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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 16. Asking About Manner.
Maryssa: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for asking about manner.
PATTERN
Maryssa: For example,
Maryssa: "How was the Christmas party?"
Albert: Wie war die Weihnachtsfeier?
Albert: [slow] Wie war die Weihnachtsfeier?
Maryssa: The pattern for asking about manner has three elements. First, "How".
Albert: Wie.
Maryssa: Second, the conjugated verb for "to be" in the past tense...
Albert: war.
Maryssa: Third, the subject for "the Christmas party".
Albert: die Weihnachtsfeier?.
Maryssa: Altogether, we have... "How was the Christmas party?"
Albert: Wie war die Weihnachtsfeier? [slow] Wie war die Weihnachtsfeier? [normal] Wie war die Weihnachtsfeier?
Maryssa: First you have the adverb meaning "how," then the conjugated verb according to the pronoun, followed by the subject, which you want to ask a question about.
Albert: Wie war die Weihnachtsfeier?
Maryssa: So remember to use "how" then a suitable conjugated verb and then put the subject right behind it.
Maryssa: Here is another example meaning, "How was your birthday?" First, "How".
Albert: Wie.
Maryssa: Second, the conjugated verb for "to be" in the past tense...
Albert: war.
Maryssa: Third, the subject for "your birthday".
Albert: dein Geburtstag?
Maryssa: Altogether we have...
Albert: Wie war dein Geburtstag? [slow] Wie war dein Geburtstag? [normal] Wie war dein Geburtstag?
Maryssa: "How was your birthday?"
[pause]
Albert: Wie war dein Geburtstag?
Maryssa: How do you say - "How was the class?" To give you a hint, "class" is...
Albert: Unterricht. [slow] Unterricht. [normal] Unterricht.
Maryssa: "How was the class?"
[pause]
Albert: Wie war der Unterricht? [slow] Wie war der Unterricht? [normal] Wie war der Unterricht?
[pause]
Albert: Wie war der Unterricht?
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: "How was the Christmas party?"
[pause]
Albert: Wie war die Weihnachtsfeier?
[pause]
Albert: Wie war die Weihnachtsfeier?
Maryssa: "How was your birthday?"
[pause]
Albert: Wie war dein Geburtstag?
[pause]
Albert: Wie war dein Geburtstag?
Maryssa: "How was the class?"
[pause]
Albert: Wie war der Unterricht?
[pause]
Albert: Wie war der Unterricht?

Outro

Maryssa: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for asking about manner, as in...
Albert: Wie war die Weihnachtsfeier?
Maryssa: meaning "How was the Christmas party?"
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 nรคchsten Mal!.

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