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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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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Thursday at 9:07 am
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Hi Elizabeth,


Wow! You have done your homework.👍

Please allow me to make one tiny little change:

Perfekt! Ich habe einen Euro.😉


Thank you.


If you have any questions, please let us know.


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Reinhard

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Elizabeth
Sunday at 12:15 am
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-Entschuldigung, wie viel kostet diese Banane?

-Das kostet achtundzwanzig Eurocent.

-Und wie viel kostet dieser Mais?

-Das sind fünfundvierzig Eurocent.

-Und wie viel kostet dieses Gemüse?

-Das macht siebenundzwanzig Eurocent.

-Perfekt! Ich habe ein Euro. 😎

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Tuesday at 8:20 am
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Hi Eric,


Thank you so much for your kind words!😉


If you have any questions, please let us know.


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Eric Suen
Monday at 12:00 pm
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OMG!! 2:49~3:01 Frau Laura is so cute!!! We are so fortunate to have such a great Lehrer like her!!!

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Tuesday at 7:53 pm
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Hello Ingrid,


Thank you very much for your comment! ??

Your German sounds really good! Please let me correct one little mistake. "Das macht, ist, kostet 10 Euro." should be "Das macht 10 Euro" or "Das kostet 10 Euro". I hope this helps!


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Albert

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Ingrid
Saturday at 9:16 am
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Wie viel kostet dieser Tisch?


Wie viel kostet dieses Hemd?


Wie viel kostet diese Krawatte?


Das macht, ist, kostet 10 Euro.

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Wednesday at 2:30 pm
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Hi Walter,


Thank your for writing!

"das" can mean "that" - example: Was ist das? - What's that?

It can also be the definite neutral article "das", as in "das Buch" - das (with one s) just has many meanings. "dass" with two S just has one, but now we are heading deep into semantics and I would recommend not to worry about this too much at the moment :)


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Katrin

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WalterO
Thursday at 3:12 am
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The test indicates "das" means "that." Is there a mistake here and the word should be "dass"? We might intend "that book" by saying "das Buch," but that is not strictly what "das" means, is it?

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WalterO
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Tuesday at 6:09 pm
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Hallo Alba,


I've just checked the video and it's working fine on my computer.

Please try to delete the cache and retry, sometimes this sloves the problem.

Please let me know if you still have an issue.

Thank you a lot for your comment!


Regards,

Mélanie

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