Learn German podcast PG17 - Abwarten und Tee trinken

In today’s German podcast lesson you will learn German words and phrases to express indecision and uncertainty. Learn common German expressions to to say maybe, I don’t know, I’ll sleep on it or think it over. Sometimes you will find that the best solution to a problem is just to sit it out as the German idiom “abwarten und Tee trinken” nicely expresses.

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Abwarten und Tee trinken =
wait and see

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PG17 – Indecision

Tyler: Today’s show is all about indecision and uncertainty. We explore a variety of ways
to say maybe, possibly, perhaps, I don’t know or I’ll think about it.

Lisa: Ein gutes Beispiel für meine unentschlossenheit ist das Urlaub machen diesen Sommer. Da ich gerade mit einer neuen Arbeit begonnen habe, ist es recht schwierig für mich Urlaub zu planen. Ich möchte ja keinen schlechten Eindruck machen. Deshalb reagiere ich auf Tylers Fragen öfters recht unentschlossen.

Tyler: So where shall we take our Summer holiday this year Lisa, any ideas?

Lisa: Hmm, ich weiß noch nicht. Ich weiß ja nocht nicht einmal, ob ich überhaupt Urlaub nehmen kann. Ich muss mal gucken.

Tyler: Well perhaps you could ask your new employer. I’m craving the ocean air, cosy cafes, good old-fashioned relaxation and the feeling of easy living. Even if it’s just for a week. Surely you could get a week off work?

Lisa: Ja, kann schon sein. Aber wie gesagt, ich bin mir eben nicht sicher und kann einfach noch nicht fest zusagen.

Tyler: And where should it be this year? The French Riviera, the unspoilt Croatian coast or the Northern Italian lakes perhaps?

Lisa: Oh je, ich habe ehrlich gesagt noch keine Zeit gehabt darüber nachzudenken. Aber ich verspreche dir, dass ich es mir mal durch den Kopf gehen lasse. Ich werde dir dann sagen, wofür ich mich entschieden habe.

Tyler: Okay no problem. How does a cycle tour sound to you? Cycling, camping and sunshine along the beautiful French Atlantic coast?

Lisa: Ja vielleicht. Aber ich muss auch erst mal noch schauen, ob mein Fahrrad in Form ist.

Tyler: Well that’s easily taken care of, we’ll just take it in for a service. A better question is are you in form?

Lisa: Schauen wir mal. Bis August kann ich ja noch ein bisschen trainieren. Dann sollte es hinhauen. Eine ganz andere Frage ist außerdem das Geld. Ich habe keine Ahnung, ob ich genug Geld habe, um langer in Urlaub zu fahren.

Tyler: Well, perhaps you could do a few extra evening shifts in the restaurant and with some luck you’ll also get some birthday money from your folks.

Lisa: Möglich, aber ich kann nicht fest damit rechnen. Erst mal abwarten und Tee trinken. Nächste Woche wissen wir dann hoffentlich mehr. Wäre schon schön, so ein bisschen Strand, Sonne und Fahrrad fahren.

List of English - German Podcast Vocabulary

Translation of German idioms, colloquial phrases, slang and theme expressions.

maybe vielleicht
wait and see mal gucken; mal schauen; schauen wir mal, abwarten und Tee trinken
I don't know yet Ich weiß noch nicht
could be kann schon sein
could be possible kann hinhauen
I'll think about it Ich überlege es mir
possibly möglich
could be könnte sein
I don't have a clue Ich habe keine Ahnung
I am not sure yet Ich bin mir noch nicht sicher
I will think it over; I'll sleep on it das muss ich mir durch den Kopf gehen lassen; Ich werde eine Nacht darüber schlafen
it should work out es sollte hinhauen
I can't count on it ich kann nicht fest damit rechnen

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