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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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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Listeners! How are you? Try answering this question in German.

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Thursday at 08:51 AM
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Hi Anna,


Thank you for your feedback!


Take care.😉


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Anna
Thursday at 12:02 AM
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Hallo!

Mir gehts es gut!

Danke!

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Wednesday at 09:07 AM
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Hi Bilna,


Thank you for posting.


You don't need the "all" in the first sentence. In fact, the word

on its own doesn't exist in German, like in English.

If you want to address more than one person, as in "How are you all?",

you would say "Wie geht es euch allen?"😉

(Answer: Uns geht es gut.)


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


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Bilna
Friday at 05:25 PM
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Wie geht es dir all?

Mir geht es gut.

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Hi Anna,


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Have a great day!😉


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Anna
Thursday at 11:47 AM
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Hallo!

Ich heiße Anna. Mir geht's gut. Danke!

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Hi Thomas,


Thank you for your feedback.👍

I am fine, thank you.

You have made the first few steps in learning the German language.

Congratulations! Keep up the good work.😉


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Thomas Kepler
Tuesday at 10:31 PM
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Guten Morgen, Ich heisse Thomas.

Mir geht es gut! Wie bist Du?

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Hallo robert groulx,


Danke schön for posting. We are very happy to have you here. Let us know if you have any questions.


Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

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robert groulx
Monday at 12:05 AM
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thank you for the lesson transcript


favorite phrase is Mir geht es gut.


robert