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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.
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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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GermanPod101.com
Sunday at 6:30 pm
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Hi Listeners! How old are you?

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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.


If you have any questions, please let us know.


Kind regards,

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.


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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AHMAD
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😇


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Hello Soraya,


Sorry for the late reply and thank you

for taking part in our blog.

German is a tough one but you make an effort and will

therefore succeed.😉


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


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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soraya
Thursday at 3:48 am
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Ich bin vierundfunfzig jahre alt.

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Hi David,


Thanks for the comment. I made a few corrections:

"Ich bin neunundfünfzig. Ich werde Sechzig im Januar."


Keep up the good work!:thumbsup:


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Jennifer

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David Kreutzer
Friday at 7:53 am
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Ich bin neunundfunfzig. I werde sechzig in Januar sein. - David