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There is a lot of vocabulary to be learnt in this topic. Many of the words for foods and drinks are very similar to the English, which makes life a lot easier.

You will need to make sure you can spell the words. You may need to order food in your speaking exam or talk about your favourite foods or foods and drinks you dislike. This topic could also very easily come up in the reading and listening exams, so start learning this vocabulary!

We will look at food and drink in five easy categories. It may help you to remember them if you think about them in these groups. When learning vocabulary, you should:

  1. Write the word down.
  2. Cover it up.
  3. Write it again to see if you've got it right.

Ask family or friends to read out the English and you then write down the German. They don't have to know German to be able to help you!

Eat more fruit and vegetables - that's what we all should do! As you are doing so, try and remember the German word for what you are eating!

In this exercise, drag each of the German words onto the corresponding fruit and mark your answer:

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Whether you eat meat or not, you will still need to know the essential vocabulary - it could come up in the listening or reading exams. If you don't like eating meat, you need to be able to say so!

Have a look at this table to make sure you know the translations of different types of meat:

das Rindfleisch Beef
das Schweinefleisch Pork
das Hähnchen Chicken
die Wurst Sausage
das Brathähnchen Roast chicken
das Lammfleisch Lamb
das Steak Steak

There are loads of other foods you need to know in German. In this section we will practice these words as well as practicing how to say "There isn't a..."

Remember, if you want to say "There is a...", you say:
Es gibt + einen (m) / eine (f) / ein (n)
For example,
Es gibt einen Keks (m)
Es gibt eine Tomate (f)
Es gibt ein Jogurt (n)

To say "There isn't a...", you just stick a "k" in front of the einen / eine / ein to make it keinen / keine / kein.
For example,
Es gibt keinen Keks (m)
Es gibt keine Tomate (f)
Es gibt kein Jogurt (n)

It's very important that you know the genders (masculine / feminine / neutral) !

In the following exercise, look at the items of food and fill in the gap beneath it. Remember - there are two things to think about:

  1. Is the food there?
  2. What gender is the item? Masculine, feminine or neutral?
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You may have to order drinks during a role-play in the speaking exam, or you may have to understand the words for drinks in the listening or reading exams.

Look at the following table to familiarise yourself with these words:

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Here is another practice exercise to help you learn your vocabulary for food.

First click on a German word in the list, then click on the category it belongs to.

For example, kohl would belong under Gemüse.

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