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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 talk about your plans. In this lesson, we are going to deal with the verb to be in German, sein.
We will also discuss how to talk about your nationality.
When you meet a new person in Germany, they might ask you:
Welcher Nationalität sind Sie? which is the equivalent of "Where do you come from?"
Welcher means "Of what?"
Nationalität is "Nationality"
Sind is a conjugated form of the “to be” verb sein.
You’re familiar with Sie, the formal word for "you."
All together it's Welcher Nationalität sind Sie?
[slowly] Welcher Nationalität sind Sie?
Answering this question is very easy! You just say Ich bin which means "I am", then your nationality.
For example: Ich bin Amerikaner
[slowly] Ich bin Amerikaner.
Just replace “Amerikaner” with your own nationality.
"I am Spanier" Ich bin Spanier.
"I am Italiener" is Ich bin Italiener .
"I am Brazilian" is Ich bin Brasilianer.
Be careful, because this is how you refer to your nationality if you are male. For the feminine form, you mostly have to add an in at the end of the nationality.
For example, if you are an American woman, you will say: Ich bin Amerikanerin.
Spanish women say:
Ich bin Spanierin.
For Brazilian women it is:
Ich bin Brasilianerin.
and so on.
To return the question you can simply say Und Sie? which is "And you?" in a polite way.
Now it’s time for Laura’s tips.
Be careful because in German, we write all nouns always with a capital letter! This differs from English where you just use capitals with proper nouns.
In this lesson we learned how to talk about nationalities.
Next time we’ll continue to study the verb sein and we'll see how to use it to talk about locations. By the way, do you know how to ask someone where they are in German? I'll be waiting for you with the answer in the next Deutsch in 3 Minuten lesson.
Bis bald!

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Friday at 10:20 AM
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Hello Ray,


Thank you for posting.


You make a good point. Sometimes you don't want to be distracted

and just focus on the rules to be able to internalize them. What we are trying

to do in our lessons, however, is to give our learners real life examples together

with the grammar, in order to put the newly learned material in context. I am sorry,

but we do not have pure grammar lessons. I think a grammar book might be your best

option there. 😉


If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us again.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Ray
Sunday at 07:12 PM
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Hello,

I would like to know if there is a series or playlist that explains German grammar in detail, and only grammar.


All the lessons I run into are basically about conversation examples, and then it gives you a hint of an explanation for the used grammar, usually very brief and not sufficient for someone trying to fully learn a language..


This technique can work when learning new vocabulary or phrases to use, but not for grammar.


So I was hoping you could direct me to such series/playlist where the main focus is just grammar.

GermanPod101.com Verified
Tuesday at 08:57 AM
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Hi Ivarr,


Thank you for your feedback.


So, Ivarr is an Iranian name. I was wondering.

Interesting! 😉


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us again.


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Reinhard

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Ivarr Vinter
Saturday at 11:03 PM
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Ich bin Iraner. :)

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Saturday at 10:53 AM
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Hi Enas,


Thank you for your question.👍


The feminine version would be "Sudanesin".

(Masculine is "Sudanese".)


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


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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enas
Wednesday at 04:17 AM
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Hallo,


Ich bin Enas , und komme aus dem Sudan.

Was ist die feminine form von Sudanesischer ?


Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Enas

GermanPod101.com
Friday at 12:02 PM
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Hello Amalia,


You can say "Ich bin aus Indonesien" or "Ich komme aus Indonesien".


Thank you.


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


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Amalia Putri
Thursday at 04:02 AM
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How do I say "I am Indonesian" in German?


Danke schon!

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Saturday at 11:40 AM
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Hello Eli,


Thank you very much for your introduction! ?

We are glad to hear from you and appreciate your kind feedback! ?

Please let us know if you have any questions.


Sincerely,


Albert

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Eli
Thursday at 09:05 PM
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Hallo Laura,

Ich bin Trinidader! :)


So far you have helped me so much! I'm loving germanpod101.com


Tschüs!