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Vocabulary city and place of residence

Where do you live? Where is the city? How many people live the city? What is there? What can you do there? Do you like to live there Where did you live before? Where do you want to live?

The third part of our series Learn German A1 by topic deals with the vocabulary on the subject of cities. You will learn how to give the most important information about where you live and how to ask for directions in a city. You will learn many words from the vocabulary on the subject of city and place of residence.

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Topic 03/20: My place of residence / vocabulary city and place of residence

A. Provide information on the subject of residence and city

Where do I live and where I have lived.

I live / live in Berlin / in Germany.
I live / live in Turkey / Switzerland.
I live / live in / in Iran.
I live / reside in the USA / in the Netherlands.
I live / live in Tenerife / Mallorca / Corsica / on an island.
I'm from Syria, but I've been living in Germany since 2015.
I live in a city / in a village / in the country.
Berlin is in the east of Germany.
The city is located in the north / in the south / in the west / in the east / in the center of ...
The village is near Hamburg.
Drake is near Bonn.


My village is about 20 kilometers from Vienna.
The town / village is on a river.
The place is on the Rhine. The city lies on the Elbe.
I have always lived in Berlin. I was born here and grew up.
I have been living in the center / in the old town / on the outskirts of Zurich for thirteen years.
I have been living in Hamburg with my boyfriend / husband since 2003.
I have lived in Dresden with my girlfriend / wife / family for a long time.
I have been living in Weimar with my child for ten years.
I have been living in Leverkusen with my children for a year.
I moved from Bonn to Berlin three years ago.
When I was 16 I came / went to Germany.
Before / before I lived in Madrid / Morocco / Turkey.
5 years ago I / my family moved from Nuremberg to Munich.
I lived in Konstanz from 2008 to 2013.
I lived in southern Germany for a long time.
I live with my father / mother / parents.
Our children don't / don't live with us anymore. You moved out a few years ago.
I live in a shared apartment / flat share.
I live with my family in a house on the outskirts.
I live in an apartment in the city center.
We have a small apartment in the center.
My part of town / city district is called ...
The town / village is small / big / not very big.
The city has about / almost / over a million / two million inhabitants.
Around 230,000 people live in Freiburg.
The city / village is (already) very old.
I live / do (don't) like to live in ...
I (don't) like to live in this part of town.
I (don't) like the city / district.
My friends and family live here (also).
I (didn't) like to live in ...
I like the part of town / the city / the village / the region.
I haven't lived here that long / only three months and don't know that many people yet.
I live in ... but work in ...
So I have to go to work by car / bus / train.
I don't want to / don't want to live here (anymore).
I want / want to live here (forever).
I want to / want to live in ...
I lived in Paris for a year.
I like Salzburg because you can do a lot there.
Paris is my favorite city.
My favorite city is Berlin.
I like living in this city.
I would rather live in the country than in the city.

What is there where I live.

In ... there are many hotels, shops, supermarkets and a large shopping center.
I live in the center so there are lots of shops nearby.
There are many pubs, cafes and restaurants in the district. There is also a cinema, a park and a museum.
Everything is close by and I can always walk.
That's why I like to live in the center.
Unfortunately there is no supermarket in my village. That's why I need a car.
In ... we have a bakery, a butcher shop and a small grocery store.
There is also a doctor and a pharmacy.
There is (unfortunately) no pharmacy. A pharmacy is missing.
In ... there are many kindergartens and schools. There is also a hospital.
There is a kindergarten / school / university.
In the old town you can see many old buildings, squares and churches.
There is also a mosque / synagogue / temple.
There are many high-rise buildings.
Here you can visit a lot of sights such as the old town hall and the cathedral.

There is a tram, lots of buses and also a subway. That's why I don't need a car.
The train station is in the center of the city.
The city has an airport.
Bonn is the perfect city for me.
For me, Freiburg is the perfect city.

What can I do where I live?

