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1.7 Conversations: Introductions (1) Includes sound files!

Listen to the following conversations in which people introduce themselves to each other in different contexts.

Click here to listen to the conversation!Conversation 3. Anna Müller, whom we saw earlier in the office, meets her new neighbour Margarete Schäfer for the first time. Listen out for the different ways in which Anna talks first to Frau Schäfer and then to her two children. Click here or on the sound icon to listen to their conversation:

Frau Müller    Natascha Schäfer     Margarete Schäfer

Anna Müller Guten Tag. Ich heiße Frau Müller. Und wie heißen Sie?
Margarete Schäfer Guten Tag, Frau Müller. Freut mich. Mein Name ist Frau Schäfer und das ist Natascha, meine Tochter.
Anna Müller Hallo Natascha!
Natascha Schäfer Hallo!
Anna Müller (looking at Frau Schäfer's pram) Und wie heißt du?
Margarete Schäfer Das ist mein Sohn Winfried. Darf ich mich verabschieden, Frau Müller? Auf Wiedersehen! Schönen Tag noch.
Anna Müller Danke. Ihnen auch. Tschüs, Natascha!
Natascha Schäfer Tschüs!

Freut mich  Pleased to meet you! 
Darf ich mich verabschieden?  "May I say goodbye?" Used in formal contexts only.
Schönen Tag noch  Have a nice day! 
Ihnen auch  "The same to you!" This is of course the formal version of the pronoun.

Click here to listen to the conversation!Conversation 4. The student Sophie Gerland introduces herself to Professor Robert Jaspert on her first day at the Freie Universität Berlin (Free University of Berlin). Click here or on the mouth icon to listen to their conversation:

Sophie Gerland    Freie Universität Berlin     Professor Jaspert

Sophie Gerland Guten Tag, Professor Jaspert. Darf ich mich vorstellen? Mein Name ist Gerland. (Gibt ihm die Hand.)
Professor Jaspert Guten Tag, Frau Gerland. Bitte nehmen Sie Platz.

die Universität  The university 
an der Universität  At the university
Darf ich mich vorstellen?  "May I introduce myself?" Used as a polite phrase in a formal conversation.
(Gibt ihm die Hand)  "She shakes hands with him." Literally: "She gives him the hand". Not shaking hands in this highly formal context would appear rude.
Bitte nehmen Sie Platz  "Please sit down." Note that Professor Jaspert uses the polite "Sie" form when speaking to Sophie, even though she is only 18 years old. He also calls her "Frau Gerland", and not "Fräulein" or "Sophie".

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