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Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute German Season 1, Lesson 15 - 'Where are you?' In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask where someone is in German.
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Eric: Here's the informal way to ask 'Where are you?' in German.
Albert: [Normal] Wo bist du?
Eric: First is a word meaning 'where'
Albert: [Normal] Wo [Slow] Wo
Eric: Then comes the word meaning 'are, to be'
Albert: [Normal] bist [Slow] bist
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'you'
Albert: [Normal] du [Slow] du
Eric: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning 'Where are you?'
Albert: [Slow] Wo bist du? [Normal] Wo bist du?
Eric: If you're speaking to a stranger, you want to use the formal version of this question. Here's the formal way to ask, 'Where are you?'
Albert: [Normal] Wo sind Sie?
Eric: First is a word meaning 'where'
Albert: [Normal] Wo [Slow] Wo
Eric: Next comes the word meaning 'are'
Albert: [Normal] sind [Slow] sind
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 'Where are you?'
Albert: [Slow] Wo sind Sie? [Normal] Wo sind Sie?
Eric: Here's a response meaning 'I'm at the office.'
Albert: [Normal] Ich bin im Büro.
Eric: First is a word meaning 'I'
Albert: [Normal] Ich [Slow] Ich
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'am'
Albert: [Normal] bin [Slow] bin
Eric: Then comes the word meaning 'in the'
Albert: [Normal] im [Slow] im
Eric: And last is the word meaning 'office'
Albert: [Normal] Büro [Slow] Büro
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning 'I'm at the office.'
Albert: [Slow] Ich bin im Büro. [Normal] Ich bin im Büro.
Eric: Here's a response meaning, 'I'm in a store.'
Albert: [Normal] Ich bin in einem Geschäft.
Eric: First is the word meaning 'I'
Albert: [Normal] Ich [Slow] Ich
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'am'
Albert: [Normal] bin [Slow] bin
Eric: Then comes the word meaning 'in'
Albert: [Normal] in [Slow] in
Eric: After that comes the word meaning 'a'
Albert: [Normal] einem [Slow] einem
Eric: And last is the word meaning 'store, shop'
Albert: [Normal] Geschäft [Slow] Geschäft
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning 'I'm in a store.'
Albert: [Slow] Ich bin in einem Geschäft. [Normal] Ich bin in einem Geschäft.
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Albert: Using the verb sein, you can create a convenient question to use when you are lost in the street. For example,
Ich weiß nicht wo ich bin, können Sie mir bitte helfen?
means “I don’t know where I am, can you help me please?”
[slowly] Ich weiß nicht wo ich bin, können Sie mir bitte helfen?

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
Tuesday at 6:30 pm
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Where are you now?

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GermanPod101.com
Wednesday at 11:21 pm
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Hi Emelyne,


Homework well done!😉


Thank you.


If you have any questions, please let us know.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Emelyne
Friday at 9:36 pm
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Ich bin im Wohnzimmer!

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GermanPod101.com
Thursday at 9:22 am
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Hi Charlie,


That's a perfect German sentence.

Just the full stop missing. Keep up the good work.😉


Thank you.


If you have any further questions, please let us know.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Charlie
Sunday at 7:38 am
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Ich bin zu Hause

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Germanpod101
Monday at 5:46 pm
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Hi David,


You mean "Ich bin in meinem Schlafzimmer." Another example: Ich bin in meinem Haus. In case of a neutral noun, it´s always "in meinem...".


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David Kreutzer
Saturday at 12:49 pm
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Ich bin im meinen Schlaufenzimmer.