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Jason: Top 25 German Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 11: How old are you? 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 How old are you? In German this is
Rilana: Wie alt bist du?
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: alt
Jason: meaning old.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) alt
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: alt
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Rilana: wie alt
{pause}
And next
Rilana: bist
Jason: meaning are.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) bist
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: bist
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Rilana: wie alt bist
{pause}
And after that
Rilana: du
Jason: meaning you.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) du
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: du
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Rilana: wie alt bist du
{pause}
Jason: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question How old are you??
Rilana: Ich bin 18 Jahre alt.
Jason: "I'm 18 years old.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Rilana: (Slow) Ich bin 18 Jahre alt.
{pause}
Jason: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Rilana: ich
Jason: meaning I.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) ich
Jason: Now repeat
Rilana: ich
{Pause}
Jason: And after that
Rilana: bin
meaning am.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) bin
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: bin
{Pause}
Jason: And after that
Rilana: 18
meaning 18.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) 18
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: 18
{Pause}
Jason: And next
Rilana: Jahre
meaning years.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) Jahre
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: Jahre
{Pause}
Jason: And next
Rilana: alt
meaning old.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) alt
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: alt
{Pause}
Jason: Listen to the speaker say, I'm 18 years old., and then repeat.
Rilana: Ich bin 18 Jahre alt.
{pause}
Jason: To use a different phrase, replace 18 with 20.
Rilana: 20
Jason: 20
Rilana: (slow) 20 (regular) 20
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 20
Rilana: Ich bin 20 Jahre alt.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 18. Say I'm 20 years old.
{pause}
Rilana: Ich bin 20 Jahre alt.
Jason: To expand on the pattern, replace 20 with 39.
Rilana: 39
Jason: 39
Rilana: (slow) 39 (regular) 39
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 39
Rilana: Ich bin 39 Jahre alt.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for 20. Say I'm 39 years old.
{pause}
Rilana: Ich bin 39 Jahre alt.
Jason: To expand on the pattern, replace 39 with 7.
Rilana: 7
Jason: 7
Rilana: (slow) 7 (regular) 7
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 7
Rilana: Ich bin 7 Jahre alt.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for 39. Say I'm 7 years old.
{pause}
Rilana: Ich bin 7 Jahre alt.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Germany and someone asks you how old you are. You are 18. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Wie alt bist du? (five seconds) Ich bin 18 Jahre alt.
Jason: Imagine you are 20 Respond to the question.
Rilana: Wie alt bist du? (five seconds) Ich bin 20 Jahre alt.
Jason: Now imagine you are 39. . Answer the speaker's question.
Rilana: Wie alt bist du? (five seconds) Ich bin 39 Jahre alt.
Jason: Imagine you're 7. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Wie alt bist du? (five seconds) Ich bin 7 Jahre alt.
Jason: You want to ask someone how old they are. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Rilana: Wie alt bist du?
{pause}
Jason: This is the end of Lesson 11

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Please give your answer to the question below!

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Thursday at 8:50 am
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Hallo Anirudh,


Thank you very much for your comment!

Das hört sich gut an! Vielen Dank!


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Anirudh
Friday at 7:02 am
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Hallo,


Ich bin einundzwanzig jahre alt.


Bis bald !

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Hi Gloria,


No problem! You are always welcome! :thumbsup::smile:


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Gloria
Tuesday at 5:11 am
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Wow! I have a lot of learning to do. I won't give up. Thank you so much Jennifer.

Germanpod101
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@Gloria: Warum vierzig und nicht dreißig? Als ich dreißig Jahre alt war, hatte ich keine Einsicht, aber als ich vierzig Jahre alt war, hatte ich ein bisschen mehr Lebensweisheit. Ich lerne aber noch.

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Gloria
Saturday at 7:05 am
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Hallo Jennifer,


Warum vierzig und nicht dreißig? Wann ich war dreißig Jahre alt, ich hatte keine Einsicht aber wann ich hatte vierzig Jahre alt, ich hatte einen bisschen Lebensweiheit. Ich lerne noch.


(Why forty and not twenty? When I was 20 years old, I had no knowledge [understanding, discretion, etc.] but when I was 40 years old, I had a little bit of worldly wisdom. I am still learning.)

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Friday at 5:47 pm
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Liebe Gloria,


deine Sätze sind perfekt!

Warum vierzig und nicht dreißig? ;)


Viele Grüße


Jennifer


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Gloria
Tuesday at 7:50 am
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Ich bin siebenundsiebzig Jahre alt. Ich bin sehr alt. Es wäre so schön, nochmal vierzig zu sein.


(I am 77 years old. I am very old. It would be so nice to be 40 again.)

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Hi Oktunc,


Thank you for posting!

It has been fixed, please go ahead and practice your German numbers :grin:

Let us know if you have questions.


Sincerely,

Laura

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Oktunc
Friday at 7:18 pm
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Hallo!


Some of the question in the quiz are wrong.


. 18 → eighteen (18) (Are we in English class? :)


Thirtynine (39) ---- And the answer is 39 :) It suppose to be neununddreizig i think :)