Learn German podcast PG36 - House-Hunt 2

Today we continue where we left off last time with more useful German words and phrases related to moving home. A few of today's gems are the German equivalent for "out in the sticks" or "the middle of nowhere", the German translation of "to be hell bent" as well as the German version of "concrete jungle" (funny enough the German phrase doesn't refer to a jungle at all, but a desert!)

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Umziehen ist kein Zuckerschlecken =
Moving is no walk in the park.

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PG36 Transcript - House-Hunt 2

Continued from PG0035:
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…

Lisa: Ja, es war anstrengend und extrem herausfordernd, weil wir uns in der Stadt ja überhaupt nicht auskannten. Wenigstens hatten wir ein klares Bild in unserem Kopf, nach was wir genau suchten. Unser Traum war eine möglichst geräumige Dreizimmerwohnung. Ein extra Zimmer für Tyler, damit er es als Arbeitszimmer benutzen konnte und ich wollte unbedingt einen sonnigen Balkon.

Tyler: That’s true. Lisa was hell bent on having a nice sunny balcony and since we'd been so spoilt in Freiburg we definitely wanted to be close to some green spaces and parks.

Lisa: Ja du hast Recht. Zum einen war es uns wichtig wenigstens ein paar Grünflächen in der Nähe unserer Wohnung zu haben. Ein weiterer Punkt war, dass ich wusste, dass ich in der Stadtmitte arbeiten werde. Ich wollte definitiv in einem immer noch zentral gelegenen Stadtviertel wohnen, um gut an öffentliche Verkehrsmittel angebunden zu sein und nicht zu viel Zeit mit pendeln zu verschwenden. Wir hatten beide keine Lust darauf draußen in der Pampa zu wohnen, wo sich noch Fuchs und Hase „Gute Nacht“ sagen. So wie es jetzt ist, ist es genau richtig. Ich bin nicht aufs Auto angewiesen, brauche genau drei Minuten zur U-bahn, 12 min in die Stadt und der Ostpark liegt genau um die Ecke.

Tyler: Fortunately the public transport in Munich is excellent and we just use the car for special occasions or getting out on the weekend.

Lisa: Wirklich man muss schon sagen, wir sind sehr glücklich in unserer Wohnung, oder Ty? (Kann man nicht beklagen!) Das witzige ist, dass wir diese Wohnung schon gleich am ersten Tag gesehen haben. Von dem Moment an, als wir aus der U-bahn Station ausgestiegen sind, haben wir den Vorort gemocht. Die Straße, in der wir wohnen ist sehr ruhig und durch die grünen offenen Flächen hat man nicht das Gefühl in einer Betonwüste zu wohnen. Auch wenn unserem Gebäude ein wenig Farbe gut tun würde, die Wohnung selbst ist super renoviert und toll geschnitten.

Tyler: In fact out of the 25 apartments that we looked at, it was the one that we liked the most and strangely enough, it was also the most affordable.

Lisa: Wow, echt kaum zu glauben oder? Ich hab mich total lange gewundert, wo wohl der Haken an der Wohnung liegt. Aber sogar die Nachbarn sind total nett!

List of English - German Podcast Vocabulary

Translation of German phrases and theme expressions.

roomy; spacious geräumig
3 room apartment die Dreizimmerwohnung
home office das Arbeitszimmer
to be hell bent on sth auf etw versessen sein
green spaces / parks die Grünanlage; die Grünfläche
the city center die Innenstadt; die Stadtmitte
situated in the town center zentral gelegen
district das Stadtviertel
well connected gut angebunden
public transport die öffentlichen Verkehrsmittel
commuting das Pendeln
out in the sticks; in the middle of nowhere in der Pampa; wo sich Fuchs und Hase "Gute Nacht" sagen (lit. where fox and hare say „Good night“ to each other)
to not be dependent on the car nicht aufs Auto angewiesen sein
underground / metro station die U-bahn Station
suburb der Vorort
concrete jungle die Betonwüste
the building das Gebäude
to renovate; to do up renovieren
good floorplan; favourable layout toll geschnitten
the catch; the snag der Haken (lit. the hook)

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