or speak English. Sorry for that and please feel free to drop me an email if you have feel the need to point out some of those mistakes. My German, however, should be correct.

    Lucerne, 26.09.2009

    Stephan Wiesner

  • 074 - Learn to Speak German - The End
    Mon, Jan 26, 2009

    This is the last session of German-Podcast.de. I just don't have the time for all my interests and need to cut back on some of them and as there is already such a large amount of material available for you to pratice your German . . . well, I will not continue with the podcast.

    Lucerne, 26.01.2009
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 073 - Learn to Speak German - Urlaub in ?gypten / Holidays in Egypt
    Sun, Jan 11, 2009

    This morning I arrived in Z?rich - in the cold and gray. The temperature was about 25 °C lower than in Egypt where I spend the last two weeks.
    Today I will talk about my holiday in egypt, providing you with a number of useful vocabulary and sentences.

    First of all: Many thanks to all of you who wrote me about the podcast. I did not access the Internet from Egypt and am very surprised (and pleased) about the number and the quality of emails you wrote me! We will come back to that later.

    I spend my holidays with my girlfriend in Sharm el Sheik.
    Ich war mit meiner Freundin in Sharm el Sheik im Urlaub.

    As you can see, I visited the Pyramids near Kairo.
    Wie ihr sehen k?nnt, habe ich die Pyramiden bei Kairo besichtigt.

    We spend most of the time lying at the beach.
    Die meiste Zeit haben wir am Strand gelegen.

    The weather was perfect and very warm for the season. Though we did feel cold most of the time because of the wind and the cold water (22°C).
    Das Wetter war super und f?r die Saison sehr warm. Wegen dem st?ndigen Wind und dem kalten Wasser haben wir aber dennoch die meiste Zeit gefroren.

    We had a hotel with demi-pension and the food was delicious.
    Wir hatten ein Hotel mit Halbpension und das Essen war k?stlich.

    I also went scuba diving in the red sea.
    Ich war auch tauchen im Roten Meer.

    We went for a few excursions for example to Mt. Sinai and the Colored Canyon.
    Wir haben ein paar Ausfl?ge gemacht, z.B. zum Berg Sinai und dem Colored Canyon.

    As always the holiday was way too short...
    Wie immer waren die Ferien viel zu kurz...

    [email protected]
    Luzern, 11.01.2009

  • 072 - Learn to Speak German - Wo soll es hingehen? The future of German-Podcast.de?
    Fri, Dec 19, 2008

    Heut haben wir schon die Folge 72 von German-Podcast.de.Zwei Jahre.
    Today we are at lesson 72 of German-Podcast.de. Two years.
    Another year is ending and that is always a good point in time to reflect on the past - and the future.
    So, what do I do with the Podcast?
    Let me think what YOU want it to be.
    What do you expect from it, how are you learning German and why. For how long. How much time do you spend on the learning, what other material do you use, etc.

    I will spend Sylvester in Egypt, with plenty of time to read your mails and to think about it, so write me either by posting on the page or by sending me an email.

    [email protected]
    Luzern, 19.12.2008

  • 071 - Learn to Speak German - German Survival Phrases - Wo ist der Bahnhof?
    Sat, Dec 13, 2008

    Most cities in Germany or Switzerland have a train station and in most cases this is located at or near the center of town. So, even if you do not travel by train, it is always a good idea to know where the train station is located.
    That is why we will learn to ask for directions to the train station (Bahnhof) or other points of interest today.

    train station - der Bahnhof
    where - wo
    is - ist
    city hall - das Rathaus
    metro - die U-Bahn
    left - links
    right - rechts

    The mountains on the photo are called Grosser und Kleiner Mythen and are right next to the town called Schwyz. They are quite famous and can be seen from most of central Switzerland.

    Luzern, 13.12.2008
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 070 - Learn to Speak German - German Survival Phrases - Bitte und Danke
    Sat, Dec 06, 2008

    Heute wollen wir endlich mal wieder eine Anf?ngerlektion durchgehen. German Survival Phrases soll eine kleine Serie mit sehr grundlegenden Dingen werden. Ein paar Worte Deutsch f?r den Urlaub, genug um das Eis zu brechen und zu zeigen, dass ihr einen "effort" macht.

    Today we are back to some basics. German Survival Phrases is going to be a small series of very basic phrases. Just enough to show that you made an effort.

    please - bitte
    you are welcome - bitte, gerne geschehen
    thanks - danke
    thank you very much - vielen Dank, danke sehr

    Todays pictures show Schloss Sch?nbrunn and the famous wheel at the Prater, both in Wien (Vienna).

    Luzern, 06.12.2008
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 070 - Learn to Speak German - Ein Besuch in Wien / a visit to Vienna
    Sun, Nov 30, 2008

    Vor kurzem war ich f?r ein Wochenende in Wien (Vienna) und morgen fliege ich noch mal f?r ein paar Tage hin. Grund genug, euch ein wenig ?ber diese sch?ne Stadt zu erz?hlen.
    Wien ist die Hauptstadt von ?sterreich und hat rund 1.7 Millionen Einwohner.
    Wien ist eine sehr bekannte Stadt, die von vielen Touristen besucht wird. Wie man auf diesem Bild sch?n sieht, kann man das zu Fuss, im Bus oder in der Pferdekutsche machen...

    Zu einem richtigen Besuch geh?rt nat?rlich die ber?hmte Sacher-Torte. Sehr teuer, man muss anstehen, um ?berhaupt einen Platz zu bekommen und wird daf?r mit einem echten Geschmacks-Highlight verw?hnt.Ich habe mir erlaubt, dieverse Torten in verschiedenen Cafes zu geniessen und sie waren alle sehr gut. Die Sacher war nicht besser, aber auch nicht schlechter als die Anderen...

    Undwas w?re ein Besuch in Wien ohne die sch?nen Schl?sser (hier Belvedere)? Bei dem herrlichen Wetter mochten wir nicht reingehen, aber auch der Besuch der Parks lohnt sich schon...

    Nun, und hier ist schliesslich ein Bild von Bern. Womit wohl klar ist, warum ich gerne in Bern arbeite und, so sch?n Wien auch ist, immer wieder gerne dorthin zur?ckkehre .-)

    Die Berner Altstadt, im Hintergrund die Alplen mit Schreckhorn, Finsteraarhorn, Eiger, M?nch und Jungfrau.

    Luzern, 30.11.2008
    Stephan Wiesner

  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 069 - Marathon in Luzern und Galgenraten
    Wed, Nov 26, 2008

    Zwei Themen habe ich heute. Den Marathon in Luzern 26.10.2008 und das Spiel Galgenraten.

