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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 two lessons, we learned the main usages of the verb sein, which means “to be” in German.
Today we will use this verb to talk about your age.
It’s normal for young people in Germany to ask each other’s age. Of course, it might be risky to ask it to people over 25!
If someone asks you Wie alt sind Sie? just know that it means “How old are you?” in formal German.
[slowly] Wie alt sind Sie?
In informal German, it would be:
Wie alt bist du?
[slowly] Wie alt bist du?
Now you have to answer with your age!
Here are some examples.
“I am 18” - Ich bin achtzehn.
“I am 20” - Ich bin zwanzig.
“I am 25” - Ich bin fünfundzwanzig.
“I am 40” - Ich bin vierzig.
Can you see what is happening here? We start with sentence Ich bin, which means “I am”. This is the conjugated version of sein.
Achtzehn is “18”. We learned about numbers back in lessons 6 and 7.
[slowly] Ich bin achtzehn.
Sometimes young German people won’t ask your age directly, but instead, will ask your birth year.
You might hear this question in an informal situation:
Welcher Jahrgang bist du?
[slowly] Welcher Jahrgang bist du?
This literally means “Of which year are you?”
You just have to answer using the two last figures of your birth year:
Ich bin Jahrgang neunundachtzig “I am of the year 89.”
Now it’s time for Laura’s Insights.
If You are estimating somebody’s age, you say:
“Du bist ist um die dreißig. “You‘re around 30“.
“Du bist um die fünfundzwanzig“, You’re around 25 and so on.
You are not liable to overestimate the other’s age but as concrete as necessary at the same time.
In this lesson, we learned how to talk about your age and birth date using the verb sein. Next time we’ll learn how to use haben, the verb to have for talking about possessions.
I'll be waiting for you in the next Deutsch in 3 Minuten lesson.
Bis bald!

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Hi Nil,


Never thought about it.😄👍


Thank you for posting.


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nil
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Hi

How should we answer the last question ((Welcher Jahrgang bist du?) if we were born in 2000?😄

GermanPod101.com
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Hi Carlos,


Thank you for your comment and sorry for the late reply.

Your problem sounds a lot like Larrissa's. Please have a look

at the drop-down menu with the lesson numbers. You can skip

back to previous lessons any time.😉


If you have any questions, please let us know.


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Hi Ivan,


In this series, the voice recorder is in the [Vocabulary] section.

It pops out when you click on the microphone icon.

If you can't find it, please let us know!


PS: The voice recording tool is developed by Flash, and you need access to the site on your PC or Mac to enjoy the feature.


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Hi Larissa2005,


Thank you for your feedback.👍

Is there any chance that you are looking in the wrong

place, maybe another series of lessons?

The number of this very lesson is 13. You can see that number

under the black box that contains the video, on the right hand side.

Number 13 is actually part of a drop-down menu. If you click on the little

arrow next to it, you get the whole list of lessons that are part of this series.

Lesson 6 in this series covers the numbers 1-10 and lesson 7 deals with

11-100.

Just have another look and if you still can't find it or if I have misunderstood your question,

feel free to get back to me.


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Reinhard

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Carlos
Friday at 9:36 am
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You say that we learned about languages in lessons 6 and 7, yet that is not the case right now.

Ivan
Thursday at 3:36 am
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Hi there,


Maybe this is not right place to ask this, but I hear very often in audio clips that there is some recording tool for premium users, but I just cannot find it.

Can you help me on this, please?


Thanks,


Ivan

larissa2005
Monday at 3:32 am
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Hello, It was mentioned in this lesson that we studied numerals in lessons 6 and 7. There were no numerals in my lessons 6 and 7 on this site. Where are they? How can one study this topic without having studied the numerals well???

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Thursday at 8:24 am
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Hi Luis,


Sorry for the late reply.

I will pass your message on and I am sure

Laura will be very happy to hear that you like her

lessons so much.


Thank you.


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


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Tuesday at 8:17 am
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Hello Natasha,


Sorry for the late reply.

"um die" in this context means "around" or "approximately".


Thank you.


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


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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