Learn German podcast PG28 - Oktoberfest - Beer! Beer! Beer!

Germany is famous for the October Beer Festival more commonly known as the Oktoberfest. Germany's Oktoberfest is a sixteen-day festival held each year in Munich, Bavaria during late September (and running to early October). The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture and is the world's largest fair, with some six million people attending every year. For the culture vultures out there, get ready for a marathon piss up of beer, beer and more beer! Let's get legless in our "lederhosen" and "dirndls" German style.

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sternhagelvoll sein =
to be tanked up
(lit. star hail full)

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PG28 Transcript – Oktoberfest Germany (Beer! Beer! Beer!)

Lisa: Am Mittwoch werde ich nach München fahren und abends zum ersten Mal in meinem Leben aufs Oktoberfest gehen. Ich bin mal gespannt zu sehen, wie viele Münchner dort sein werden. Man sagt ja, dass es hauptsächlich Ausländer sind, die extra zum Oktoberfest anreisen um sich die Kante zu geben.

Tyler: I was at the Oktoberfest last year with a friend of mine from London and we were blown away by the magnitude of the event. And it’s true that we did get pretty wasted.

Lisa: Ich freue mich schon, endlich mal eine Maß zu trinken. Ihr wisst schon- einen dieser riesigen Bierkrüge - und ihn mir von einer Frau im Dirndl servieren zu lassen.

Tyler: I guess the one litre beers are at least half the reason why so many people get hammered so quickly. Many foreigners who aren’t used to drinking such large quantities of lager get particularly plastered. It’s also true that especially for us guys, it certainly feels good to be served beer by the litre by big bosomed ladies in tight Dirndls. It helps us overlook the hefty beer prices.

Lisa: Der Grund weshalb ich bis jetzt noch nie gegangen bin ist, weil mich dieser abartige Konsum von Essen und Trinken immer schon abgeschreckt hat. Diese ganzen Menschenmassen, die schon mittags hackedicht und vollgetankt sind. Schon schrecklich! Ich meine, ich habe ja nichts dagegen ein wenig angetüdelt und beschwipst zu sein, ich habe auch öfters mal einen sitzen, aber ich glaube auf dem Oktoberfest sind viele so randvoll und sturzbesoffen, dass sie sich nicht mehr benehmen können.

Tyler: Yeah, apparently last year 6,7 million litres of beer were consumed during the 16 day festival so it’s clear that many people are not just a little tipsy or merry but well tanked up. I know from experience that it’s really easy to get carried away in all the excitement. After drinking three Maß beers within a few hours last year, we were well sloshed. My buddy and I ended up losing each other and then I fumbled my mobile phone and dropped it directly into my fourth beer so we didn’t find each other again!

Lisa: Ja genau auf solche Trunkenbolde, die sich halb ins Koma trinken habe ich absolut keine Lust. Das ist doch jenseits von Gut und Böse. Aber es soll ja auch eine andere Seite des Oktoberfestes geben. Etwas entfernt von den riesigen Bierzelten, hab ich gehört, soll es nämlich auch einen Vergnügungspark mit Riesenrädern und Achterbahnen geben. Perfekt für Familien, die dort in der Sonne im Gras liegen, sich eine Brezel gönnen und dazu ein Bierchen schlürfen möchten.

Tyler: True but I’d advise going on the rollercoaster and crazy rides early in the day or at least before you’re punch-drunk like I was. If you do need something to soak up the alcohol I can highly recommend the half portion of juicy, grilled chicken – a delicious Oktoberfest speciality and something of a lifesaver. Apparently more than half a million chicken are consumed during the festival alone!

Lisa: Krass - aber hört sich echt lecker an! Darauf freu ich mich. Nächste Woche werde ich euch auf jeden Fall erzählen, was ich erlebt habe. Mal sehen, ob ich es tatsächlich schaffen werde im angesäuselten Stadium zu bleiben oder ob auch ich am Ende sternhagelvoll bin. Also hört wieder rein, bis dann!

List of English - German Podcast Vocabulary

Translation of German phrases and theme expressions.

to get wasted sich die Kante geben; sich zudröhnen
a litre (of beer) eine Maß
dirndl (traditional female dress) das Dirndl
to be hammered /plastered / tanked up / sloshed / pissed / punch-drunk / rat-arsed (Br.) hackedicht sein; vollgetankt sein; sternhagelvoll sein; sturzbesoffen sein
extreme or abnormal consumption der abartige Konsum
crowds die Menschenmassen
to be tipsy / merry beschwipst sein; angetüdelt sein; angesäuselt sein; einen sitzen haben; einen Schwips haben
a drunkard der Trunkenbold
to drink oneself into a coma sich ins Koma trinken
beyond good and evil; to take things too far; (also: beyond the point of no return) jenseits von Gut und Böse sein
a funfair with ferris wheels and rollercoasters der Vergnügungspark mit Riesenrädern und Achterbahnen
tradional German pretzel die Brezel
to sip a beer ein Bierchen schlürfen
(bonus vocab) to knock back a beer ein Bier zischen
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I was really surprised to discover these great Oktoberfest dirndl packs selling at Amazon - and so cheap too. Apart from the raunchy dirndls I even noticed they have a pair of imitation Lederhosen in stock. And I thought Amazon was about books. Anyway, I figured for those of you couldn't make it to the Oktoberfest this year, perhaps these will make fun Halloween costumes! I'm especially keen on the pink and green number - I'll have to try and get Lisa into one of those :)

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