#78 – Deutschland in 9 Minuten – Essen und Trinken in Deutschland

Welcome to the first episode of a new format here at Deutsches Geplapper, namely “Germany in 9 minutes”. Here I will always present and discuss various aspects about Germany and its people. And you can also become active if you want. How exactly I’ll explain what you have to do in a moment. Today, “Germany in 9 Minutes” is definitely about eating and drinking. Stay tuned! 

Welcome to German Chatter. I am Flemming, German coach at Natural Fluent German. This podcast is for you if you want to improve your listening comprehension, expand your vocabulary, get to know real everyday German and find out more about Germany. You can find the transcripts to read along at www.naturalfluentgerman.com. By the way, German chatter is also available on YouTube and have fun listening to it. 

Yes, hello dear German learner, hello dear German learner, welcome to a new episode of Deutsches Geplapper and also to the new episode, the first episode of a new format, namely “Germany in 9 minutes”. On the one hand, the aim here is for you to learn as much as possible about Germany. On the other hand, you should become active yourself, because these episodes are interactive. This means that I will keep asking small control questions every now and then. Your task is then to answer this question in German. An ideal exercise to expand your active vocabulary and speak more fluently and gain more confidence when speaking. But you don’t have to do that if you don’t want to. You can also just listen and learn something new. If you do this, I recommend that you press pause briefly after each control question. This means you have all the time in the world to answer this question in peace or, if necessary, to listen to what you heard again in order to be able to answer better. If you don’t want to, you can listen to everything until the end, where I’ll ask these questions again. So, let’s get started. 

I said today it’s about eating and drinking. Today we are diving into the culinary world of Germany. And in nine minutes. When foreigners ask me what a typical German dish is, I’m often a bit speechless. You always have to look at the individual regions. There is no such thing as a truly typical all-German dish. German cuisine has a lot to offer, from hearty dishes and hearty dishes to delicious desserts. So, let’s explore some of Germany’s culinary highlights. 

Yes, aspect 1, let’s start with the popular German dishes and dishes. Of course, a classic is undoubtedly the bratwurst. You can tell that they are available in different versions and flavors all over Germany. In addition, potatoes are of course a staple food in Germany and are used in many dishes. There are boiled potatoes, mashed potatoes, jacket potatoes, so many variations. Yes, and of course that also includes potato salad or potato soup and of course the famous potato dumplings that are often served at Christmas. Yes, in general, German cuisine is traditionally rather hearty. This means that the dishes are very fatty, very salty and of course they often contain meat. If you ask me, that’s not really my thing. I really like potatoes, but I don’t eat meat and I’m generally more of a fan of Mediterranean cuisine, especially Italian cuisine. Not really this German home cooking, it’s not really my thing, I have to admit to be honest. Yes, but it’s just difficult to find that one typical German dish. I said you have to look at the regions. This means that in the north, for example, we eat much, much more fish than in southern Germany. In the south of Germany, the cuisine is much more meat-focused, for example there is the very famous pork knuckle, which you probably know or have heard of before. The pork knuckle, a famous dish that is served at the Munich Oktoberfest, for example. 

So, let’s come to the first control question. Let’s see if you’ve been paying attention. What is typical of German cuisine? Very easy. It’s best to press pause and answer this question. If you don’t want to, just keep listening. 

Let’s move on to the second aspect, namely bread and baked goods. Incredibly important topic. Germany is known for its bread, especially its dark bread and its baked goods. There are over 3,000 different types of bread, including dark rye bread, which is very popular in many regions. Pretzels are also an integral part of German cuisine, especially in the south, i.e. Bavaria. When it comes to bread, I would say we are clearly the winner in a country comparison, right? Yes, I personally prefer to eat really grainy wholemeal bread with whole grains. I like to have a little more to chew when I eat bread. I just like the taste better and it’s also much healthier than soggy white flour bread. Nothing against white flour. I know that in the south of Europe they eat a lot of white flour and I really, really enjoy eating it every now and then, but I couldn’t do it in the long term. In the long run that wouldn’t be enough for me and, as I said, it should also be mentioned that wholemeal bread is significantly healthier than white flour bread, especially because of the fiber. 

