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Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute German Season 1, Lesson 12 - What are you doing? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask what someone is doing in German.
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Eric: Here's the informal way to ask 'What are you doing?' in German.
Albert: [Normal] Was machst du?
Eric: First is a word meaning 'what'
Albert: [Normal] was [Slow] was
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'to do'
Albert: [Normal] machst [Slow] machst
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'you’ (informal)
Albert: [Normal] du [Slow] du
Eric: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning 'What are you doing?'
Albert: [Slow] Was machst du? [Normal] Was machst du?
Eric: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, 'What are you doing?'
Albert: [Normal] Was machen Sie?
Eric: First is a word meaning 'what'
Albert: [Normal] was [Slow] was
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'to do'
Albert: [Normal] machen [Slow] machen
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'you’ (formal)
Albert: [Normal] Sie [Slow] Sie
Eric: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the formal question meaning 'What are you doing?'
Albert: [Slow] Was machen Sie? [Normal] Was machen Sie?
Eric: Here's a response meaning 'I'm doing homework'
Albert: [Normal] Ich mache meine Hausaufgaben
Eric: First is a word meaning 'I'
Albert: [Normal] Ich [Slow] Ich
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'to do'
Albert: [Normal] mache [Slow] mache
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'my'
Albert: [Normal] meine [Slow] meine
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'homework'
Albert: [Normal] Hausaufgaben [Slow] Hausaufgaben
Eric: Listen again to the response, 'I'm doing homework'
Albert: [Slow] Ich mache meine Hausaufgaben [Normal] Ich mache meine Hausaufgaben
Eric: Here's a response meaning, 'I'm cooking now.'
Albert: [Normal] Ich koche gerade!
Eric: First is a word meaning 'I'
Albert: [Normal] Ich [Slow] Ich
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'to cook'
Albert: [Normal] koche [Slow] koche
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'straight,’ ‘just,’ ‘just now,’ or ‘right now'
Albert: [Normal] gerade [Slow] gerade
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning 'I'm cooking now.'
Albert: [Slow] Ich koche gerade! [Normal] Ich koche gerade!
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Albert: In some situations, the question Was machst du? can also mean more generally "What do you do?" or "What is your job?"
This is a really common question you can ask, or that you might be asked the first time you meet someone.

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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GermanPod101.com
Saturday at 6:30 pm
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What are you doing while listening to this lesson?

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Sunday at 4:51 pm
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Hallo Charlie,


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Charlie
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I am reading the transcription while listening. This helps me to fully comprehend the spoken German.

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Hallo Joe,


Thank you for joining us!


Wish you all the best with your German learning, and let us know if you have any questions. We'll be happy to help you out :)


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Joe B.
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Hi, Team. !

I wanted to start at the Beginner Level to refresh my memory, and to refamiliarize myself with the sounds and rhythm of German again. ( I studied a little German many years ago. )

When I get a little more practice ----- a bit more confidence in using the language again----- and more time from my present, crazy schedule ----- I want to benefit more from your teaching skills. !

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Joe B.
Monday at 4:17 pm
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Hi, again. !

I also, of course, am taking the quiz, looking at the vocabulary, taking in the lesson notes and cultural info ( also helpful), studying the transcript, and now am glad to comment and interact. !

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Joe B.
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I am reviewing German. ( I studied a little some years ago) , and I appreciate your thorough system !

Also, it is so good to have an opportunity to hear the language , and to replay the audio !

Thank you, Team. !

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Hello Legolover,


Thank you for your comment ?.

Let me correct the sentence: "ich mache miene math Hausefugaben" should be "Ich mache meine Mathehausaufgaben."


Just let me know if you have questions.


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Legolover
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ich mache miene math Hausefugaben

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Gloria
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Vielen Dank, Jennifer.

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Jolyn
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Ich mache hausaufgaben gerade!

Danke!