    Das Spiel ist ein kleines Programm in C#, dass ich geschrieben habe. Es ist zwar nur sehr klein, setzt aber evtl. updates von Microsoft voraus, so dass es nur auf aktuellen Systemen laufen wird.
    Im Verzeichnis gibt es eine Textdatei (vocis.txt), in der die Worte enthalten sind. Ihr k?nnt sie also einfach austauschen. Probiert es einfach mal aus .-)

    Am 26.10.2008 ist der diesj?hrige Marathon in Luzern. Das ist doch ein guter Grund, Luzern einen Besuch abzustatten? Es ist ein sehr sch?ner Marathon und mit aktuell 6000 angemeldeten Teilnehmern auch nicht so ?berf?llt. Die Homepage mit mehr Informationen ist hier:
    http://www.lucernemarathon.ch/Stephan Wiesner beim Marathon in Luzern 2007

    Stephan Wiesner nach dem Marathon in Basel 2006 - leicht dehydriert .-)

    Galgenm?nnchen, Galgenraten oder auch Galgenmann oder einfach auch Galgen und englisch hangman ist ein einfaches Buchstabenspiel.

    Erst mit den Ausgrabungen an historischer Stelle in Marathon, bei denen 1890 ein H?gel mit den Gr?bern der gefallenen Athener von der Schlacht von Marathon freigelegt wurde, kam die Legende ?ber Pheidippides wieder in Erinnerung. Der Sprachwissenschaftler Michel Br?al besuchte bei einer Griechenlandreise diesen Ort. Als er dann 1894 dem Olympischen Kongress in Paris beiwohnte, wuchs in ihm die Idee, den legend?ren Lauf des Pheidippides im Rahmen der f?r 1896 geplanten Olympischen Spiele von Athen als Wettkampf aufleben zu lassen. Mit einem Brief teilte er seinem Freund, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, dem Begr?nder des Internationalen Olympischen Komitees (IOC), seine Idee mit. Der Sieger sollte einen von ihm gestifteten Pokal erhalten. Nach einigem Z?gern stimmte man der Idee zu, und so wurde der Olympische Marathon 1896 von Athen der erste organisierte Marathonlauf.

    Luzern, 19.09.2008
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 068 - Learn to Speak German - Zungenbrecher (tongue twister)
    Thu, Aug 14, 2008

    Ein Zungenbrecher ist ein tongue twister.

    Hier sind zwei Zungenbrecher:
    Fischers Fritze fischt frische Fische.
    Fischt Fischers Fritze frische Fische?

    Bierbrauer Bauer braut braunes Bier, braunes Bier braut Bierbrauer Bauer.

    Nebenbei stelle ich weitere W?rter aus dem t?glichen Deutsch Newsletter von http://www.bitesizedlanguages.com vor und sage was zum Wetter.

    The picture shows me right before we start to climb the Witenwasserenstock (3082m), which you see right behind me. Excellente Gratkletterei .-)

    Luzern, 15.08.2008
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 067 - Learn to Speak German - 1. August Nationalfeiertag
    Fri, Aug 01, 2008

    Today is the first of August (again) and the legend says that Switzerland was founded on the first of August 1291. This story is depicted in Friedrich Schillers famous story about Wilhem Tell.
    You can find the whole text of Wilhelm Tell online at Project Gutenberg.
    Google has it as well, in Altdeutsch. Finally here is a link to Wikipedia with details about Wilhelm Tell.

    Nun Tell! Weil du den Apfel triffst vom Baume
    Auf hundert Schritte, so wirst du deine Kunst
    Vor mir bew?hren m?ssen - Nimm die Armbrust -
    Du hast sie gleich zur Hand - und mach dich fertig,
    Einen Apfel von des Knaben Kopf zu schiessen -
    Doch will ich raten, ziele gut, dass du
    Den Apfel treffest auf den ersten Schuss,
    Denn fehlst du ihn, so ist dein Kopf verloren.

    Alle geben Zeichen des Schreckens.

    Herr - Welches Ungeheure sinnet Ihr
    Mir an - Ich soll vom Haupte meines Kindes -
    - Nein, nein doch, lieber Herr, das k?mmt Euch nicht
    Zu Sinn - Verh?t's der gn?d'ge Gott - das k?nnt ihr
    Im Ernst von einem Vater nicht begehren!

    Don't forget to subscribe to the daily newsletter in German at http://www.bitesizedlanguages.com

    Luzern, 01.08.2008
    Stephan Wiesner

  • Munich - M?nchen
    Sun, Jul 27, 2008

    Hi friends, sorry, again no podcast this week. I have been in Munich for a few days, visiting the headquarters of my company. Very nice, I really love Munich, but that somehow left me without a weekend...
    Do not forget to subscribe to the German language leraning letter at http://www.bitesizedlanguages.com/


  • 066 - Learn to Speak German - Learn German with Bitesizedlanguages
    Thu, Jul 17, 2008

    In today's lesson we will learn some German vocabulary.

    First I need to apologize, though, for not posting regularly anymore. I started a new job on the first of July and had to get into the new company. It is a IT consulting company in Z?rich and I joined my first project for them in Bern last Monday, so again everything new and a lot to learn.
    Furthermore I met a wonderful woman, or me
    t again, I should say, which did not quite turn out the way it should have, though.

    Finally: I joined http://www.bitesizedlanguages.com/, a dailymail sender with sentences for different languages. I use them for my learning of French and Spanish and starting soon you can receive a daily phrase in Germen as well. We are discussing some exciting new features, but currently you can only register (for free) and receive a daily sentence of German (translated by me).

    We will therefore learn some new vocabulary today. And if you register with http://www.bitesizedlanguages.com/ you will see those words again – in a different context to help you remember them.

    piece of jewellerydas Schmuckst?ck
    umbrellader Regenschirm
    mapdie Karte
    officedas B?ro
    dietdie Di?t
    degreedas Grad
    subjectdas Thema
    to rip / to tearzerreissen
    to bringbringen
    all the bestalles Gute
    This month's star sign: LeoDas Sternzeichen des Monats: der L?we
    while w?hrend
    Bless you!Gesundheit!
    nonsenseder Quatsch

    The picture was taken at about 10000 feet in mid June. So if you are planning to come to Switzerland, better pack your warm clothes .-)

    Luzern, 17.07.2008
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 065 - Learn to Speak German - Die Zugspitze
    Fri, Jun 27, 2008

    Diese Woche war ich das erste Mal in den Deutschen Alpen. Den h?chsten Berg Deutschlands, die Zugspitze, haben wir auf der Route durch das H?llental erstiegen. Ausserdem waren wir noch in der Meiler H?tte (2374m) und haben ein herrliches Mittagessen gehabt. Zun?chst wollen wir von der Zugspitze aus den Jubil?umsgrad machen, aber die Besatzung des M?nchner Haus oben auf der Zugspitze war so unfreundlich, dass wir es nicht ?ber uns gebracht haben, dort zu schlafen.
    Der Aufstieg durch das H?llental ist spektakul?r und nicht ganz ohne.Es geht durch eine wilde Klamm, W?lder, ?ber zwei lange Klettersteige und einen kleinen Gletscher. Dazu ist es mit 2200 H?henmetern auch f?r ge?bte Wanderer anstrengend genug. Was will man also mehr? Absolute Trittsicherheit und Schwindelfreiheit sind aber Voraussetzung! Gerade der ?bergang vom Eis in den Klettersteig ist bei den aktuellen Wetterverh?ltnissen sehr heikel gewesen.

