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5.2 Where is the Hotel Ravenna? (2) Includes sound files!

Click here to listen to the conversation!Our passer-by is beginning to curse his luck! No sooner has he given instructions to Ken McNaught and moved along the Messedamm to Position 2 on our diagram than he bumps into Herr Loss, who is also looking for the Hotel Ravenna (which is again marked by an "X" in our diagram).

Listen to his conversation with the passer-by by clicking either here or on the sound icon at the top of the previous paragraph. You can also click here to find the location of the Hotel Ravenna on a map of Berlin.

X marks the location of Hotel Ravenna

Herr Loss Entschuldigen Sie bitte.
Passant Ja?
Herr Loss Wie komme ich zum Hotel Ravenna?
Passant Gehen Sie hier geradeaus.
Herr Loss Hier geradeaus?
Passant Richtig. Nehmen Sie dann die erste Straße rechts. Das ist die Jaffeestraße.
Herr Loss Die zweite Straße rechts?
Passant Nein, nicht die zweite sondern die erste Straße rechts!
Herr Loss Die erste Straße rechts?
Passant Ja, ganz richtig. Dann nehmen Sie bitte die erste Straße links. Das ist die Harbigstraße.
Herr Loss Die Harbigstraße?
Passant Ja, genau. Und das Hotel Ravenna ist auf der linken Seite.
Herr Loss Vielen Dank. Auf Wiedersehen!
Passant Auf Wiedersehen!

Hotel Ravenna

Wie komme ich...?  "How do I get to...?" Literally: "How do I come to...?" As there is only one present tense in German, the word for "do" is omitted in the German construction.
... zum Hotel Ravenna  "...to the Hotel Ravenna". The word "zum" is short for "zu dem". It is only used for masculine and neuter nouns - for feminine nouns you would say "zur".
hier geradeaus  straight on here 
richtig  right; correct
Nehmen Sie...  "Take...". Note again the inverted word order of the polite request.
die erste Straße rechts  the first road on the right
die zweite Straße rechts the second road on the right
nicht... sondern...  "Not ... but..." In this case, "nicht" precedes the noun to which it refers.
ganz richtig  "Quite right". The word "ganz" is quite tricky in that it can mean "quite" or very according to context.
die erste Straße links...  the first road on the left...
auf der linken Seite  "On the left-hand side". In practice this is interchangeable with "links"

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