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Hallo, ich heiße Laura. Hi everybody! I’m Laura.
Welcome to GermanPod101.com’s “Deutsch in 3 Minuten”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn German.
In the last lesson we learned how to count euros. Did you practice at home?
In this lesson, we're going to learn other useful tips to talk about your schedule - for example, if a friend asks you "What are you doing this weekend?"
Let’s start!
To ask a friend, or someone you already know, you say:
Was machst du am Wochenende?
[slowly] Was machst du am Wochenende?
Let’s break it down.
Was is "what".
"machst” is "to do" if you’re talking about “du”.
Du is the informal way to say “you.”
And am Wochende is "this weekend"
If you want to ask the same question in a formal way, turn du into Sie, the formal version.
Then you need to change machst to machen, because it’s referring to a different pronoun -- Sie.
Was machen Sie am Wochenende?
[slowly] Was machen Sie am Wochenende?
What if you’re not asking about this weekend?
Asking about a different time period is as easy as replacing am Wochenende.
Tomorrow is morgen.
So you can also say
Was machst du morgen?
What are you doing tomorrow?
Notice how you skip "am", otherwise you are asking "what are you doing *this morning.*" If that's what you want to say, just add it back in!
Was machst du am Morgen?
Or, you could put in a weekday, like Montag, "Monday" or Sonntag, which is "Sunday".
Was machst du am Montag?
Was machst du am Sonntag?
So now, if someone asks *you*
Was machst du morgen?, or "What are you doing tomorrow?", how can you answer?
Here's an example: Ich gehe ins Büro.
"I'm going to the office."
Ich gehe means "I'm going", ins means “to,” Büro means "the office". Feel free to replace "office" with many other locations!
Now it’s time for Laura’s Insights.
In some situations, the question
Was machst du? can also mean more generally "What do you do?" or "What is your job?"
This is a really common question you can ask, or that you might be asked the first time you meet someone.
In this lesson we learned how to talk about your schedule. Next time we are going to learn how to use the verb sein "to be". We'll also talk about how to tell people your nationality.
I'll be waiting for you in the next Deutsch in 3 Minuten.
Bis bald!

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Tuesday at 08:59 AM
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Hi Ivarr,


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Ivarr Vinter
Saturday at 10:59 PM
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Ich gehe ins Kino.

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Wednesday at 09:59 AM
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Hello Pardeep Harcahandani,


Thank you for your feedback.


I can't blame you and you are not the first one to bring this up.👍

The "r" together with the "ch" are probably the most challenging

letters in the German language when it comes to pronunciation.

We have various lessons dealing with the pronunciation of both vowels

and consonants. Please find below a link to a lesson specifically on Rs and Ls:

https://www.germanpod101.com/lesson/accent-improvement-10-lets-rumble-with-l-and-r/


Using our seach function, the magnifying glass at the top of the page, you may be able

to find more interesting lessons. 😉


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Pardeep Harcahandani
Friday at 06:43 PM
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I am having difficulty in reading and pronouncing the alphabet “R”.

Where to keep it silent and when to pronounce it.

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Monday at 09:20 AM
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Hello Bank,


Thank you very much for posting!

Very good! That is absolutely right. "Morgen" can be either a noun, for "morning", or an adverb when you use it for "tomorrow". Please let us know if you have any other questions.


Sincerely,


Albert

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Bank
Sunday at 03:00 AM
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From what I understand:

der Morgen (n.) = morning, is a noun so it is capitalised.

resulting in "am Morgen" at the morning (which is now the adverb phrase of time)


morgen (adv. of time) = tomorrow, is an adverb? so no cap.

Maricarmen Lop
Friday at 04:43 PM
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Why sometimes you write Morgen with capital letter and sometimes don't?

"Was machts du morgen?, Was machts du am Morgen?"

Vielen Dank!

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Monday at 12:02 AM
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Hello Michi,


Thank you very much for your nice feedback! :smile::thumbsup:

We are glad that you like our lessons! Let us know if you have any questions.


Cheers,


Albert

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Michi
Thursday at 04:32 AM
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Laura, du bist so suss!!

Danke fur teaching us German :)

Randall Schneider
Friday at 12:30 AM
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Am Wochenende gehen meine Frau und ich zur Wiesn in meiner Heimat Fredericksburg TX. Wir feiern Oktoberfest ein bisschen später als das Oktoberfest in München. Hab einen schönen Tag noch!