    Wikipedia hat folgendes zur Zugspitze zu sagen:

    Die Zugspitze wurde erstmals 1590 namentlich erw?hnt. Im 19. Jahrhundert erwachte schlie?lich das Interesse an einer Erschlie?ung des Massivs. Am 7. August 1807 startete die erste dokumentierte Expedition von Partenkirchen aus in Richtung Zugspitze: Fran?ois Gabriel Graf von Bray, der Botaniker Kaspar Graf von Sternberg, Professor Charles Fran?ois Duval, Generalmajor Reinhard Friedrich Freiherr von Werneck und zw?lf Einheimische als F?hrer und Tr?ger. Ziel der Expedition war es, den Verlauf sowie die Temperatur-Entwicklung der Partnach bis zu ihrer Quelle am westlichen Ende des Reintals zu erforschen, sowie die Botanik der Region zu erkunden. In Graf Brays Bericht der Expedition wird jedoch die Zugspitze, welche die Mannschaft in knapp vier Kilometern Entfernung gesehen haben muss, mit keinem Wort erw?hnt.

    Kaiser Franz-Joseph von ?sterreich schenkte die Zugspitze 1854 anl?sslich seiner Hochzeit mit Elisabeth in Bayern, auch Sisi genannt, an Bayern.[1]

    Durch die starke ?berbauung des Gipfels ist die urspr?ngliche Struktur kaum mehr erkennbar. Der gegen?ber dem Ostgipfel um einen Meter h?here Westgipfel wurde im Zweiten Weltkrieg weggesprengt. Der Mittelgipfel fiel 1931 dem Bau der Seilbahn vom Schneefernerhaus zum Gipfel zum Opfer. Identifizierbar ist noch der Ostgipfel mit dem goldenen Gipfelkreuz. Auf dem Bild „Zugspitzgipfel um 1900“ ist der Westgipfel, hinter dem M?nchner Haus durch eine Signalstange gekennzeichnet, noch vorhanden.

    Der Leutnant Josef Naus bestieg im Auftrag des K?niglich Bairischen Topographischen Bureaus zusammen mit dem Messgehilfen Maier und dem Bergf?hrer Johann Georg Deutschl am 27. August 1820 die Zugspitze. Damit gilt er als erster namentlich bekannter Besteiger des Westgipfels. Eine fr?here Besteigung durch Einheimische ist aufgrund von Hinweisen auf historischem Kartenmaterial aus der Zeit um 1770 anzunehmen.

    Luzern, 28.06.2008
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 064 - Learn to Speak German - Back in Switzerland
    Fri, Jun 13, 2008

    Hallo zusammen,

    ich bin zur?ck in der Schweiz und in der neuen Wohnung eingezogen.
    Die Kurzfassung: Ich war vier Wochen in Antigua, zwei in Honduras zum Tauchen und dann noch mal zwei in Antigua, weiter Spanisch lernen.

    Das obere Bild zeigt mein erstes Zimmer bei einer Gastfamilie in Antigua. Charm hat es gehabt, wenn es auch etwas eng war. Das untere Bild ist mein neues Daheim. Auch nicht viel gr?sser, nur habe ich jetzt etwas mehr Gep?ck als nur einen Rucksack. . . Kleines Zimmer, Dusche auf dem Flur, da f?hlt man sich wieder wie beim Milit?r - oder wie in einer Jugi (Jugendherberge).

    Luzern, 13.06.2008

    Stephan Wiesner

  • Problems with PayPal - Probleme mit Paypal
    Tue, May 20, 2008

    Hallo Freunde, hier eine kleine Geschichte zu PayPal. In Honduras auf Utila habe ich meine Tauchkurse imUtila Dive Center mit PayPal bezahlt. Sehr komfortabel. Dachte ich jedenfalls. Brauchte kein Bargeld mit mir rumschleppen, hatte einen guten Wechselkurs (und leider die ueblichen hohen PayPal Gebuehren).
    Leider ist jetzt mein Konto gesperrt, weil PayPal denkt, es haette einen Missbrauch gegeben. Zu meinem Schutz, versteht sich. Leider habe ich aber von hier aus nicht die Moeglichkeit mich wieder freischalten zu lassen, da sie alle moeglichen Informationen, wie z.B. eine Bestaetigung vom Einwohnermeldeamt wollen.
    Schlimm ist aber vor allem, dass sie nicht reagieren. Seit einer Woche versuche ich sie zu erreichen, aber sie reagieren nicht auf meine Mails. Ganz schlechter Kundendienst von PayPal! Die Tauchschule moechte natuerlich ihr Geld haben, aber ich habe es ja jetzt auch nicht mehr. Damn!

    Ansonsten habe ich hier aber eine tolle Zeit und geniesse meine letzten beiden Wochen in Antigua. Morgen geht es fuer zwei Tage an den Pazifik, nach Monterrico...

    I paid my scuba diving on Utila with PayPal. Seemed quite comfortable to me. Now they blocked my account, though, thinking that somebody hacked it. For my security. The bad thing is, though, that I can not reopen the account and they do not react to my mails. For a week now. The diving school of course wants it's money, which I do not have anymore. Very bad customer service from PayPal :-(

    Otherwise I do have a great time, though and will travel for two days to the pacific tomorrow...
    Stephan Wiesner

  • Back in Antigua
    Fri, May 16, 2008

    I am back in Antigua for some more Spanish lessons. Though Utila is a beautiful island, it was too small for me and too much traffic, too much trash and I really could not relax there. On my way back I discovered Copan in Honduras. The ruins are quite impressive and the city is peaceful, cheap and quite. too bad I could not stay as I had already made arrangements in Antigua.
    It is soo nice to be in mild temperatures again! And no mosquitos.
    Nearly three weeks more to go...
    Stephan Wiesner

  • Scuba Diving on Utila
    Sun, May 11, 2008

    I am currently on Utila (Honduras)withUtila Dive Center.Finishedmy Open Watercertification yesterday and started myadvanced today. Utila is a small island off the coast of Honduras. Wassertemperatur so um 28Grad, jeden Tag Sonne, Palmen, ich wollte schon immer mal in der Karibik Urlaub machen and here i am. . .


