Learn German podcast PG35 - House-Hunt

Today you'll learn loads of useful German words and phrases to talk about moving house. You'll encounter German vocabulary from flat shares to estate agent fees. In addition you'll learn the German equivalent of cool expressions like "a stone's throw" and "no walk in the park". Get ready to experience a German move without the stress.

Learn German language podcast: Katzensprung
Munchen Freiburg ist nicht gerade ein Katzensprung =
Munich is not exactly a stone's throw from Freiburg

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PG35 Transcript - House-Hunt

Tyler: As you know, I was happy living in Freiburg so when Lisa got her new job and we were faced with moving to Munich, I had mixed feelings. On the one hand, I knew that I'd miss Freiburg's welcoming student atmosphere and mountain biking in the city's beautiful natural surroundings. On the other hand I was excited to experience something new and Munich being a much larger city with 1.3 million inhabitants is definitely no dormitory town but one with a lot of social and cultural life.

Lisa: Bevor wir nach München gezogen sind, hat man uns gewarnt, dass es ganz schön schwierig werden wird, eine Wohnung zu finden. Nicht unbedingt weil in München Wohnungsknappheit herrscht, sondern vielmehr weil die Mieten sehr hoch sind. Ein weiteres Übel ist, dass wenn man nicht mehr unbedingt in einer WG wohnen möchte, man definitiv auf einen Makler angewiesen ist, vor allem wenn man sich noch nicht gut in der Stadt auskennt. Dadurch kommen mindestens zwei aber meistens eher drei Monatsmieten Provision auf einen zu. Nicht zu vergessen ist auch die Kaution, die man dem Vermieter vorab zahlen muss. Diese läppert sich nämlich auch zu ein paar Monatsmieten zusammen. Ihr seht, nach München umziehen oder umziehen generell ist kein Zuckerschlecken und vor allem nicht günstig!

Tyler: Yeah it's pretty crazy. Before you even move you could have to pay the equivalent of roughly 6 months rent, which includes a deposit, estate agent fees and of course your first month's rent.

Lisa: Man muss dazu sagen, dass der gesamte Umzug nicht nur teuer war, sondern auch ganz schön umständlich. Die Entfernung München Freiburg ist ja nicht gerade ein Katzensprung. Nachdem ich meine Zusage bei der Arbeit hatte, durften wir aber keine Zeit verlieren. Deshalb haben wir sofort angefangen im Internet nach Wohnungsanzeigen zu suchen. ImmobilienScout 24 erwies sich als eine sehr nützliche Webseite. Ich habe sofort angefangen herumzutelefonieren und Besichtigungstermine zu vereinbaren.

Tyler: Yeah, Lisa went nuts making viewing appointments. We'd only planned to be Munich for three days and before I knew it, Lisa had made appointments to view 25 apartments! She had us navigating with our city map from one end of town to the next from the crack of day until the early evening. Man was that exhausting but I tried to be on my best behaviour.

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List of English - German Podcast Vocabulary

Translation of German phrases and theme expressions.

to have mixed feelings gemischte Gefühle haben
inhabitant der Einwohner / die Einwohnerin
cultural life das kulturelle Leben
the apartment; the flat die Wohnung
housing shortages der Wohnungsmangel
rent die Miete
flat share die Wohngemeinschaft; die WG
to be reliant / dependent on auf etw angewiesen sein
to know the ropes; to know ones way around sich auskennen
estate agent; rental agent; apartment broker der Makler / die Maklerin
estate agent fees; rental agent fees die Maklergebühren
commission die Provision
deposit die Kaution
landlord der Vermieter / die Vermieterin
to pay in advance vorab bezahlen
it all adds up es läppert sich zusammen
no walk in the park; no picnic kein Zuckerschlecken
to move umziehen
the move der Umzug
circuitous, complicated; cumbersome umständlich
a stone's throw der Katzensprung
to have no time to waste keine Zeit zu verlieren haben
apartment listings die Wohnungsanzeigen
viewing appointment der Besichtigungstermin
to make / arrange an appointment einen Termin machen / vereinbaren

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