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Jason: Top 25 German Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 19: What's wrong? 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 wrong? In German this is
Rilana: Was ist los?
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: 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: was ist
{pause}
And next
Rilana: los
Jason: meaning happening.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) los
Jason: Now repeat.
Rilana: los
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Rilana: was ist los
{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 wrong??
Rilana: Ich bin müde.
Jason: "I'm tired.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Rilana: (Slow) Ich bin müde.
{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 next
Rilana: müde
meaning tired.
Rilana: (Slow, by syllable) müde
Jason:Now repeat.
Rilana: müde
{Pause}
Jason: Listen to the speaker say, I'm tired., and then repeat.
Rilana: Ich bin müde.
{pause}
Jason: To use a different phrase, replace tired with sick.
Rilana: krank
Jason: sick
Rilana: (slow) krank (regular) krank
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with sick
Rilana: Ich bin krank.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace tired. Say I'm sick.
{pause}
Rilana: Ich bin krank.
Jason: To use a different phrase, replace sick with worried.
Rilana: besorgt
Jason: worried
Rilana: (slow) besorgt (regular) besorgt
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with worried
Rilana: Ich bin besorgt.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for sick. Say I'm worried.
{pause}
Rilana: Ich bin besorgt.
Jason: To expand on the pattern, replace worried with angry.
Rilana: wütend
Jason: angry
Rilana: (slow) wütend (regular) wütend
Jason: Listen to the phrase again, this time with angry
Rilana: Ich bin wütend.
Jason: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for worried. Say I'm angry.
{pause}
Rilana: Ich bin wütend.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Germany and someone asks you what's wrong. You want to answer I'm tired.. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Was ist los? (five seconds) Ich bin müde.
Jason: Now you want to say I'm sick. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Was ist los? (five seconds) Ich bin krank.
Jason: You want to say I'm worried.. . Answer the speaker's question.
Rilana: Was ist los? (five seconds) Ich bin besorgt.
Jason: Imagine you're angry. Respond to the question.
Rilana: Was ist los? (five seconds) Ich bin wütend.
Jason: Now you want to ask someone what's wrong. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Rilana: Was ist los?
{pause}
Jason: This is the end of Lesson 19

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Wednesday at 8:07 am
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Hi RG,


First of all sorry for the late reply. Your question is a good one

and will probably benefit other students too.

While "wütend" is definitely "angry" in English, with "böse" it's a little

different: "böse" can be translated as both "evil" and "angry".

To be able to tell the difference, you'd probably have to practice with a German

native for a while, but one little detail I noticed is that when the Germans use "böse"

in the sense of "angry", they usually add a reference to the person they are angry with:

Ich bin böse auf Dich! I am angry with you.


Thank you.


If you have any further questions, please let us know.


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Hallo JT,


Vielen Dank für deinen Kommentar. Gut gemacht ?.


Viele Grüße

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JT
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Ich bin müde. Zeit nach Hause zu gehen

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Hallo,


As wütend and böse share the same meaning as angry, Can I use 'Ich bin böse'?. If it is wrong how can i use böse and in which context it will be used.


Thanks,

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Hi Jéssica,


You can actually say "Ich bin schlecht." The meaning would shift however - it would be come "I am bad." in the meaning of "an evil (a bad) person".


I hope this helps!


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Katrin

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Jéssica
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Hallo Katrin.


I'd like to proceed with Uzochukwu's question. Didn't really understand why the word "schlecht" - being an adjective - couldn't be used in the sentence "Ich bin...". Would you explain it to me, please?


Vielen Dank im Voraus.

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Hi Uzochukwu,


If you want to use "schlecht" in this context, you would have to say "Mir geht's schlecht." Be careful, if you say the grammatically correct "Mir ist schlecht." that would imply that you've got a stomach ache.


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Katrin Team GermanPod101.com

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If schlecht means sick.

Can I write


Ich bin schlecht


instead of


Ich bin krank.