  • Save the Tortugas or go Scuba Diving on Atila?
    Tue, Apr 29, 2008

    This ist my last week in Antigua - meine letzte Woche in Antigua.
    Donnerstag bis Sonntag bin ich im Land unterwegs: Tikal, Livingston, Rio Dulce, etc. und ab Montag geht es dann entweder nach Monterrico um die Schildkroeten dort zu retten oder weiter ins Karibik-Paradies in Honduras, um dort Scuba Diving, tauchen, zu lernen.Um Goethe zu zitieren "zwei Herzen schlagen, ach in meiner Brust" -)

    Euch eine ganz tolle Zeit und einen lieben Gruss aus Antigua, Guatemala,

  • Hiking Acatenango
    Mon, Apr 21, 2008

    Last weekend I hiked the volcano (der Vulkan) Acatenango in Guatemala with O.X. Outdoor Excursions (http://www.guatemalavolcano.com/). The Acatenango is supposed to be the most difficult volcano in central america. However, I found it very easy. Technically that is. The hike (die Wanderung) in thin air with a big bagback (der Rucksack) is a different story, though . . .
    There is a good trail (der Pfad) leading up to the top and you could hike it in sneakers (though I recommend hiking boots).

    We slept at 13000 feets and had a perfect sunrise (der Sonnenaufgang). The view is fantastic and the guide from O. X., an adventure outfit from Antigua, really did a good job. He made quite an effort to get us comfortable and the trip was not expensive at all (79$ including food and equipment).

    However: Most of us really suffered from the altitude (die Hoehenkrankheit). Going from 1500m to 4000m and sleeping there in only one day really does not make sense. So, if you are not used to the height, you might prefer the daytrip or do another volcano a few days before to get used to it...
    One final tip: Bring plenty of water. O.X. provides excellent food, but the recomended 4.5 litres might not last on hot days...

    A sad side note: While we watched the sunrise some teenagers stole three of our bagpacks. Imaging that: At 13000 feet some youngsters steal your empty bagback! As beautiful as Guatemala is, sometimes it can be, well, you know what I mean. The good thing is, that the police really made an effort to find the kids.
    My new plan is that I will most likely spend two more weeks here working on my spanish. Afterwards I will travel on to Honduras to do a diving course (der Tauchkurs). Something I have never done before but really would like to try...
    Greetings from Antigua,

  • Greetings from Antigua
    Wed, Apr 09, 2008

    Hi everybody. currently i am sitting in Antigua, Guatemala, trying to learn Spanish.
    Though I will not post any audio lessons from here, I will try to tell you at least a little about what i do here. Just arrived yesterday, so currently I am still in jetlag-mode...
    Trying to hike a volcano on the next weekend with one of the local guides, so if anybody has experience with that, please let me know!
    Hasta pronto,

  • 063 - Learn to Speak German - Guatemala
    Sun, Mar 02, 2008

    Sorry for the long time without a post, tons of things to do. I am currently planning a trip to Guatemala for 8 to 10 weeks, so this is a good opportunity to talk about the country. Furthermore I have canceled the contract for my apartement and still need a place to store my stuff and somewhere to sleep when I am back...

    You can find out more about Guatemala at http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guatemala

    Guatemala ist ein Staat in Zentralamerika, im S?den der Halbinsel Yucat?n. Der Name Guatemala leitet sich vom toltekischen (Nahuatl-) Wort Cuauhtemallan ab, was soviel wie 'Erde der B?ume verrottet' bedeutet. Guatemala grenzt im S?dosten an Honduras, im S?den an El Salvador, im Norden an Mexiko und im Osten an Belize. Guatemala hat zwei K?sten, im Osten einen schmalen Zugang zum Karibischen Meer und im S?dwesten die Pazifikk?ste.

    Der nord?stliche Teil, El Pet?n, ist Tiefland mit fast durchgehendem tropischen Regenwald. Im Zentrum Guatemalas liegt das Hochland mit Vulkanen bis zu 4.220 m H?he. Hier ist auch einer der h?chsten Vulkane Mittelamerikas zu finden, der Tajumulco. Mit seinen 4220 m, ?berragt er das Hochland von Guatemala.


    Der schmale, flache und fruchtbare K?stenstreifen am Pazifik hat durchgehend feuchttropisches Klima.

    Das Hochland ist von sehr unterschiedlichen Klimazonen gepr?gt. Wegen der Lage zwischen 1.300 und 1.800 Metern ?ber dem Meer, herrscht fast das ganze Jahr ?ber ein mildes Klima mit Tagestemperaturen zwischen 18 und 28 Grad Celsius. In h?heren Lagen kann die Lufttemperatur vor allem im Januar und Februar stark sinken.

    Das Hochland ist das kulturelle und bev?lkerungsreichste Zentrum Guatemalas. In einem tiefergelegenen Teil dieser Hochlandregion liegt die heutige Hauptstadt Guatemala-Stadt.


    Die wichtigsten St?dte sind (Stand 1. Januar 2005): Guatemala-Stadt ca. 2,5 Mio. (inoffizielle Sch?tzungen gehen bereits von 5 Millionen Einwohnern aus), Mixco 297.039 Einwohner, Villa Nueva 218.294 Einwohner, Amatitl?n 61.562 Einwohner und Chinautla 61.520 Einwohner. Im Weiteren Quetzaltenango 112.121 Einwohner, Escuintla 69.311 Einwohner, Cob?n 59.428 Einwohner, Huehuetenango 28.500 Einwohner, sowie Antigua mit 20.600 Einwohnern.


    59,4 % der Guatemalteken sind europ?ischer oder gemischt europ?isch-indigener Abstammung. Diese Bev?lkerungsgruppe wird lokal anders als in anderen L?ndern Mittelamerikas als Ladinos bezeichnet. Der europ?ische Anteil ist ?berwiegend spanischer Herkunft. Weitere 40 % der Gesamtbev?lkerung sind Indigene, meist aus den V?lkergruppe der Maya. Der Rest der Bev?lkerung ist asiatischer Abstammung oder z?hlt zu den Garifuna, an der Karibikk?ste lebenden Nachkommen der Kariben, von diesen unterworfener Arawak und entflohener und urspr?nglich aus Afrika stammender Sklaven der Insel St. Vincent.

    The picture is a prove that we do have bad weather from time to time as well -) Hope it will be better next weekend as I am planning to climb mount Wildhorn (10656 feet).

    St?rmischen Gruss aus Luzern,
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 062 - Learn to Speak German - Hotel Reservationen
    Mon, Feb 04, 2008

    Making a reservation in a hotel in a foreign country can often be a little difficult, especially when making the reservation by telephone. This lesson will give you the necessary tools to achieve this daunting task. We already had this topic in lessons 024 and 025, so you might want to take a look at the archive as well.

    The PDF (we have 8 pages today!) with the transcript, exercises, fotos, additional information, etc. Can be bought for only 49 Cents. It is in the same format as the PDF files from the last few sessions.

    The picture shows the Graustock (8730 feet), which is a great mountain for a "Schneeschuhwanderung".