There is a lot / not much that can be done in my town / village.
There are many shops in the city center. You can go shopping there. I often go shopping there with my friends.
I often drive to the city center and take a walk there.
There is a market on the market square three times a week. You can always buy fresh products there.
I often buy fresh fruit and vegetables at the market.
The leisure offer is (very) large and good.
You can do sports, go to the cinema or the theater with friends and go for a walk with your family in the park.
I often go to the park to play volleyball or soccer with friends.
There are lots of playgrounds. The children can play there.
There is also a swimming pool. In summer I go to the swimming pool with my friends.
The town is by the sea and there is a beach. I go to the beach often.
I enjoy exercising and I work out in the gym three times a week.
There are often good concerts.

There are often interesting exhibitions in the museum.
I often go to the museum.
You can meet friends in the pubs and cafes.
You can go out / eat well in ... in the evening.
There are many restaurants. You can eat well there.
I like living here,…
... because the city is very interesting.
... because you can do a lot.
... because my family lives here.
... because I have good friends here.
I like to live here because the city is very quiet and cozy.
I find the city boring. That's why I don't want to live here anymore.

B. Ask for information about where you live and where you live

Where do I live and where I have lived.

Where do you live
Where do you live / do you live?
Where do you live / live?
Do you / do you live / do you live in a village or in a town?
Do you live / do you live / do you live in the city center or on the outskirts?
Where is the village / town?
How many inhabitants does the city / village have?
How long have you been living in Frankfurt?
How long have you been living here?
Since when do you live there?
How long have you been living abroad?
How long have you been living in Germany?
How long have you been living in Dortmund?
Have you always lived in Austria?
Have you always lived in Bamberg?
Have you always lived here?
Where did you live before?
Where did you live before?
Where did you live before?
How long did you live there?
How long did you live there?
How long did you live there?
Who do you live with?
Who do you live / live with?
Who do you live / live with?
Do you still live with your parents?
Do you still live with your parents?
Do you still live with your parents?
Do you like living in Bonn?
Do you like living in the city?
Do you like living in the country?
Do you / do you prefer to live in the city or in the country?
How do you / do you / do you find the city / the village / the district?
Do you like Hanover?
Why do you (don't) like Innsbruck?
What is your favorite city?
Where do you want / want to live?
Where do you want / want to live?
Where do you want / want to live?

What is there where I live.

What is there in your / your / your / the city?
What is there in your / your / your / the village?
What is there in your / your / your / the district?
What is there in your / your / your / the place of residence?
What is there near your / your / your house?
What is there near your home?
What is missing in ...? What is not there in ...?
Is there ... a kindergarten / a primary school / a school / a grammar school /
a university?
Is ... an old city?
How old is the city
Is the city beautiful / modern / international / old?
Is there a beautiful old town?
Is there a tram / subway / airport in ...?

What can I do where I live.

What can you do in ...?
What do you like to do in ...?
What do you like to do in ...?
What do you like to do in ...?
What are you doing on the weekend in ...?
Is it good to go shopping in ...?
Is it possible to go out / eat well in ...?

C. Orientate yourself in a city

Ask the way

Excuse me, I have a question:

How do I get to the train station / underground station “Alter Markt” / Stadthaus?
Where is the train station / tram stop / hospital?

Sorry, I'm looking for the train station / the underground station “Alter Markt” / the town hall.

Can you / Can you explain that again, please?
Can you / Can you repeat this again, please?
Can you go talk a little bit please?
Thank-you.
Many Thanks.
Thanks.

To explain the way

Go / go / go ...
Drive / drive / drive ...
... (here / about 500 meters) straight ahead.
... (towards) the city center.
... the first / second / third / fourth street on the right / left.
... at the next / next / third intersection on the right / left.
... right / left at the next / next / third / fourth traffic light.
... (straight ahead) to the train station / to the school / to the town hall.
... after one hundred / two hundred / three hundred meters right / left.
There you will see / find the train station / the tourist information / the museum.
You're welcome. / My pleasure. / Nothing to thank for. (Responses to "Thank you very much")
Oh I'm sorry. I do not know that either.
I'm sorry, I'm not from here.

Abbreviations

Nom. = Nominative; Dat. = Dative (marked in blue); Acc. = Accusative (marked in red)
m. = masculine / masculine; f. = feminine / feminine; n. = neutral / neuter
Sg. = Singular; Pl. = Plural
jm. = someone (dat.); jn. = someone (acc.)

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Vocabulary city and place of residence

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