Learn German podcast PG32 - Kitchen

Back in action with our first German lesson from Munich. Today's podcast is inspired by our new kitchen and based on a text found in the Ikea kitchen catalogue. Learn the German idiom for "too many cooks spoil the broth" as well as useful German phrases for magicians who magically make things disappear and reappear. Abracadabra - now let's get on with the show!

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Zu viele Köche verderben den Brei =
Too many cooks spoil the broth

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PG32 Transcript - Kitchen

Tyler: Hi everyone and welcome to the first Pukka German podcast from Munich. Our move from Freiburg went well and after a week of unpacking boxes, assembling and arranging furniture - a sense of normality is finally returning to our lives. Although we'll both miss the beautiful city of Freiburg with its green forest surroundings and vibrant student atmosphere, we are both excited about discovering and exploring the abundant possibilities in Bayern's cosmopolitan capital city.

Lisa: Als wir mit unserem Transporter in München angekommen sind, haben wir erst mal alle Umzugskisten und Möbel nach oben in unsere Wohnung gebracht. Danach erwartete uns die große Aufgabe die neu gekaufte Küche von IKEA aufzubauen. Meine Güte, was für eine Arbeit! Gott sei Dank waren meine Eltern und meine beiden Onkels dabei. Ohne sie hätte der Aufbau sicherlich Wochen gedauert. Aber durch ihre Hilfe stand das Gröbste der Küche schon innerhalb eines Tages. Vielen Dank dafür.

Tyler: In Germany you may be surprised to discover that when people move out of their apartments they often take the entire kitchen with them. Unfurnished really means unfurnished!

Lisa: Der heutige Podcast ist definitiv inspiriert von unserer schönen neuen Küche. Den Text, den ihr gleich hören werdet, haben wir nämlich größtenteils aus dem IKEA Küchenkatalog entnommen. Der englische Text ist von Tyler ziehmlich wortgetreu übersetzt. Auf unserer Webseite findet ihr allerdings auch eine freiere Version des Textes, wie sie IKEA in ihrem englischen Küchenkatalog herausgibt. So, genug geredet! Fangen wir mit dem heutigen Podcast an.

English 1: Who needs a new kitchen with more than good looks?
Perhaps someone who is always looking for the garlic press.
It has to be somewhere, but where? Drawer open, drawer closed, scrabbled at the top, rummaged at the bottom. You've hunted high and low from corner to corner. Sound familiar?

Deutsch 1: Wer braucht eine neue Küche, die mehr kann als nur gut aussehen?
Vielleicht jemand der ständig nach seiner Knoblauchpresse sucht.
Irgendwo muss sie doch sein, nur wo? Schubladen auf, Schubladen zu, oben gewühlt, unten gekramt, von einer Ecke der Küche in die andere gejagt. Kommt dir das bekannt vor?

English 2: And to think it could all be so easy - with a kitchen that magically makes things vanish and appear, instead of having you run around unnecessarily. We've racked our brains to find ways to make daily kitchen routines easier - so that your kitchen really becomes the best and most comfortable workplace for you.

Deutsch 2: Dabei könnte alles doch so einfach sein: mit einer Küche, die alles weg- und hervorzaubert, statt einen unnötig rennen zu lassen. Wir haben uns den Kopf darüber zerbrochen, wie wir euren Küchenalltag erleichtern können - damit deine Küche wirklich zum besten und bequemsten Arbeitsplatz für dich wird.

English 3: Should your kitchen rather be snazzy or savvy? Both of course! Plan a kitchen that you'll be completely happy with because it craftily meets all your needs and at the same time looks simply stunning.

Deutsch 3: Soll deine Küche lieber schick oder schlau sein? Natürlich beides! Plan eine Küche, an der du dich jeden Tag rundum erfreuen kannst - weil sie all deine Bedürfnisse clever erfüllt und dabei einfach umwerfend aussieht.

English 4: Too many cooks?
No such thing.
Quite the opposite: the more the merrier! When the whole family gets together, the kitchen is the best, most lively and comfy place in the world - assuming everything goes smoothly of course and everyone has enough space!