    Lucerne, 04.02.2008
    Stephan Wiesner
    [email protected]

  • New Server - Might take a few days
    Fri, Jan 25, 2008

    As www.archive.org is down again and was so repeatedly, I finally decided to go commercial. I have upgraded my private web server (already spending the money you donated me this month) and will offer new lessons from there. It might take a few days for everything to be set up, though, as we have Friday evening and I do not think that anything will happen on the weekend.
    So please try again next week for the next lesson and (hopefully) faster downloads .-)


  • 061 - Learn to Speak German - Beginner: Welcome to Switzerland
    Fri, Jan 25, 2008

    Todays lesson is a beginners lesson, as the last poll indicated that about 70% of you are studying German for less than 3 years.
    There is no PDF for todays lesson, but you can find a transcript of the text I read (and much more) at www.LuLu.com, you can also order it from Amazon, it might take a day or two longer to deliver, though.
    If you like it, please buy the book or pay for the download of the Ebook-version and write a nice comment at LuLu or at Amazon.com and if enough of you buy it, I will continue the series and start on writing book number two .-)

    Remember that there is a blog-page where I try to post something German every day:

    Finally todays picture shows one of the many shop windows we see around the city at the moment, claiming that everything is very cheap at the moment (Ausverkauf).

    Lucerne, 25.01.2008
    Stephan Wiesner
    [email protected]

  • 060 - Learn to Speak German - Arzt und Fragen (in Vergangenheit)
    Sun, Jan 20, 2008

    Today we talk about a very important topic: How to talk to a doctor. You will learn how to make an appointment and how to describe different symptoms.

    Lesson 050 was about this topic as well, so you might want to check there for further exercise.

    There are two Podcasts concerning the PDF transcript for today: Lessons 059 and 060.

    Todays picture shows the river Reuss with the N?lliturm in Lucerne

    Lucerne, 18.01.2008
    Stephan Wiesner
    [email protected]

  • 059 - Learn to Speak German - Beim Zahnarzt
    Sun, Jan 13, 2008

    Todays German lesson is about how to make an appointment with a dentist. We will hear a telephone interview, then I will go to the dentist and she is going to examine me and give me a root canal treatment. Ouch!

    Lucerne, 13.01.2008
    Stephan Wiesner
    [email protected]

  • 058 - Learn to Speak German - Mehr Lebensmittel und das Perfekt
    Tue, Jan 08, 2008

    Last Session was about food related topics and I want to continue with this in order to deepen your knowledge of food related vocabulary. And it is time to take a look at some grammar. The “Perfekt”, the “vollendete Gegenwart” is a good starting point.

    We are currently on place 18 of the American Top 25 (Education) on iTunes.

    If you like the podcast, why don't you vote for it on iTunes by following this link.
    The picture was taken on the 01.01.2008 on "Der Hengst" in the area called Entlebuch, central Switzerland.

    Lucerne, 08.01.2008
    Stephan Wiesner
    [email protected]

  • 058 - German-Podcast.de - Mehr Lebensmittel und das Perfekt (PDF)
    Sun, Jan 06, 2008

    Weiter geht es mit dem Lernen von Vokabeln rund um Lebensmittel. Dazu ein klein wenig Grammatik: Das Perfekt wird vorgestellt.

    Ausserdem gibt es einen Blog mit t?glichen ?bungen, Vokabeln oder sonstigen ?berraschungen:

    Lucerne, 06.01.2008
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 057 - Learn to Speak German - Stephan macht einen Salat (Video)
    Sat, Jan 05, 2008

    Hallo liebe Freunde, im Rahmen unserer Lebensmittel-Serie zeige ich euch heute mal in einem kleinen Video, wie ich einen Salat mache. Dabei tauchen viele der Vokabeln der letzten Episode wieder auf.
    Vorsicht, die Datei ist 38MB gross.

    Viel Spass und ...
    ... Film ab,

  • 056 - Learn to Speak German - Lebensmittel
    Fri, Jan 04, 2008

    In today's lesson we will learn the names of some “Lebensmittel” taken from my kitchen.
    We start of course with K?se (cheese). Emmentaler is probably the most famous Swiss cheese.
    There is actually an area called “Emmental” which is very lovely. Looks kind of like the green hills I always imagined the hobbits from Lord of the Rings live in .-)

    Remember that there is a PDF containing the transcript and pictures of this lessen.
    Euch ein sch?nes neues Jahr, viel Erfolg und nat?rlich viel Spass beim Deutsch lernen :-)
    Lucerne, 02.01.2008
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 055 - Learn to Speak German - Sich Vorstellen
    Sun, Dec 30, 2007

    In today's lesson we will talk about different ways to introduce oneself. Different names, jobs and hometowns provide a good opportunity to learn some new words.Furthermore a big Dankesch?n an D'Arcy for the large donation via PayPal.
    If you want to support me, just follow this link, enter the amount of money you want to donate and send it off .-)

  • Luzern, 29.12.2007
    Stephan Wiesner

  • 056 - Learn to Speak German - Lebensmittel (PDF)
    Sun, Dec 30, 2007

    Currently www.archive.org where I host my audio files does not allow to upload (and not all downloads work) any files. Hope they will fix it despite the new year weekend. Please come back and try again later .-(

    Anyway, here is the PDF for the current German lesson, containing vocabulary and additional information about food.

    And here is an interesting page: You can download sample tests for German language certification. Why not try one of those and see how fit you already are?

    Lucerne, 30.12.2007
    Stephan Wiesner
    [email protected]

  • 055 - Learn to Speak German - Sich Vorstellen (PDF)
    Sat, Dec 29, 2007

    Here is the PDF file for the current learn German lesson, containing the transcript, vocabulary and extras.

  • 054 - Learn to Speak German - Vocabulary Drill
    Thu, Dec 27, 2007

    This is a German vocabulary drill unit. We will repeat the vocabulary of the last few sessions. For this, I will say the English word, give you time to speak the German translation and then I will give the correct answer, giving you time to repeat it once more. Feel free to listen repeatedly to this lesson to "drill" the words.
    Todays pictures shows my brother Michael in the garden of my parents. He is playing with a remote controled airplane, one of his Christmas presents. Give us men a toy that moves and makes noise and we turn back into children at once .-)

    gesund = healthy
    der Zauberer = wizard
    der Furz = fart
    der Arzt/die ?rztin = doctor
    die Krankenschwester = nurse
    die Sprechstundenhilfe =receptionist
    das Wartezimmer = waiting room
    die Zeitschrift = magazine
    die Krankheit = illness
    die Grippe = flu
    die Erk?ltung = common cold
    der Schnupfen = common cold
    der Husten = cough
    das Halsweh = sore throat
    die Halsschmerzen = sore throat
    untersuchen = to examine
    ausziehen = to undress
    der K?rbis = pumpkin
    das Grossraumb?ro = open-plan office, cube farm
    das Papier = paper
    der Schreibtisch = desk
    der Computer = computer
    die Tastatur = keyboard
    der Monitor = screen
    die Maus = mouse
    der Bleistift = pencil
    die Sitzung = meeting
    das Telefon = telephone
    der Schrank = locker
    der Stuhl = chair
    fluchen = to swear
    die Rolltreppe = moving stairs
    der Fahrstuhl = elevator

    Luzern, 26.12.2007
    Stephan Wiesner

  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 053 - Martin Luther
    Wed, Dec 19, 2007

    Allen from Wisconsin asked me about a catholic version of the bible. Though I do not know about that his mail got me thinking about Luther. Luthers translation of the bible into German lead to one German "Hochdeutsch" from the many dialects. Maybe I should tell that to some of my Swiss friends, who still talk in dialect .-)

    Here is one famous quote from that time:
    "Wenn das Geld im Kasten klingt, die Seele aus dem Fegefeuer springt. "
    It means that on could by letters of absolution. Those made the church rich and Luther mad, so he started his famous "95 Thesen". I am not going into religious details about Luthers work, but will concentrate on his translation work here.

