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6 | Diebe stehlen bei Großkauf

Thieves steal from Großkauf

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Numbers till one million, newspaper article
W-questions & verb conjugations singular: (du) kommst, wohnst, arbeitest

verb conjugations singular: du
Translations

Diebethieves
noun (m.)
stehlento steal
verb
beihere it means: from
preposition
GroßkaufGroßkauf (imaginary shopping mall)
noun (m.)

Thieves steal 'at' Großkauf (meaning: they steal from Großkauf)

Diebethieves
noun (m.)
stehlento steal
verb
Computercomputer(s)
noun (m.)
, Handysmobile phones
noun (n.)
, iPadsiPads
noun (n.)
undand
conjunction
Geldmoney
noun (n.)
.

Thieves steal computers, cell phones, iPads, and money.

Grosskauf

MünchenMunich (city)
noun
- GroßkaufGroßkauf (imaginary shopping mall)
noun (m.)
inin; into
preposition
derthe (masculine)
article
AdamstraßeAdam Street
noun (f.)
76: Diebethieves
noun (m.)
gehento go; walk
verb
nachtsat night
adverb
inin; into
preposition
dasthe (neuter); that
article
Geschäftshop; business; store
noun (n.)
undand
conjunction
stehlento steal
verb
29 Druckerprinter(s)
noun (m.)
, 52 Computercomputer(s)
noun (m.)
, 198 Handysmobile phones
noun (n.)
undand
conjunction
41 iPadsiPads
noun (n.)
. Diethe
article
zweitwo
numeral
Diebethieves
noun (m.)
stehlento steal
verb
nichtnot
particle
nuronly; just; merely
adverb
dasthe (neuter); that
article
. Warumwhy
adverb
gehento go; walk
verb
sieshe; they
personal pronoun
auchalso, too, as well
adverb
inin; into
preposition
dasthe (neuter); that
article
Bürooffice
noun (n.)
? Sieshe; they
personal pronoun
suchento look for; search
verb
Geldmoney
noun (n.)
. Sieshe; they
personal pronoun
stehlento steal
verb
85.www.mein-laden.de (imaginary website)
000 Euroeuro (€)
noun (m.)
.

Munich - Großkauf in the Adamstraße (adam street) seventy-six: Thieves go into the store at night and steal 29 printers, 52 computers, 198 cell phones and 41 iPads. The two thieves don't just steal that. Why do they also go into the office? They are looking for money. They steal 85,000 euros.

Dann then
adverb
stehlen to steal
verb
sie she; they
personal pronoun
35 MP3-Player MP3 player(s)
noun (m.)
, 64 Uhren clocks; watches
noun (f.)
und and
conjunction
287 USB-Sticks thumb drives
noun (m.)
. Die the (feminine) / plural
article
Polizei police
noun (f.)
sucht searches; looks for
verb
die the (feminine) / plural
article
Diebe thieves
noun (m.)
. " Handys mobile phones
noun (n.)
, iPads iPads
noun (n.)
, Computer computer(s)
noun (m.)
und and
conjunction
Uhren clocks; watches
noun (f.)
kosten to cost
verb
viel much; a lot
pronoun
Geld money
noun (n.)
," sagt says
verb
Fritz Fritz (name)
noun (m.)
Hagen Hagen (last name)
noun
, Polizei police
noun (f.)
München Munich (city)
noun
.

Then they steal 35 MP3 players, 64 watches and 287 thumb drives. The police is looking for the thieves. "Cell phones, iPads, computers and watches cost a lot of money," says Fritz Hagen, Munich police.

Wer who; whoever
adverb
sind are
verb
die the (feminine) / plural
article
Diebe thieves
noun (m.)
? Und and
conjunction
woher from where
adverb
kommen to come; appear
verb
sie she; they
personal pronoun
? Fritz Fritz (name)
noun (m.)
Hagen Hagen (last name)
noun
: " Wir we
personal pronoun
wissen to know
verb
es it
personal pronoun
nicht not
particle
. Sie they
personal pronoun
kommen to come; appear
verb
nicht not
particle
aus out; out of; from
preposition
Deutschland Germany
noun
. So so; such; in this manner
adverb
viel much; a lot
pronoun
können can; may; to be able to
verb
wir we
personal pronoun
sagen to say
verb
." Und and
conjunction
wo where
adverb
sind are
verb
sie she; they
personal pronoun
? " Die the (feminine) / plural
article
Diebe thieves
noun (m.)
sind are
verb
noch still; yet; else
adverb
in in; into
preposition
Deutschland Germany
noun
, das the (neuter); that
article
wissen to know
verb
wir we
personal pronoun
," sagt says
verb
Fritz Fritz (name)
noun (m.)
Hagen Hagen (last name)
noun
.

Who are the thieves? And where do they come from? Fritz Hagen: "We don’t know it. They don’t come from Germany. We can say that much." And where are they? “The thieves are still in Germany, we know that,” says Fritz Hagen.

Die the (feminine) / plural
article
Polizei police
noun (f.)
sucht searches; looks for
verb
die the (feminine) / plural
article
Diebe thieves
noun (m.)
und and
conjunction
möchte would like
verb
wissen to know
verb
: Wer who; whoever
adverb
sind are
verb
sie she; they
personal pronoun
? Und and
conjunction
wo where
adverb
sind are
verb
sie she; they
personal pronoun
?

