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Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute German Season 1, Lesson 7 - Do you speak English? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and answer this question in German.
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Eric: Here's the informal way to ask 'Do you speak English?' in German.
Albert: [Normal] Sprichst Du Englisch?
Eric: First is a word meaning 'to speak'
Albert: [Normal] Sprichst [Slow] Sprichst
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'you (informal)'
Albert: [Normal] Du [Slow] Du
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'English'
Albert: [Normal] Englisch [Slow] Englisch
Eric: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning 'Do you speak English?'
Albert: [Slow] Sprichst Du Englisch? [Normal] Sprichst Du Englisch?
Eric: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, 'Do you speak English?'
Albert: [Normal] Sprechen Sie Englisch?
Eric: First is a word meaning 'to speak'
Albert: [Normal] Sprechen [Slow] Sprechen
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'you’ (formal)
Albert: [Normal] Sie [Slow] Sie
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'English'
Albert: [Normal] Englisch [Slow] Englisch
Eric: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the formal question meaning 'Do you speak English?'
Albert: [Slow] Sprechen Sie Englisch? [Normal] Sprechen Sie Englisch?
Eric: Here's a response meaning 'Yes, a little.'
Albert: [Normal] Ja, ein bisschen.
Eric: First is a word meaning 'yes'
Albert: [Normal] Ja [Slow] Ja
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'a'
Albert: [Normal] ein [Slow] ein
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'little'
Albert: [Normal] bisschen [Slow] bisschen
Eric: Listen again to the response, 'Yes, a little.'
Albert: [Slow] Ja, ein bisschen. [Normal] Ja, ein bisschen.
Eric: Here's a response meaning, 'No, I don't speak English.'
Albert: [Normal] Nein, ich spreche nicht Englisch
Eric: First is a word meaning 'No'
Albert: [Normal] Nein [Slow] Nein
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'I'
Albert: [Normal] ich [Slow] ich
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'to speak'
Albert: [Normal] spreche [Slow] spreche
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'not'
Albert: [Normal] nicht [Slow] nicht
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'English language'
Albert: [Normal] Englisch [Slow] Englisch
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning 'No, I don't speak English.'
Albert: [Slow] Nein, ich spreche nicht Englisch [Normal] Nein, ich spreche nicht Englisch
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Albert: For those of you who are not only English speakers, you can obviously use this question with any language you need. German people study other European languages at school, so maybe you will get lucky! Just substitute Englisch with...
Italienisch for Italian.
Russisch for Russian.
Spanisch for Spanish.
Französisch for French.

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 Verified
Saturday at 06:30 PM
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Try using this phrase to ask about a different language!

GermanPod101.com Verified
Wednesday at 08:55 AM
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Hi Soraya,


"nicht" simply translates to "not" and is used almost the same

way as in English. "I do not understand German." "Ich verstehe Deutsch nicht."


"kein" translates to "barely" or "not a":

"I barely speak German." "Ich kann kein Deutsch."

"I haven't got a clue." "Ich habe keine Ahnung."


Thank you.


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


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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soraya
Thursday at 03:27 AM
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My question ;What is different between ;Kein and nicht ; Vielen Dank.

soraya
Thursday at 03:18 AM
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Konnen sie bitte mit mie Italiensch sprechen? Entschuldigung ich spreche kein Italiensch.

GermanPod101.com Verified
Monday at 02:33 PM
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Hello Mich,


Thank you very much for your comment!

Please let me correct a small mistake that I found.


"Ich spreche nich Deutisch" should be "Ich spreche kein Deutsch".


I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any questions.


Kind regards,


Albert

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Mich
Wednesday at 04:56 PM
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Ich spreche nich Deutisch, aber spreche ein bisschen Japanisch und Spanisch.

Germanpod101
Monday at 04:50 PM
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Hi David,


Thanks for the comment! Have a look for my correction:


Es tut mir leid. Ich spreche nicht Deutsch, dafür aber ein bisschen Englisch.


Best,


Jennifer

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David Kreutzer
Friday at 07:46 AM
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Es tut mir lied. Ich spreche nicht Deutsch, aber I spreche bisschen Englisch. (Hier mache Ich einen kleinen Witz.)




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