    Luther translated the new testament during his time on the Wartburg 1521-22 and later the old testament. By 1525 a third of those Germans that could read owned a copy of his bible. He used the "Ostmitteldeutsch" of his hometown. This became what is now known as "Hochdeutsch".
    Luther is famous for his "volksnahe Sprache" and "vulg?re Ausdr?cke" like:
    "Aus einem gl?cklichen Arsch kommt ein fr?hlicher Furz."
    "Ein Rausch ist zu ertragen, die Trunkenheit aber nicht."
    "Anstrengungen machen gesund und stark."

  • Learn to Speak German - 052 - Der Zauberlehrling by Goethe
    Wed, Dec 19, 2007

    You really need to know about Goethe if you plan to come to Germany and not appear to be an uneducated person. So I will read on of his most famous poems "Der Zauberlehrling" for you.

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, geadelt 1782 (* 28. August 1749 in Frankfurt am Main; † 22. M?rz 1832 in Weimar; auch G?the), ist als Dichter, Dramatiker, Theaterleiter, Naturwissenschaftler, Kunsttheoretiker und Staatsmann der bekannteste Vertreter der Weimarer Klassik. Sein Werk umfasst Gedichte, Dramen und Prosa-Literatur, aber auch naturwissenschaftliche Abhandlungen. Er gilt als bedeutendster deutscher Dichter und ist eine herausragende Pers?nlichkeit der Weltliteratur.

    As a kid we had to learn some of his poems (Der Zauberlehrling und der Erlk?nig) by heart and read "Die Leiden des jungen Werthers". As a kid we hated him for that. As a grown up I came to really like some of his poems, especially "Der Schatzgr?ber".

    The Zauberlehrling is about the apprentice of a wizard. His master went away and now he wants to do some magic (seine Worte merkt ich und den Brauch...). It works (seht er l?uft zum Wasser...) at the beginning. Then he realizes that he forgot how to end the spell (ach ich merk es, wehe wehe, hab ich doch das Wort vergessen...). Finally he begs his master to return and end the spell, which he does (in die Ecke Besen...)

    Luzern, 16.12.2007
    Stephan Wiesner

  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 051 - der Advent
    Fri, Dec 07, 2007

    Advent, Advent, ein Lichtlein brennt.
    Erst eins, dann zwei, dann drei, dann vier -
    dann steht das Christkind vor der T?r.
    [Kinder Reim]

    Es ist Adventszeit, Advent season, a good time to spend with your family, to look back to the things that happened during the year and ahead into the next one.
    This is especially true for me, as I am looking for a new job again. Things really did not work out with the team and the job was not what I expected and, ja, a lot of reasons. Anyway, Test Managers are asked at the moment, so it should be possible to find something.

    Urspr?nglich entsprach der Begriff Advent dem griechischen Begriff epiphaneia (Erscheinung, siehe Epiphanias) und bedeutet die Ankunft, Anwesenheit, Besuch eines Amtstr?gers, insbesondere die Ankunft von K?nigen oder Kaisern. Es konnte aber auch die Ankunft der Gottheit im Tempel ausdr?cken. Dieses Wort ?bernahmen nun die Christen, um ihre Beziehung zu Jesus Christus, dem Sohn Gottes auszusagen.

    Die Adventszeit war urspr?nglich eine Fastenzeit, die die Alte Kirche auf die Tage zwischen dem 11. November und dem urspr?nglichen Weihnachtstermin, dem Erscheinungsfest am 6. Januar festlegte. Diese acht Wochen ergeben abz?glich der fastenfreien Sonn- und Samstage insgesamt vierzig Tage.

    Die Adventszeit geht zur?ck auf das 7. Jahrhundert. In der r?mischen Kirche des Westens gab es zun?chst zwischen 4 und 6 Adventssonntage, bis Papst Gregor der Gro?e vier Adventssonntage festlegte; die rechtsverbindliche Regelung erfolgte erst 1570 durch Papst Pius V. Im ambrosianischen Ritus hat sich die sechsw?chige Adventszeit bis heute gehalten. [http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advent]

    der Adventskranz = Advent wreath

  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 050 - Beim Arzt
    Sat, Jan 26, 2008

    Last weekend I lay in bed with a cold. So this weekend is a good time to talk about illnesses and how to get an appointment at the doctor in Germany and Switzerland.

    der Arzt/die ?rztin = doctor
    die Krankenschwester = nurse
    die Sprechstundenhilfe =receptionist
    das Wartezimmer = waiting room
    die Zeitschrift = magazine
    die Krankheit = illness
    die Grippe = flu
    die Erk?ltung = common cold
    der Schnupfen = common cold
    der Husten = cough
    das Halsweh = sore throat
    die Halsschmerzen = sore throat
    untersuchen = to examine
    ausziehen = to undress

    Lucerne, 25.11.2007
    Stephan Wiesner

  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 049 - In the Office
    Sun, Nov 11, 2007

    Geschichten und Vokabeln rund aus dem Leben im Grossraumb?ro sind heute an der Reihe...
    der K?rbis = pumpkin
    das Grossraumb?ro = open-plan office, cube farm
    das Papier = paper
    der Schreibtisch = desk
    der Computer = computer
    die Tastatur = keyboard
    der Monitor = screen
    die Maus = mouse
    der Bleistift = pencil
    die Sitzung = meeting
    das Telefon = telephone
    der Schrank = locker
    der Stuhl = chair
    fluchen = to swear
    die Rolltreppe = moving stairs
    der Fahrstuhl = elevator

    Lucerne, 11.11.2007
    Stephan Wiesner
    [email protected]

  • Working the weekend
    Mon, Nov 05, 2007

    I have been working the last weekend. End of year is getting closer and a lot of projects need to be finished before Christmas, so the stress is building. I actually love that .-)
    Sorry that I did not have time to make a lesson.
    The good news is that I found a room where I can sleep for a few weeks. In a WG (Wohngemeinschaft) with a Swiss nurse. That takes a lot of pressure from me...

