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Hi everyone! I’m Alisha.
Welcome to Conversational Phrases!
We’ve found that the best way to learn a language is to speak it from day one! And the best way to start speaking is to learn phrases that you’ll use in real conversations.
In this lesson, you’ll learn conversational phrases to answer the question, "What are you doing?" After watching this video, you’ll be able to answer this question and tell someone something about what you’re writing.
Now, let’s take a look at some conversational phrases!
Listen to the dialogue.
Was machst du gerade?
Ich schreibe gerade in mein Tagebuch.
Once more with the English translation.
Was machst du gerade?
“What are you doing?”
Ich schreibe gerade in mein Tagebuch.
“I'm writing in my journal.”
First of all you'll need to learn how to say “What are you doing?”
That's: Was machst du gerade?
Listen to it again: Was machst du gerade?, Was machst du gerade?
This German sentence literally translates as “What do you right now?"
But it means “What are you doing?”
Now, how do you answer this question?
The pattern is:
Ich schreibe gerade [object].
This German sentence literally translates as “I write right now [object]."
But it means “I'm writing [object].”
For example:
“I'm writing in my journal.”
Ich schreibe gerade in mein Tagebuch., Ich schreibe gerade in mein Tagebuch.

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