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Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute German Season 1, Lesson 3 - Manners. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to thank other people in various ways in German.
Body
Eric: Here's the way to say 'Thank you.' in German.
Albert: [Normal] Danke
Eric: This expression is comprised of only one word meaning ''thank you”
Eric: Listen again to the word meaning 'Thank you.'
Albert: [Slow] Danke [Normal] Danke
Eric: Ok, now let's see the formal way to say 'Thank you.'
Albert: [Normal] Ich danke Ihnen.
Eric: First is the word meaning 'I'
Albert: [Normal] Ich [Slow] Ich
Eric: Next comes the word for 'thank you'
Albert: [Normal] danke [Slow] danke
Eric: And last is the word meaning 'you’ (formal, and in the dative case)
Albert: [Normal] Ihnen [Slow] Ihnen
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'Thank you.'
Albert: [Slow] Ich danke Ihnen. [Normal] Ich danke Ihnen.
Eric: Following is the formal way to say 'You're welcome'
Albert: [Normal] Bitteschön
Eric: This expression has only one word meaning 'You're welcome'
Albert: [Normal] Bitteschön [Slow] Bitteschön
Eric: Listen again to the formal word meaning 'You're welcome'
Albert: [Slow] Bitteschön [Normal] Bitteschön
Eric: Finally, let’s look at another way to say 'You're welcome.'
Albert: [Normal] Gern geschehen.
Eric: First is a word meaning 'with pleasure'
Albert: [Normal] Gern [Slow] Gern
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'happened'
Albert: [Normal] geschehen [Slow] geschehen
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'You're welcome.'
Albert: [Slow] Gern geschehen. [Normal] Gern geschehen.
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Albert: If you’re not sure whether to use Danke or Ich danke Ihnen, keeping it simple is always your safest bet. You don’t have to worry about formal or informal situations; Danke can be used with just about anyone, anywhere, or at any time!

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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Did you already know any of these expressions?

GermanPod101.comVerified
Monday at 8:36 am
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Hi Farhad,


Bitte schön! Thank you for studying with us. Keep up the good work. 👍

If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to let us know. :)


Kind regards,

Levente

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Farhad
Tuesday at 8:44 pm
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Ich danke Ihnen ❤️️

GermanPod101.comVerified
Thursday at 12:25 pm
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Hi David,


Thank you for posting.


I tried it and it didn't work for me, but maybe I am not

fast enough?😄


If you have any questions, please let us know.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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David
Monday at 2:06 am
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If you say danke fast it will start to sound like thank you 😄

GermanPod101.comVerified
Monday at 8:37 am
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Hi Andre,


You are welcome!😄


On the contrary, thank you!


If you have any questions, please let us know.


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Reinhard

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Andre
Wednesday at 11:26 pm
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Ich danke Ihnen. Gern geschehen.

GermanPod101.com
Tuesday at 8:40 am
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Hi Elizabeth,


Gern geschehen.😉


Thank you.


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


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Elizabeth
Wednesday at 10:08 pm
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Faszinierend. Vielen Dank 😁

GermanPod101.com
Wednesday at 7:17 am
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Hi Elizabeth,


These are very good questions.

"danke schön" can be written both, together and as two

words. When you write it together, it becomes a noun and

should be written with a capital D:

"Die Schokolade ist ein kleines Dankeschön fürs Blumengießen."


As for "vielen Dank", it can be both, slightly more formal or you can use

"vielen" to emphasize how much you appreciate what someone did for you.

In this case, too, the Dank would be a noun and therefore requires the capital "D".


Thank you.


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


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Elizabeth
Thursday at 9:50 pm
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Hallo,


Ist "dankeschön" ein Worte oder zwei? Und, ist "vielen dank" formeller als "danke"?