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Talking about vacation in German, part 2 Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Current Events, Grammar, Holidays, Language

In my yesterday’s post I already discussed how to talk about vacation or vacation plans. Now, I’d like to continue with this topic. Further expressions around the topic “vacation” are:

 

1. Urlaub machen – to take a vacation

So, when you would like to know when someone is about to take a vacation you can ask these questions:

 

When are you taking a vacation this year?

Wann machst du dieses Jahr Urlaub? (2nd person, singular, informal)

Wann macht ihr dieses Jahr Urlaub? (2nd person, plural, informal)

Wann machen Sie dieses Jahr Urlaub? (2nd person, singular and plural, formal)

 

Wann machen wir dieses Jahr Urlaub? – When are we taking a vacation this year?

Wann macht Michael dieses Jahr Urlaub? – When is Michael taking a vacation this year?

Wann macht Katharina dieses Jahr Urlaub? – When is Katharina taking a vacation this year?

Wann machen Sebastian und Steffen dieses Jahr Urlaub? – When are Sebastian and Steffen taking a vacation this year?

 

Possible answers:

Ich mache dieses Jahr im Frühling/Sommer/Herbst/Winter Urlaub. – I’m taking vacation in spring/summer/fall/winter this year.

Wir machen dieses Jahr im August Urlaub. – We are taking vacation in August this year.

Melanie und Steve haben dieses Jahr im Mai Urlaub gemacht. – Melanie and Steve took vacation in May this year.

 

2. Urlaub haben – to be away on holiday

It could also be that someone is already away on holiday but since you are not really sure about that you might ask a question to confirm your assumption.

 

Are you already away on holiday?

Hast du schon Urlaub? (2nd person, singular, informal)

Habt ihr schon Urlaub? (2nd person, plural, informal)

Haben Sie schon Urlaub? (2nd person, singular and plural, formal)

 

Hat Claudia schon Urlaub? – Is Claudia already away on vacation?

Hat Sven schon Urlaub? – Is Sven already away on vacation?

Haben Silvia und David schon Urlaub? – Are Silvia and David already away on vacation?

 

Possible answers:

Ja, ich habe schon Urlaub. – Yes, I’m already away on holiday.

Nein, ich habe noch keinen Urlaub. – No, I’m not away on holiday yet.

Ja, wir haben schon Urlaub. – Yes, we are already away on holiday.

Nein, wir haben noch keinen Urlaub. – No, we are not away on holiday yet.

Ja, er/sie hat schon Urlaub. – Yes, he/she is already away on holiday.

Ja, sie haben schon Urlaub. – Yes, they are already away on holiday.

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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


Comments:

  1. gonzalez alexis:

    great this is so cool. and helped me in something about german that i did’nt understand yet. (= !!! ich bin einen Deutschen Studient (=