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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 in German. I hope you spent some time practicing the numbers, because they will come in handy today. We’re going to learn how to go shopping in Germany!
Before we go, you need to know how to say “How much is it?”
Wie viel kostet das?
[slowly] Wie viel kostet das?
Are you ready to go shopping in Germany? Let’s go!
You see something you like and want to ask the shop clerk how much it costs. The first thing to say to a shop clerk is… Entschuldigung, do you remember what that means? "Excuse me!"
Entschuldigung, wie viel kostet das?
[slowly] Entschuldigung, wie viel kostet das?
If we want to be more specific when asking "how much is this?" and refer to a certain type of object, we first need to drop the word das. Next, we need to know if the object is a masculine, feminine or neuter object. If it is masculine add dieser when referring to it, or diese for a feminine object and dieses for a neuter one. And then say the noun
For example, "hat" is a masculine noun. Der Hut.
Entschuldigung, wie viel kostet dieser Hut? "Excuse me, how much is this hat?"
[slowly] Entschuldigung, wie viel kostet dieser Hut?
And “pants” is a feminine noun. Die Hose.
Entschuldigung, wie viel kostet diese Hose? "Excuse me, how much is this pair of pants?"
[slowly] Entschuldigung, wie viel kostet diese Hose?
Finally “book” is a neuter noun . Das Buch.
So You would say:
Entschuldigung, wie viel kostet dieses Buch? “Excuse me, how much is this book?”
[slowly]“Entschuldigung, wie viel kostet dieses Buch?”
At this point the shop clerk can answer by saying:
Das kostet …
Das macht…
or
Das sind…
And then the number, followed by “Euro.”
For example:
Das kostet neununddreißig Euro!
Das macht neununddreißig Euro!
or
Das sind neununddreißig Euro!
What number is neununddreißig? I’m not telling you! Okay, okay, it’s "thirty-nine"! "It costs thirty-nine euros."
Now it’s time for Laura’s Insights.
A quicker way to ask “How much?” is Wie viel? Which literally means “How much?” Even when you ask for a beer at the counter of a bar, you can ask the cashier Ein Bier ist wie viel bitte? “How much is one beer, please?”
At this point, can you count euros in German? We are going to learn how to do this and much more in the next lesson!
I’ll be waiting for you in our next Deutsch in 3 Minuten lesson.
Bis bald!

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Carys
Wednesday at 06:17 PM
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Hallo Sarah

Hallo Carys

Wie viel Euro kosten die Socken

Ein Euro dreißig

GermanPod101.com Verified
Monday at 10:48 AM
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Hi Nelly,


Thank you for your feedback.


Homework well done again! 👍

Two little things:

...dieses Buch?

Gute Nacht! 😉


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Nelly Cruz
Thursday at 06:24 AM
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Guten Nacht!

Entschuldigung, wie viel kostet dieses buch?

Das kostet vierundvierzig Euros.

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Friday at 10:33 AM
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Hi Andrea,


Thank you for your feedback! 👍❤️️


You have set yourself an ambitious goal, but hey you know what they say:

Impossible is an opinion. Don't buy it! 😉

We will certainly do our best to help you reach your goals.


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Andrea
Tuesday at 02:08 AM
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Hallo Nora,Wie viel kostet das

I love learning German its so fun,I would loveee to study in Germany and i wold loveee to speak fluent in the end of the year ❤️️

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Tuesday at 09:35 AM
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Hi Meqdad,


Thank you for getting back to us. 👍


The main word/verb to be used is definitely "kostet" as in

"Wieviel kostet das?" and "Das kostet ... Euro."

"macht" is used quite commonly, but it is a standing expression

that can't be literally translated to mean the same in English (machen - make, do, render).

The one you will probably hear the least is "sind".😉


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Meqdad
Monday at 01:52 AM
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HI

What is the difference between using (kostet ,macht and sint) ?

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Friday at 09:49 AM
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Hi Onyx,


Thank you for posting.👍


There are two ways of saying this:

Entschuldigung, wieviel kostet das Sprudel/Mineralwasser?

or

Entschuldigen Sie bitte, wieviel kostet das ...


As for the second part of your question "Ist das rechts?" :

Are you trying to say "Ist das richtig?"😉


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Onyx
Thursday at 08:37 AM
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Hallo Germanpod101 Team


Ist es, 'entschuldigung Sie, wie viel kostet das sprüdelwasser?' ? Ist das rechts?


Danke Ihnen


Onyx

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Tuesday at 08:54 AM
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Hello Ivarr,


Thank you for commenting. 👍


Das ist zu teuer! (That's too expensive!) 😠😄


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