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Booking a hotel room in German Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Holidays, Language

When you are planning to go on a trip to Germany you, of course, need board and lodging. No matter whether you book your hotel room from abroad months in advance of your actual visit or right at the hotel reception, you might want to know how you room is equipped. Does it have it balcony? Is quiet? Thus, the following vocabularies would help.


German Pronunciation English
das Badezimmer dAs bah-duh-tsi-muhR bathroom
das Doppelzimmer dAs do-pel-tsi-muhR double room
das Einzelzimmer dAs ayn-tsel-tsi-muhR single room
das Telefon dAs tey-ley-fon telephone
das Zimmer dAs tsi-muhR room
der Balkon deyR bAl-kohn balcony
der Fernseher deyR feRn-zay-heR television
der Safe deyR Zeyf safe
der Schlüssel deyR shlü-suhl key
der Wecker deyR ve-kuhR alarm clock
die Badewanne dee bah-duh-vA-nuh bathtub
die Dusche dee dew-shuh shower
die Halbpension dee hAlp-pen-zee-ohn just with breakfast
die Vollpension dee fol-pen-zee-ohn with meals
die Klimaanlage dee klee-mah-An-lah-guh air conditioning
die Toilette dee toee-le-tuh restroom
die Übernachtung dee üh-beR-nACH-toong overnight stay
ein Zimmer mit Aussicht ayn tsi-muhR mit ous-ziHt room with a view
nach hinten nahCH hin-tuhn at the back
nach vorn nahCH foRn at the front
zum Garten tsoom gAR-tuhn on the garden
zum Hof tsoom hof on the courtyard
zur Meerseite tsewR meeR-zay-tuh on the sea(side)




Now it’s you turn. Fill in the blanks of the dialog below between the Kunde (client) and the Rezeptionist (receptionist).


Kunde: Guten Tag.(Hello.)
Rezeptionist: Guten Tag. Wie kann ich Ihnen helfen?(Hello. How can I help you?)
Kunde: Haben sie ein ___________________ frei?(Do you have a ________  available?)
Rezeptionist: Ja, möchten sie ein Zimmer mit einem __________________? Wir haben ein wunderschönes Zimmer zur Meerseite.(Yes, would you like a room with a ______________? We have a beautiful room on the seaside.)
Kunde: Ja, warum nicht. Hat das Zimme ein _________________? Ich erwarte einen wichtigen Anruf.(Yes, why not. Is there a ___________ in the room? I’m expecting an important call.)
Rezeptionist: Selbstverständlich. Möchten Sie Vollpension oder ____________________?(Of course, would you like the room just with breakfast or with all __________________?)
Kunde: Vollpension, bitte.(With all meals, please.)
Rezeptionist: Gut. Die Zimmernummer ist 33. Hier ist Ihr _________________. Gute Nacht.(OK. The room number is 33. Here is your _________________. Good night.)
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About the Author: Sandra Rösner

Hello everybody! I studied English and American Studies, Communication Science, and Political Science at the University of Greifswald. Since I have been learning English as a second language myself for almost 20 years now I know how difficult it is to learn a language other than your native one. Thus, I am always willing to keep my explanations about German grammar comprehensible and short. Further, I am inclined to encourage you to speak German in every situation. Regards, Sandra