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Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute German Season 1, Lesson 8 - Talking about your age. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask somebody’s age and to say yours in German.
Body
Eric: Here's the informal way to ask 'How old are you?' in German.
Albert: [Normal] Wie alt bist du?
Eric: First is a word meaning 'how'
Albert: [Normal] wie [Slow] wie
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'old'
Albert: [Normal] alt [Slow] alt
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'are'
Albert: [Normal] bist [Slow] bist
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'you’ (informal)
Albert: [Normal] du [Slow] du
Eric: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning 'How old are you?'
Albert: [Slow] Wie alt bist du? [Normal] Wie alt bist du?
Eric: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, 'How old are you?'
Albert: [Normal] Wie alt sind Sie?
Eric: First is a word 'how'
Albert: [Normal] wie [Slow] wie
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'old'
Albert: [Normal] alt [Slow] alt
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'are'
Albert: [Normal] sind [Slow] sind
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'you’ (formal)
Albert: [Normal] Sie [Slow] Sie
Eric: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the formal question meaning 'How old are you?'
Albert: [Slow] Wie alt sind Sie? [Normal] Wie alt sind Sie?
Eric: Here's a response meaning 'I am 18.'
Albert: [Normal] Ich bin achtzehn.
Eric: First is a word meaning 'I'
Albert: [Normal] ich [Slow] ich
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'am'
Albert: [Normal] bin [Slow] bin
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'eighteen'
Albert: [Normal] achtzehn [Slow] achtzehn
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning 'I am 18.'
Albert: [Slow] Ich bin achtzehn. [Normal] Ich bin achtzehn.
Eric: Here's a response meaning, 'I am 25.'
Albert: [Normal] Ich bin fünfundzwanzig.
Eric: First is a word meaning 'I'
Albert: [Normal] Ich [Slow] Ich
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'am'
Albert: [Normal] bin [Slow] bin
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'twenty-five'
Albert: [Normal] fünfundzwanzig [Slow] fünfundzwanzig
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning 'I am 25.'
Albert: [Slow] Ich bin fünfundzwanzig. [Normal] Ich bin fünfundzwanzig.
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Albert: If you are estimating somebody’s age, you say:
“Du bist um die dreißig. “You‘re around 30“.
“Du bist um die fünfundzwanzig“, You’re around 25 and so on.
It’s okay if you overestimate the other person’s age, but try to get as close as you can!

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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Hi Listeners! How old are you?

GermanPod101.comVerified
Thursday at 8:37 am
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Hello Тарык,


From where I am standing I would say:

Du bist 24 Jahre jung. 😄


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Тарык
Thursday at 1:17 pm
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Ich bin vierundzwanzig Jahre alt.

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Friday at 11:35 am
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Hi Christine,


Thank you for your feedback.👍


Sorry if we are going a little too slow for you but

we have a lot of students on various levels. We receive

the odd "You are too fast!" as well.

I can tell by your perfect sentence that you are a fast learner.

Maybe you would be more comfortable on a higher level?


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


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GermanPod101.com
Thursday at 9:55 am
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Hi Robert,


Thank you for your feedback!👍


Nice of you to think of your dad too.

Please allow me to make a few tiny little changes to your sentences:

Letzten Dienstag war der achtundneunzigste Geburtstag meines Vaters. Ich vermisse Dich, Papa. Zum Geburtstag viel Glück!

Ich bin sechsundsechzig Jahre alt.


If you have any questions, please let us know.


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Christine Wallace
Wednesday at 6:52 am
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Ich bin neunundfunfzig. Diese Lektionen sind sehr langsam. Nicht jedes Wort muss langsam wiederholt werden.

Robert
Sunday at 3:22 am
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Letze Deinstag mein Vater wäre achtundneunzigste Geburtstag. Ich vermisse du, Papa. Zum Gerurtstag viel Glück!

Ich bin sechsundsechzig Jahre alt.

GermanPod101.com
Friday at 1:44 pm
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Hi Elizabeth,


Belated Happy Birthday. ❤️️

And sorry for asking a lady her age.😉


Thank you.


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Reinhard

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Elizabeth
Tuesday at 12:59 am
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Ich bin fünfunddreißig Jahre alt. Morgen bin ich sechsunddreißig Jahre alt. (Mein Geburtstag ist Morgen! 😜)

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Hallo Ahmad,


Thank you for the cute emoticon!


We hope you liked the lesson!


Let us know if you have any questions.


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Cristiane

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AHMAD
Monday at 8:13 am
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😇