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Jason: Top 25 German Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 14: How tall 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 tall are you? In German this is
Rilana: Wie groß 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: groß
Jason: meaning tall.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) groß
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: groß
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Rilana: wie groß
{pause}
Next is
Rilana: bist
Jason: .
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 groß 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 groß 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 tall are you??
Rilana: Ich bin 1,80 m groß.
Jason: "I'm 180 cm tall.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Rilana: (Slow) Ich bin 1,80 m groß.
{pause}
In German, instead of cm the height is often given in m (meter).
E.g. 1,73 m instead of 173 cm.
Note: It is
pronounced [ein-Meter-drei-und-siebzig] (one-meter-three-and-seventy)
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: Next is
Rilana: 1,80 m
meaning 180 cm.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) 1,80 m
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: 1,80 m
{Pause}
Jason: And next
Rilana: groß
meaning tall.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) groß
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: groß
{Pause}
Jason: Listen to the speaker say, I'm 180 cm tall., and then repeat.
Rilana: Ich bin 1,80 m groß.
{pause}
Jason: To expand on the pattern, replace 180 cm with 160 cm.
Rilana: 1,60 m
Jason: 160 cm
Rilana: (slow) 1,60 m (regular) 1,60 m
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 160 cm
Rilana: Ich bin 1,60 m groß.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 180 cm. Say I'm 160 cm tall.
{pause}
Rilana: Ich bin 1,60 m groß.
Jason: To use a different phrase, replace 160 cm with 173 cm.
Rilana: 1,73 m
Jason: 173 cm
Rilana: (slow) 1,73 m (regular) 1,73 m
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 173 cm
Rilana: Ich bin 1,73 m groß.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for 160 cm. Say I'm 173 cm tall.
{pause}
Rilana: Ich bin 1,73 m groß.
Jason: To use a different phrase, replace 173 cm with 181 cm.
Rilana: 1,81 m
Jason: 181 cm
Rilana: (slow) 1,81 m (regular) 1,81 m
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 181 cm
Rilana: Ich bin 1,81 m groß.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for 173 cm. Say I'm 181 cm tall.
{pause}
Rilana: Ich bin 1,81 m groß.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Germany and someone asks you how tall you are. You are 180 cm. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Wie groß bist du? (five seconds) Ich bin 1,80 m groß.
Jason: Imagine you are 160 cm Respond to the question.
Rilana: Wie groß bist du? (five seconds) Ich bin 1,60 m groß.
Jason: Now imagine you are 173 cm. . Answer the speaker's question.
Rilana: Wie groß bist du? (five seconds) Ich bin 1,73 m groß.
Jason: Imagine you're 181 cm. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Wie groß bist du? (five seconds) Ich bin 1,81 m groß.
Jason: Now you want to ask that person how tall they are is. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Rilana: Wie groß bist du?
{pause}
Jason: This is the end of Lesson 14

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Hi Emelyne,


Perfect as always!👍


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Emelyne
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Ich bin 1,57 m groß. (einen Meter siebenundfünfzig)

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Hello Carlos Eduardo de Barros,


Thank you very much for your comment!

Perfect, no mistakes! Keep up the good work! :thumbsup:


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Ich bin 1,70 m groß.

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Hi Gloria,


keep up the good work! :thumbsup:


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Ich bin 1,55 m groß.

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Hi John,


Thank you for your posting! :smile:


Well done! You would say: "Ich bin einen Meter dreiundsiebzig groß"


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Guten Tag,


Ich bin ein Meter dreiundzipzig gross.

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Hi Sunny,


Thank you for commenting!


You would say "einen Meter" :) Ich selbst bin einen Meter einundsiebzig groß ;)


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Hallo Allerseits!


Ich bin ein Meter seibzig groß. Someone who speaks German told me to say 'einen Meter'. May I use either 'ein' or 'einen'? I'm confused. :smile:


Thanks