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Welcome to GermanPod101.com’s “Deutsch in 3 Minuten”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn German.
Hallo, ich heiße Laura. Sehr erfreut. Hi, I'm Laura. Nice to meet you.
In this series, we’re going to learn basic German expressions. It’s super easy and it only takes three minutes!
In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to introduce yourself in German. We’ll start speaking right away, but first it is important to clarify that in German there is a difference between the formal and the informal language.
Let’s first see how German people introduce themselves in an *informal* situation.
Hallo, ich heiße Laura. Schön, dich kennen zu lernen. Hi, I’m Laura. Nice to meet you.
[slowly] Hallo, ich heiße Laura. Schön, dich kennenzulernen.
Start by saying: Hallo, ich heiße ... then, say your name. Hallo, ich heiße Laura. Finally, say: Schön, dich kennenzulernen.
Hallo, ich heiße Laura. Schön, dich kennenzulernen.
And now let’s see the same sentence in formal speech,
Guten Tag, ich heiße Laura Meier. Schön, Sie kennenzulernen. Good day, I’m Laura Meier. Nice to meet you.
[slowly] Guten Tag, ich heiße Laura Meier. Schön, Sie kennenzulernen.
So, what has changed from the previous introduction?
Let’s take a close look at these expressions together.
Hallo has been substituted with the formal greeting Guten Tag, German for "good day."
Ich heiße Laura has not been changed; ich heisse simply means "I am," however during a formal self introduction we also say our last name, so I said Laura Meier. Here, you would say your full name.
Finally, pay attention to the ending: we went from DICH kennenzulernen to SIE kennenzulernen. What is changing is the German word for “you.” In a formal sentence, we use the more polite word “Sie.”
One more time: The informal way to introduce yourself in German is Hallo, ich heiße Laura. Schön, dich kennenzulernen. The formal way to introduce yourself is Guten Tag, ich heiße Laura Meier. Schön, Sie kennenzulernen.
Now it’s time for Laura’s Insights.
When you introduce yourself, it's a good habit to shake hands. If you are not sure whether to use schön, dich kennennzulernen or schön, Sie kennenzulernen just say simply sehr erfreut, as I said at the beginning of this lesson.
If you use the correct sentence with German people, they’re definitely going to be impressed!
That’s it for this lesson! Do you know how we say “thank you” in German? You’ll learn how to say this and many other words in the next lesson. Bis bald zur nächsten Lektion!
See you then!

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Try introducing yourself in German!

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Thursday at 08:10 AM
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Hello Viviana & Jamaica,


Nice to meet you and welcome to GermanPod101.


We hope, you will enjoy our lesson material and,

more importantly, reach your goals.😉


Should you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to

contact us.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Jamaica
Tuesday at 04:25 PM
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Hallo, I heiße Jamaica. Sehr erfreut.😊

Viviana
Tuesday at 10:18 AM
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Hallo, ich haisse Viviana.

Sehr erfreut!

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Thursday at 08:33 AM
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Hi Thomas and Sergio,


Nice to meet you and welcome to GermanPod101.


Thank you for your feedback, and should you ever have

any questions, please don't hesitate to get back to us.😉


@Thomas

Yes, you are correct. It is always a good idea to play it safe

and be a bit more formal at first. With that said, I think you will

soon develop a feeling for situations, when the informal is

quite okay too.


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


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Hi William,


Thank you for posting.


This is a very good question and a lot of Germans would

like to know the answer to it too.😄


The rule is: "For the sharp (voiceless) [s] after a long vowel or diphthong, one writes ß,

as long as no other consonant follows in the word stem."

Let me try and put this in simple words: If the "ss" comes after long vowels,

you use ß.

Examples:

Füße, but Nässe (the ü is long, the ä is short).

Lass das! English: Drop it! (The "a" in Lass ist a short sound.)


I hope, this helps.


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


Kind regards,

Reinhard

Team GermanPod101.com

Sergio
Thursday at 02:25 AM
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Hallo jeder, Guten Tag

ich haiße Sergio; sehr erfreut.

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Wednesday at 08:12 AM
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Hi Paula,


Thank you for posting, and I am sorry to

hear that you find the lesson a little too challenging

at this stage. I believe though, that if you continue

learning German, you will soon find this a lot easier.😉

Try to stop the video right after every German sentence and

repeat it. It's a technique called shadowing, and it should

get easier each time.

Good luck!


If you have any questions, please let us know.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Thomas
Saturday at 05:20 PM
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Unless you are friends or know the people you are address, wouldn't you always use the formal introduction?


By the way:

Guten Tag, ich heiße Thomas Kepler. Schön, Sie kennenzulernen.

William
Friday at 11:26 AM
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Hi , does exists a way to know when a word contain scharfes S ?

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Friday at 08:18 AM
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Hi Scott,


Thank you for sharing!


As for the word order, try to learn Japanese!😄


Since we are in the language teaching business here, please allow me to make a

few tiny little changes to your sentences below to help you improve:

Hallo! Ich bin Scott, ein Deutsch-Amerikaner, leider in Amerika geboren. Das ist nicht gut. Ich liebe Deutscheland. Ich möchte nach Hause. Es tut mir leid, mein Deutsch ist nicht sehr gut. Aber ich lerne.


If you have any questions, please let us know.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

Team GermanPod101.com