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Jason: Top 25 German Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 18: What are you doing? 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 are you doing? In German this is
Rilana: Was machst du gerade?
The first word in the question is
Rilana: was
Jason: meaning what in English.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) was
Jason: Listen again and repeat.
Rilana: was
{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: machst
Jason: meaning do.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) machst
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: machst
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Rilana: was machst
{pause}
And after that
Rilana: du
Jason: meaning you.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) du
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: du
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Rilana: was machst du
{pause}
And after that
Rilana: gerade
Jason: meaning currently.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) gerade
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: gerade
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Rilana: was machst du gerade
{pause}
Jason: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question What are you doing??
Rilana: Ich lese gerade ein Buch.
Jason: "I'm reading a book.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Rilana: (Slow) Ich lese gerade ein Buch.
{pause}
In German, the gerund form [-ing] is expressed by using the word [gerade] (at the moment) together with the verb.
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 next
Rilana: lese
meaning read.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) lese
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: lese
{Pause}
Jason: And after that
Rilana: gerade
meaning currently.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) gerade
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: gerade
{Pause}
Jason: And after that
Rilana: ein
meaning a.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) ein
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: ein
{Pause}
Jason: And next
Rilana: Buch
meaning book.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) Buch
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: Buch
{Pause}
Jason: Listen to the speaker say, I'm reading a book., and then repeat.
Rilana: Ich lese gerade ein Buch.
{pause}
Jason: To expand on the pattern, replace reading a book with playing a video game.
Rilana: spiele gerade ein Videospiel
Jason: playing a video game
Rilana: (slow) spiele gerade ein Videospiel (regular) spiele gerade ein Videospiel
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with playing a video game
Rilana: Ich spiele gerade ein Videospiel.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace reading a book. Say I'm playing a video game.
{pause}
Rilana: Ich spiele gerade ein Videospiel.
Jason: To expand on the pattern, replace playing a video game with baking a cake.
Rilana: backe gerade einen Kuchen
Jason: baking a cake
Rilana: (slow) backe gerade einen Kuchen (regular) backe gerade einen Kuchen
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with baking a cake
Rilana: Ich backe gerade einen Kuchen.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for playing a video game. Say I'm baking a cake.
{pause}
Rilana: Ich backe gerade einen Kuchen.
Jason: To expand on the pattern, replace baking a cake with talking on the phone.
Rilana: telefoniere gerade
Jason: talking on the phone
Rilana: (slow) telefoniere gerade (regular) telefoniere gerade
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with talking on the phone
Rilana: Ich telefoniere gerade.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the German for baking a cake. Say I'm talking on the phone.
{pause}
Rilana: Ich telefoniere gerade.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Germany and someone asks you what you're doing. You are reading a book. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Was machst du gerade? (five seconds) Ich lese gerade ein Buch.
Jason: Now imagine you are playing a video game Respond to the question.
Rilana: Was machst du gerade? (five seconds) Ich spiele gerade ein Videospiel.
Jason: Imagine you are baking a cake. . Answer the speaker's question.
Rilana: Was machst du gerade? (five seconds) Ich backe gerade einen Kuchen.
Jason: Imagine you're talking on the phone. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Was machst du gerade? (five seconds) Ich telefoniere gerade.
Jason: You want to ask someone what they are is doing. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Rilana: Was machst du gerade?
{pause}
Jason: This is the end of Lesson 18

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Hola Jennifer, vielen Dank.

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Hi Gloria,


a slight correction:


"Ich wohne in Mexiko, also spreche ich Spanisch."


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Liebe Jennifer,


Ja, ich lerne Deutsch und Franzรถsisch nur mit meinem Computer. Ich wohne in Mexiko so ich spreche jetzt Spanisch.


(Yes, I use only my computer to learn German and French. I live in Mexico so I now I speak Spanish.)

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Liebe Gloria,


Lernst du Deutsch hauptsรคchlich mit deinem Computer? (Do you mainly use your PC for studying German?)


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Ich benutze gerade meinen Computer.

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I kept wondering everytime I listened to the lessons in this chapter, whether the long explanations and introductions are necessary. I personally believe that they make listening to them very cumbersome and tedious, but then again I am not sure about the way the method works.

Otherwise they are very useful.