Learn German podcast PG33 - Elections

On the pulse of current affairs, today's German podcast is all about the recent American presidential election. In today's lesson not only will you learn loads of vital vocabulary to discuss this historical event, but as usual we also chuck in plenty of useful German expressions including how to say "to be on the wrong track", "to reinvent oneself" and "to live up to expectations". Can Pukka German get you talking politics like a pro? "Yes we can! - Yes we can!"

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das Land der unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten =
the land of opportunity

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PG33 Transcript - One Man, One Vote

English 1: Two years ago, Barack Obama was only a blip on America's political radar. But, with a brilliant election campaign, loads of cash and a favourable political climate, the junior senator from Illinois has risen to power.

Deutsch 1: Noch vor zwei Jahren war Barack Obama nur ein winziger Fleck in der politischen Landschaft. Durch einen genialen Wahlkampf, einem großen Batzen Geld und einem günstigen politischen Klima, schaffte der Junior Senator jedoch den Aufstieg an die Macht.

English 2: Exit polls show that Obama was elected president by gaining an extraordinary level of support among young people, African-Americans and new voters. Senator John McCain who also stood for election, gained ground with his lead among older voters and evangelicals.

Deutsch 2: Die Wählerbefragung zeigt, dass er zum Präsidenten gewählt wurde, indem er eine unglaublich große Menge an Unterstützung von Jugendlichen, Afroamerikanern und neuen Wählern erlangte. Senator John McCain, der sich auch zur Wahl aufstellen ließ, gewann unter den älteren Wählern und Evangelisten an Boden.

English 3: The election results show that Obama gained the majority of the vote with 52.3%, compared with Mr McCain's 46.4%. Mr Obama's message of change was appealing when opinion polls showed that almost nine out of 10 Americans believed their country was "on the wrong track". The most important issue for voters was overwhelmingly the economy.

Deutsch 3: Die Wahlergebnisse zeigen, dass Obama mit 52,3%, im Vergleich zu McCains 46,4%, die Mehrheit der Stimmen erlangte. Laut Meinungsumfragen glauben fast neun von 10 Amerikanern, dass ihr Land auf dem Holzweg ist. Obamas Botschaft des Wandels klang deshalb sehr verlockend. Die Wirtschaft war eindeutig das wichtigste Thema für die Wählenden.

English 4: Amazing, and to think that it really wasn't that long ago that African-Americans didn't even have the right to vote. America has reinvented itself and proved once again that it really is "the land of opportunity". It will be exciting to see the course that Obama pursues and whether he can keep his election promises.

Deutsch 4: Unglaublich wenn man sich überlegt, dass es nicht all zu lange her ist, dass Afroamerikaner nicht einmal das Recht hatten zu wählen. Amerika hat sich neu erfunden und bestätigte hierdurch wieder einmal, dass es tatsächlich „das Land der unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten“ ist. Es wird spannend zu sehen, welchen Kurs Obama einschlagen wird und ob er seine Wahlversprechen einhalten kann.

List of English - German Podcast Vocabulary

Translation of German phrases and theme expressions.

a blip on the (political) radar ein winziger Fleck in der (politischen) Landschaft; ein winziger Punkt auf der (politischen) Bildfläche
election campaign der Wahlkampf; die Wahlkampagne
the political climate das politische Klima
to rise to power den Aufstieg an die Macht schaffen; an die Macht kommen
exit polls die Wählerbefragung
he was elected president er wurde zum Präsidenten gewählt
to stand for election sich zur Wahl stellen; sich zur Wahl aufstellen lassen
to gain ground an Boden gewinnen (oder: A holt B langsam ein = A is catching up with B)
the election results das Wahlergebnis
the majority die Mehrheit (a small/absolute majortity = eine geringe/absolute Mehrheit)
the vote die Stimme
to vote for a candidate für einen Kandidaten stimmen
the opinion polls die Meinungsumfragen
to be on the wrong track auf dem Holzweg sein; auf dem falschen Dampfer sein
the right to vote das Recht haben zu wählen; das allgemeine Wahlrecht
to reinvent oneself sich neu erfinden
the land of opportunity das Land der unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten
to pursue a course einen Kurs einschlagen
to keep one's election promises seine Wahlversprechen einhalten
to live up to expectations den Erwartungen gerecht werden
one man, one vote gleiches Stimmrecht für alle
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Member of Parliament der Abgeordnete
power balance das Machtgleichgewichts
constitution das Grundgesetz, die Verfassung
unconstitutional verfassungswidrig
freedom of speech die Redefreiheit
party leader der Parteichef
to pursue a policy eine Politik betreiben
to abolish abschaffen
ballot paper der Stimmzettel
proportional representation das Verhältniswahlrecht
a good turnout eine hohe Wahlbeteiligung
vote rigging die Wahlfälschung

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