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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 6:30 pm
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Try introducing yourself in German!

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Friday at 12:01 pm
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Hi Josh,


Nice to meet you and welcome to GermanPod101.

We will be here for you whenever you need us.😉


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

Ich heiße Josh. Ich komme aus (den) USA und wohne in Deutschland seit ein paar Monaten. Ich werde GermanPod101 im Juli probieren, weil ich besser Deutsch zu sprechen lernen möchte/muss!


Thank you.


If you have any questions, please let us know.


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Josh
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Hallo,


Ich heiße Josh. Ich komme aus USA und jetzt in Deutschland seit ein paar monate wohne. Ich werde GermanPod101 in Juli versuche, weil ich brauche besser Deutsch zu spreche!


Schön dich kennenzulernen.


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Hello Amalia Putri,


Nice to meet you and welcome to GermanPod101.


First, please allow me to make a few tiny little changes to your sentences:

Hallo, ich heiße Amalia. Schön Sie kennenzulernen.😉


As for your question, language is a living thing and everyone perceives words

differently. My personal take on "sehr erfreut" is that it's a bit "colder" than "schön

dich/Sie kennenzulernen". I think people who use that phrase want to keep a certain distance

between you and them until they get to know you better.


Thank you.


If you have any questions, please let us know.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Hello Cijo,


Nice to meet you too, and welcome to GermanPod101.😉

Your intro is very nice. Please allow me to make a few tiny little

changes though:

Ich heiße Cijo. Ich komme aus Indien.

Schön Sie kennenzulernen.


If you have any questions, please let us know.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Hi Dipali,


Nice to meet you and welcome to GermanPod101.com

Great self-introduction!👍

One tiny little change: Indien


If you have any questions, please let us know.


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Amalia Putri
Tuesday at 9:24 pm
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Hallo, Ich haisse Amalia.

Schon. Sie kennenzulernen.



Hi Germanpod, I am wondering the difference between Sie kennenzulernen and Dich kennenzulernen.

Is it only differ that "sie" is used in formal way, and "dich" is used for a more informal way?


Therefore if I meet someone that looks older than me, does it mean that I should use 'Sie kennenzulernen' than 'sehr erfreut' (because I know I should be more formal to older people) ?


Danke schon.

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Cijo
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Hi,

Ich hei£e Cijo. Ich komme aus india.

Schon sie kennenzulernen


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Dipali
Saturday at 5:58 pm
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Hallo,Ich bin Dipali.Ich komme aus India.Sehr erfreut.

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Hello RubyGirl,


Thank you for your positive feedback, every time!👍❤️️

To see you being so happy with the lessons makes us

happy too.😉


If you have any questions, please let us know.


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Reinhard

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Thursday at 8:36 am
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😎😎😎