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Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute German Season 1, Lesson 18 - Talking about possession. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to talk about possession in German.
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Eric: Here's the informal way to say 'Do you have a car?' in German.
Albert: [Normal] Hast du ein Auto?
Eric: First is a phrase meaning 'do you have (informal)'
Albert: [Normal] Hast du [Slow] Hast du
Eric: Next comes the word meaning 'a, an'
Albert: [Normal] ein [Slow] ein
Eric: And last is the word for 'car'
Albert: [Normal] Auto [Slow] Auto
Eric: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning 'Do you have a car?'
Albert: [Slow] Hast du ein Auto? [Normal] Hast du ein Auto?
Eric: Ok, now let's take a look at the formal way to say 'Do you have a car?'
Albert: [Normal] Haben Sie ein Auto?
Eric: First comes phrase meaning 'do you have (formal)'
Albert: [Normal] Haben Sie [Slow] Haben Sie
Eric: Then we have the word meaning 'a, an'
Albert: [Normal] ein [Slow] ein
Eric: And last is the word meaning 'car'
Albert: [Normal] Auto [Slow] Auto
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'Do you have a car?'
Albert: [Slow] Haben Sie ein Auto? [Normal] Haben Sie ein Auto?
Eric: Next up is the way to say 'Yes, I have a car.'
Albert: [Normal] Ja, Ich habe ein Auto.
Eric: First we have the word meaning 'yes'
Albert: [Normal] Ja [Slow] Ja
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'I'
Albert: [Normal] Ich [Slow] Ich
Eric: Then comes the word meaning 'have'
Albert: [Normal] habe [Slow] habe
Eric: Followed by the word meaning 'a'
Albert: [Normal] ein [Slow] ein
Eric: And finally, we have the word meaning 'car'
Albert: [Normal] Auto [Slow] Auto
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'Yes, I have a car.'
Albert: [Slow] Ja, Ich habe ein Auto. [Normal] Ja, Ich habe ein Auto.
Eric: Finally, let’s look at the way to say 'I have a red pen.'
Albert: [Normal] Ich habe einen roten Stift.
Eric: First comes the word meaning 'I'
Albert: [Normal] Ich [Slow] Ich
Eric: Then we have the word meaning 'to have'
Albert: [Normal] habe [Slow] habe
Eric: Followed by the word meaning 'one'
Albert: [Normal] einen [Slow] einen
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'red'
Albert: [Normal] roten [Slow] roten
Eric: And last comes the word meaning 'pen, pencil, crayon'
Albert: [Normal] Stift [Slow] Stift
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'I have a red pen.'
Albert: [Slow] Ich habe einen roten Stift. [Normal] Ich habe einen roten Stift.
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Albert: If you want to sound really natural when asking if someone has something, you can use the word oder. Here’s an example.
Du hast einen Hund, oder? This literally means “You have a dog, or..?”
You just add the word oder after the sentence. It makes the whole sentence sound like a question.

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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Sunday at 6:30 pm
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How would you say 'Do you have a book?'

GermanPod101.com
Thursday at 9:30 am
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Hi Charlie,


Perfect!👍


Thank you.


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


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Charlie
Sunday at 9:05 am
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Haben Sie ein Buch?

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Hello Soraya,


Yes, exactly ?! Just make sure to begin the formal "Sie" with a capital letter.


Sincerely,


Anne

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soraya
Monday at 5:44 am
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Hast du ein Buch? und Haben sie ein Buch?

Germanpod101
Monday at 5:06 pm
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Hi David,


Haben Sie ein Buch?

Hast du ein Buch?


Both is correct. The first sentence is more formal as you use "Sie" and the second sentence is casual as you use "Du".


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Jennifer

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David Kreutzer
Saturday at 11:21 am
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Haben Sie ein Buch?

or Hast du en Buch?