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INTRODUCTION
Sydney: Hi everyone, I'm Sydney.
Albert: And I'm Albert.
Sydney: And welcome to Must-Know German Sentence Structures, Season 1, Lesson 10. Asking for information about something.
Sydney: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for asking for information about something.
PATTERN
Sydney: For example,
Sydney: "What is your favorite color?"
Albert: Was ist deine Lieblingsfarbe?
Albert: [slow] Was ist deine Lieblingsfarbe?
Sydney: The pattern for asking for information about something has three elements. First, "what"
Albert: Was.
Sydney: Second, the verb for "to be" conjugated in the third person singular.
Albert: ist.
Sydney: Third, the complement for "your favorite color."
Albert: deine Lieblingsfarbe?
Sydney: Altogether, we have... "What is your favorite color?"
Albert: Was ist deine Lieblingsfarbe? [slow] Was ist deine Lieblingsfarbe? [normal] Was ist deine Lieblingsfarbe?
Sydney: To ask about information, there needs to be a German word for "what" in the beginning followed by a conjugated verb, which could be any kind of activity you would like to know more about, and a conclusion in the form of a complement in the end.
Albert: Was ist deine Lieblingsfarbe?
Sydney: So remember to use the German word for "what", followed by a conjugated verb and a complement in the end to ask for information about something.
Sydney: Here is another example meaning, "What do you do on Sunday?" First, "what"
Albert: Was.
Sydney: Second, the verb for "to do" conjugated in the indicative present.
Albert: machst.
Sydney: Third, the complement for "you on Sunday."
Albert: du am Sonntag?
Sydney: Altogether we have...
Albert: Was machst du am Sonntag? [slow] Was machst du am Sonntag? [normal] Was machst du am Sonntag?
Sydney: "What do you do on Sunday?"
[pause]
Albert: Was machst du am Sonntag?
Sydney: How do you say — "What day is today?" To give you a hint, "today" is...
Albert: heute. [slow] heute. [normal] heute.
Sydney: "What day is today?"
[pause]
Albert: Was ist heute für ein Tag? [slow] Was ist heute für ein Tag? [normal] Was ist heute für ein Tag?
[pause]
Albert: Was ist heute für ein Tag?
REVIEW
Sydney: Let's review the sentences from this lesson. I will give you the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for shouting it out loud in German. Here we go.
Sydney: "What is your favorite color?"
[pause]
Albert: Was ist deine Lieblingsfarbe?
[pause]
Albert: Was ist deine Lieblingsfarbe?
Sydney: "What do you do on Sunday?"
[pause]
Albert: Was machst du am Sonntag?
[pause]
Albert: Was machst du am Sonntag?
Sydney: "What day is today?"
[pause]
Albert: Was ist heute für ein Tag?
[pause]
Albert: Was ist heute für ein Tag?

Outro

Sydney: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for asking for information about something, as in...
Albert: Was ist deine Lieblingsfarbe?
Sydney: meaning "What is your favorite color?"
Sydney: You can find more vocab or phrases that go with this sentence pattern in the lesson notes. So please be sure to check them out on GermanPod101.com. Thanks everyone, see you next time!
Albert: Bis zum nächsten Mal!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Try translating this question, "What is that?"

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Wednesday at 01:01 AM
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Hallo robert groulx,


Danke schön for posting. We are very happy to have you here. Let us know if you have any questions.


Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Levente

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robert groulx
Saturday at 01:29 AM
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thank you for the lesson transcript


favorite phrase is Was ist deine Lieblingsfarbe?


robert

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Wednesday at 07:23 AM
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Hi Soraya,


Was ist das? you would typically use when asking

about something both you and the other person can

see or hear etc..

In the sentence "Was ist es?", the word "es" generally

refers to something that has been discussed previously.

Both parties know what you are referring to.


Hope this helped.


Thank you.


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


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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soraya.
Tuesday at 06:24 AM
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Was ist das ? oder was ist es? what is difference ?Thanks a lot .