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Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute German Season 1, Lesson 10 - Asking how much. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask how much something costs in German.
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Eric: Here's the way to ask 'How much is it?' in German.
Albert: [Normal] Wie viel kostet das?
Eric: First is a word meaning 'how'
Albert: [Normal] Wie [Slow] Wie
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'much'
Albert: [Normal] viel [Slow] viel
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'to cost'
Albert: [Normal] kostet [Slow] kostet
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'that'
Albert: [Normal] das [Slow] das
Eric: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the question meaning 'How much is it?'
Albert: [Slow] Wie viel kostet das? [Normal] Wie viel kostet das?
Eric: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the way to ask, 'How much is this hat?'
Albert: [Normal] Wie viel kostet dieser Hut?
Eric: First is a word meaning 'how'
Albert: [Normal] Wie [Slow] Wie
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'much'
Albert: [Normal] viel [Slow] viel
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'to cost'
Albert: [Normal] kostet [Slow] kostet
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'this'
Albert: [Normal] dieser [Slow] dieser
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'hat'
Albert: [Normal] Hut [Slow] Hut
Eric: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the question meaning 'How much is this hat?'
Albert: [Slow] Wie viel kostet dieser Hut? [Normal] Wie viel kostet dieser Hut?
Eric: Here's a question meaning 'How much is this pair of pants?'
Albert: [Normal] Wie viel kostet diese Hose?
Eric: First is a word meaning 'how '
Albert: [Normal] Wie [Slow] Wie
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'much'
Albert: [Normal] viel [Slow] viel
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'to cost'
Albert: [Normal] kostet [Slow] kostet
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'this'
Albert: [Normal] diese [Slow] diese
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'trousers'
Albert: [Normal] Hose [Slow] Hose
Eric: Listen again to the question, 'How much is this pair of pants?'
Albert: [Slow] Wie viel kostet diese Hose? [Normal] Wie viel kostet diese Hose?
Eric: Here's a question meaning, 'How much is this book?'
Albert: [Normal] Wie viel kostet dieses Buch?
Eric: First is a word meaning 'how '
Albert: [Normal] Wie [Slow] Wie
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'much'
Albert: [Normal] viel [Slow] viel
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'to cost'
Albert: [Normal] kostet [Slow] kostet
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'this'
Albert: [Normal] dieses [Slow] dieses
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'book'
Albert: [Normal] Buch [Slow] Buch
Eric: Listen again to the question, 'How much is this book?'
Albert: [Slow] Wie viel kostet dieses Buch? [Normal] Wie viel kostet dieses Buch?
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Albert: A quicker way to ask “How much?” is Was kostet das? Which literally means “How much does it cost?” Even when you ask for a beer at the counter of a bar, you can ask the cashier Was kostet ein Bier? meaning “How much does a beer cost?”

Outro

Eric: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!

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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Let's practice asking prices here!

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wie viel kostet das😄

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