    Stephan Wiesner

  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 048 -Jahreszeiten
    Sat, Oct 27, 2007

    Autumn is about to end. The trees start to seriously drop their leaves and sad and gray November is approaching. Today we will therefore sit down with a cup of tea and some Spekulatius cakes (my favorite) and talk about seasons.
    Here you see Luzern as we see it at the moment...

    die Jahreszeit - season
    der Fr?hling - spring
    der Sommer - summer
    der Herbst - autumn
    der Winter - winter
    der Schnee - snow
    die Bl?tter - leaves
    die Sonne - sun
    der Regen - rain
    der Sturm - storm
    die Schneekanone - snowgun

    This picture is taken from half way up mount Pilatus, looking towards the mountain called die Rigi.

  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 047 - Sardinien und neu in Z?rich
    Sun, Oct 14, 2007

    Hallo Freunde, da bin ich jetzt also vom Strand in Sardinien direkt ins B?ro der Credit Suisse. Kravatte statt Badelatschen. What a difference!
    Heute erz?hle ich also ein wenig, wie es mir die letzten Wochen ergangen ist, von Klettern in Finale Ligure, Highlights des Kletterns auf Sardinien, was f?r eine komische Team Zusammensetzung ich habe und warum ich mal wieder im Hotel "wohne". Gespickt mit ein paar Vokabeln, versteht sich...
    der Strand - beach
    die F?hre - ferry
    das Klettern - climbing
    das Eis - ice cream
    die Nuss - nut
    die Ferienwohnung - holiday flat
    kochen - to cook
    der Stein - stone
    trocken - dry
    die Strassenbahn (die Tram) - tram
    die k?ndigungsfrist - notice period
    rennen - to run
    das Training - training
    M?sliriegel -? (e.g. power bar)
    I let my other canon camera drop from about 10m, by the way, so it really was a very expensive holiday. On the first day, no less...

    Unsere Unterkunft in Finale. Hey, es sieht schlimmer aus als es ist, ?h, well, at least it was quiet out there...

    Ich liebe solche Kletterrouten: 6a+,?berh?ngend, grosse Griffe, 25m lang. Was will ich mehr? .-)4 people and 8 back packs really make this room crowded...
    Der Strand von Cala Luna ist angeblich einer der sch?nsten in Europa...
    Lucerne, 14.10.2007
    Stephan Wiesner
    [email protected]

  • Starting in Z?rich
    Tue, Oct 09, 2007

    Back from two weeks of climbing in Italy, I will start my new job with Credit Suisse in Z?rich tomorrow. And there are only two and a half weeks left till the marathon in Lucerne, so I will have to do a lot of running in the next weeks.
    So, sorry, still no new lesson from here . . .


  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 046 - France: Gorge de la Jonte
    Tue, Sep 18, 2007

    The Gorge de la Jonte is a canyon in the south of France (Le Midi). The Jonte itself is a 38km long river. I have been on holiday there last week, climbing of course, and it really is a fantastic landscape. You can find out more here:http://www.pecheaveyron.com/aveyron_sud/jonte.php (en francais).
    There are several small and very beautiful villages close to the river, adding to the atmosphere. Everything looks surprisingly clean and freshly renovated. You can go hiking, biking, climbing, rafting there, enjoy the local wine and the baguettes. The picture shows me still laughing. That was before we climbed the pillar behind me. During that climb I did not laugh at all, as we say "mir ist das Lachen vergangen" .-)
    I booked the trip with H?henfieber and the chose fantastic accommodations. We slept in a renovated house in the ruins of an castle from around the year 1000. Up on a hill the next house was more than a km away. Perfect to relax and enjoy the sunsets.

  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 045 - Transalp
    Sun, Aug 26, 2007

    Last week I rode my MTB across the Alps: Transalp. With 10 other "Biker" on a trip organized by http://www.dav-summit-club.de/. We started at the Bodensee in the north of Switzerland and rode across the San Bernardino pass to Locarno.
    6 days of "biken" with a typical "H?henprofil" looking like this:

    Each night we slept in a different hotel in a different town (Appenzell, Chur, San Bernardino, etc.).

    The picture shows us standing above the Rhein, looking down at Lichtenstein and Vaduz.
    For me this was the first time that I did such an activity with Germans, so I will tell you a little about cultural differences that became obvious...
    The bad news is that I dropped my new Canon 400D into a canyon, destroying it and my most expensive lens .-( Good that I still have my Sony R1, a great camera with which I took many of my best fotos. Still, the Canon will have to be replaced when I find my new job and get my first salary...

    Lucerne, 26.08.2007
    Stephan Wiesner

  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 044 - The Book and about finding a Job
    Fri, Aug 17, 2007

    We have two topics today:
    1) I finished the book. That is, the PDF version. It takes several weeks to get an ISBN and to publish the printed version.
    2) You will learn something about finding a job in Switzerland.

    The book can be bought and read/printed at LuLu. Later it will be available at Amazon as well. A preview is available and there is a homepage for the series. You know that I am not a native English speaker, but I hope that there are not too many mistakes in it. The German parts should be correct; I have made a teacher proof read it :-)

    If you are looking for a job in Switzerland, you might want to take a look at Monster. I usually find my jobs with head hunters, though. I am lucky because I work in software development and there are so many jobs available in this area at the moment. We have full employment here in Switzerland, so there are many opportunities, especially in IT and health care.

  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 043 - Tiere der Schweiz
    Wed, Aug 15, 2007

    Many animals live in the beautiful nature of Switzerland. Here are some of them:
    Der Alpensalamander

    Der Steinbock

    Der Schwan
    Die Ente
    Die Eidechse
    Die Dohle
    Can anybody recommend a good trekking trip into a dessert (W?ste) that I could do in September? I am thinking about 2 to 3 weeks and it needs to be a little bit tough or really special. Not the usual tour in a jeep...

    I am going to make a Transalp tour (cross the Alps on my bike). Therefore I am training very hard at the moment. Went biking for 85km (nearly 1000m uphill) today. And that was reason enough to eat a full pound of roast potatoes (Bratkartoffeln, R?sties) with eggs and cheese. Hmh, that will refill my energy cells over night like nothing else .-)

  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 042 - Learn German with a story Part Two
    Sat, Aug 04, 2007

    I have a dream about writing books - and live of it.
    Today I present some vocabulary from the book to learn German I am working on and you get the first two chapters for free.

    The summer finally returned to Switzerland, so I will spend the afternoon lying at Lake Lucerne reading Harry Potter...

    Here is a picture of some Swiss money.
    Lucerne, 04.08.2007
    by Stephan Wiesner
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  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 041 - Learn German with a story
    Sat, Aug 04, 2007

    I prepared a little story to help you build your vocabulary. You can download it here:
    Please let me know what you think about that and if you think that kind of story helpful to you. You might want to take a look back at episode 2, which was similar.

