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Jason: Top 25 German Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 17: What time is it? in German (In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for German learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.)
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question What time is it? In German this is
Rilana: Wie spät ist es?
The first word in the question is
Rilana: wie
Jason: meaning how in English.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) wie
Jason: Listen again and repeat.
Rilana: wie
{Pause}
Jason: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Rilana: spät
Jason: meaning late.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) spät
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: spät
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Rilana: wie spät
{pause}
And after that
Rilana: ist
Jason: meaning is.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) ist
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: ist
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Rilana: wie spät ist
{pause}
And next
Rilana: es
Jason: meaning it.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) es
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: es
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Rilana: wie spät ist es
{pause}
Jason: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question What time is it??
Rilana: Es ist 12 Uhr.
Jason: "It's 12:00. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Rilana: (Slow) Es ist 12 Uhr.
{pause}
Jason: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Rilana: es
Jason: meaning it.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) es
Jason: Now repeat
Rilana: es
{Pause}
Jason: And next
Rilana: ist
meaning is.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) ist
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: ist
{Pause}
Jason: And next
Rilana: 12
meaning 12.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) 12
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: 12
{Pause}
Jason: And after that
Rilana: Uhr
meaning clock.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) Uhr
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: Uhr
{Pause}
Jason: Listen to the speaker say, It's 12:00, and then repeat.
Rilana: Es ist 12 Uhr.
{pause}
Jason: To use a different phrase, replace 12:00 with 9:00.
Rilana: 9 Uhr
Jason: 9:00
Rilana: (slow) 9 Uhr (regular) 9 Uhr
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 9:00
Rilana: Es ist 9 Uhr.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 12:00. Say It's 9:00
{pause}
Rilana: Es ist 9 Uhr.
Jason: To expand on the pattern, replace 9:00 with 11:00.
Rilana: 11 Uhr
Jason: 11:00
Rilana: (slow) 11 Uhr (regular) 11 Uhr
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 11:00
Rilana: Es ist 11 Uhr.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for 9:00. Say It's 11:00
{pause}
Rilana: Es ist 11 Uhr.
Jason: To use a different phrase, replace 11:00 with 16:00.
Rilana: 16 Uhr
Jason: 16:00
Rilana: (slow) 16 Uhr (regular) 16 Uhr
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 16:00
Rilana: Es ist 16 Uhr.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for 11:00. Say It's 16:00
{pause}
Rilana: Es ist 16 Uhr.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Germany and someone asks you what time it is. It's 12:00. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Wie spät ist es? (five seconds) Es ist 12 Uhr.
Jason: Now imagine it's 9:00 Respond to the question.
Rilana: Wie spät ist es? (five seconds) Es ist 9 Uhr.
Jason: Imagine it's 11:00. . Answer the speaker's question.
Rilana: Wie spät ist es? (five seconds) Es ist 11 Uhr.
Jason: Imagine it's 16:00. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Wie spät ist es? (five seconds) Es ist 16 Uhr.
Jason: You want to ask someone what time it is. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Rilana: Wie spät ist es?
{pause}
Jason: This is the end of Lesson 17

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