The police is looking for the thieves and would like to know: Who are they? And where are they?

Können can; may; to be able to
verb
Sie you (formal)
personal pronoun
helfen to help
verb
? Die the (feminine) / plural
article
Nummer number
noun (f.)
von from; of; by
preposition
Fritz Fritz (name)
noun (m.)
Hagen Hagen (last name)
noun
( Polizei police
noun (f.)
München Munich (city)
noun
): 09286/173-154.

Can you help? The number of Fritz Hagen (Munich Police): 09286/173-154.

Wer who; whoever
adverb
? Zwei two
numeral
Diebe thieves
noun (m.)
.

Who? Two thieves.

Was what / something (coll.)
adverb
? Sie they
personal pronoun
stehlen to steal
verb
Drucker printer(s)
noun (m.)
, Computer computer(s)
noun (m.)
, Handys mobile phones
noun (n.)
, MP3-Player MP3 player(s)
noun (m.)
, Uhren clocks; watches
noun (f.)
und and
conjunction
USB-Sticks thumb drives
noun (m.)
. Sie they
personal pronoun
gehen to go; walk
verb
auch also, too, as well
adverb
in in; into
preposition
das the (neuter); that
article
Büro office
noun (n.)
.

What? They steal printers, computers, cell phones, MP3 players, watches and USB sticks. They also go into the office.

Warum why
adverb
? Sie they
personal pronoun
stehlen to steal
verb
Geld money
noun (n.)
.

Why? They steal money.

Wie how / like; as (comparison)
adverb
viel much; a lot
pronoun
Geld money
noun (n.)
? 85.000 Euro euro (€)
noun (m.)
.

How much money? 85,000 euros.

Wo where
adverb
? Großkauf Großkauf (imaginary shopping mall)
noun (m.)
, Adamstraße Adam Street
noun
76, in in; into
preposition
München Munich (city)
noun
.

Where? Großkauf, Adamstraße seventy-six, in Munich.

Wann when
adverb
? Nachts at night
adverb
.

When? At night.

New words

 

Adamstraße
Adam street

Drucker
printers

Computer
computers

Diebe
thieves

Fritz Hagen
Fritz Hagen (name)

gehen
to go; walk

das Geschäft
the shop; business

Großkauf
Großkauf (imaginary name
of a shop)

Handys
mobile phones

kosten
to cost

MP3-Player
MP3 players

nachts
at night

noch
still; yet; else

nur
only; just; merely

die Polizei
the police

er, sie, es sagt
he, she, it says

stehlen
to steal

er, sie, es sucht
he, she, it is looking for

Uhren
clocks; watches

USB-Sticks
thumb drives

wann
when

warum
why

wissen
to know

 

The missing numbers:

0 null

30 dreißig

40 vierzig

60 sechzig

70 siebzig

80 achtzig

90 neunzig

100 (ein)hundert

101 hunderteins

200 zweihundert

1.000 (ein)tausend

1.000.000 eine Million

2.000.000 zwei Millionen

  1   Comprehension quiz

Fritz Hagen is the police contact person in charge of the investigation.
Some thieves break into a store.
The thieves come from Germany, and they are still in Germany.
Food and money is stolen.

 

Hints

Newspapers often use the present tense to appear more up-to-date. Even though the events actually took place in the past.

Wer, wie, was, wann, wo and warum are the 6 most important question words. Some expressions relate to them:

wie (how) | viel (much)
➞  wie viel = how much

wo (where)
➞  woher = from where

BUT: Wohnen is a verb. It’s not related to wo.

Some examples for their usage:

wer (who)
Wer ist Paul?
Who is Paul?

wie (how)
Wie geht’s?
How is it going?

was (what)
Was ist das?
What is that?

warum (why)
Warum nicht?
Why not?

wo (where)
Wo ist München?
Where is Munich?

wann (when)
Wann kommt Paul?
When does Paul come?

6 Responses

  1. Hi, I am listening again all episodies, and thus be able to understand, pronounce and write any single word of the whole story. First of all I am happy to notice that you reply every comments. Then I’d like to leave another comment:
    At the end of this episode at the questions who, what, why etc, there are something that I didn’t understand clearly.
    The question “who” – 2 thieves; “what” – they steal computers, printers etc; and “why” – they steal money?
    My question is: money should not be answer for “what” also? Or this is a German grammar structure?

    1. Hi Flavio!
      Thank you very much. We try our best to reply to all comments.
      The info box in the newspaper article that Paul is reding has the key facts in the form of pinpoints. So by “who” the author wanted to say “who did it”, and by “what” he/she wanted to say “what happened” and by “why” he/she wanted to know “why did they do it” (why did they also go in the office? – to steal money). So, from the context you learn to understand what the whole, unabbreviated question would be. He/she could have written the article in a different manner. Then the questions and answers would have been different, too. The topic here is just to learn these 6 question words by understanding how the journalist used them.

  2. Hi, when I click on the podcast player to adjust the speed or place, I can no longer minimise it without clicking back and starting the whole lesson again. I have a Google pixel. Is there no X or minimise button ok the media player? Thanks.

    1. Hi! Thank you for making us aware of this! We’ve seen the player isn’t being displayed properly and we’ve contacted the developer about this issue. We’ll update this answer when we’ve got news.
      Update: We’ve fixed it!

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