German for caregivers – Meals and nutrition

Lesson 19 German

Meals and nutrition

Hello, my name is Ewa. In today’s lesson, we will focus on the important words about meals and nutrition. To illustrate their importance, I will tell you a short story about Mrs. Helga and her caregiver from Poland, whom I met this morning. Ms. Helga is very impressed by the commitment and cordiality of her caregiving, which reminded me of how important the work you do every day in caring for seniors is. It is beautiful how Polish-German relations can be strengthened by such personal stories.

German vocabulary for caregivers

As caregivers, the preparation of meals is part of your daily responsibilities. Here are the keywords that will help you with this task. Here are 10 words we will learn today:

  • Meal – das Essen
  • Breakfast – das Frühstück
  • Lunch – das Mittagessen
  • Dinner – das Abendessen
  • Snack – der Snack
  • Drink – das Getränk
  • Water – das Wasser
  • Bread – das Brot
  • Fruit – die Frucht

In this lesson, we will discuss how to use these words in everyday situations related to the care of seniors. This will allow for better communication with your children and their families. I invite you to actively participate and ask questions!

Example dialogues – everyday phrases and expressions

Dialogue 1: Breakfast Selection (Auswahl zum Frühstück)

Ewa: Herr Martin, was möchten Sie heute zum Frühstück essen? (Mr. Martin, what would you like for breakfast today?)

Martin: Ich habe gerne Rührei mit Toast. (I’d like scrambled eggs and toast.)

Dialogue 2: Favorite Meals (eine Lieblingsgerichte)

Ewa: Welches Gericht mögen Sie am liebsten, Herr Martin? (Which dish do you like the most, Mr. Martin?)

Martin: Ich liebe Kartoffelsuppe, besonders nach dem Rezept meiner Frau. (I love potato soup, especially according to my wife’s recipe.)

Dialogue 3: Planning a Dinner (ein Mittagessen planen)

Ewa: Herr Martin, was sollen wir heute zum Mittagessen kochen?(Mr. Martin, what should we cook for dinner today?)

Martin: Heute hätte ich gerne etwas Leichtes, vielleicht Fisch mit Gemüse? (Today I would like something light, maybe fish and vegetables?)

In these dialogues, Ewa, the caregiver of an elderly person, practices the practical use of German in everyday situations related to meals and nutrition. Each dialogue contains common phrases and vocabulary useful in elder care, which helps to better understand the needs and preferences of caregivers.

Interactive Exercises: Strengthening Language Skills

Task 1: Creating a Menu of the Day

Job Description:

To practice the vocabulary related to meals and nutrition, your task is to create a menu of the day for your child. Use the words we learned in today’s lesson to describe three meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Be sure to consider your senior’s dietary preferences and health needs, such as considering a diet for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s.


Zum Frühstück gibt es Haferbrei mit frischen Früchten und ein Glas Wasser. Zum Mittagessen bereiten wir gegrillten Fisch mit Gemüse und Kartoffelpüree vor. Das Abendessen besteht aus einer leichten Gemüsesuppe und einem Stück Brot.(For breakfast we have porridge with fresh fruit and a glass of water. For lunch we prepare grilled fish with vegetables and mashed potatoes. Dinner consists of a light vegetable soup and a piece of bread)

Task 2: Dialogue with Seniors on Nutritional Preferences

Job Description:

Your next task is to write a short dialogue between you and your mentee, in which you discuss their favorite foods and dietary preferences. Use the German vocabulary from today’s lesson. This exercise will help you in the practical application of the language in the daily work of a caregiver.


Ewa: Herr Schmidt, welche Speisen mögen Sie am liebsten?(Mr. Schmidt, which dishes do you like the most?)

Senior: Ich liebe Kartoffelsalat und Bratwurst, aber ich muss auf meine Gesundheit achten.(I love potato salad and baked sausage, but I have to be careful about my health.)

These assignments aim not only to practice German vocabulary, but also to prepare carers to work more effectively and consciously with seniors in Germany. Through the practical application of the language, students will be able to better understand and meet the nutritional needs of their caregivers, which is crucial in professional care.

Sightseeing and customs facts about Germany

Dear students!

Today, I would like to present you with a fascinating sightseeing curiosity about one of the German cities that can inspire you to discover Germany during your spare time as carers for the elderly.

Let’s discover Dresden!

Dresden, the pearl of Saxony, is known as Florence on the Elbe. It is a city of rich history, culture and amazing architecture. As a caregiver of an elderly person with spare time, you can discover its charm by strolling through the Baroque Old Town, visiting the famous Zwinger Gallery or admiring the view from the banks of the Elbe.

What is worth seeing?

I especially recommend visiting Zwinger Palace in spring or summer, when the gardens are full of flowers and the fountains add a magical atmosphere to the place. A perfect place for a moment of relaxation and respite from everyday chores.

Why is it worth working there?

Working in Dresden as a caregiver for an elderly person can be not only rewarding, but also gives you the opportunity to discover Germany’s cultural treasures. Spring and summer are the perfect time to combine work with learning about the history and culture of this extraordinary city.

I encourage you to consider Dresden when looking for jobs as caregivers for the elderly in Germany. This city can offer you not only a job, but also great experiences that will enrich your professional and personal life.

Summary of Lesson 19: Meals and Nutrition

Today’s lesson number 19 in the German for Caregivers series was packed with practical information and tips to help you in your daily work as caregivers for the elderly. Thanks to the lesson, led by our experienced teacher Eva, you had the opportunity to broaden your vocabulary related to meals and nutrition and practice them in realistic dialogues.

During the lesson we learned keywords such as das Essen (meal), das Frühstück (breakfast) or das Abendessen (dinner). We also learned phrases used in everyday situations, such as asking about the nutritional preferences of the patient. Interactive tasks, such as creating a menu of the day or writing dialogues, allowed you to practically apply the new knowledge.

Remember that the ability to communicate in German is critical in the round-the-clock care of seniors in Germany. It allows not only to better understand the needs of the children, but also to build a stronger relationship with them.

We invite you to the next lesson!

Don’t miss our next lesson. Shopping: Vocabulary and Phrases. This will be another opportunity to broaden your vocabulary and communication skills, this time in the context of shopping – an activity that is equally important in the daily life of every caregiver.

See you soon on Hrily platform, where we continue our journey with German!

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