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Guidebook Words

Bicycle guidebooks in German frequently use some words that are not in the average German/English phrasebooks. Here is an attempt to unlock some common German guidebook words for the English speaking reader.

On many of our tours (but not all) we use the "bikeline" guidebooks by Esterbauer. A reader asked for some explanation of the words about direction used in the German language guidebook. This is probably a work in progress so come back to this page now and then for additional words. Of course, if you want to see a specific type of word here, simply follow the instructions on the Contact Us page.

For our own general blather on the German language, see Language section under German Culture.

Guidebook Words
German Word English Meaning
Zählwörter Number Words
Eins One 1
Zwei Two 2
Drei Three 3
Vier Four 4
Fünft Five 5
Sechs Six 6
Sieben Seven 7
Acht Eight 8
Neun Nine 9
Zehn Ten 10
Elf Eleven 11
Zwölf Twelve 12
Dreizehn Thirteen 13
Zwanzig Twenty 20
Einundzwanzig Twenty-one 21
Dreiβig Thirty 30
Vierzig Fourty 40
Füfzig Fifty 50
Sechzig Sixty 60
Siebzig Seventy 70
Achtzug Eighty 80
Neunzig Ninety 90
Hundred One-hundred 100
Abbiegen (see seperable verb below) Turn - as people turn
Es wendet sich
Turn as a street turns
it turns
Links biegen
Biegen Sie links
Liegt links
Left turn
Turn left ("turn you left")
Stay left
Rechts biegen
Biegen Sie Rechts ab
Liegt Rechts
Right turn
Turn right
Stay right
Bleib Geradeaus
Straight ahead
Stay straight
Überqueren Cross over
Bleiben auf rechts (links) siten ab
Linken seiten
Rechten seiten
Stay on the right (left) side
Left side
right side
Gegenüber On the other side
Linkskurve Left curve
Asphaltierte Paved with asphalt
Durchfahren Drive (ride, if on a bike) through
Weiter Further
Vorbei Pass - as to pass something
Entlang Along
Kreuzung Crossing or crossroads
Sehenwerteskeit Worthwhile sight
Sehenswertes Ortsbild Picturesque town

Seperable verbs: German seperable verbs are something not common in English. A verb like abbiegen is seperable, so in a sentence, first you find the verb part "biegen", and then at the end of that clause you find the verb part "ab." So the sentence, "Biegen Sie lenks ab." means to turn left. Also note that the word order in German, while, like English, usually is subject, verb, object, can be slightly different than an English speaker might expect. Here is a link for those struggling with German and want to learn just a little more.

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