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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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Thursday at 09:07 AM
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Hi Amanda,


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Amanda
Monday at 02:41 PM
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I liked your little joke in this lesson. It made me smile, Danke.

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Wednesday at 09:43 AM
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Hi Min Wang,


Thank you for posting.


To your first question the answer is yes. When shopping for

beer in a normal shop or supermarket, the prices should be clearly

displayed and there should be no need to ask. If not, since there are

probably several different brands, you may want to refer to one particular

beer: "Wieviel kostet eine Dose Augustiner, bitte?"


Secondly, no there isn't anything wrong. "Das macht ..." is a going phrase which, by the way,

can also be used for several items (plural), but only when you are quoted the final price

for all your items together. Auch "Das sind..." is not wrong, because the clerk is referring to Euros.😉


As for books, it's: Wieviel kostet dieses Buch, bitte? OR Wieviel kosten diese Bücher, bitte?


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Min Wang
Thursday at 07:20 PM
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Ich habe einige Frage.


''Ein Bier ist wie viel bitte?''

We only ask for how much in a bar or restaurant in this way, right? Or we can use it for general shopping cases?


Is there something wrong here?

Das macht/ kostet (singular)

Das sind (Plural )


What should we say when we ask how much referring this book and these books?





notes:

Entschuldigung, wie viel kostet das?

/ Entschuldigung, wie viel kostet dieser [m]/ diese [f] / dieses [n] + noun. ?


Ein Bier ist wie viel bitte?



Das kostet/macht/sind + number + euro

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Hallo Manoj,


Thanks a lot for your feedback. We are continuously working on improving our site, app, and materials, therefore the opinion of our students is highly valuable.

I will forward your message to our team for consideration! 😇


Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Levente

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Manoj
Thursday at 03:37 PM
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Hi Team,

The audio is missing for 8 out of11 examples under "Buch" form Vocabulary.

Please do the needful asap.

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Friday at 09:25 AM
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Hi Vladimir,


Thank you for your feedback.


German seems to come natural to you. Your sentence

is almost perfect and the answer to your question is yes:

dies, diese and dieser are in many cases equivalent to "this".

As for your sentence, one tiny little mistake:

"Entschuldigung, wie viel kosten diese Äpfel?", (n because it's plural).😉


And here is a link to another one of our lessons, which is dealing with dies..

as a demonstrative:

https://www.germanpod101.com/lesson/absolute-beginner-s3-23-a-spot-of-sightseeing-in-germany/


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Vladimir
Tuesday at 05:23 AM
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Danke schön!!!


I have a question. Maybe, I'm a little bit impatient, but I'm curious to know more about the article "dieser". Is it a German analog of the English "this"? In the video, Laura talks about a singular form of "dieser". How can we use the plural form of it?

For instance, can I say: "Entschuldigung, wei viel kostet diese Äpfel?"


Thank you so much in advance!

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Wednesday at 09:05 AM
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Hi Mohammed,


Thank you for your question.


Yes, you can say that. Most people would understand

immediately what you are referring to, but of course, it is not

an easy question to answer since everyone has a different lifestyle. 😉

(And "Leben" with a capital L.)


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Mohammed
Friday at 11:49 AM
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Vielen dank for the lesson !

Entschuldigung, can we say "wie viel kostet das leben in deutchland" ?