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Small Talk 2

Small Talk 2

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Small Talk 2

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Where do you come from? W--er---mmen----? W____ k_____ S___ W-h-r k-m-e- S-e- ----------------- Woher kommen Sie? 0
From Basel. A-s Ba-el. A__ B_____ A-s B-s-l- ---------- Aus Basel. 0
Basel is in Switzerland. Ba-e- -i--t i- de----hw---. B____ l____ i_ d__ S_______ B-s-l l-e-t i- d-r S-h-e-z- --------------------------- Basel liegt in der Schweiz. 0
May I introduce Mr. Miller? D--f--ch I----------------r--o-st-ll-n? D___ i__ I____ H____ M_____ v__________ D-r- i-h I-n-n H-r-n M-l-e- v-r-t-l-e-? --------------------------------------- Darf ich Ihnen Herrn Müller vorstellen? 0
He is a foreigner. E- ist--u-l-nd-r. E_ i__ A_________ E- i-t A-s-ä-d-r- ----------------- Er ist Ausländer. 0
He speaks several languages. E--s-ri--t--eh-e-e-Spr-c--n. E_ s______ m______ S________ E- s-r-c-t m-h-e-e S-r-c-e-. ---------------------------- Er spricht mehrere Sprachen. 0
Are you here for the first time? Sin----- -u--erste----- hi--? S___ S__ z__ e_____ M__ h____ S-n- S-e z-m e-s-e- M-l h-e-? ----------------------------- Sind Sie zum ersten Mal hier? 0
No, I was here once last year. N-i----c- -ar---ho---et-te- J--- hi-r. N____ i__ w__ s____ l______ J___ h____ N-i-, i-h w-r s-h-n l-t-t-s J-h- h-e-. -------------------------------------- Nein, ich war schon letztes Jahr hier. 0
Only for a week, though. A--- nu--ei-e-W-che lang. A___ n__ e___ W____ l____ A-e- n-r e-n- W-c-e l-n-. ------------------------- Aber nur eine Woche lang. 0
How do you like it here? W-e-g--ä--- es--hne- b---uns? W__ g______ e_ I____ b__ u___ W-e g-f-l-t e- I-n-n b-i u-s- ----------------------------- Wie gefällt es Ihnen bei uns? 0
A lot. The people are nice. S-hr ---.---- L-u-- -i-d---tt. S___ g___ D__ L____ s___ n____ S-h- g-t- D-e L-u-e s-n- n-t-. ------------------------------ Sehr gut. Die Leute sind nett. 0
And I like the scenery, too. U-- -ie La--s----t g--äl-- m-- ----. U__ d__ L_________ g______ m__ a____ U-d d-e L-n-s-h-f- g-f-l-t m-r a-c-. ------------------------------------ Und die Landschaft gefällt mir auch. 0
What is your profession? W-s-s-nd ----v-n-B--u-? W__ s___ S__ v__ B_____ W-s s-n- S-e v-n B-r-f- ----------------------- Was sind Sie von Beruf? 0
I am a translator. I-h b-n---e--et---. I__ b__ Ü__________ I-h b-n Ü-e-s-t-e-. ------------------- Ich bin Übersetzer. 0
I translate books. I-- ü-e--et-------er. I__ ü________ B______ I-h ü-e-s-t-e B-c-e-. --------------------- Ich übersetze Bücher. 0
Are you alone here? Sind---e a-l-----ie-? S___ S__ a_____ h____ S-n- S-e a-l-i- h-e-? --------------------- Sind Sie allein hier? 0
No, my wife / my husband is also here. Ne-n- me----Fra- - m-in-Ma-n--s- -u---hi-r. N____ m____ F___ / m___ M___ i__ a___ h____ N-i-, m-i-e F-a- / m-i- M-n- i-t a-c- h-e-. ------------------------------------------- Nein, meine Frau / mein Mann ist auch hier. 0
And those are my two children. U---d-r- --n---ein- -e-de- -i-de-. U__ d___ s___ m____ b_____ K______ U-d d-r- s-n- m-i-e b-i-e- K-n-e-. ---------------------------------- Und dort sind meine beiden Kinder. 0

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