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INTRODUCTION
Maryssa: Hi everyone, I'm Maryssa.
Albert: And I'm Albert.
Maryssa: And welcome to Must-Know German Sentence Structures, Season 1, Lesson 14. Asking About Location or Position.
Maryssa: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for asking about location or position.
PATTERN
Maryssa: For example,
Maryssa: "Where are my sunglasses?"
Albert: Wo ist meine Sonnenbrille?
Albert: [slow] Wo ist meine Sonnenbrille?
Maryssa: The pattern for asking about location or position has three elements. First, "Where".
Albert: Wo.
Maryssa: Second, the verb for "to be" meaning "is" in this case...
Albert: ist.
Maryssa: Third, the subject for "my sunglasses".
Albert: meine Sonnenbrille?.
Maryssa: Altogether, we have... "Where are my sunglasses?"
Albert: Wo ist meine Sonnenbrille? [slow] Wo ist meine Sonnenbrille? [normal] Wo ist meine Sonnenbrille?
Maryssa: Please begin with the word "where" at the beginning of the question followed by a conjugated verb for "to be", which can be either in present, past, or future tense. In the end, you can add more details about the subject you want to talk about, it could be, for example, another verb, adverb, noun, etc.
Albert: Wo ist meine Sonnenbrille?
Maryssa: So remember to use "where" in the beginning, then add "to be" and conclude with the subject you want to know the position or location of.
Maryssa: Here is another example meaning, "Where are my Christmas presents?" First, "Where".
Albert: Wo.
Maryssa: Second, the verb for "to be" meaning "are" in this case...
Albert: sind.
Maryssa: Third, the subject for "my Christmas presents".
Albert: meine Weihnachtsgeschenke?
Maryssa: Altogether we have...
Albert: Wo sind meine Weihnachtsgeschenke? [slow] Wo sind meine Weihnachtsgeschenke? [normal] Wo sind meine Weihnachtsgeschenke?
Maryssa: "Where are my Christmas presents?"
[pause]
Albert: Wo sind meine Weihnachtsgeschenke?
Maryssa: How do you say - "Where are my keys?" To give you a hint, "keys" is...
Albert: Schlüssel. [slow] Schlüssel. [normal] Schlüssel.
Maryssa: "Where are my keys?"
[pause]
Albert: Wo sind meine Schlüssel? [slow] Wo sind meine Schlüssel? [normal] Wo sind meine Schlüssel?
[pause]
Albert: Wo sind meine Schlüssel?
REVIEW
Maryssa: 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.
Maryssa: "Where are my sunglasses?"
[pause]
Albert: Wo ist meine Sonnenbrille?
[pause]
Albert: Wo ist meine Sonnenbrille?
Maryssa: "Where are my Christmas presents?"
[pause]
Albert: Wo sind meine Weihnachtsgeschenke?
[pause]
Albert: Wo sind meine Weihnachtsgeschenke?
Maryssa: "Where are my keys?"
[pause]
Albert: Wo sind meine Schlüssel?
[pause]
Albert: Wo sind meine Schlüssel?
OUTRO
Maryssa: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for asking about location or position, as in...
Albert: Wo ist meine Sonnenbrille?
Maryssa: meaning "Where are my sunglasses?"
Maryssa: 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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Try translating this question, "Where are you?"

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