Control question: What can you now say about German baked goods and my personal preferences?

Well, let’s move on to the third aspect, namely German drinks. Yes, good. What’s the first thing we say about German drinks? Beer. Naturally. Beer. We definitely can’t ignore the beer. Yes, Germany is simply famous for its variety of beers. There are simply an incredible number of regional varieties and, importantly, in Germany there is a strict purity law. This means that a brewery that wants to sell or brew and sell beer in Germany must definitely integrate the basic ingredients water, hops, yeast and malt into the beer there. These components must be contained in the beer and this ensures that the German beer is really of a very high quality. It has to be said that the Germans really drink a lot of beer. This means that 89 liters are drunk per person per year in Germany. That’s quite a lot. In comparison, in Spain it is 70 liters per capita, in Italy only 35, in France only 33. They definitely drink a lot more wine down there, of course you have to say. But with 89 liters we Germans are not in first place. No, the Czechs rank there. Lonely top with 129 liters. Yes, I don’t know if I personally reach 89 liters per year. Difficult. All I can say is, I love beer. I think beer is wonderful for relaxation, and I also really like it for partying, especially bitter varieties, such as Jever. 

So, control question: What can you say about the importance of beer in Germany? 

And otherwise continue on the topic of drinks. However, the Germans‘ favorite drink is not beer, but, surprise, coffee. Yes, you heard that right. On average, every German drinks 169 liters per year. This means that around 90 percent of the German population drinks coffee every day. Most people drink several cups a day. Yes, coffee has been drunk in Germany for a long time. But there is now a real hype about coffee. Yes, coffee has become a real “ hipster drink ” in Germany, you could say. Yes, there are many coffees with their own roasters in many cities and as I said, this term hipster drink , that fits very well now. This goes far beyond Starbucks now. There are also a lot of foreign coffee preparation methods, Flat White, Cortado and on the other hand, more and more coffee is drunk with oat milk or soy milk instead of cow’s milk, also a very new trend. Yes, and many people from older generations still prefer to drink coffee pure and black, without additives, without anything else or simply Turkish. That means coffee powder infused with hot, boiling water. Not my case, I have to say. I used to drink it, but now I don’t like it so much. I’ve become very picky about coffee. I can’t drink vending machine coffee that well anymore, I just don’t like it anymore, I have to be honest. If you want coffee, then preferably with a portafilter machine, i.e. a real barista machine. And I know that’s a luxury problem, you might say, but that’s just how it is. 

Yes, control question: How do Germans prefer to drink their coffee and how important is the drink to them now? 

So, in these nine minutes I was unfortunately only able to give a small insight into German eating and drinking culture. But I hope you’ve now gotten a taste of the delicious food and drinks Germany has to offer. Have you answered all the control questions in between? If not, you can still do it now. I’ll put it again: 

What is typical of German cuisine?

What can you say about German baked goods and my personal preferences?

What can you say about the importance of beer in Germany?

How do Germans prefer to drink their coffee and how important is the drink to them?

These are the control questions. Feel free to answer them verbally or in writing. Don’t worry, if you can’t remember everything, just listen to the relevant part of this episode again and you’ll be able to answer the question better. And as I said, feel free to answer them in writing by writing your answer in the comments and I can then give you feedback. Let’s see how creative your answer is. Otherwise, I hope you enjoyed this episode. If so, definitely give me feedback, even if not, give me feedback, rate the episode, give me a like, tell others about it, follow this podcast and look forward to next week, because then I’ll have another guest here at German Chatter. I wish you a very nice week, stay healthy, drink coffee, beer, eat bread and definitely lots of potatoes. Take care, see you next week, ciao!

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