Deutsch 4: Zu viele Köche?
Gibts nicht.
Im Gegenteil: je mehr, desto besser! Wenn die ganze Familie zusammenkommt, ist die Küche der beste, lebendigste und gemütlichste Ort der Welt. Vorausgesetzt natürlich, alles läuft reibungslos. Und jeder hat genug Platz!

Ikea's English Catalogue Version: Who needs a new kitchen with more than good looks?
Perhaps someone who can't find the garlic press...
It's there somewhere, but where? Why pull out all the drawers and walk from one end to the other, hunting high and low? Far better to let the kitchen itself make things simple for you in the first place, and cut out as much unnecessary running around as possible.

We've done a lot of thinking about how to make life a little easier here and there - all so that you kitchen is the best and most convenient workplace you could possibly need.

If you're dreaming of a new kitchen, dream of one that copes with the demands of your everyday life as smoothly as possible. At IKEA, you can be sure it will look fantastic, too. So you can have your garlic bread and eat it.

Too many cooks?
No such thing.

We say the more the merrier. When the whole family is together, the kitchen is at it's best. Its liveliest. Its cosiest. Its happiest! But with all this activity, a kitchen needs to run smoothly. With solutions that make space for everyone.

List of English - German Podcast Vocabulary

Translation of German phrases and theme expressions.

to dig; to scrabble; to rummage (around in sth) (in etw) wühlen/ herumwühlen
to rummage (around in sth) (in etw) kramen/ herumkramen
sound familiar? kommt dir das bekannt vor?
to magically make sth vanish etw wegzaubern
to magically make sth appear etw hervorzaubern
to put a lot of thought into sth; to rack one's brains over sth viel über etw nachdenken; sich viele Gedanken über etw machen; sich den Kopf über etw zerbrechen
daily routines; everyday life der Alltag
to alleviate sth; to make sth easier etw erleichtern
chic, snazzy, trendy schick
clever; crafty; cunning; savvy schlau; clever
stunning; gorgeous; dazzling; drop-dead umwerfend
too many cooks spoil the broth zu viele Köche verderben den Brei
quite the opposite; on the contrary im Gegenteil
the more the merrier je mehr desto besser
comfortable; comfy; cosy/cozy (Am.) gemütlich
provided that; assuming; so long as vorausgesetzt
everything goes smoothly alles läuft reibungslos
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In Extremo - 7 Köche

Man hört den Chefkoch
Reden schwingen
Ihm könnte ganz allein gelingen
Wozu normalerweise ist gedungen
Eine große Schar von Küchenjungen
Jene denken: Menschenskind!
Wie er das wohl zuwege bringt?

Was von Herzen kommt gelingt
Weil's einen gibt der die Kelle schwingt
Heute back' ich, morgen brau' ich
Wer heimlich nascht den verhau' ich
Eins, zwei, eins, zwei, eins, zwei, drei
Sieben Köche kochen Brei
Die Moral, wie edler Wein
Wohl bekomm's, wir laden ein!

Ein Königsmahl das kocht man nicht
Mit einer Zutat nur allein
So wuchs die Angst vor ihrer Pflicht
Erhielt dann krähend ein Gericht
Grinst aus der Ecke sehr gerissen
Weil nun das Rudel dienstbeflissen.

Was von Herzen kommt gelingt
Weil's einen gibt der die Kelle schwingt
Heute back' ich, morgen brau' ich
Wer heimlich nascht den verhau' ich
Eins, zwei, eins, zwei, eins, zwei, drei
Sieben Köche kochen Brei
Die Moral, wie edler Wein
Wohl bekomm's, wir laden ein!

Man würzt gemeinsam scharf dazu
Auch etwas Mich der Heiligen Kuh
Formt auf dem Glastisch süße Torten
Hat gut geschwatzt mit spitzen Worten
Weil oben alles emsig wieselt
Manches hektisch zu Boden rieselt

Was von Herzen kommt gelingt
Weil's einen gibt der die Kelle schwingt
Heute back' ich, morgen brau' ich
Wer heimlich nascht den verhau' ich
Eins, zwei, eins, zwei, eins, zwei, drei
Sieben Köche kochen Brei
Die Moral, wie edler Wein
Wohl bekomm's, wir laden ein!


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