Languages › German German for Beginners Essen und Trinken Share Flipboard Email Print Westend61 / Getty Images German Grammar History & Culture Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary By Hyde Flippo German Expert Hyde Flippo taught the German language for 28 years at high school and college levels and published several books on the German language and culture. our editorial process Hyde Flippo Updated February 21, 2020 This lesson introduces (1) food words and vocabulary for eating, drinking and grocery shopping, (2) expressions related to those topics and (3) related German grammar. Read and study the following dialog. If you need help with the vocabulary or grammar, see the short glossary below. LERNTIPP: You will comprehend and learn this dialog better if you use this German-only version as much as possible, only turning to the dual-language version when you need to. You can easily switch between the two. Also, see the glossary at the bottom of the dialog. Using German Eating and Drinking Vocabulary in Dialog Your goal is to get to the point where you can read this German dialog with full comprehension (no dictionary/help needed). Dialog 1: In der Küche - In the Kitchen Katrin: Mutti, was machst du denn da? Ist das Wienerschnitzel? Mutter: Ja, dein Lieblingsessen natürlich. Katrin: Toll! Mutti: Aber Katrin, ich hab' gerade entdeckt, dass wir keine Kartoffeln für die Pommes frites haben. Kannst du mir schnell Kartoffeln bei EDEKA holen? Katrin: Ja, das kann ich. Brauchst du sonst noch etwas? Mutter: Wenn es ein paar schöne Gurken gibt, wäre das auch gut. Katrin: Und Brötchen? Mutter: Nee, das haben wir schon. Katrin: OK, dann bin ich gleich wieder da. Mutter: Hast du etwas Geld? Katrin: Ja, genug, um ein paar Kartoffeln und Gurken zu kaufen. Mutter: Natürlich bekommst du das Geld von mir zurück. Katrin: Es geht schon, Mutti. Tschüs! GLOSSARY: wäre would be, nee nein, e Gurke cucumber, genug enough CULTURAL NOTE: EDEKA is a German co-op chain of over 10,000 neighborhood, independently-owned grocery stores that offer a wide variety of items, sometimes including a small bakery. By using a centralized distribution system from 12 regional centers in Germany, they are better able to compete with larger supermarkets. For more information, see the EDEKA Web site (in German). Where else can you buy groceries? Below is a chart of various shopping possibilities. Although supermarkets are popular, many Germans still prefer to shop for meat, bread, pastry, fruit and vegetables in specialty shops: the butcher, the baker, the green grocer and other specialized types of stores. Wo kaufe ich das?Useful words and expressions in English and German Lebensmittel - Groceries WO (where) WAS (what) der Supermarkt the supermarketim Supermarkt at the supermarket fast alles almost everythingdie Lebensmittel groceriesdas Gemüse vegetablesdas Obst fruitdie Milch milkder Käse cheese der Bäcker the bakerbeim Bäcker at the baker'sdie Bäckerei bakery das Brot breaddas Brötchen rolldie Semmeln rolls (So. Germany, Austria)die Torte cakeder Kuchen cake der Fleischer the butcher*die Fleischerei butcher shopbeim Fleischer at the butcher'sder Metzger the butcherdie Metzgerei the butcher shopbeim Metzger at the butcher's der Fisch fishdas Fleisch meatdas Rindfleisch beefdas Geflügel fowldas Kalbfleisch vealder Schinken hamdas Schweinefleisch porkdie Wurst sausage *The German terms for "butcher" and "butcher shop" are regional. Metzger tends to be used more in southern Germany, while Fleischer is more common in the north. The official term for the trade is Fleischer. Older, rarely used terms are Fleischhacker, Fleischhauer andSchlachter. der Getränkemarkt beverage shopHere you buy beverages (beer, cola, mineral water, etc.) by the case. Supermarkets now usually have a similar department. Getränke beveragesdas Getränk beverage, drinkdas Bier beerder Wein winedie Limonade soda, soft drinkdie Cola cola drinkdas Mineralwasser mineral water der Markt the marketder Tante-Emma-Laden corner marketdie Tankstelle gas station (market) A growing trend in Germany is the gas station mini-mart, selling everything from groceries to videos and CDs. It offers shoppers an alternative to regular stores that by law are closed on Sundays and after 8 PM, if not earlier. Related Pages German for Beginners - Contents German GrammarAll of the grammar resources on this site. 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