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Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute German Season 1, Lesson 4 - How are you? In this lesson, you’ll learn to ask how somebody is in German.
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Eric: Here's the informal way to ask 'How are you?' in German.
Albert: [Normal] Wie geht es dir?
Eric: First is a word meaning 'how'
Albert: [Normal] wie [Slow] wie
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'to go'
Albert: [Normal] geht [Slow] geht
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'it'
Albert: [Normal] es [Slow] es
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'you’ (informal)
Albert: [Normal] dir [Slow] dir
Eric: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning 'How are you?'
Albert: [Slow] Wie geht es dir? [Normal] Wie geht es dir?
Eric: Now, imagine that you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, 'How are you?'
Albert: [Normal] Wie geht es Ihnen?
Eric: First is a word meaning 'how'
Albert: [Normal] wie [Slow] wie
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'to go'
Albert: [Normal] geht [Slow] geht
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'it'
Albert: [Normal] es [Slow] es
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'you (formal)'
Albert: [Normal] Ihnen [Slow] Ihnen
Eric: Note again the rising intonation here. Listen again to the formal question meaning 'How are you?'
Albert: [Slow] Wie geht es Ihnen? [Normal] Wie geht es Ihnen?
Eric: Here's a response meaning 'I'm fine.'
Albert: [Normal] Mir geht es gut.
Eric: First is a word meaning 'I'
Albert: [Normal] Mir [Slow] Mir
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'to go'
Albert: [Normal] geht [Slow] geht
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'it'
Albert: [Normal] es [Slow] es
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'good'
Albert: [Normal] gut [Slow] gut
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning 'I'm fine.'
Albert: [Slow] Mir geht es gut. [Normal] Mir geht es gut.
Eric: Here's a response meaning, 'I'm not well.'
Albert: [Normal] Mir geht es nicht gut.
Eric: First is a word meaning 'I'
Albert: [Normal] Mir [Slow] Mir
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'to go'
Albert: [Normal] geht [Slow] geht
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'it'
Albert: [Normal] es [Slow] es
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'not'
Albert: [Normal] nicht [Slow] nicht
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'good'
Albert: [Normal] gut [Slow] gut
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning 'I'm not well.'
Albert: [Slow] Mir geht es nicht gut. [Normal] Mir geht es nicht gut.
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Albert: To ask somebody about their well-being, we usually use the expression Wie geht es dir? which is "How are you?". A more polite way is Wie geht es Ihnen? Ihnen is the formal version of Dir. When you're talking to friends the shorter version Wie geht's? is mostly used.

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
Monday at 6:30 pm
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Listeners! How are you? Try answering this question in German.

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Friday at 9:57 am
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Hi Lavictoire,


Well done!👍


Thank you.


If you have any questions, please let us know.


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Lavictoire
Tuesday at 5:46 am
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Mir geht es gut, und ihnen?

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Wednesday at 9:16 am
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Hi Soraya,


Mir geht es gut heute. Und Dir?


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soraya
Monday at 1:30 am
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Dir ist richtig .

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soraya
Monday at 1:26 am
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ich bin gut Haute .Und du?

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Sunday at 11:31 pm
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Hello Nuno (Portugiesisch),


Thank you very much for your comment! :smile:

Indeed, when reading the whole phrase quickly the sound of "es" sounds a little bit more like "as" but this happens naturally and for non-native speakers it should not be a problem since "es" is always understood, no matter if it sounds more like "es" or "as". I hope this helps!


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Nuno (Portugiesisch)
Wednesday at 5:57 pm
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Wie geht es dir?


Spelling the single 'es', the 'e' sounds an 'e', however, when reading the whole phrase the 'es' sounds like 'as'.

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Tuesday at 11:15 am
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Hi Jolyn,


mir is the accusative personal pronoun like in Wie geht es dir? Mir geht es gut. Yes, same case like dir.

The dative counterpart is mich, dich, etc.. Ich hole dich morgen ab. I will pick you up tomorrow.


I hope this makes it more clearly.


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Jolyn
Friday at 7:42 pm
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Mir is to me or I?

The same goes to dir?

Danke

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Thursday at 7:48 pm
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@Anh: Mean, "wunderbar" (wonderful), right?:wink:


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