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Jason: Top 25 German Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 1: What's your name? 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's your name? In German this is
Rilana: Wie ist dein Name?
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: ist
Jason: meaning is.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) ist
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: ist
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Rilana: wie ist
{pause}
And after that
Rilana: dein
Jason: meaning your.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) dein
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: dein
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Rilana: wie ist dein
{pause}
And next
Rilana: Name
Jason: meaning name.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) Name
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: Name
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Rilana: wie ist dein Name
{pause}
Jason: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question What's your name??
Rilana: Mein Name ist Kai.
Jason: "My name is Kai.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Rilana: (Slow) Mein Name ist Kai.
{pause}
Another common expression is [Wie heisst du?], but asking [Wie ist dein Name?] is polite when meeting the the first time.
Jason: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Rilana: mein
Jason: meaning my.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) mein
Jason: Now repeat
Rilana: mein
{Pause}
Jason: And next
Rilana: Name
meaning name.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) Name
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: Name
{Pause}
Jason: And next
Rilana: ist
meaning is.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) ist
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: ist
{Pause}
Jason: And next
Rilana: Kai
which is the name Kai.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) Kai
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: Kai
{Pause}
Jason: Listen to the speaker say, My name is Kai., and then repeat.
Rilana: Mein Name ist Kai.
{pause}
Jason: To expand on the pattern, replace Kai with Tim.
Rilana: Tim
Jason: Tim
Rilana: (slow) Tim (regular) Tim
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Tim
Rilana: Mein Name ist Tim.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace Kai. Say My name is Tim.
{pause}
Rilana: Mein Name ist Tim.
Jason: To expand on the pattern, replace Tim with Elisa.
Rilana: Elisa
Jason: Elisa
Rilana: (slow) Elisa (regular) Elisa
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Elisa
Rilana: Mein Name ist Elisa.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the name Tim. Say My name is Elisa.
{pause}
Rilana: Mein Name ist Elisa.
Jason: To use a different phrase, replace Elisa with Sandra.
Rilana: Sandra
Jason: Sandra
Rilana: (slow) Sandra (regular) Sandra
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Sandra
Rilana: Mein Name ist Sandra.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the name Elisa. Say My name is Sandra.
{pause}
Rilana: Mein Name ist Sandra.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you're visiting Germany and someone asks you your name. Your name is Kai. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Wie ist dein Name? (five seconds) Mein Name ist Kai.
Jason: Now, your name is Tim Respond to the question.
Rilana: Wie ist dein Name? (five seconds) Mein Name ist Tim.
Jason: Imagine your name is Elisa. . Answer the speaker's question.
Rilana: Wie ist dein Name? (five seconds) Mein Name ist Elisa.
Jason: Imagine your name is Sandra. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Wie ist dein Name? (five seconds) Mein Name ist Sandra.
Jason: You want to learn that person's name. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Rilana: Wie ist dein Name?
{pause}
Jason: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Jason: This is the end of Lesson 1

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"Mein hobbys sind singen, tanzen und lesen. Ich mochte nach Deutschland reisen, am nachsten jahr." should be "Meine Hobbys sind singen, tanzen und lesen. Ich mรถchte im nรคchsten Jahr nach Deutschland reisen." I hope this helps!


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Ich mochte nach Deutschland reisen, am nachsten jahr.


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