Step 6 – Buying groceries (Lebensmittel einkaufen) – a necessary part of our day-to-day life

Groceries can usually be bought at a supermarket or a weekly market (farmers’ market). German cities and villages do usually have at least one supermarket and often a farmers’ market every Wednesday and/or every Saturday, depending on the size and need of the city.

English: German:
groceries Lebensmittel (pl)
Saturday Samstag (m)
supermarket Supermarkt (m)
Wednesday Mittwoch (m)
weekly market,
farmers’ market
Wochenmarkt (m)

If you’re interested in visiting a weekly market (you’ll need the location!), read the local newspaper or ask someone in the city hall, there’s usually at least one person whose job it is  to answer questions of citizens and visitors. This person can easily be found by using the internet, just enter the name of your city and “tourist information” in your preferred search engine.

Alternatively you can also use the name of your city and the word “Wochenmarkt” to search for the weekly market on the internet. Location and time can often be found on the website of the city.

For buying groceries, you definitely need to know what to buy! This means that you need to know your vocabulary:

 

Baked goods – Backwaren

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baked goods,
bakery products,
pastries
Backwaren (pl)
additives Zusatzstoffe (pl)
biscuits,
cookies
Kekse (pl)
biscuits,
pastries,
cake
Gebäck (n)
bread Brot (n)
cake Kuchen (m)
flour Mehl (n)
gluten Gluten (n)
nuts Nüsse (pl)
roll,
bread roll
Semmel (f),
Brötchen (n)
sugar Zucker (m)
white bread Weißbrot (n)
white flour Weißmehl (n)
wholegrain bread,
wholemeal bread
Vollkornbrot (n)
wholemeal,
wholemeal flour
Vollkornmehl (n)

 

Beverages -Getränke

Balm
Balm (Zitronenmelisse [f]) is often used for adding flavor to cocktails (Cocktail [m]) or salads (Salat [m]).- It’s useful, healthy  and can also be used for making tea.
apple juice Apfelsaft (m)
beverages Getränke (pl)
cappuccino Cappuccino (m)
chocolate,
drinking chocolate
Schokolade (f),
Trinkschokolade (f)
coffee Kaffee (m)
coffee beans Kaffeebohnen (pl)
coffee powder Kaffeepulver (n)
lemonade Zitronenlimonade (f)
lemonade,
soft drink,
soda
Limonade (f)
orangeade Orangenlimonade (f)
orange juice Orangensaft (m)
red wine Rotwein (m)
juice Saft (m)
water Wasser (n)
carbonated water,
sparkling water
Wasser mit Kohlensäure
still water,
noncarbonated water
Wasser ohne Kohlensäure
wine Wein (m)
white wine Weißwein (m)

 

 Vegetables -Gemüse

rhubarb
Rhubarb – Rhabarber
aubergine (BE),
eggplant (AE)
Aubergine (f)
asparagus Spargel (m)
bean Bohne (f)
beetroot,
red beet,
beet
Rote Bete (f)
broccoli Brokkoli (m),
Broccoli (m)
cabbage,
white cabbage
Weißkohl (m)
carrot Karotte (f)
chicory Chicoree (m)
chillies Peperoni (f)
cauliflower Blumenkohl (f)
cucumber Gurke (f)
cucurbit,
squash,
pumpkin
Kürbis (m)
garlic Knoblauch (m)
iceberg lettuce Eisbergsalat (m)
kohlrabi Kohlrabi (m)
leek Lauch (m)
lettuce Salat(m)
onion Zwiebel (f)
maize,
sweet corn
Mais (m)
mushroom Champignon (m)
pea Erbse (f)
pepper,
capsicum,
paprika
Paprika (m)
potato Kartoffel (f)
radish Radieschen (n)
red cabbage Rotkohl (m)
rhubarb,
pieplant
Rhabarber (m)
tomato Tomate (f)
zucchini (AE) ,
courgette (BE)
Zucchini (f)

 

 Fruit – Obst

apple tree
An apple tree – Ein Apfelbaum
apple Apfel (m)
banana Banane (f)
blackberry Brombeere (f)
blueberry Heidelbeere (f)
cherry Kirsche (f)
cowberry,
lingonberry,
lowbush cranberry
Preiselbeere (f)
cranberry Cranberry (f)
currant Johannisbeere (f)
dragon fruit Drachenfrucht (f)
lychee,
lichee,
litchi
Litschi (f)
mandarin,
mandarin orange
Mandarine (f)
mango Mango(f)
orange Apfelsine (f),
Orange (f)
passion fruit,
granadilla
Maracuja (f)
peach Pfirsich (m)
pear Birne (f)
pineapple Ananas (f)
raspberry Himbeere (f)
strawberry Erdbeere (f)

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Don’t let yourself be discouraged! Many people understand enough English to help you with your shopping. Even if you don’t remember instantly how something is called, you can always ask  an employee or another customer. They might be able to help you out.

 

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