    Today is the first of August. That is the national holiday of Switzerland.
    Am 1. August wird in der ganzen Schweiz der Entstehnung der Eidgenossenschaft gedacht. Die Eidgenossenschaft geht, wie es der Name schon vermuten l?sst, auf einen Schwur zur?ck. Jedenfalls will es die Legende so. Im Jahre 1291 nach Christus trafen sich 3 Vertreter der 3 Waldst?tten Uri, Schwyz und Unterwalden auf der R?tliwiese um ein Verteidigungsb?ndnis gegen die ?sterreicher und andere Feinde zu treffen. Um das B?ndnis zu besiegeln, schworen sie den "R?tlischwur", den heute jedes Kind in der Schweiz kennt.

    The picture above is taken above the town Kandersteg, with a view on lake Oeschinensee.

    Lucerne, 01.08.2007
    by Stephan Wiesner
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  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 040 - Freiburg
    Sun, Jul 22, 2007

    We have Franziska from Freiburg here and she tells you what she loves about the town.

    Freiburg (frz. Fribourg [f?i?bu?]) ist der Hauptort des Schweizer Kantons Freiburg und des District de la Sarine (deutsch Saanebezirk). Im internationalen deutschen Sprachgebrauch wird meist der Zusatz Freiburg im ?echtland verwendet, um Verwechslung mit Freiburg im Breisgau vorzubeugen.

    Weil das ?echtland jedoch eine veraltete Landschaftsbezeichnung darstellt, schreibt und spricht man in der Deutschschweiz in den meisten F?llen lediglich von Freiburg ohne Namenszusatz (schweizerdeutsch ausgesprochen als [frib?rg]).

    We went hiking on mount Pilatus yesterday and met some Steinb?cke. You can see on the foto that we got as close as maybe 5m to them.

    Lucerne, 22.07.2007
    Stephan Wiesner

  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 039 - B?rentrek und Smalltalk
    Tue, Jul 10, 2007

    Wandern auf dem B?rentrek
    I went hiking on the famous B?rentrek last weekend. The full tour lasts 7 days, but we did only two of those from Gimmelwals (Lauterbrunnen) to Rosenlaui (Meiringen). You can see a map and some pictures on the homepage.
    Edith and I used the evening to record some smalltalk, like you might encounter in a bed and breakfast or a mountain hotel like the one we stayed in.
    The tour passed some of the most famous Mountains of Switzerland like the famous trio Eiger, M?nch und Jungfrau. The Schreckhorn, Wetterhorn, Engelh?rner and many more. The landscape was indescribable (unbeschreiblich).

  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 038 - Weather
    Sat, Jun 23, 2007

    We have had a terrible thunderstorm in the last week here in Switzerland so today I will talk about the weather. The first picture shows a climber with perfect weather last sunday in the morning. The sky is blue: Perfektes Wetter mit blauem Himmel.
    Later we got some dark clouds, though. Es zogen dunkle Wolken auf. And in the late afternoon it started to rain and we got a thunderstorm. Am sp?ten Nachmittag fing es an zu regnen und wir bekamen ein Gewitter. Auf dem Bild sieht man meinen Balkon und wie man sieht regnet und hagelt es f?rchterlich...

    You can find a good weather report on the Meteo homepage.

    And the last picture shows the Google Earth view from the area where I went climbing with the Bergf?hrer Markus Burch.

    Lucerne, 23.06.2007
    Stephan Wiesner

  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 037 - Familie, mein Bruder Micha und der Pilatus
    Fri, Jun 08, 2007

    My brother Michael visited me last weekend. He works as a cook on a passenger ship and has never really been in the mountains before. He told me that he wanted to know what I found here in Switzerland that made me stay for so long (besides my ex girlfriend of course).
    So, I showed it to him...
    This is a good opportunity to talk about "family words", so I will teach you words like Vater and Mutter.

    On the pictures on the homepage you can see us starting by having fun on the long sledge trail on the way up mount Pilatus next to Lucerne.
    The second pictures shows Michael at our first rest. We were there together with Edith and Michael told us "das habe ich mir irgendwie anders vorgestellt". Less exhausting, I suppose.
    It had rained for several days and we had Hochnebel (high fog) and climbed for three hours with a visibility of no more than 20 to 30 meters. Then we broke through the fog and the view was magnificent.I simply can't describe how magic that moment is. How special the atmosphere is in the zone where the fog stops, when you can see for a moment and then everything disappears again.

    Finally we reached the top of mount Pilatus (7000 feet) and made a lunch break. We even got a sunburn there.
    The last picture shows the view from top, looking at the Swiss Alps.

    Interested in the marathon in Lucerne (28.10.2007)? Here is the homepage.

    Lucerne, 08.06.2007
    by Stephan Wiesner

  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 036 - Interlaken und "werden"
    Wed, May 30, 2007

    Missy from Washington asked me about "werden" and I will say a few words about the town Interlaken.
    You can find some very nice pictures from Interlaken here.
    I spend some time there with Berg und Tal to go climbing and to learn some Yoga from a nice Yoga teacher from www.prana-yoga.ch.
    We slept in thehotel Carlton Europe. It was nice and very clean, the food was fantastic and the personal extremely friendly. And all for a fair price. It is right next to the train station, by the way.
    Lucerne, 30.05.2007
    by Stephan Wiesner

  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 035 - Pfingsten und Sauerkraut
    Sun, May 27, 2007

    Welcome to German-Podcast.de. This Podcast will teach you German.
    I am told that may Americans see us German as always eating Sauerkraut. I will have to say something about this rumour. And as we have Pfingsten today I will explain something about that custom.
    This is an advanced lesson.

    See http://german-podcast.blogspot.com for the corresponding Webpage. There is an archive on the right side where you can find all old lessons.

  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 034 - Learn German
    Sun, May 27, 2007

    The most basic lesson I can think of and some information about the free vocabulary learn program VociTeach (http://vociteach.sourceforge.net/).

    I created a password protected directory where I store PDF transcripts and a start vocabulary for VociTeach. If you pay me just 2$ using PayPalyou will get access to it until the 25.06.2007. The audio podcast will stay free, of course and this is just intended as an experiment. Let's see what happens...
    Those of you who have already payed me some money, please contact me per mail and I will send you the password.

    Burgtor nahe Basel

    Lucerne, 5.05.2007
    Stephan Wiesner
    [email protected]

  • Learn to Speak German - Lesson 033 - Br?tchen und andere Fragen
    Sun, May 27, 2007

    Today I will answer some of your questions, like how to pronounce Br?tchen and that all Swiss eat M?sli for breakfast. On the picture you can see what I normally eat for breakfast.
    You can find all you want to know about Br?tchen at Wikipedia.de.
    When asked about his breakfast Toby, a good friend from me, said "br?tchen, m?sli, b?se kellogs oder b?se br?tchen", he does a lot of sports, too, though.

    My podcast helps you? Why not support me and donate some dollars, euros, or whatever with PayPal? Its simple, safe and helps me to pay for my equipment.

    Lucerne, 15.05.2007
    Stephan Wiesner
    [email protected]

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